It is still bitter here in California some of the time, but the temperature is definitely getting milder to the point that the light tweed topcoat that arrived this week may not get any wear before November. A ready to wear piece that Grenfell made up as a sample, I had planned to have it altered to fit and write about the result, but, happily, that particular project may be one whose time has already passed. At least until November. A long sleeved polo, quilted suede gilet, corduroy trousers, wool sport socks and Edward Green bluchers were just right for a walk by the sea.
Spring usually begins in mid-March here, but the very welcome warmer weather means I may be able to wear a gabardine suit again this week in order to take one of Rubinacci's silk Shantung neckties out for a spin. I expect that particular combination will be one of my go to looks for the coming season but it is definitely only a sunny afternoon combination in February. 420 gram flannel is much more practical after six o'clock.
One of the many nice things about the sunshine is that it brings out the optimism in us. April follows March of course, and that will be visiting season. Napolisumisura confirmed that the Minnis Rangoon cloth I sent them will be ready for fitting in April when Dino is in San Francisco, which means that the completed stuff should be available for pickup in Naples in June (as a man used to waiting a year or more for a suit, the Adamos threaten to spoil me). If Cleverley has finished my spectators by then I will be the guy walking along one Bay or another in an ecru summer-weight double breasted and black and white shoes. I am probably not alone in thinking that I am so ready for that.