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Clark Gable’s Jacket Goes Up for Auction

If yesterday’s icon gave you a yen for classic Clark Gable style, we’ve got good news.

This weekend, Gable’s riding jacket from Gone with the Wind goes up for auction, and for a specimen of 80-year-old style (masquerading as a specimen of 150-year-old style), it’s remarkably on point. The herringbone hasn’t aged a day, and the long tails aren’t that different from the style Monitaly’s been mining in recent collections.

Naturally, it looks best while you’re riding a horse...but a Vespa should do in a pinch.

Miranda Kerr Has Moved Past Pearl-Clutching

The Rules of Summer: The gents at Esquire unveil their guide to summer, including a newfound enthusiasm for the eclectic suede buck. [Esquire]

March Misdemeanors: A guide to discreetly following March Madness while at work. [Deadspin]

Connery, Grant and Stewart: A slideshow of some of Old Hollywood’s biggest names in true Neapolitain style. [Die, Workwear]

True to the Method: A sharp Scottish furniture company. We’ll say, they make a hell of a trunk. [Proper Magazine]

The Icon: John Ford

John Wayne gets all the credit, but the man behind the camera was every bit as much of a cowboy. Shooting three films a year, never more than two takes per shot, he cut his own path through Hollywood at breakneck speed.

Along the way, he left his mark on some of the most iconic figures in Americana—the cowboy, the soldier, the migrant, the pioneer, and so on. Throw in a dash of Old Hollywood glamour, and you’re left with a pretty potent mix of styles.

So we thought we’d take a moment to honor the man who gave us the cowboy, Mr. John Martin Feeney Ford…

See five pictures of the iconic Mr. Ford»

Stardust Memories

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Celebrities in the pre-tabloid era didn’t leave much of a trace. They made movies, maybe made a TV appearance when the Oscars rolled around, and the rest of the time they just sat around basking in their mystique without the slightest inkling of paparazzo intrusions.

Luckily, they occasionally found time to pick up a camera.

Humphrey Bogart’s son recently dug through his family archive and posted a set of gloriously grainy home movies, including family beachgoing with Lauren Bacall and a yacht trip with Frank Sinatra. It’s style bait for anyone jonesing for 50s-era swimwear, but it’s also one of the more intimate peeks you’re likely to get at a lost era of movie star. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching for that Maltese Falcon DVD when the footage runs out.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Old Hollywood Edition

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In honor of this Vanity Fair piece on Preston Sturges, we thought we’d dig up this picture of the director in defiantly broad-shouldered style.

Much like the fast-talking screwball comedy, the broad-shouldered suit isn’t something you’re likely to see much these days, but pull it off right and you’ll be in rare company. It’s not a trendy look, but it’s as Old Hollywood as it gets. And given the way these things cycle, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Brad Pitt rocking a similar getup circa 2025—especially if he puts on a few pounds.

As for the pencil-thin mustache…let’s not go crazy.

Mila Kunis is in Repose

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Cowboy Hats Are Still Not a Good Idea: Stopping by GQ for Date Night. [GQ]

Staying Light: A lifelong trad airs his misgivings concerning the cotton suit. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

The Original Screwball: Cary Grant, seminal dandy and Old Hollywood icon, apparently didn’t mind a little LSD from time to time. It certainly would have spiced up Bringing Up Baby. [Boing Boing]

Dropping Math: A magnificently bearded math whiz solves a century-old paradox, forgoes the million dollar prize and returns to his Eastern hovel. [Daily Mail]

The Lay of the Land

Although he may occasionally find himself at a loss for words, a gentleman is always ready for new customs. Even if it means adapting to a world in which women light cigarettes for men.

There’s plenty of changes afoot, but you’ll never get anywhere if you don’t try them out.

Collared

Continuing with our Old Hollywood obsession, we ran across this picture of Walt Disney.

The Bixby beltline is in full effect—this was the 30s, after all—but what caught our eye was the loose button-loops on the placket of his polo. It’s a look you might be more used to seeing on Errol Flynn (or Robin Hood).

But we wouldn’t be surprised if that’s where Walt picked it up.