Friday, July 22, 2011
There was a box awaiting me when I returned home last night, and it included what I think of as my greatest clothing extravagance, that being the cream cashmere double breasted odd vest in the photograph. It is an extravagance not so much because it is cashmere, as vests use only half a yard or so of the stuff, but because the cloth weighs about 17 ounces (500 grams) and the weather in San Francisco may never allow me to wear it.
Cream odd vests go back to George Brummell himself, who wore his with a navy blue coat and tan breeches. I shall wear mine with single breasted lounge suits in winter weights as a visual change of pace from self vests. Double breasted vests complement single breasted jackets, in my opinion, and the cut is just rare enough to add interest to an otherwise conservative ensemble. That said, there remains the issue of when the temperature will permit it to be worn and I will admit that I did have a plan when I ordered the thing. I hope to wear it to the Pitti Uomo menswear show in Florence this coming January where it will be in good company next to the Italian peacocks who frequent the place.
I am indebted to Mr. Graham Lawless of London's Davies & Son who sourced the cloth and, of course, Peter Harvey who has made several terrific examples of this style for me. And no need to write asking me to model the thing. The weather is too warm.