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New Pocket Square
My wife’s childhood best friend has been visiting us over the last few days. She’s a costume designer who works in LA, and she made this pocket square for me as a gift.
The silk is a remnant from a film she worked on awhile back, the 2004 Viggo Mortensen vehicle about famed American long-distance horse racer Frank Tompkins, who raced an American mustang named ‘Hidalgo’ across the Sahara against Bedouins atop Arabian purebreds in the last decade of the nineteenth century. I’ve never seen the film, but I assume the American mustang wins in the end against great odds. Whether this tale is apocryphal or not I can’t say, as it exceeds the boundaries of my historical knowledge. 
What I can say, however, is that this pocket square is awesome. Apparently the silk is from a market in Morocco, where the film was shot. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it’s a wonderful pink silk with purple accents throughout. It looks to me like it could be Shibori dyed, but I’m not certain. The edges are finished with a nice handsewn hem. More pictures to come…

New Pocket Square

My wife’s childhood best friend has been visiting us over the last few days. She’s a costume designer who works in LA, and she made this pocket square for me as a gift.

The silk is a remnant from a film she worked on awhile back, the 2004 Viggo Mortensen vehicle about famed American long-distance horse racer Frank Tompkins, who raced an American mustang named ‘Hidalgo’ across the Sahara against Bedouins atop Arabian purebreds in the last decade of the nineteenth century. I’ve never seen the film, but I assume the American mustang wins in the end against great odds. Whether this tale is apocryphal or not I can’t say, as it exceeds the boundaries of my historical knowledge. 

What I can say, however, is that this pocket square is awesome. Apparently the silk is from a market in Morocco, where the film was shot. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it’s a wonderful pink silk with purple accents throughout. It looks to me like it could be Shibori dyed, but I’m not certain. The edges are finished with a nice handsewn hem. More pictures to come…

The anatomy of a Luxire OCBD…

My apologies for not responding…

I’ve seen a few mentions on tumblr lately regarding the less-than-stellar nature of the platform’s in-house messaging system. Those references tended to befuddle me, as I always seemed to get the little red flag indicator on my mail icon that I’d received x number of messages, and when I clicked on my mailbox, there those x messages were.

Well, the other day while I was killing time in a room with no lights (this left reading a book or magazine out of the question) I found myself going through my tumblr inbox to see if there were messages I’d failed to respond to. Much to my chagrin, there were not only quite a few messages that I’d never seen before, but even some that were time-sensitive asking for advice about places to visit in the Bay Area, things related to sales of limited duration, and so on. Rather than answer those and other questions so belatedly—and I suspect, in some instances, to little practical effect—I thought I’d just issue a blanket apology for not getting back to you. I generally do try to respond to all my reader questions (unless they’re regarding things about which I have little reason to think my advice should be solicited), and will be much better about checking my inbox in the future for the ex post facto appearance of messages.

Just picked up this linen shirt from Brooks Brothers’ recent sale for $32 shipped. Good thing too, as it’s in the 90s this week here…

Just when I thought it was getting warmer we had a cool snap. I had to adjust accordingly with this Southwick tweed jacket that is a nice F/W weight, but with some very spring-colored windowpaning.

Running Amok.

Running Amok.

Stripes and Windowpane.

Jacket: Borrelli, thrifted $50

Shirt: Luxire OCBD, $79

Tie: Vintage for George G. Good, Berkeley, CA., thrifted .50

Pocket Square: Drake’s, J. Crew ~$45

Classic: OCBD and Rep Stripe

Classic: OCBD and Rep Stripe

Jacket: Oxxford for Bergdorf Goodman, thrifted $45

Shirt: Luxire OCBD, $79

Tie: Luciano Barbera cotton/silk, thrifted $2

Pocket Square: No name, thrifted $1

Jeans: Red Cotton Denim, c/o Red Cotton Denim

Tie: H. Huntsman & Sons, thrifted $2

Tie: H. Huntsman & Sons, thrifted $2

Friday.

Monday. Too hot to wear a tie the last couple of days…