Greetings, Directorate, and accept my best wishes for the New Year. May 2022 be nothing like 2021 or 2020!
Before we launch into clothes, I wanted to address the plans of Directrice Global Industries Ltd. and our parent company, DGI Holding, Inc., for Q1 2022.
Some of you may have noticed some incompatibility between this website and your operating system or security settings. Others may not be aware that these posts are formatted with photos of varying size and placement — which I labor over like a scrapbooker loaded with Adderall to get everything just so— and accompanying text floating attractively in columns next to the photos. Instead you see margin-to-margin text occasionally broken up by large photos. Something a raccoon with a laptop could have done.
There is a reason for these problems. Apparently I have been neglecting various WordPress upgrades, and just like a house where maintenance has been deferred for decades and everyone just adjusts to the minor problems (a missing drawer pull here, a defunct outlet there), the site/house has become less and less functional until — to carry the house metaphor to its logical end — you (and your guests) are entering through a bulkhead door into the basement because the front door is stuck and the side door doorknob fell off.
I’ve swatted away the minor inconveniences for years, but shortly before Thanksgiving, the “Directrice” banner at the top of the site disappeared and this broke my mind. So, it’s time for me to engage a consultant in some diagnostics and see if the current site can be fixed or if this enterprise needs to be moved to another platform.
All of this is to say: I will be posting irregularly over the next two months while the site is sorted out. Stay tuned! Now clothes.
They’re as toasty as shearling lined slippers because that’s essentially what they are. But with a lug sole and shiny black calfskin uppers, they are totally suitable for work.
Every year, I buy one special Christmas present for myself. It’s part reward for good behavior, part trail marker to help me look back in future years.
This year’s gift was this plaid Comme des Garcons jacket.
Here I am wearing it over a column of black: a black crewneck sweater-vest over a black dotted swiss blouse over a black camisole. And black action slacks.
This jacket looks workier (somewhat workier) with cropped grey wool trousers and a grey sweater.
I purchased this vintage piece on The RealReal.
I always get a chuckle when I review the Comme des Garcons women’s clothing selection — for two reasons.
First, every weeks a few a group of vintage items in pristine condition will appear. These items are usually among the most avant garde designs. I assume when I see this that a collector has died and that someone — an executor, heir, friend — has gone through her belongings and is trying to find the right destination for everything. I also assume this person is not into clothes and that his or her first pass through the collection was in a state of bewilderment or disbelief.
Second, I love the descriptions that The RealReal attach to the most advanced, conceptual pieces. Like when a breast plate of shredded plastic held in place with luggage straps is labeled “Jacket.”
I think these sleeves are dolman+.
According to a 30-second Google search, dolman sleeves were inspired by Turkish robes of the Middle Ages.
Here I am, at full bear-repelling width.
Do you think my wingspan equals my height?
One last shot and then we will move on to other Weejuns.
Do you remember what I told you about red shoes?
Every closet needs a pair. Or, every closet can justify a pair. They are a classic that often gets left off the classic lists.
This year, they had many to choose from. In addition to the shearling and ombre versions shown in this post, they had a zebra print pair and a pair decorated with charms — all with lug soles.
Here I am dressed for another day at the home office. Same sweater vest and pants as shown above, but with a white dotted swiss blouse and this wonderful cropped cardigan.
I bought this cardigan on impulse when staying in Portland, Oregon for a deposition in 2008. The deposition did not go well. It wasn’t a disaster, but I learned some things about my witness during the deposition that I would have preferred to know in advance. The purchases I made during my free time after the deposition, however, were all solid gold.
You saw this cardigan in one of my earliest entries.
Odd, the memories that stay sharp. I suffered through the longest, most boring — yet bitterly contentious — conference call I can remember during that trip and then came down with a cold. I spent three days in Portland for a day’s work because of flight schedules.
Hope you are staying warm — unless you are in the Southern Hemisphere (hello Katie and Justine!) in which case I hope you are staying cool.
Check back periodically to see when the site is restored to its former glory. Until then, don’t hesitate to send me an email or leave a comment asking a question (I can rouse myself to answer questions), offering a tip, or just saying hello.
In addition to G.H. Bass, you can find Weejun loafers at Nordstrom, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters!