• Suit Yourself: David


    “You never forget your first suit,” David Coggins muses after a couple of beers late one weeknight—which night, exactly, I don’t recall off-hand. But he’s right. You graduated in that suit, landed the job in that suit, got the girl in that suit...you became a man in that suit.

    Rugby gets that. This spring marks the introduction to Rugby’s tropical wool, linen/silk/wool blend and cotton gabardine suiting. Though rendered in classic trad hues and patterns, Ralph Lauren fabricated an Italian silhouette. Lauren’s own Italian tailor hand cut the patterns, creating a suppressed waist, natural shoulder, fully canvassed jacket that hugs incredibly well off the rack.

    This week, presented by Rugby* and styled by me, features five creatives making it in New York City. They paid a visit to the University Rugby shop and then I tagged along on their commutes, inside their homes and into their favorite greasy spoons to not only show how to look put together in a suit, but how to break it apart. You never forget your first suit—better make it tops.

    As a writer, David’s eclectic collection of literature scattered about his West Village apartment wouldn’t seem unexpected; however, his love for orange Penguin books could. He’s meticulous about them too—arranging and organizing them by color. In his light drenched living space, David is as comfortable in his gray stripe tropical wool suit as he is with a pen in his hand given the three-piece tends to lend itself to more sophisticated characters.

    David and I share an affinity for the navy silk knit tie. It is, hands down, the tie I knot up the most. The luxurious fabric and texture introduce a quiet sophistication and works with almost everything.

    While you won’t be able to wear the striped jacket separately, easily throw on a vintage cardigan or sweater over your trousers for a relaxed air.

    I really love floral print silk ties for spring. The smattering of preppy florets introduces a softer counterpoint to masculine patterns and fabrics such as this linen/silk/wool blend herringbone. The unfastened button-down collar is something peculiar to David that I nonchalantly adopt occasionally. Know the rules, then explore how to conservatively veer from them to suit your personality.

    White bucks are a summer staple. Wear them like you wear any other shoe—with jeans, with a suit, with khakis, with seersucker...you get the idea. Clean them up at the beginning of the season and then forget about it until next year. The dirtier the better.

    *In its sponsorship of this feature, Rugby provided financial compensation, in addition to the product in question, for my photography services and opinions. The entire wardrobe is provided by Rugby save a few instances in which the subjects wore their own pieces.

    Apr 5, 2011 | Permalink (15) Total Comments

    JMW left a comment on 10/7/2011 at 11:34 AM:

    Gee whiz he’s handsome! I love a smart, articulate, classically stylish man.

    pmg left a comment on 4/7/2011 at 1:46 PM:

    i both loathe and envy this man. What kind of writer can afford to live the West Village?? I’m clearly in the wrong kind of writing biz. Then again my main purview is writing slash fiction featuring Bablyon 5 characters…

    A Super Dilettante left a comment on 4/7/2011 at 7:58 AM:

    It’s always nice to see a man who has got a book of Gombrich’s A Story of Art on his desk. It tells so much about his taste, education, breeding and culture. I like the idea of featuring just one man in his interior - being himself. It’s like a little story or a glimpse into someone’s life and style. Thanks.

    Andrew left a comment on 4/6/2011 at 2:14 PM:

    Collars left un-buttoned and all that can be little details which reflect a guy’s personality… until everybody else starts doing the same thing. Then it’s not detail; it’s effected, which is the opposite of style.

    saprof left a comment on 4/6/2011 at 5:40 AM:

    As a 40ish college prof, two comments…

    Good to see an adult featured wearing something a serious adult would wear to the office for a change.

    Good to see something that that reflects my taste and wardrobe. I picked up an almost identical gold linen/silk/wool herringbone Barbour jacket during the summer sales in Paris at the Galeries Lafayette for about $180. With Rugby promoting the same item, I feel I am on the right track in at least one area of daily dress.   

    Nice work.

    Dave left a comment on 4/5/2011 at 9:35 PM:

    Dig it all…  Are his white bucks Ralph Lauren or some other brand?  Been eyeing a pair myself and really like the sole on those in particular.

    ERIII left a comment on 4/5/2011 at 6:02 PM:

    FEC your eye is impeccable!!! Great work!!!

    atieaday left a comment on 4/5/2011 at 4:36 PM:

    Love these photos.  Even though it may be a promotional shot, which I dont have a problem with, it all looks very natural.  I love the mixture/fine line of sloppy vs. well dressed.  Great photos

    Richard Ross left a comment on 4/5/2011 at 4:14 PM:

    Could you post a full size of those OCBDs. I would love to make that my phone background.

    SSI left a comment on 4/5/2011 at 10:20 AM:

    Now that was a great series of photos.  I’m jealous of every piece included, as well as the great furniture in this bloke’s apartment.  Still no doubt that Rugby’s suits are way overpriced - and Rugby is going to really hate to hear this - but the pics provide great ideas for finding comparable pieces elsewhere and working towards a similar ensemble which is way more fun than just dropping a mortgage payment to buy it outright.

    HLN left a comment on 4/5/2011 at 9:56 AM:

    Some really nice photos.  However, doesn’t really look like a “young” creative to me.

    Erik C. Nelson left a comment on 4/5/2011 at 8:46 AM:

    I really enjoyed this post.  I love seeing the ways in which a person’s style extends into their living space.  Mr. Coggins has a great apartment and it’s very well shot.  One always wonders how the folks in your Dress Code live, this is a little taste.  I have no problem with the fact that it’s a paid advert.  If you trust the style and integrity of this site I see no reason to question it just because a little money is involved.  Money isn’t the root of all evil, bad taste is….

    AEV left a comment on 4/5/2011 at 8:39 AM:

    @Sam - nearly identical floral pattern ties are sold by a range of retailers, from Lands End (style is called “diamond petal”, $24.99) to J. Press (“silk printed flower”, in a range of colors, $59.50) to Brooks Bros. (“woven flower”, “spaced medallion”, “alternating flower”...etc., $79.50)...

    Sam left a comment on 4/5/2011 at 8:30 AM:

    I see now that the tie is, in fact Rugby, though it is not available on their website.

    Sam left a comment on 4/5/2011 at 8:15 AM:

    Great spread, Fred! Question - where does the floral tie come from?