Thursday, March 17, 2011
I spent half an hour drinking coffee in the lobby of the San Francisco Hilton the other day, leafing through Nicholas Storey's History of Men's Accessories (Pen & Sword Books 2011), which will be reviewed here once I have had the time to actually read it, while noting absently that half the suit-wearing and trade show attending men walking around were wearing deadly dull black suits, and all but one of the rest were in a shade of gray if you were interested.
I was there for a fitting with W. W. Chan, for that is the only reason to ever be in that Hilton when one lives in the area. Patrick Chu and colleague were their normal amenable and impeccably prepared selves, and the to-be-fit blue cashmere and cotton suit closer to perfect than any of their previous efforts. It was close enough to tempt me to forgo a fitting on the Finmeresco blazer that they will bring back with them in July, but I did not yield.
The day being gloomy and the time late afternoon, none of the photography was usable of course, save for the customary shot of a Donegal tweed swatch. This one being one of Porter & Harding's Thornproofs of 560 grams (17 ounces) and what is a man to do with that unless he lives out of doors? The light gray mix in the photo would make a lovely topcoat, or a short cape if one were to stop suppressing his inner Sherlock Holmes, but a jacket would be almost unwearable in a heated space. Were it not for that small detail the pattern would make a perfect suit for the suburbs where I spend the majority of my time these days. And they do make the stuff in a more useable-for-me 14 ounce (420 gram) weight.
Though my mind was set on olive green gabardine for the future when the day began, it was full of gray Donegal as it came to an end.