Here is a pair of on eBay. Leisure handsewn (LHS) black shell, classic Alden 987s, look like they went through an Alden Restoration shortly before being put on eBay. Title states “calfskin,” details section lists as “shell Cordovan,” then in the body of the listing as “calskin leater.” Whatever way it is called or not called, it is shell cordovan.
For the inaugural Friday Film, we start with the iconic Turnbull & Asser and its celebration of 130 years in business. “130 Years: the Shirt.”
The greatest opening sales line I’ve ever heard came from a department store menswear associate at the Houston Galleria Neiman-Marcus store. This was back when Neiman’s carried Turnbull & Asser shirts, so long ago they were stocked in the open and not behind glass. As I admire the feel of the cotton, the salesman moves away from the wallets and walks towards me. His look of seriousness turns to a mischievous grin when he gets closer, then he says, “I see you’re a T and A man.” In six words and two letters he gives you permission to laugh, puts you on both sides of a double ententre, and makes sure the conversation goes beyond a simple “yes’ or “no.”
I think those shirts were around $165 each. Today on the T&A site, Turnbull & Asser luxury shirts start at $425 and go to $495. Bloomingdale’s carries ready-to-wear Turnbull & Asser shirts starting at $325, as well as other T&A items.
Those are some of the results from a recent survey sponsored by Fruit of the Loom.
Marlon Brando with tucked in T-shirt. Classic is as classic does.
The study found when it comes to tuckers versus non-tuckers:
Happiness — 61% of tuckers say they are happy on the job, 49% for non-tuckers.
Optimism — 22% more optimistic
Relationships — 8% more likely to date often
Social Status — 10% more likely to be socially outgoing
Income — 19% higher incomes reported by tuckers than non-tuckers
Stay classy. James Dean in a tucked in T-shirt.
Not by coincidence, Fruit of the Loom has a tuck-in crew T shirt available.