Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Replenishing Some Men's Classic Wardrobe Essentials

Every season has some replenishing of wardrobe essentials.  Here are a few somewhat random items.



J. Press Navy Blazer - 3 Button Sack


This is a brand new, fabulous Leather Man belt,. 


Plain Front, Cuffed Wool Trousers in a Year Round Weight

It is now difficult to buy a blazer or suit at J. Press that was U.S. made.   They now come from Canada and have a cut that is smaller overall.  This is not a good direction.

 


 

Unfortunate Tags on the Pockets

27 comments:

LCR said...

I absolutely love that belt! But. . . I clicked on the link and was overwhelmed {in a good way} by all the choices! I may end up with 10 of them in my closet!

Katahdin said...

And I am not at all sure that button-down collars work on "window pane" tattersall...

Reggie Darling said...

Yes, all excellent and required replenishments to a man's wardrobe. I, like you, am annoyed at the growing "labelization" of everything, and cut them off when they are attached to the outside of a garment, such as the Barbour shirt you bought.

Hilton said...

How does the Press blazer compare to the sack from Brooks Brothers? (I also need a blazer.) The BB is made in the States.

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=679&Product_Id=1489715&Parent_Id=217&default_color=NAVY&sort_by=newArrivals&sectioncolor=&sectionsize=

Thanks.

David Sucher said...

I think I know how you feel about other people's names on _my_ clothing. And Especially at premium prices -- with someone else's name the price should be lower, not higher.

So I'm looking for a source of excellent _"naked"_ polo shirts and then have an embrioidery shop (or maybe someone who puts up camper labels from the fifties?) with my own name on them.

AJC said...

How infuriating! You can't buy Barbour shirts at such a good price in the UK. Ah well...

Tess said...

David,

For $5 more than retail, Ralph Lauren offers the ability to customize their polo with your own monogram.

http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3064566&cp=1760781.1760809.1985636&ab=ln_men_cs1_createyourown&parentPage=family

LL Bean offers monogramming for their Double L® Polo as well.

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/45193?feat=506786-GN2

Lizzle said...

Made in Canada is the next best thing to Made in the USA. Hurrah for Free Trade!

Ironically, it is quite easy for me to find made in the USA items from various retailers here in Toronto, but there is no where for me to get made in Canada J.Press (or any J. Press for that matter).

j.mosby said...

Muffy,
You can shop for me any day! Your selections always keep the classics fresh my dear!

Anonymous said...

Lovely items. But I'd buy Canadian made clothing any day over something from Pakistan, South America, etc.!

any said...

The last time I was in J. Press I asked for a specific item and was assured by the salesperson that they did not carry it. Another salesperson interjected that they did carry it and promptly handed me one.
They are definately headed in the wrong direction.

David Sucher said...

@Tess
Thx very much!

Squeeze said...

I wish I had you around when I ran the show--Richard

WRJ said...

The belt is great. My mom had a needlepoint version when I was a kid. Unfortunately, I've been wearing the same alligator slide buckle belt since I was a sophomore in college, and every time I'm tempted to buy a great new belt like those from Leather Man or Smathers I'm reminded that I would never actually wear it due to sheer force of habit.

Brooks does still have a number of USA-made suits and blazers. My Brooks suit from about 5 years ago is Italian-made, so maybe they're shifting back towards domestic production. The Press thing is interesting to me because I believe Ralph Lauren also manufactures its lower-priced Lauren line of suiting in Canada.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree about cutting off the labels, which are only an ad for the manufactuer/supplier.

I try to buy shirts with white or mother of pearl buttons only, I think those brown horn ones make them too casual and unsuitable for wearing with a tie.

Best

Herts

larsd4 said...

Today I'm wearing the Brooks Brothers sack blazer that I bought on my first son's birthday, eighteen years ago. I felt then and still do that every dad needs a BB blazer. Despite hundreds and hundreds of wearings, it is still in remarkable shape excepting a few puckering spots on the patch pockets. When it finally wears through the elbows or gets ripped, I'll patch it with some tartan wool and wear it for social gatherings. Someday I'll buy a Southwick or Samuelsohn blazer for business casual, but I'll keep that BB jacket for the rest of my life.

Cranky Yankee said...

