Gearing Up For Fall

Labor Day has come and gone, and it seems that everyone can’t wait to exchange their beach togs for sweaters and tweed.  This summer was warmer than usual in San Francisco, and it’ll probably extend into October, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited about the upcoming season.  Perhaps it’s the fact that the additional layers allow one to express oneself in subtle whispers that rival the boldest aloha shirt, but perhaps I’m romanticizing it just a bit.  It helps that the coldest it ever gets in San Francisco is a laughable 40℉ (about 5℃), so I can enjoy the clothes without having to suffer too much discomfort.  Yes, that’s an admission of guilt.

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In Appreciation of Summer Tweed

The difference between a painting and a print are at once subtle and striking. Put a reproduction next to the original, and the former seems flat, dull, and inanimate, whereas the latter is vibrant, engaging, and alive. For some, the simple fact that a particular work of art is the genuine article justifies its superiority, but for me the reason is not provenance, it’s visceral: the texture of brush strokes.

Texture, like many things in life, adds interest and depth to the otherwise mundane and can make something good even better. This is why we take the scenic route instead of the freeway and add chocolate chips to vanilla ice cream, and also why I love Derek’s summer tweed. A 9/10 ounce blend of 60% linen and 40% silk, it offers a visual and tactile uniqueness that is rarely seen in fabric, an intriguing amalgam of irregular consistency and soft hand, dancing between light and shadow.

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summer tweed texture
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Seersucker Shopping List – Summer 2019

There are no doubts that seersucker is this summer’s hottest trend in classic menswear; whether it’s a full suit, a sport coat, or even a pair of shorts, everyone seems to be sporting this Southern classic.
Here’s a selection of some of the best seersucker items available online – and guess what? – most of them are currently on sale!
Additionally, we are celebrating #SeersuckerWeek on Instagram, where you can win $200 to spend on ANY Styleforum affiliate shop (which means you can use it towards many of the items featured here). Hurry, the contest ends Sunday, July 14th at midnight PST!

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Pitti Uomo 96 – Get the Pitti Look

I’ve really enjoyed seeing Peter’s coverage of Pitti Uomo 96 last week, in particular his Instagram stories (if you haven’t seen them, they’re highlighted on the Instagram page of Styleforum). I’ve also enjoyed the photographs he’s been sending back (with a little help from his friends).

As with Pitti’s past, I’ve sifted through the images and chosen five fits I’ve liked, and found similar (or sometimes the very same!) clothes to emulate the fit.

Greg

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