Friday Film features George Glasgow, CEO of G. J. Cleverley, British bespoke shoemakers. Had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Glasgow last night in Dallas at an event hosted by Kirby Allison’s The Hanger Project. More on that evening with other stories and lots of pictures a little later. For now, enjoy a visit to The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4SL.
Get shoes ready for changing weather and lots of fall and winter events. Fityn Friday Film from John Lobb Creative Director Andres Hernandez on caring for shoes. Part of the Mr Porter video manual. Add to your collection with a signature pair or two of of John Lobbs from eBay or a host of world quality shoes from Mr Porter. For after purchase care, there’s also a link to Saphir leather care products on Amazon.
Persol “Made by Hand” is lots of cool tools, cool camera angles, cool hand touches, a cool jazz riff on Night in Tunisia, and the cool reality Persol sunglasses have been made in Italy since 1917. Yes, that was a sentence where the world “cool” is not overused. Now, throw in cool Steve McQueen.
This Friday Film is just shy of three minutes of manufacturing joy. One of the few industrial films where a complaint is it should last longer and include more shots of how Persol sunglasses are made.
Steve McQueen wears the Persol 714 sunglasses in the 1968 film “The Thomas Crown Affair,” and they are cool from the first time they show up on the screen.
Steve McQueen and Persol 714 sunglasses in “The Thomas Crown Affair.”
John Lennon was also a Persol fan, seen here wearing oval Persol style 3046 in an iconic photo by Bob Gruen.
John Lennon on New York City rooftop wearing New York City T-shirt, denim jacket, and Persol 3046 sunglasses. Photo credit Bob Gruen.
Hugh Jackman also sports Person sunglasses, the discontinued model 2837S, even in the cold.
Hugh Jackman sporting Persol 2837S sunglasses, along with scarf and overcoat.
For a more recent movie tie in, Daniel Craig wore special edition Persol 2720 sunglasses for “Casino Royale” while tooling around in his Aston Martin DB5.
Persol 2720 sunglasses on Daniel Craig as James Bond, inside the Casino Royale Aston Martin DB5. Photo courtesy Bond Lifestyle.
Persol sunglasses are available at retail throughout the United States, usually through eyeglass stores or optometrist offices. This is a link to the Persol retail locator. Amazon and eBay also have a good selection of Persol in general and the models featured in this story.
In a Just In Time for Serious Christmas Shopping splash, Mr Porter’s “The Look” October 2015 style section brings out individual sections on sneakers, Oxfords, derbies and brogues. Then come the Chelsea boots and monkstraps, loafers and driving shoes, sports shoes and sandals. In true Mr Porter style, “wear them with” suggestions from Brioni and Drake’s, Tom Ford and Burberry Prorsum, and many other world class brands.
There is enough shoe envy here for a trip to London’s best sole men and a day pilgrimage to Northampton. Then you’d want to head to Paris for those souliers houses, and back to the United States for some classic American shoes and boots. Yes, Mr Porter offers free shipping with every shoe purchase. There could be some fine print exception somewhere on the site, but when shipping shows No Charge or .00 at checkout, then that’s the real test of “free.”
As Fityn tries to do with a lot of its stories, below are some eBay links to world quality products for readers who lack the retail wallet reality many of these brands demand while possessing the style sense to spot a deal.
To get your correct hat size, start at the world’s oldest hat store. The company that is now James Lock & Co. Hatters traces its start to 1676. Beginning as a coffee shop, the head cover part of the business moved to its current location at 6 St. James’s Street in 1765, ten years before the start of the American Revolution. Some of its past clients include Lord Nelson, who settled up his account just before leaving to do battle at Trafalgar, Charlie Chaplin, who bought bowlers and straw hats from Lock, and Winston Churchill, who was fond of the Cambridge and Homburg styles. The company holds two royal warrants as hatters to the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Based on the Lock way to measure your head, getting a proper hat size is very simple, very straightforward, and very British matter-of-fact. One head, one tape measure, one measurement. The graphic below shows the steps of how to calculate your head size and a corresponding hat size chart. Note this way to size your head is not for hard hats, described by Lock as coke/bowlers, riding hats and top hats. For those head covers, Lock recommends coming to the store for a complimentary appointment and professional measurement. If you have trouble seeing the graphic, this is a link to the Lock sizing head measure and hat size chart web page.
1. Use a soft tape measure.
2. Place it around your head, positioned mid-forehead and above your ears.
3. Measure in centimeters or inches.
4. Find your size on the hat size chart.
Lock & Co. Hatters — Calculating your head size.
Now that you have the number, follow step 4 and find your size on the hat size chart.
Lock & Co. hat sizing chart with highlighted hat sizes and inches measurements.
Lock hats for men available for purchase through its online store (actually a Rimini cotton baseball cap) start at 75 British pounds and go north to a Superfino Montecristi panama hat at 975 pounds. For women, prices start at 115 pounds for a Rainbow cloche and go to 1,495 pounds for the Isla hat. Naturally, couture hats can run higher.
If the hat fits, eBay has a pretty good assortment of Lock hats. Recent prices started around $18 and ended with a $350 Buy It Now price for a top hat that includes the box. The Lock of London hats are easy to spot. Look past the obvious non-Lock hats that an eBay search brings up because there is a baseball cap with the wording “Locked and Loaded” on the front.
With a lot of help from his longtime partner, German actress and model Diane Kruger, former “Dawson’s Creek” and current Showtime “The Affair” actor Joshua Jackson finds himself in another role — Fashion Guy.
New York Times writer Steven Kurutz catalogs Jackson living in Paris and being a next door neighbor to Karl Lagerfeld, his time in New York while filming “The Affair,” and his clothing choices in a recent sit down interview. Jackson is wearing a Filson jacket, jeans, a gray T-shirt and Adidas Superstars.
Jackson gives enormous credit to Kruger for developing his fashion sense. “It was really through Diane that I finally was able to hear somebody who was telling me, ‘No, part of being an adult male is learning how to dress yourself.’ ” Once they started dating, “Whole trash bags full of clothes were suddenly going to the Salvation Army,” he said.
Joshua Jackson on becoming a fashion guy. Photo credit Bryan Derballa for The New York Times.