Put This On - Tradition
This is my favorite episode. I am all about brand heritage and tradition. They start off at J.Press, which is a staple here in D.C. regarding classic Americana menswear. So if I had to choose between J.Press and Brooks Brothers, I would only choose BB because I love the fun they have with their brand. Brands must evolve over time or be left in the dust. For fans of classic Americana styles,make sure you check out the Big Homie F. Castleberry and his tumblr. Oh yeah they also hit up Thom Browne. This further pushes my argument for best episode. So many great gems are dished out on this episode you should drop them a few bucks over here.
Dressing like an Adult. This Put This On episode tackles the transition we have all had from dressing casual to dressing how we want to be addressed. A sit down with Director Paul Feig (Mad Men and Freaks and Geeks) to talk about him being one of the few directors in Hollywood who still wears a full suit. Also tips from Nerd Boyfriend.
Put This On -Denim
Jessee does a great job of explaining the ins and outs of denim. He gives you a look inside denim brand Rising Sun Jeans, and talks to creator Mike Hodis. My favorite part is the breakdown of how to care for your denim. This is a great starter video for the series. If you have been following me on twitter you know that in support for PTO’s Fundraiser for Season 2, I will be running a marathon of Put This On. I hope you enjoy.
Our good Friend Jesse has some great news to share. Congratulations to the entire Thorn Family.
Please welcome Simon Thorn, born August 5th, 2011 at 1:14 AM. Everyone is happy and healthy.
(You may now resume reblogging artsy semi-nudes of women with glasses.)
Knits. Often grenadine ties in particularly are confused with knits, but they’re two different beasts. I’m not a textile engineer, but knitting and weaving are very different processes. Knit ties are typically unlined, and have a soft, springy hand and usually a square bottom. (That’s because it’s tough to knit a triangle.) Knits are very casual, and are a great pairing with sportcoats. Their popularity has tracked with traditional American “Ivy” style - with heydays in the 1960s, 1980s and today.
Put This On Episode 7: Personal Style
Episode seven of Put This On explores personal style - elegant, quirky, distinctive and everywhere in between.
Field correspondent Dave Hill visits the annual meeting of the Corduroy Appreciation Club, held each year on 11/11, the date which most resembles corduroy. He discovers a magical world, dedicated to the promotion of that most bookish of fabrics, and to the denigration of the sworn enemy of the wale: velvet.
Then Roxana Altamirano brings a new Nerd Boyfriend segment, with an investigation of an icon of eccentric style, Andre Benjamin, aka Andre 3000 of Outkast.
Plus: a conversation with one of the world’s most elegant men, Gay Talese. He’s not just one of America’s most celebrated magazine writers and the man who invented the contemporary magazine profile. He’s also one of the best-dressed men in the world, the son of an immigrant tailor who imbued in his progeny a love of fine clothing. Besides that, he’s got his own lapel shape!
Stay tuned to putthison.com for more information about season two. If you or your business is interested in sponsoring season two, email us at email@example.com.
Directed by Adam Lisagor
Editing & Second Camera by Benjamin Ahr Harrison
Hosted & Written by Jesse Thorn
Featuring Dave Hill & Roxana Altamirano
In this video, John Lobb’s creative director, Mr. Andres Hernandez, covers some of the basics of shoe care. Many readers have sent me emails asking about how to properly take care of their shoes. I may do a fuller, in-depth post at some point, but between this and Jesse’s wonderful video, 90% of the information you need to know has been covered.
Last night I watched the BBC documentary “The Perfect Suit.” It’s a breezy history of the men’s lounge suit. I particularly enjoyed the segment with Eric Musgrave, author of “Sharp Suits,” which details the history of the lounge suit. The designers selected were very interesting as well - Antony Price, who helped define the suiting aesthetic of the 1980s, and Paul Smith, who speaks with passion about finding ways to make a uniform special on a mass-market scale. It’s also chock-full of charming archival footage. The special paints with very broad strokes, and there isn’t a lot of insight in it, but it does get everything pretty much right.
I only wish I could muster 1/10th of the host’s wide-eyed naif credulity. I get it: he is baffled and confounded by suits. You can find his brief article about the suit here.
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EPISODE 46: The Sound of Young America’s Jesse Thorn joins the Hype Men to discuss Bay-area rap + hip-hop as a spectacle + throwback jerseys + Kanye’s two sides + why Asher Roth is miscast + who Kreayshawn owes thanks + whether rock music is dead + if Jay-Z can one day play the Super Bowl + so much more!
Congrats to Josh and PTO
Josh writes to inform us that his passion for Put This On led to him being featured in the New York Post. Of course, it being the New York Post, after some thoughtful comments from Josh, it veers into three or four paragraphs about Lululemon(?!). Still, good for Josh and most importantly, GOOD FOR US.
Presidential Bespoke: I tweeted this a few months back, however I never posted it.
“The above video comes compliments of a great style blog, Put This On, that combined efforts with animator Tawd Dorenfeld. The LBJ in question is one of greater importance than LeBron: Lyndon Johnson. Johnson requires some pants, which requires the President to speak openly of his crotch and bunghole. You will love it.”
“My Dad pointed out that part of being a successful professional was about putting your best foot forward, and how you looked was the first thing the world saw. I followed his teaching in this matter.” - Dr. Andre Churchwell