Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Treasures

This has been a tough week! My wife and I almost lost our best friend. Our bow tie wearing little dog almost died this week, but fortunately, he has made a recovery and is doing much better. However, amongst the grief of the week, I did find two new treasures in the footwear department.

I recently found two old pair of loafers. The first pair I found was an old pair of Johnston & Murphy beefroll penny loafers. These shoes were acquired at on shoe store near my home, and the owner refurbished all the shoes to prepare them for sale. The penny loafers are clearly before Johnston & Murphy went down the modern route, and they have a wonderful cherry patina. They remind me of old school Weejuns, and it is difficult to find this cherry patina today.

The second pair was an eBay acquirement, and these lovely shoes appear to be mid to early 90s Ralph Lauren. The shoes are built just like penny loafers, but are decorated with a classic bow on the front. The soles are leather, and again, the patina is magnificent. The camera doesn't really do either pair of shoes justice, but the Polo shoes do have a wonderful reddish brown look.

So, even though this was a tough week, it has turned out well. Our baby is still alive and well, and I found two pair of wonderful shoes. I will be debuting the Polo loafers Monday night with my new summer weight blazer from J Press. I may debut this outfit as a return of Richard's clothing photographs which have been missing from my blog for a while (minus archive photos).

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WASP 101 Archive of The Moment

I realize I have been letting down lately on the posting. However, I promise to get back in a regular routine soon as I normally do in the fall. So, in the meantime, enjoy these photos from the WASP 101 archive. Fall is coming soon!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My First Agricultural Client


RL Gingham Button Down
Brooks Jeans
Rugby Belt
Cole Haan Bit Loafers

Today, I went to a cucumber farm and I have embarked on something I thought I would never do, agricultural advertising. A cucumber farm wanted to hire me for some PR and promotion of their crops, and I accepted. Most of my clients are corporate, but I thought I would try something new. Heck, I did grow up on a farm, so how hard could it be to advertise for these folks. We met outside, and it was hotttt! To the meeting, I wore a casual outfit and I attempted to stay cool literally. Above and below are my farmer Joe pictures.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Mad Men Is Back Tonight

The trad world came to a halt tonight as the series Mad Men resumes. In effort to celebrate, I decided to Mad Men myself on their website. Try it, it is amusing.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

True Life Holden Caulfield Part 3: Igby

Igby is a fictional character from the movie Igby Goes Down, but he truly embodies the Holden Caulfield spirit. Igby was kicked out of numerous private schools and he encountered many other challenges during his youthful adolescence. Some of these problems involve drugs, sleeping with his godfather's mistress, and competing with his brother for the same girl. Overall, I recommend the movie.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ralph Lauren Fall 2010

As we take a break from the Holden Caulfield posts, I want to show some of my favorite pictures from Ralph Lauren's 2010 Fashion Show. To mention the man's name is heresy to some of the readers, but whether they like him or not, he does have his place at the table when discussing the WASP lifestyle. I am a little critical about the fit of the clothing on some of his models as some of the garments do not appear large enough. However, these photographs inspire me to list the WASP traits that I see:

Sack Jackets
Tortoise Shell Glasses
Flat Front Gray Flannels with Cuffs
Bow Ties
Oxford Cloth Button Downs
Brown Tassel Loafers in Calf and Suede
Camel Hair
Yellow Socks.....

Yes, I am inspired by this collection!

True Life Holden Caulfield Part 2: John McEnroe

A Trinity graduate and a rowdy tennis player, McEnroe definitely has some Caulfield tendencies. I think this Wikepedia description may describe him best:

"John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. (born February 16, 1959) is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States. During his career, he won seven Grand Slam singles titles (three at Wimbledon and four at the US Open), nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. He is best remembered for his shot-making artistry and superb volleying; for his famous rivalries with Björn Borg, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl; for his confrontational on-court behavior which frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities; and for the catchphrase "You can not be serious!" directed toward an umpire during a match at Wimbledon in 1981."

Thursday, July 15, 2010

True Life Holden Caulfield Part 1: John Cheever

Before I begin this series, let me first say that these picks are not in any particular order. Second, these picks are opinion based, and I mean no disrespect to any of the choices. Again, I am fascinated with the character Holden Caulfield.

My first choice is John Cheever. Cheever was expelled from his academy in 1928 for the charge of smoking on campus. He spent portions of his life detailing the horrors of prep school life, but later settled just telling stories about preppies. Cheever is a classic example of Holden Caulfield in my humble opinion.

Channeling Holden Caulfield

I began re-reading The Catcher in the Rye, and I must state again that I am fascinated with the character Holden Caulfield. My fascination has encouraged me to do a three part series naming true life Holden Caulfield's. Because let's face it, a lot of preppies went through similar phases to that of Holden.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010