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Every blazer tells a story: Men reveal the secrets of those amazing Henley Royal regatta jackets (including the stains they keep as a badge of honour)
on MEN: Gender-bending portraits explore a man’s place in the home ‘You can’t wash your blazer or tie,’ said James Parkin, 38, wearing a cream jacket and tie from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. ‘Each stain tells a story and that is why you will see guys in their 70s walking around in tatty jackets.’ The stains, missing buttons and patches are all part of what makes the blazers a part of the regatta’s 174-year history. Every blazer tells a story, wear and tear is kept as a badge of honour: From left, Oliver James, Robert Lawrence and Jack Barden De Lacroix As Mr Parkin observed of his own jacket: ‘This coffee stain is from four years ago and this is beer from last jual jaket jepang year. It does show up worse on the light coloured jackets but it is all part of the history.’ Steve Salter, 29 years, from London Rowing Club added of his blazer: ‘I am told that each stain is supposed to tell a story and be a badge of honour. It is something that has been passed down from the older members. ‘Each member is told when they get their blazer that it is bad luck to get it cleaned.
Blazers & Suits
We knew it was coming. All those mornings watching dad guide his tie into a Windsorwere lessons for the time it would become acceptable for us to wear suits to work. Not just a sweater,jacket and khakis thrown together, either – we’re talking on a bespoke level. The Hill-Side’snew line of blazers uses signature textiles of indigo, herringbone and wool that are usually reserved for hats, belts and watch bands. The move is part of a new venture for the company, which recently saw solid success with a custom shirting service at December’s Pop-Up Flea. The slight patterns and turned-down colors create a Monet effect – from far away, nothing too controversial. But up close: crazy detail.
These Blazers From The Hill-Side’s New Collection Will Elevate Your Work Wardrobe
This fall, AskMen reveals just what those components of a complete wardrobe are with our 2012 Style Essentials. When you want to look pulled together, nothing beats a blazer and when you really need to dress to impress, you can’t go wrong with a well-fitting suit. A carefully edited selection of blazers and suits are therefore indispensable to a man’s closet.