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Head to Toe: Corduroy


As you no doubt already know, we’re suckers for a good corduroy (especially when sported by an icon).

But what you might not know is that blazers and trousers aren’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to the waled stuff. Indeed, there’s plenty more where that came from, so in the spirit of textural enlightenment, we’ve compiled for you a head-to-toe directory of handsome grooved accoutrements to up your own tactile ante. As for donning them all at once, that’s a risk you’ll have to take on your own.

Kit yourself out in cords, after the jump...»

Style Icons in Corduroy Jackets


Corduroy’s gotten a bad rap over the years, especially when it’s in jacket form.

And that’s a damned shame.

Because though you might imagine the ribbed fabric as off-limits to all but New England prep schoolers and college librarians, great men have perennially donned all forms of the stuff—pinwaled, wide-set and everything in between—and have managed to look pretty darned handsome regardless. With a bit of inspiration (and maybe a good tailor), we firmly believe that you could, too.

Herewith, a visual tutorial from iconic men in corduroy jackets, after the jump…»

Alex Sanders Is the Opposite of Off-Piste

  • Kempt Staff

Leather, Man: A handy visual guide to help you learn your leathers—from bridle to patent. [Valet]

Tony, Toni, Toné: The style evolution of the wanderlust food critic, Tony Bourdain. [A Headlong Dive]

What Would Woody Do: Waxing poetic on the match made in autumnal heaven that is a corduroy blazer and chinos. [Put This On]

And... Twins: The Olsen twins explain to The Wall Street Journal how they’ve learned from menswear’s “investment pieces” ideology. [WSJ]

The September Issues

  • Najib Benouar

September is a big month in the print world of menswear. It sets the tone for the following season (and, effectively, the remainder of the year).

It also means the page counts are at their bulkiest—so many woolen things, so little time. And in our continued dedication to sussing it all out, we’ve thumbed through the 1,000-plus pages (we’ve thrown in the bonus round of Vanity Fair since they’ve weighed in on the year’s best-dressed men) just for you.

Let’s dig into the September issues, shall we...»

Victoria Germyn Has Just Eaten an Entire Clove of Garlic

Someone Just Broke the First and Second Rules: Hamilton Nolan details a night at the illegal Underground Combat League, which we’re going to just refer to as “Fight Club.” [Gawker]

The Corduroy Is Rising: A typically excellent runway show from Band of Outsiders. Lotta soft colors here. [Hypebeast]

Words of Wisdom: Forty-three great quotes about menswear. Our favorite goes like this: “Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.” [Men’s Flair]

The Saga of the Shave: How much of a difference does shaving with a badger-hair brush make? A trad investigates. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Alyssa Arce Didn’t See You There

The Old Ways: ACL shares the story of a traditional October hunting trip, complete with video. [A Continuous Lean]

Awesome People Hanging Out Together: We know, it sounds like a blogger fantasy, but apparently Picasso and Gary Cooper were pretty close in the ’50s. [Driven]

All in the Weave: A look at the faces, threads and machines that bring you Harris Tweed. [Brain Pickings]

Cords of the Future: And in honor of Corduroy Day (that’s 11/11/11, get it?), we offer this pair of Ovadia cargo cords. [Ovadia & Sons]

And to all a good weekend!

Ramdane Touhami Has Arrived

Whether you’re wearing it or designing it, a velvet DB is a splashy way to make an entrance.

This one comes from Ramdane Touhami, who launched his eponymous label with a New York shop earlier this week. (Even splashier, the DB in question comes in under $400.) The rest of the stock is every bit as whimsical, with bright corduroys and over-buttoned coats filling up the stripped-down shop. Anyone looking for a more accessible twist on Band of Outsiders just hit the jackpot.

Touhami has been kicking around Europe for a while—collaborating with Marc Jacobs, making millions in the candle business; that sort of thing—but this is his first full-scale apparel brand in years. Judging by the early gear, it’s going to be quite a show.

See the view from the New York Ramdane shop…»

The Other Kind of Corduroy Jacket

When most people think “corduroy jacket,” they imagine an endearingly musty sport coat that’s probably logged some time on the racks of a vintage store—but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Take a pointer from this Baron Wells jacket which has more in common with a navy hopsack blazer than the classic 70s item. The first trick is the pin wale, which is thin enough to resemble velvet at first glance. Add in working sleeve buttons (in a shade light enough to pass for brass), and you’ve got one of the more elegant corduroy items known to man.

The good news: they somehow brought it in under $250. The bad news: for some reason, they only made eleven of them.