With Hurricane Sandy, this year’s mandatory “End of the Century,” apocalyptic hell storm that plowed through the East Coast last week, it’s only right that we dedicate this week’s column to the most storied piece of American rain gear: L.L. Bean’s Bean boots.
When you think about it, we really owe our friendly French neighbors from across the Atlantic for some of the finest things in life: French kissing, the French press, French toast, French fries. Okay, maybe not, but we do have the French to thank for one of the most regal of all shirting details: the French cuff.
It looks like it’s going to be a wavy season. And no, we’re not playing weatherman, we’re talking about all those loud, patterned shirts. Once a pop culture castoff (the stereotypical garb for overweight tourists), the Hawaiian (or Aloha) shirt is returning to its storied roots. Vibrant prints peppered with pineapples, surfers, leis, and pretty much anything else even remotely related to the beach have been trimmed down, and elevated from clueless to cool.
Over the past few years we’ve seen a lot of iconic slip-ons rising from the archives to newfound popularity: penny loafers, tassel loafers, even Prince Albert slippers have seen a strong resurgence. And it seems that the next shoe in line is the venerable Belgian loafer.
Take it from Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, and Frank Sinatra: These three men never looked more comfortable or more masculine than when they were wearing that tartan-lined, zip-front jacket. Get to know the iconic Baracuta G9 Harrington.