Category Archives: Seth

FRIDAY WRAP-UP: Parties and Giveaways

Two things to report today, folks. Regular readers of this site will remember our review of Proper Suit, a Midwestern company that makes exquisite custom suits at affordable price points. They’ve moved into a rad new space in River North, and they’d like you to come help them break it in.

This isn’t a sales event. It’s a welcome-to-the-neighborhood bash. Complementary cocktails, beer from Twisted Hippo and Powell Brew House, and delicious small bites from Chef Won Kim, and a squadron of well-dressed people all together in the same room? Sounds like a winning combination to us, and we’ll see you there.

Thursday, May 9,  6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

358 W. Ontario

Chicago, IL 60654

RSVP now.

 

Secondly, we have intel that Dockers is in downtown Chicago today handing out free trousers from their badass mobile Airstream HQ as part of their #wearthepants campaign. The first 50 visitors to mention “khaki rules” get a gratis pair of Dockers terrific Alpha Khakis, which we’ve reviewed (and loved) on this very site. Even if if you’re number 51, head down anyway, because the Aistream is stocked with new styles that you’d do well to check out. But you’d better hurry; the event kicks off at 12 p.m. (in one hour)!

One Financial Place

400 S. LaSalle St.

12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Found: The Patterned Blazer

By now, my closet has a few blazer options: a thrifted gray herringbone, a cheap brown tweed bought on sale, a threadbare corduroy from American Eagle. (Hey, I was told this website was a safe place for confessions.) It’s to the point where I’m excited by the idea of building a collection—a little more diversity than just a single go-to pick for all occasions.

The next obvious step was something with a little more personality. But as we all know, I’m a reluctant adopter when it comes to clothing experiments. So I thought it might make sense to start with something slow and subtle.

This blazer from Banana Republic’s Mad Men Collection fit the bill. (Or “Madmn,” as Zach Galifianakis would say.) And thanks to the return of everyone’s favorite show about people in their early 60s, with Don Draper’s brooding creative genius dominating our television screens, it felt timely.

It’s technically the top to a suit, but since I don’t have the pants it functions well enough on its own. Blue (my old friendly standby) with a compressed plaid in a darker hue. Usually worn with solids to make the pattern more of a focal point. And I’m digging the tailored fit. It pulls slightly when it’s buttoned, but as an off-the-rack option it ain’t bad for a Lilliputian like me.

A note about the tie: It’s a fairly standard navy knit from the Knottery, until you get to the bottom where it’s enhanced by a white edge. I’m a fan.

Now all that’s left is to have a smoke and a drink while tumbling out of a skyscraper on Madison Avenue.

On Seth: Mad Men Collection plaid suit jacket courtesy of Banana Republic; white button-down shirt from Dillards; knit tie from The Knottery; natural veg leather belt by Cause + Effect; olive Alpha Khaki trousers courtesy of Dockers; thrifted woven loafers.

FAVORITE: Dog Days Of…Fall?

Right when I’m settling into a happy routine of sweaters, wool socks and layering, the temperature spikes up to the mid-80s. I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s just like you to do this, Midwest—every damn year. Ah, well. When summer is as fleeting as it is in the northern half of this region, you’ve gotta cherish every last day even if it comes in the middle of autumn.
And when you find a piano on an abandoned freight railroad track, what do you? You were going to say “take some senior pictures,” right? Right. (You’re all invited to my high school graduation in two years.) Thankfully, the talented Rob Culpepper was on hand and in the mood to shoot some medium format film on the Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago’s undeveloped and still super-secret future answer to New York’s High Line.

A note on the trousers: Dockers? Yeah, you read that right. Your dad’s favorite brand has updated some of its offerings with more tapered silhouettes that look like like khakis but wear like jeans. They’re called Alpha Khakis, and I’ve been wearing the hell out of ‘em. Along with a second green pair, they’ve become fast favorites. 
It’s still fall, right? I got hooked on yerba mate in Argentina and have it with me most days when it gets late in the year.

On Seth: Indian cotton button-down (sale $30, reg. $75) by J.Crew; “Alpha Khakis” in British khaki (sale $59, reg. $68) by Dockers; natural veg leather belt by Cause and Effect; thrifted loafers by Giorgio Brutini; “Weekender” watch ($25) by Timex with Horween leather strap ($95) by Buckshot Sonny’s.
Oh, and if you’re a Mizzou Tiger, you’re headed into a special weekend. Cam and I will see you at Homecoming, suckers.
Photos by Rob Culpepper.

MIDWESTYLE PRESENTS: Jack Spade + Barbour

We’re excited to announce that we’re hosting a little shindig for Jack Spade’s Barbour capsule collection  at the Oak Street store in Chicago this Thursday.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of both companies. We’ve featured them on The Midwestyle before (below, you’ll see the Barbour Jeff was lucky enough to score at a shop in London, and we posted a roundup of Jack Spade totes we were hungry for last year.)

 On Jeff: Waxed “Bedale” jacket by Barbour, bought in London. Photo by Grant Heinlein.

The Jack Spade + Barbour collection.

The Jack Spade team visited Barbour’s headquarters on the English coast of the North Sea and thumbed through the archives to inspire this new collaboration, which includes two incredible jackets, a tote, a duffle, a briefcase, and a pocket messenger. Word has it that the Hopper design is inspired by a British Marine Captain who sent in his beat-up Bedale jacket to have it reinforced with cordura nylon to put up with his hardy wearing. And being the anglophile that I am, I’m geeking out over these updated designs from the one of the select companies that outfits the Royal Family.

Jack Spade shares my obsession with goods that are just as sharp as they are usable. If a jacket is tricked out but doesn’t keep you warm and dry, what’s the point? On the other side of the coin, there’s no reason that function shouldn’t have beautiful form. This collection took forethought and creative thinking, and now that it’s finally here, it makes all the sense in the world. (In this gear, I can imagine   hunting pheasants in dewy Missouri fields just as well as trudging across soggy British moors.)

So! Come by and have a drink with us. It’ll be an informal affair—and opportunity to connect over  damn fine products from two damn fine companies.
The vitals:

6–8 p.m. // Thursday, Sept. 13
See you there!
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