Friday, September 23, 2011
The first cashmere tie of the season appeared in a travel outfit the other day, accompanied by an ancient madder pocket square, an end on end shirt and my Breanish tweed jacket that comes out a couple times each spring and fall. In typical Bay area fashion it was a perfect weight for the coast and the City but far too warm for the countryside in between.
All this inland heat is re-shaping my wardrobe. After years of wearing what ready to wear makers consider impossibly heavy cloth year-round, I think only of lighter stuff these days. Unfortunately, the lead times built into my clothing acquisitions means little is coming out of the pipeline. It is a situation reminiscent of Winston Churchill's description of the armaments manufacturing cycle: "The first year nothing, the second year a trickle and the third year a flood." Next year there will be a flood, if we can only get there from here.