I’ve really been exercising my reading habit more than my writing habit lately.
Here we go again.
Kazuki Kodaka has done a few things I wish I could do when it comes to this new world of fashion where we are continuing in the footsteps of the classic tailors that knew and believed in durability and making clothing that was formed around the anatomy of the wearer, and not founded on the fast food idea of fashion that has been in charge for the last few decades. I’ve been admiring his work from the US for a few years now and have to say… it’s excellent when it comes to getting it right. I’ve always been a fan of the belted back suit that accentuates the waist of the wearer. I’ve worked with a local tailor to get this look right. But when it comes to cloth used and that classic flattering drape from the days of old, Adjustable Costume has nailed it. I’ve recently become the proud owner of a pair of the most complicated suspenders a man could ever own, but being a suspender wearer, they are perhaps the most comfortable I will ever own… especially since they are engineered for the high waisted trouser I wear.
I’ll post more pics in following posts. But for now I wanted to showcase the necktie. It’s a repro of a classic early 1930s unlined and folded raw piece of silk. Something that would just get caught in the wind and flutter about. Nothing like the modern day overly heavy ties you find at your local high end department store. It’s something that is built around the romance. There is a luxury in the simplicity.
On the left is the Adjustable Costume Octopus tie. On the right is an original 1930s brocade tie. My compliments go to Kazuki for getting it right when it comes to the details and the construction.
McColgan for Hollywood
On another note; A fun acquisition on my part… A few years back I sold off a lot of my old wears, one of my prized pieces was an A-2 leather jacket that I’d wear on occasion. I did love that jacket yet circumstances required I part with it. In the hunt for a replacement, I thought I’d stick with my aesthetic of old school workwear that’s’ been trending as of late… and in that vein of though I needed something that was properly accurate to the uniform standards of the originals made in the 1930s and 40s.
The Steve McColgan clothing company has been historically accurate jackets and gear for decades. Whether it be for Saving Private Ryan, or Band of Brothers, he’s been the man on call when it comes to making it look right… because it is right. I would have nothing less. I’ve seen the works from the competition like Eastman Leather or Real McCoys, the competition for WWII Americana is growing, but there is nothing Like a classic made in the USA A-2 that’s just like those our flyboys wore in their planes during the war. Something that you’d find in a surplus store in the 50s if you were lucky. Anywho… the jacket is still in break in mode and I’ll be beating it up on a daily basis on the cooler days in the Stetson hat factory.