In late 2005 I purchased the pants at EasyWear, for a mere R120. For some reason the pants and jacket were sold separately. I think I can safely say that at the time I purchased the pants, the jacket was not in stock. Towards the end of 2005, upon visiting EasyWear, I came across a pinstriped jacket that looked similar to the pants I had at home. Knowing that product moves slowly at this store I decided to give the jacket a pass. It was only in February 2006, after receiving an invitation to a wedding, that I intensely mulled what to wear. Vuyani Ngalwana happened to be on the cover of Financial Mail, on the cover he was wearing a blue shirt with a grey pinstriped jacket. This was my awakening. I decided on wearing the same combination to the wedding, I had to find the jacket though. Visiting EasyWear on the morning of the wedding, and as experience would prove me right, I found the exact jacket still hanging on the rails. It was going for an absurdly low R180, and I bought it without hesitation. Like I said in the title, I knew very little about style back then. I wore the suit, with a blue shirt, sans a tie and black loafers. The single vent was sown shut and nothing occurred to me to open it. I'm not even going to talk about the breast pocket. I looked...ok. Fast forward to 2011, and these are changes the suit has undergone.
At the tailors I had the lapel pressed to eliminate the 3-button stance and have it only as a two button. Nothing can be done about the top button hole missing a button. It remains there, uncovered, and is worn in a stylish and nonchalant manner.
I had the sides slightly taken in. This image reinforces the fact that this jacket was meant to be 2-button.
I have underestimated this shoe for a long time. Much like the suit. I decided to give my Pringle penny loafers a good polish since I have never worn this suit with any other shoe but loafers. And after putting them on with these fun socks, I felt that the transformation was complete. Thinking about the suit's fabric, I am reminded of when I wore it for the first time. It was in February, which is the hottest month in Durban. Thinking back to 2006, I don't remember ever breaking a sweat in it. And when I wore it again recently, with temperatures in the late twenties, I still didn't break a sweat. Because there is no labeling inside the jacket I surmise that it could be a poly-viscose blend.
As always all the tailoring and adjustments were done by Soli Omar Tailors. Next week I will be bringing you part 2 under the same title.
PG: Man to man, generation to generation.