Message to 'larsd4'. Brooks Brothers owns Southwick. Southwick had been a major supplier to Brooks for years. I think that the old '346' line of the 60s and 70s was all Southwick.

Last fall, I got a MTM 3-button sack jacket at Brooks and the salesman told me that it would be made by Southwick.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but after living in Montreal for several years, I have to say that "Canadian-made" is not necessarily a good thing. For that matter, "Made in the USA" is not, either. Small boutique businesses which manufacture their goods in-house (as seen in some of Muffy's blog posts) are one thing. But most people forget that there are genuine sweat shops in both the USA and Canada, filled with foreign labor. North American-made does not necessarily mean high-quality, or fair and legal labor practices.

Anonymous said...

I'm sweating about all these legal briefs I have to read. Guess my office is a swaet shop too.

John B said...

Just curious but what does everyone think about buying vintage clothing? My granddaughter had to dress like and give a presentation on Amelia Earhart at a school function recently. I stopped into a local Goodwill on the way home from work looking for some clothes to use in her costume.

On the way out I notice some attractive blazers in the mens section. A well made looking one in an understated blue plaid caught my eye. I checked the label and the clothes angels sang. Canali. $9.00. It now hangs in my closet. Interestingly enough the shirt rack had a large selection of Lands End and LL Bean Oxofords. You can only get those in Texas via catalouge. I did some research online and it looks like the current model of the Canali blazer retails for about $800.00. I may be a convert.

binker said...

I love that bengal stripe shirt. Is that your husband's...or was it just at the store. I would love it even more (for me) if the stripes were navy. I think Brooks Brother's carries bengal stripe shirts in navy for women.

Anonymous said...

Hey John B. - nothing wrong with used clothing (although I would draw the line at certain used items!) I grew up in Maine close to the L.L. Bean flagship store (and at the time, the only L.L. Bean store.) Every Friday, the local Goodwill received a shipment of L.L. Bean returns and slightly irregular or discontinued items (marked, of course, so they couldn't be returned using L.L. Bean's famous guarantee.) This fact spread through word of mouth, and all sorts of people - rich and poor - in the area showed up at Goodwill to purchase these items at rock-bottom prices.

Now, of course, that's not the same as USED items, but in my mind, Yankee frugality wins out. (And really, once you're in Goodwill for whatever reason - costume or cheap L.L. Bean seconds, it's hard not to look around wondering if you'll find some sort of treasure.) And, with the economy the way it is, "frugality" has become cool even outside New England. (See the millions of blogs devoted to it.) I'm also aware that many people have scoured ebay for years to find preppy items for less (and in particular, those no longer available, such as L.L. Bean Norwegian sweaters for women.)

In my book, frugality is another true "preppy" trait. Pay for quality, but if you can get quality for less, why not do so, and extend the life of a garment? I recently read something about people not wanting to be frugal because they don't want to appear "poor" - like someone who HAS to be frugal. People need to get over that. (Although of course, there is something to be said for contributing to the economy.)

Billsburg said...

My husband's uncle was a very large man - about 6'5" and weighed close to 300 lbs. A number of years ago, he worked in the middle east and got used to wearing thawbs (or robes) like the men he worked with all day.

When he came home, Lacoste shirts were "the thing" for men to wear. Uncle Ralph thought this was terribly pretentious & started showing up at parties in his robes wearing a picture of a crocodile (cut out of National Geographic) pined to his chest. As you might imagine, Ralph was a lot of fun and I think of him whenever I see logos all over everything.

Gordo said...

As always, another pearl. As a reformed haberdasher, your blog keeps me informed and entertained. It's a shame that LA has only a couple of stores that equal J. Press.

Southwick was bought by Brooks Brothers a couple years ago and a new factory was built about three miles from the prior. The name hasn't disappeared in small shops and Brooks commented at the time it would roughly break down to a 60/40 split. About 60% will be sold in Brooks Brothers. It was a huge sign that BB was returning. Yes, Southwick is still made in the USA!

Lily said...

Husband got the same shirts! I agree we could do without the tag.

Rake said...

While some current J Press items are made in canada, the prestige line is made by Samuelsohn, which is as high quality as Southwick, if not higher.

Anonymous said...

Such great purchases! Thankfully, my husband will only wear plain front trousers, slacks, and khakis. Cleaner look, less bulk, no bunching. --Holly in PA