Here at Andrews & Pygott we try to live by two very simple precepts:
1. If it doesn’t fit, don’t keep it, and
2. If you never wear it, don’t keep it.
In general, we are rigorous in our application of these precepts, despite often lamenting that we would have had the basis of a very good men’s fashion history exhibition had we kept everything we ever came across. Indeed, to be fair, we have never violated the first principal – we are both absolutely committed to the idea that ‘fit is everything.’ Occasionally of course you will like something so much that you convince yourself that it fits when it doesn’t, but eventually you come to your senses… eventually…
The second principal I’m afraid has been violated several times, and in the next few posts I will let you have a sneaky look of those few items that fit us and that we love, but which we would never ever be seen wearing in public!
1932 Grey Borsalino Homburg sz 7 1/8
This is a truly sensational hat and is in pristine, never worn condition. Unfortunately one cannot wear a homburg without looking like an effeminate private detective and / or getting shouted at by yobs.
1926 White Colonial Jodhpurs W32″
Why did men back in the day have such tiny calves? These breeches were tailored in 1926 by Hoar & Co in Karachi, Pakistan with boned corsetry around the calves, just in case the wearer let himself slip to the extent that his ordinary-sized legs offended the womenfolk.
Late Victorian/Edwardian Frock Coat 36″ R
Let’s face it – as awesome as this is, there are absolutely no opportunities for wearing frock coats – at least none where you couldn’t easily substitute in morning dress, and who wouldn’t pass up that opportunity! Edit: I actually wore this to a wedding once! And then there’s Leominster’s once-a-year Victorian market… (Simon)