Proving once again that there is nothing really new under the sun, Woody Hochswender noted in GOLF Magazine yesterday that Martin Kaymer was wearing a mysterious bit of neckwear at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship this past Saturday. Hochswender of course is the former style reporter for the New York Times and Senior Editor of Esquire Magazine whose two books on men's style include Men in Style (Rizzoli, 1993), which is on my Twenty Great Clothing Books list. And his eye was good in this case, capturing as it did a look similar to the one Cary Grant wore in To Catch a Thief more than fifty years ago.
The details of Kaymer's scarf are relatively mundane. A $23 piece known as a Black Fly Buff that was designed by a Florida Keys fishing guide, the Buff is made of Coolmax Extreme, a technical fabric designed to screen UV and wick moisture. I might prefer something in silk but Coolmax is probably a better choice for the golf course. And I hope we see more of them.
Thanks to reader J for the tip.
Photo of Martin Kaymer: Robert Beck for Sports Illustrated