Friday, 26 November 2010

Updates Blah

Sorry for the broken promises and weirdly long intervals between posts. Steve McQueen Style is a lovely little world. It's just that taken as a whole, as you'd expect from the laws of the universe, everything else occupies more space.

Thanks for the comments. Do continue to reply to posts regardless of their age. I'll get round to crash helmets and the other things people want me to mention. It's just a question of when. One other thing: if you have a shirty disposition, so to speak, I can put up with it as long as you actually have something to say.

A word on style forums (not fora). They occasionally remind me of the time I saw two drunks shout about whose jumper was the best colour. The man with the dark brown said it was his and the man with the camel jumper said his was best. That was a shit argument. The worst bit was when it became apparent, from drunken mumbles between the shouts, the man in the dark brown jumper actually preferred the camel one and only argued otherwise because he knew his beer belly would look even worse in it. Everything was OK then, though, because my friend came out of the toilet and we went somewhere else. Forums are great if you want to get involved in pointless interaction but they also have, and are better for, engaging experts and a wealth of information.

OK, "news". Bad first: things are even more expensive. The average price, for instance, of Red Wing 3141 is now £160.

 Red Wing 8113

One comment posted on this blog, while we're here, remarks that Red Wing 8113s (Iron Ranger boot in the hawthorne colour) have something of The Great Escape.

Good news! L.L.Bean is a US shop that's been about since 1912. It's a favourite with Ivy fans (more on the nebulous notion of "Ivy" later). L.L.Bean Signature is an offshoot. It's a cack-handed attempt to grope young people, but it has a sale in which you'll find my beloved Sperry Top-Sider 75th Anniversary CVO. $45, or about £30. Beware, as usual, of import duties from the US. Delivery to the UK is reasonable, though. It's from $20, which is under £13. Thanks to whoever left that comment (Mr Bean?).

OK, countries. Some people, sometimes with good reason, like to know where clothes are made. I've mentioned that Sanders, George Cox and Church put their footwear together in England, Red Wing in the US.

Clarks suede desert boot (colour is "sand")

I prefer things made as close to home as possible, but Clarks desert boots (£79) are made in Vietnam. Some people say these Clarks are uncomfortable, hard to break in, too narrow (even the Clarks website says they're narrow). I find them the easiest thing to wear on the ends of my legs from the moment I buy them. I often go up a size with other shoes to compensate for my wide feet. Clarks desert boots fit perfectly in my true size 10. People sometimes put the boot into these Clarks, so to speak, and when they do, along with whatever other reason they seem to have, often they mention Vietnam.

Sperry Top-Siders and Keds are made in China. A company called Luxottica owns Persol and Ray-Ban, meanwhile, and the story is those brands were better before Luxottica owned them, which I'm sure is right. Companies can make things worse anywhere, though. Ray-Bans are made in China and Italy. Persols are handmade in Italy.

The 1947 501s I mention in this blog are made in the US, but your other Levi's are likely to come from Turkey, Poland, Mexico, Columbia. You should try to ensure it's made ethically and well, of course, but globalisation is the way of the world. I've intimated in other posts that Steve McQueen style is a tricky thing to achieve. I've also said Steve's clothes would look good first and historically accurate to the period in which his films were set second, and that's the attitude from which to draw Steve McQueen style lessons. His denim was made in the USA but, today, the cut of a pair made elsewhere might somehow imbue it with more Steve McQueenness.

Let me say it again for amazing effect: Steve McQueen style is a tricky thing to achieve. It raises arguments. Steve McQueen obviously, on the one hand, thought a good deal about the details of his clothing. He didn't, on the other, spend unhealthy amounts of time on the internet trying to dress like Steve McQueen. If there's one lesson you should take from this blog, it's be yourself and don't worry about the details.

OK, that's not right. The lesson you should take from this blog is the thing about clothes that look good rather than accurate. That'll do.

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