Word on the street confirms that the new documentary in the works about legendary English haberdasher and style-setter John Simons will be out in the Spring. Here's the trailer:
If you simply cannot wait, pop over to the shop
(virtually). Not only is their Winter sale still on, but there are a lot of new items available, including some very nice chinos cut in Brooklyn by Hertling for John & Co. as profiled by Fitzgerald's Closet
Print ad, Bass Weejuns, 1951
Why John? Did you watch the trailer? Still not convinced? Well. The world has not always been as small as it is. There was a time, not very long ago, when the look
was still a secret society of sorts - but one in which a pair of Bass Weejuns
performed the function of a signet ring. John's string of shops were not only the source of so much of the good stuff but they were also a meeting place for the likeminded. Plus they served as an inspiration for Statesiders like yours truly to dig deeper into what is now termed heritage
clothing. I still remember the first time I walked into his shop in Covent Garden. I experienced an epiphany of sorts and I very much credit John Simons bringing a lot of what I was thinking around classic, American style into focus.
Keep your eye on Garmsville
for updates about the documentary.
A vital link in my learning about 'the look'.
Filming continues well.
Nick, thought you might appreciate this choice photo of JS; befitting your blog:
A real nice pic Oliver. Befitting indeed. The man has taste, that's for darn sure. Thanks again everyone.
Thanks for picking up on this...not a lot of US bloggers understand how influential the conservative American ivy look was on London street style.
You are welcome. Thanks for the comment. Fortunately, I meandered my way down the Ivy path via English street style - or an appreciation of the latter, at least - so I am more than happy to give it the propers it deserves. I am looking forward to the documentary.
All goes well on The Neat Offensive front - Much happening & all of it good !
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