Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bag Lady

So, on my last visit to Joburg I had a meeting with an old friend and, upon visiting I happened upon this silent beauty.


This brown leather overnight/ weekender bag is just what I need in my sartorial life. Unfortunately at R2000, no sir, this isn't for me. I have an eye for beauty and a taste for good quality but when it comes at R2000 I'd rather gracefully decline.


This is just pure magnificence. Strong, durable handles, pockets on the side and front of the bag. The leather is hard and stiff thus making it a strong and durable bag.


Metal clasps at the base of the handles ensure that the bag never snaps thus validating its strength and quality.


A close up of the stitching shows that this product was meticulously crafted.


A locket that folds into a 'secret' comaprtment is what makes this bag safe.

The discerning man would recognise that this is the quintessential piece in as far as cases are concerned.


PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Threads Inexpensive

I like today's combination. It was definitely all about the terra-cotta dress pants and, how the rest of the other pieces would be incorporated. I think I started thinking about it way early in the morning, just to ensure that everything was together and clean. If you remember, last month I posted about dress pants that needed alterations and how I'd work on the length, waist and taper. Well I'm happy to say that all 9 pairs of pants I took to Soli Omar Tailors came back fitting proper. From the length, to the waist to the taper, they did it all.


I decided to go with this old white Queenspark shirt. It's been a staple in my wardrobe and after getting it restored to its former white I have been wearing it a lot more lately. I love the sharp contrast of the two.


I was in a little bit of dilemma as far as the tie was concerned. I just wasn't sure which one to go with. The navy pin dot knit or the black and green striped one. I think once I threw the socks in, green was the winning colour and that propelled me to ditch the knit.


Last but not least, my tan cap toes.

The final outcome:



Aint nothing as good as a good fitting pair of dress pants.


PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Can a shirt's sleeves be elongated...?

That, is a resounding YES...!!! No doubt. I caught wind of this question on another men's style blog I frequent. The concerned blogger's response to this question was that this could not be done because it meant that fabric would be added at the shoulder which would make for shoddy workmanship. I, beg to differ though.


 
This is a shirt I took to my father's tailor last year. It's a white, french cuff shirt, which is my favourite. For some odd reason my body appeared to have been doing its own thing late last year. Shirts, which were my size, would fit me right on the neck, but the sleeves would come up short. Much to my ire. When I asked the tailor if this could be fixed he also gave me a resounding 'yes'. The shirt would not be fixed from the shoulder but from the cuff. All he told me to do was to go and get some matching fabric and leave the rest to him.


Upon closer inspection one can see the distinction between the two white fabrics at the cuff. The extra fabric is the one that seems a little transparent. The stitching can also be seen. It was done very professionally, like how a real tailor ought to do.


I've gone from no cuff at all to showing more than enough cuff. It looks great might I add. I hope someone out there has been answered.


PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Stylish PG

I feel so clever today, with a sense of accomplishment. Have you ever felt like things were coming together but for some reason you were unable to connect all the dots...? Well I have been trying to connect those dots since last year. However the first dot was connected in 2006. This week, on Monday in fact, I finally connected all the dots.

 

 
This is a copy of Vibe Magazine which I bought in 2006. There is a feature in the magazine in which they would show pictures of stylishly dressed individuals from the streets of New York. In this particular edition there was a young man, Keino Benjamin, who was featured. In it he described his style as a mix of bow ties and cuff links, however the striking thing about him was that his style looked vintage. From seeing this one picture of him, that one time, I knew I wanted to see more of his style because it came across as different but releavant and practical.

Last year, while browsing The Sartorialist, I came across this image of this gentleman:


His whole style and presentation just captivated me. Flannel pants, chocolate brown wingtips, baby blue gingham shirt, navy.....you get what I'm trying to say. From this one picture I just knew that this man knows what style is, what works for him and how to apply it, consistently. What I didn't know was that this was the same individual I had seen in Vibe magazine almost 3 prior. I don't know but everytime I looked at the above picture I always asked myself how one individual could come up with such a brilliant combination and make it pleasing to the eye. At the same time I just knew his name as K. Benjamin as referenced on The Sartorialist. After much mulling and pondering, of late especially, I decide to Google Keino Benjamin. For some reason I have never fogotten his name from Vibe magazine. So going on that hunch I got my answer.

This is one and the same person, from Vibe to The Sartorialist. Here's more pictures of his unconventional, quirky style.
















Pocket square always chunky and colourful. His lapel always adorned with some sort of decorative pin AND, he wears the heck out of a gingham shirt and knit tie.

Today, I finally connected all the dots.


PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Where, in Africa, is this...one of the French speaking countries...?

These pictures have been doing the rounds, via email, at my workplace. Most people are seeing them for their apparent humour only. However, I see some well dressed gentlemen. Some are pure caricature but, the underlying sartorialism cannot be ignored.




























No matter where you are, one thing is for sure, style is for every man.


PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

To the new...Attache upgrade

As stated in Tuesday's post, today I am posting pics of my new attache I am using mainly for work purposes. This bag cost a R115. It's versatile, I love the deep chocolate brown shade and, it is practical and able to carry all things that are related to my line of work. It's got slots for a cell phone, pens, loose change and a key for locking it.




A few attache/ brief-case rules I have come to learn:

* If you are a travelling exec or take work home on the regular then you need one with ample storage space.
* Don't overload it just for effect or because you are too disorganised to file things away. Be smart.
* To avoid unnecessary strain on your body, particularly the shoulder(s) and arms, have two different cases: one large case for weekend work and travel, and a slimmer attache or brief-case for daily use.
* Always check for comfortability when it comes to handles. Some less well-padded cases can cut into your hand.
* And finally, since attaches come in all forms of plastic, canvas, metal and fabric the only acceptable material to complement a man is leather, in a rich dark colour like black, mahogany, burgundy, charcoal or navy.


PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

From the Old...

One of my top ten needs for this year is a new bag for everyday use to work. The one I am using as alluded to in this post has been practical enough however not easy on the eye. So much so that a colleague of mine once remarked, one day, that I looked good but my briefcase game needed serious attention. While on the streets of Joburg however I happened upon a store that dealt in all things bags. Well, I debuted the bag, at work, as soon I got back from Joburg and this Wednesday I will debut it here on PG.

This is the old satchel...




Check back in Wednesday.


PG: Man to Man, generation to generation.

Monday, February 15, 2010

What's the word, Johannesburg

The City of Gold really lives up to its moniker. It's truly a gold mine. Some of the things I unearthed there left me incredulous. Even my cousin couldn't believe it when I told him that the suit featured here today cost me a mere R250. Given it needs some work. Downtown Joburg is a smorgasbord of clothing, fabrics, household goods and anything you can think of, at very low prices. So, today...I bring you the grey suit from the streets of Johannesburg.

Straight off the bat one can see that the suit is cheaply made. The uneven shoulders and varying cuffs on the jacket sleeves. The pants as well need some work. They are too long, thus explaining those nasty breaks from the top of the thigh all the way to my ankles. It's nothing, however, a little tailoring can't fix. What I do love though is that the pants are a perfect fit around the waist. Thus making the belt-less look a viable option.


The uneven shoulders are a glaring flaw from this angle. If you're worried that I seem to be stuck in the 90s then don't. The jacket has got double vents.


If the jacket can be pinched a little at the waist then the 'bulge' at the abdomen or lower button will be significantly reduced. That's the rule when it comes to fitted jackets, everything has to hug the body.


I love the subtle hints of burgundy which means those cap toes of mine will be put to good use again.


Flaws, flaws, flaws and more flaws. The uneven seam on the inside of the sleeve just. Another giveaway is the fact that the cuff does not separate nor does it overlap. However I plan to use this as an exercise to test my tailor. I will request that he opens the sleeve so that it overlaps and, not only that but, open those button holes so that they become working cuffs. Shouldn't be an expensive exercise, I hope.


Since the fabric is a little heavy I think I'll leave this suit for Autumn and Winter. Should come in handy then.


PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

You be the judge

A shade of blue dashed with burgundy. I love today's combination. Over the past few days I have come across quite a few blogs and magazines going on and on about fun/ novelty socks. In late January I came across a 50% sale at Meltz, and decided to rummage through their thrift boxes. What I found in there were lots of fun socks in a variety of colours, patterns and schemes. Oh, I took as many I could get. The only colour that seemed a little elusive was orange.


I think the most interesting part of this look is the variety of fabrics on display. The coat is linen, the shirt is chambray and the pants are viscose. Yeah, yeah, yeah...viscose was big in the 90s and has been obsolete since but this is a pair of pants I found at home while visiting my parents, unused, and decided to work them and put them to good use.

My shoes are a pair of  burgundy cap toes by Polo. The fun socks are by Celio.The belt though not visible, is a deep chocolate brown that borders on burgundy. The lay out is not bad either. The blue runs right down the middle and the burgundy runs on the outskirts of the outfit. It's a good look. Going right back to the socks, I think they are the most interesting part of this look.

Here's another look:


You know the drill. You be the judge.


PG: Man to man, generation to generation.