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Could this be the Preppiest Movie Ever?

Oct 15th, 2008 | Categories: Movies, Philadelphia, Preppy | by Michael Williams

Not Metropolitan or Wall Street, I’m talking about Trading Places. The 1983 comedy set in old-money Philadelphia is a perfectly costumed dose of 1980s Prep / Wasp goodness. The subject matter may be tongue-in-cheek, but you would be hard pressed to find a more preppy styled movie.

Patagonia Big Label Redux

Oct 1st, 2008 | Categories: Collaborations, Philadelphia, Style | by Michael Williams

Anyone that has ever bought vintage Patagonia knows the value and difficulty in finding the much loved 80s big label variety. As it turns out, the eBay monopoly is about to end. The coveted (by American and Japanese alike) and colorful Synchilla jackets are being re-released in mid-October through a collaboration with Urban Outfitters. The brightly-hued fleece is revived with two different styles, a pullover model and a zip-up version. The new jackets are said to be more slim-fitting than the regular Patagonia, and will most likely be in the same price range as the current stock. Sounds like a win-win to me.

Sartorial Radio.

Mar 26th, 2008 | Categories: Made in the USA, Media, Men's wear, New York City, Philadelphia, Style, Suiting | by Michael Williams

boo.jpgDid you ever think you would hear Band of Outsiders on public radio? Kurt Andersen (who bought his first tuxedo for Harvard Lampoon dinners) followed WHYY’s Jonathan Menjivar for the public radio show Studio 360 to be fitted for his first ever suit. After unsuccessfully trying the off-the-rack options at the Macy’s mens store, Menjivar hooked up with Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders for a much more stylish option. The journey takes them to the venerable (and now very fashionable) Martin Greenfield Clothiers in Brooklyn to be expertly fitted. The result is sartorial radio at its best. I loved when style expert Russell Smith quipped, “The shorter jacket is starting to look a little bit like a school boy outfit, this is an unfortunate look if you are portly”.

Audio here:


Further Reading:

Jonathan Menjivar on Studio 360

Russell Smith: Men’s Style: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Dress

Mr. Rogers Never Wore Nike.

Feb 28th, 2008 | Categories: Media, Philadelphia, TV | by Michael Williams

As a PR guy I should be upset by that headline, but I’m not. I like to keep things pure and simple just as much as the public television station WHYY in Philadelphia.


Kempt had a good item on national Mr. Rogers sweater day.