Flip through the pages of GQ, Esquire, Details, Vanity Fair and countless other fashion periodicals and you are greeted with Tommy Hilfiger’s fictional blended family, The Hilfigers. Certainly a heightened version of reality kneaded with traces of The Royal Tenenbaums, The Hilfigers have adopted what many preppies have been keen on for several years now—Kiel James Patrick bracelets. Hilfiger will be showcasing Patrick’s accessories in his Prep World capsule collection with True Prep’s Lisa Birnbach, which is launching in April. Meanwhile, Kiel James Patrick fashion accessories will be sold in Hilfiger’s pop-up boutiques throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Patrick’s distinctive repp stripes, seersucker and madras accessories have clearly resonated with customers: his products have recently become available for retail by Orvis, Scoop NYC and hundreds of upscale boutiques. Additionally, Patrick supplies exclusive designs for the Ivy League University stores of Harvard and Dartmouth.
A photo-booth shot of John and Jacqueline Kennedy while they were dating. John was known to carry the strip, from which this photograph belonged, in his wallet.
Ever since I met Peter at Sid Mashburn’s a couple of years ago, I have had my eye on his green corduroy trousers. The fit was impeccable. I appreciated the extreme taper in the leg polished off with a cuff. Eighteen months of searching proved futile...until recently. I came across a relaxed fit, wide wale cord trouser sans cuffs by Polo Ralph Lauren. They had potential. Though the silhouette was ill-fitting by my standards, the basic shape and fabric were there. After specifying a tapered leg, 14” trouser bottom and a 1 3/4” cuff with my tailor, he went to work. The result is a beloved trouser with Sid Mashburn undertones.
*In order to create a turn-up, or cuff, choose the longest inseam available off the rack.
Photographed by Jory Cordy in Hollywood, CA
A visual discourse on how it’s classically done. Oriental runners, gold picture frames, dark hardwood floors with creams and whites...this is how you make an entrance.