Saturday, January 3, 2009
I thought it might be interesting to periodically post photos of what I consider iconic items of clothing. I think of iconic items as those that every man might have, but most wouldn't dare. And here is the first of them: the cream linen suit as worn by artist Richard Merkin.
This particular rendition is slightly flawed in that the trousers are uncuffed, a minor sartorial sin with a double breasted lounge suit. On the other hand, the jacket sleeves are cuffed, and that is a masterstroke in this context.
Mr. Merkin, one of New York's foremost flaneurs in his man about town days, is particularly well turned out in brown slip-on kilties, green socks, gray necktie, gray shirt with a very elegant white club collar worn pinned, and a pink carnation.
Thanks to reader Johnny for the source of the photo.