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October 18, 2010

The Lapel-less Blazer and the Hermès Scarf

Contrary to what you think I might say, one can have too many black blazers, and so when I set out to have another one made, I decided to change it up a bit. I wanted something that was structured, yet easy, and minimally detailed. Allow me to share my latest collaboration with my brilliant tailor, the lapel-less blazer:
I had the front made softly structured, partially double-breasted, and buttonless and all the pockets nixed save for the one breast pocket for stuffing in various pocket squares to subtly alter the look. This jacket has the makings of a possible favorite basic piece.
The idea may not be notably groundbreaking; a number of designers have done jackets without lapels in the past. However, the execution and detailing were my vision through and through. Here it is worn:
Number (N)ine sunglasses, tailor-made lapel-less blazer, Hermès scarf, Uniqlo cardigan, Cheap Monday trousers, ASOS shoes
Oh and as you can see, I bit the bullet and purchased my first Hermès scarf.
gratuitous orange box shot

It’s a old-time print entitled “A Propos de Bottes”, literally “About Boots”, and depicts a collection of riding boots accented by top hats and braided whips made out of horsehair. The print is in cream and gray with hints of green; the narrow hand-stitched trim in bluish green gracefully brings everything together.
the Hermès 90 cm carrè in silk twill up close
A couple more detail shots:
man mary-janes from ASOS
permanent fixtures on my left wrist: cuffs by Number (N)ine and Giles and Brother
Second, third, seventh, and eighth photos by my darling friend Angelina. Take a stroll through her portfolio, she’s really talented.


  • Chip
    October 18th, 2010 at 1:29 am

    omg this is so chic
    I want a jacket without a lapel so badly! I found one thrifting ago but it just didn't look right. This one looks incredible on you!

  • Michael
    October 18th, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Just brilliant. Excellent work sir.

  • elizar33
    October 18th, 2010 at 4:23 am

    the jacket is awesome!!!!

    good choice on the scarf! amazing print!

  • Pierre Hardy
    October 18th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Great style, i love it.

  • Forrest
    October 18th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I don't think I could pull off the lapel-less jacket, but it's excellent on you. Would you ever style it with a necktie?

  • Izzy
    October 18th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Forrest: Probably not. With that blazer, I like to keep it clean around the neckline. But I really wanted to wear that scarf that day ha ha

  • Prêt à Porter P
    October 18th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Cool blazer. Also your custom bracelet works beautiful. I like the humor of it.

  • giancinephile
    October 19th, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Nice to finally see your Hermes scarf! It's lovely!!!

    I should try a lapel-less blazer some time too… haha

  • Shane Bailey
    October 20th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    The blazer reminds me of an Balenciaga piece form SS 2010~~ Nice touch

  • Mat
    October 22nd, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    this would look horrid on me. the boy done good. what a tailor you have!

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