Number four of a five part series.
Between Free & Easy and the Rusty Knot, nautical seems to have taken over my world. As I browsed The Navy-ism, I came to the realization that the entire issue seems to have been inspired by the 1966 Steve McQueen movie The Sand Pebbles. I think it is fairly common knowledge that the Japanese are obsessed with McQueen. Case in point, the craziest film devoted website (which has to be run by a Japanese guy) that I have ever seen. So I suppose his inclusion in the issue makes perfect sense. One of the still life pages of Free & Easy has a picture of McQueen in a CPO (Chief Petty Officer) shirt with a selection of other vintage shirts and their detailing. The CPO shirts are classic and more stylish than ever. I’m sure Double RL makes them or you can buy the authentic version. If you go the Army Navy route, you might need to have the shirt altered as they can be quite boxy in shape.
Mr. Steve McQueen in The Sand Pebbles.