Trad Men in The New York Observer

With New York fashion week within arm’s reach, The Observer’s Joe Pompeo reports on the decidedly non trendy trend of Trad. The article gets some great analysis from two very honorable gentlemen, namely John Tinseth from The Trad (which is one of my favorite reads; Tinseth has amazing taste and is a helluva story teller) and David Wilder of J. Press. I have had the pleasure of talking shop over spirits with both gents on several occasions and can say without reservation that few do it better. When I worked with David at Press I would joke that he was sent from central casting. David possesses an insane knowledge about Ivy League style and WASP culture. Many thanks to Joe for including me – this is the kind of style coverage that I love. Read the article here.

J. Press suit and Blackwatch sport coat. Photos by Lee Clower.

Comments on “Trad Men in The New York Observer

    Memphis88 on September 8, 2009 11:22 PM:

    Is it weird that it excited me to learn the identity of TinTin?

    clintow on September 8, 2009 11:54 PM:

    @Memphis88 — then we’re both weird.

    I find it humorous that, in an article about trad, the J Press blazer they pictured is darted.

    TM on September 9, 2009 12:34 AM:

    Where can I get that Plaid Blazer ????

    Nathaniel Edwards on September 9, 2009 6:03 PM:

    I enjoyed the article, if not mostly because this one didn’t harp Brooks Brothers as what some might call a “sell out.” Another article at Ivey Style spent significant time addressing why J. Press thought Brooks Brothers was not traditional, nor even a good company! As it addressed preppy v. trad, I would love to read an article about trad v. dandy or Southern interpretations of similar aesthetics.

    Christopher Baus on September 9, 2009 8:01 PM:

    I really think there is going to be a larger movement back not to classic american style, but classic american construction. Quality has gone so far down the tubes, and our economy along with it, that I feel that the country will innately seek out quality U.S. goods, and it won’t led by mid-western union workers this time.

    Christopher Baus on September 9, 2009 8:51 PM:

    opps. Make that “not ONLY classic…”

    Eileen on September 10, 2009 12:23 AM:

    Great article. My boyfriend needs one of those suits. We’ve been looking for the perfect suit for some time. It’s actually taken me longer to help find him a good suit then it took to help my sister find her wedding dress. I’m very curious to see the store when we come to NYC in October. Thanks for sharing.

    John on September 10, 2009 12:59 AM:

    This is a little off the topic, but I’ve been trying to find classic cologne for men for quite sometime and cannot. It ran across my mind that it might be an interesting topic for a next post. *hint* *hint* Anyway, if you were to post anything on colognes that you like or whatever, I’d find it very interesting. Great post btw!! Those are excellent looking suits and I especially like the glasses!! :)

    Memphis88 on September 10, 2009 1:32 AM:


    That’s Black Watch and you can get one at pretty much any trad establishment.

    Jack on September 10, 2009 12:30 PM:

    I am glad they threw The Trad in there, being a filmmaker I have a lot of respect for good storytellers, and he’s one of the best in the blog world. He should really go into writing and submitting short stories, if not screenplays for short films. Respect.

    Doug on September 14, 2009 9:05 PM:

    I too covet that Black Watch jacket, but have not seen anything like it on the Press or BB websites, so I’m still looking. If anyone has any specifics, I’d love to know.

    todd on September 15, 2009 8:42 PM:

    i am looking for some clarity: the 1 3/4″ cuff — in the Trad world, is this something one can have on a plain front pair of paints, or only on pleated pants?

    I am thinking of buying a suit at J Press — my first plain front. but i feel a bit weird about not cuffing the pants — however, if a cuff is not an option style wise, so be it.


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