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  1. Vecchio Vespa

    Things culinary, successful recipes, equipment insights, etc.

    This is a new catch-all thread for things culinary that do not fit in the photographic brilliance of threads like red meat, etc. It is a place to share brilliant recipes, dazzling menus, exciting ingredients, techniques and hacks, cool new tools, things that sounded like cool new tools but...
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    National Bow Tie Day

    August 28th is a red letter day. It is, of course, the day I took the oath to join the Navy, but far more importantly it is National Bow Tie Day. Repp, neat, Madras...? What are your plans?
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    Irrational likes and dislikes

    On Timeless Style @StephenRG recently resurrected his 2008 thread and said that in the years since its creation (13) he had come to appreciate suede and chukkas. I read the thread with interest and observed that much of what is disliked on that forum was pretty much the way an ivy or prep...
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    Sad/Facetious PSA

    I got an email that Brooks Brothers is offering some deal on hoodies, seriously.
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    The various widths of stripes on ties

    My ties are few but lovely, more paisleys and neats than stripes. I like to wear stripes with a blazer or a herringbone, and even though my rules say to avoid mixing stripes, I like awning stripes and even bar stripes in strong colors (red and white or orange and navy) with seersucker in its...
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    The Open

    I am so impressed by Collin Morikawa.
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    Comparison of Mercer and O'Connell's OCBDs

    I now have in hand a Mercer OCBD and an O'Connell's unlined, unfused OCBD, made, I believe, by Gitman. The noticeable construction differences are a deeper two piece (split) yoke on O'Connell's. It extends about 3 1/4" down from the neck band. The Mercer yoke is one piece and extends about 2"...
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    A supply chain tale

    I have experienced some disruption in the supply chain I thought I'd share because the Trad world is both small and shrinking, and we need to be mindful about how it impacts our purveyors. In late May I ordered a plain white Gitman OCBD in a very common size. The retailer called me soon...
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    Ecru, wherefore art thou?

    I am looking for an ecru OCBD that has a suitably long collar with a perfect roll, is baggy, and is made from oxford cloth that wrinkles (is not treated to resist wrinkles). Bonus points if the collar, cuffs, and placket are unlined and unfused. I am not having any luck with my customary...
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    PSA Rancourt Crowdfund

    Rancourt is running a crowdfunding deal that includes longwings, boots, and chukkas. Don't worry about being in line behind me. I am set for shoes.
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    Boxers redux

    I did a search and the threads I found were older. I like boxers, specifically baggy, full boxers made from the same materials used for woven shirts (end on end, gingham, broadcloth, oxford cloth). My standard brand has been Tiger Mountain, but I have noticed them getting harder and harder to...
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    A fascinating re-posting

    On Salt Water New England the age old discussion of the difference, if any, between Trad and Preppy has resurfaced. In the older discussions Ask Andy is mentioned. A number of commenters had no idea what Trad was. (I am not sure I do either.). Anyone can read and comment. Maybe some of the...
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    Neck measurements for OCBDs

    For decades I wore 16 1/2" neck OCBDs. Now my neck measures exactly 14 1/2". My collection of four OCBDs still works fine for open collared casual wear, but I am pondering possibly getting a second blue one for wearing with ties. I wash and iron my own shirts and do not starch them. I am on...
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    A summer suit

    If you lived in a place with long, hot summers and were picking a summer suit and had narrowed it to oyster poplin, olive poplin, or blue and white seersucker, which would you pick? Main uses would be church, likely outdoors.
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    Quasi PSA

    Ben Silver has some good sale items, an especially nice selection of bow ties for just under $50.
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    When to be matchy matchy and when not to be..

    On another board Smmrfld shared the opinion that going matchy matchy with nubuck shoes was not a good look. I agree. However, I think there are times when matchy matchy rocks. I like No. 8 cordovan tassels with a matching cordovan belt. I like softly shiny black calf cap toes and a matching...
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    The lots of stuff thread

    Wearing Nantucket greens, a yellow surcingle belt, and a blue Bean canvas shirt, Drinking 3:1 Tanq and Dolin martinis, Listening to Sinatra duets, and Cooking 375 F oven fries and a nice MR sirloin au poivre (brandy and cream reduction). Dessert will be strawberries with vanilla yoghurt.
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    Something new for J. Press

    I just got my lovely spring & summer 2021 catalogue, and Press is now offering Nantucket Reds from Murray's. If you are a value oriented shopper, you may wish to deal directly with Murray's.
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    Replacing (or supplementing) aging LHS

    My beloved Alden for Brooks unlined shell LHS are now well into their fourth decade and showing it. I wear LHS with things like blazers or sport jackets and grey slacks but also sockless with shorts or reds when boating shoes would look too "Saturday afternoon." I am too old to break in...
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    Super Bowl plans

    Once again the end of football season is nearly here. I assume no one will be going to a big Super Bowl party to cheer, eat, drink, and share viruses. Mary and I will hunker in front of our TV, cheer for the QB from Texas, and critique the advertisements, but we are still deciding what to eat...