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    Chad Mihr: An Executive Clothier with David August?

    In today's L.A. Times' sports section, there was an article about how Mick Cronin, the new basketball coach for the UCLA Bruins, had to acquire a new dress wardrobe, with blues predominating (the UCLA color), to replace the clothes he had worn as coach at Cincinnati. It reported that he had...
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    Who Buys This Stuff?

    In a moment of weakness awhile back, I got a subscription to GQ magazine, thinking (mistakenly) that it might be of some interest to my stepson. In any event, I was perusing the latest issue that featured, inter alia, photos of actors in an upcoming "biopic" on Sir Elton John modeling sundry...
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    Los Angeles Bans Fur

    I just heard on the radio and saw online that the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 to ban all fur sales (with a few exceptions) in that City, urged on by the fanatics of PETA. Hats were specifically included among the banned items. I have to wonder if the city council were aware that...
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    A Bon Mot on Pocket Squares

    At a recent, elegant party I attended I noticed that most of the men were quite well dressed, but only a couple of others were "rockin' the square." I commended one fellow for being one of the few to do so. His reply was priceless, I thought: "Men don't wear pocket squares, but gentlemen do."...
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    Prince Harry's Uniform Frock Coat

    My curiosity has just been piqued by the curious arrangement of toggles and flaps cascading down the front of Prince Harry's Blues & Royals uniform frock coat that he wore for his wedding. I had never seen such an arrangement. What is their origin and purpose? What is the terminology for them...
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    Revived Bill's Khakis?

    Has anyone bought any of the Original Twills from the "resurrected" version of Bill's Khakis? I get e-mails from them almost daily but no print catalog to date. Anyway, how do they compare in fit and quality with the original Original Twills?
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    Farewell to Costco!

    Not that many years back, I used to think of Costco as a pretty good source for decent, very affordable menswear. They had lots of nice sports shirts from Hathaway and other goods from quality makers at modest cost. A couple of items stood out as true "best buys." One was their made-in-Mauritius...
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    Are fused jackets hotter?

    The other day I got a call from an old friend who had been a long-time co-worker. (We both jumped ship from that outfit about five days apart.) Since then he has prospered greatly, making about 4X as much as when we were collaborators. He also recently shed 60 pounds and is hoping to lose about...
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    Light Gray Suit for Funeral?

    Yesterday evening I got the shocking news that a near neighbor of mine had died suddenly and unexpectedly. He was only 70 and had seemed perfectly vigorous until a couple of weeks ago. He was a very nice guy, and many of us will certainly miss him. My understanding is that his funeral or...
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    Define "Fancy Stripes," Please....

    In the most recent "wedding attire" thread, the term "fancy stripes" came up. I was hitherto unfamiliar with that term. Could someone please define and tell us how fancy stripes are differentiated from chalk stripes or bold pinstripes? I will add that I consulted the glossaries in Flusser's...
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    No button-down collars after six?

    I note that on his twitter feed our Andy stated that button-down collars were inappropriate for wear after 6:00 p.m. I'll have to confess this was a new one on me. And I am well into my second decade of frequenting the menswear fora and have pored over many a menswear book (I've got about three...
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    Ascot Antipathy--Why?

    I see that in the on-going thread about "hang-ups" at least seven men expressed an aversion to ascots (presumably the kind the British call "day cravats"). I know we have had these "ascot pro&con" threads with some regularity. I am not particularly interested in defending the ascot, although I...
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    GQ is folding.

    Not long ago I was offered a subscription to GQ at a giveaway price. "Oh what the hell...," though I and bit on the deal. Today, I received the latest issue with an announcement that it was the last print issue of GQ and my subscription would be merged with Details. I suspect few if any of us...
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    Catalog Guilt?

    In the past couple of years, I have started to become deluged with menswear catalogs from mail-order outfits. In the past two days days alone I have received catalogs from the following operations: Bill's Khakis, Paul Frederick, 32 Bar Blues, True Measure of a Man by J.L. Powell (32 Bar and True...
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    Navy slacks and "tradition"?

    Okay, I'm going to stir the pot about navy slacks once again. Several people have claimed they are "untraditional." Now, the odd jacket and trousers came into general vogue only in the mid-1920s. So let's say the combo has had about a 90-year history. I started wearing such apparel in the...
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    Do most people care about how they are perceived--really?

    in his polite, thoughtful reply to my post in the thread about trouser colors that seems to have generated a good deal of controversy and acrimony, arkirshner, who seems to have become Elisha to Manton's Elijah (and I say this in a spirit of compliment), makes the statement: "Despite our...
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    Hat Etiquette: Outdoor Wedding

    On Friday, my family and I shall be attending an outdoor wedding. The predicted temperature will be 86 degrees. I was thinking of bringing one of my Panama hats. Obviously, I would remove it for the ceremony, but would it be considered gauche or bad form to wear the hat before and after the...
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    Critter Woes

    Just for the merry hell of it, I bought a pair of L.L. Bean "critter pants" recently. These were corduroys in "black spruce" with bird dogs (pointers) on them. Yesterday, I wore them for the first time on a visit to a member of our extended family. When we got in the car, my wife, thinking I had...
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    Farewell to Non-Iron Shirts

    I would have added this to the Non-Iron Shirt thread of the recent past, but I found that it was locked. Anyway, on the strength of that thread, I tossed my one-and-only non-iron shirt into the Goodwill bin at the laundry. Never again will I allow one of these fabrics to defile the temple of my...
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    Ascots--Are They on the Comeback Trail?

    I note that in the coming attractions for the movie "Intouchables" (a big hit abroad, just out Stateside, I think), the rich, sophisticated quadriplegic guy is wearing an ascot in some scenes. Then, in today's L.A. Times, there was an article about the upcoming revived version of "Dallas," with...