Thursday, January 20, 2011
The two collections arrived without context. There was nothing to explain the thinking that put them in front of me shortly after I brushed the snow from my overcoat. Perhaps the publishers expected that I would enjoy a metaphorical respite from the cold. It just seemed strange, though I will admit that I saw a man wearing shorts beneath his parka yesterday. But polo shirts? Brrr. It can only be a sign that the seasons will be changing.
That said, I also spoke with Stephen Temkin of Toronto, the entrepreneur behind Leon Drexler, a newish hatmaker there, and we agreed that he would make me a brown Lord's Hat, a version of the homburg most recently popularized fifty years ago by Lord Anthony Eden (the hat-wearing gentleman in the photo). My friend Francesco was wearing a vintage homburg in the Milanese rain the other day and looked great. The challenge for Mr. Temkin of course is to finish the hat before the end of the season so that it can be worn once or twice before the straws come out.
And he does not seem to have much time. For the arrival of those catalogs surely meant that the end of winter is imminent.