Chicken Testicle Enthusiast
Do I look like a corned rectumite?
There is something meta about this that explains part of the charm for me. The Ivy thing was likely seen by the old-schooler as brash, cheap mass-manufactured trendy stuff, but in the historical context it had enough classicism intact to resist becoming hideously dated. Philosophically, it's an egalitarian notion that, in this modern age, all can wear very similar clothing. But the economy and ubiquity of it means that it is far from a monolithic style. One is not doomed to a uniform, although in a way one can so benefit from the near universal practicality of the staples.What strikes me the most about those pictures is the diversity. Not ethnic, of course, but the fact that everybody is wearing something different, even though they seem to belong to a conformist organization like a fraternity/secret society.
Trad clothes, even at their dressiest, downplay male secondary sexual characteristics. By this, I mean that they radically de-emphasize the physical model of masculinity characterized by broad shoulders and chest with a narrow waist. Let’s compare a Huntsman style jacket to a sack suit. The Hunstman will have constructed shoulders, harder construction and a very narrow waist. It is designed to convey the message that the wearer is most certainly a grown, athletic man. The sack, in contrast, moves to eliminate any suggestion of shoulder. While the waist on a sack jacket can be nipped in, it often is not and it omits the darts which give the impression of shape. The overall effect is not the triangular, masculine Huntsman, but rather a shape straight from shoulder through hip that is more child-like and less masculine.
This was the primary sartorial lesson of my high school prep years. Also reinforced during my tour of duty as a peace corps volunteer, where I could be meeting farmers in the fields just as easily as the provincial governor, often without any notice.One is not doomed to a uniform, although in a way one can so benefit from the near universal practicality of the staples.
Marketing, market share, branding. Was all done to try and save the industry from inferior tweed flooding the market. It succeeded. Maintain the cottage industry - home weavers - plus sound business practices. Create supply & demand. Who would eat up this story of history of humble arthhisans? Japan is the world's leading buyer of Harris TweedLooks like a car coat with some frou-frou button straps and made of that magickal Harris Tweed.
None of my tweed bears any Harris labeling. Can anyone explain over what the fuss is?
No idea why they call it a shirt jacket. Looks nothing like one.Only posting this here because it's from O'Connel's. Someone please explain this garment to me.
O'Connell's Harris Tweed Shirt Jacket - Charcoal Herringbone
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No- but there are good reports from people who have been there.So...it's a coat. Anyone ever been to O'Connell's? I may be passing thru in the next 4-5 days.