Photographed in Newport, RI
Noteworthy: self confidence.
I thought I wore go-to-hell pants. Bud Collins, a sportscaster best known for his tennis commentary, aims for an entirely different circle of hell. During a recent Brooks Brothers party, I became familiar with Collins's penchant for pea-cocking. It's customary during his travels for him to pick up interesting fabrics along the way and have them made into trousers by the Andover Shop in Cambridge, MA. This particular fabric is an Aboriginal material Collins procured while in Australia in 1995. I'm most impressed that he still has fun with clothes at 82...that's admirable.
Kiel James Patrick is growing up—one four-in-hand knot at a time. The guy known for peddling Turk’s head knot rope bracelets is now offering a collection of neckwear inspired by his love of the sea. Aptly named Maritime Repp, the pattern is a nautical twist on the traditional repp stripe. The sailing rope detail evokes an East coast sensibility suitable long after summer has left us. And in typical Kiel James Patrick fashion, the ties and bows are of course handcrafted in the U.S. from Italian-spun ribbed silk.
Kiel James Patrick and me
Newport, RI July 2011
I have been throwing one on for parties, tennis matches, and cocktails for the past three weeks with many a compliment—but don’t just take my word for it. Patrick is giving one reader the chance to knot one up for themselves on his dime. Enter to win a Maritime Repp tie and bow and do a little growing up yourself.
Photographed in Newport, RI
Noteworthy: Gucci snaffle bit loafers, reversible bow tie designed especially for International Tennis Hall of Fame, go-to-hell jacket, straw boater hat.
While I was out in Newport, K. Cooper Ray and I met up to witness Andre Agassi's induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. It was brilliant to partake in the pomp, circumstance, and style surrounding the event. As some of you know, Cooper authors Social Primer, one of the best blogs on men's etiquette.
I’ve been reading Andy Warhol’s diary entries over the last year. An entry here, an entry there. As I mentioned prior, it’s best ingested in small doses. His summer weekends at his Montauk home, in addition to Jackson Pollock’s painting out of his converted East Hampton barn, served as the inspiration behind these chinos.
1. Paisley bandana
The first time I really saw a guy pull off a back pocket square was in Palm Beach. Switching it out for a bandana gives you the freedom to actually wipe the sweat from your brow (those in the South know what I’m talking about). Given its functionality, it made sense in this look.
2. Rugby repp stripe silk wallet
3. Timex Easy Reader w/leather band
4. Rugby sailing bracelet
5. Kiel James Patrick Turk’s Head knot rope bracelet
6. Gant by Michael Bastian chinos
I painted these chinos over a span of two weeks with oil paint. The first layer of greens and blues was applied with brushes and a knife and allowed to dry for one week. Then, a top layer of white was applied in the same fashion.
7. Polo Ralph Lauren braided rope belt
8.Columbiaknit Breton stripe sweatshirt*
Archival Clothing unearthed this fabric from Columbiaknit’s archives during a recent trip to Portland, OR. It’s dead-stock from 1997. Inspired by their love of Saint James tees, Archival thought the Breton stripe pattern would make a nice sweatshirt (for men and women)—they secretly have a goal to help Columbiaknit put their dead-stock to use, rather than have it sit idle. The sweatshirt boasts ribbed cuffs, ribbed inset V, and chain-stitching. It’s the perfect layer fireside on the beach, on the edge of your couch watching Jaws, or on your girl.
9. Eyebobs tort shell eyeglasses
10. Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star
*courtesy of Columbiaknit