Frans 2

March 10th, 2014

2. OG Weekend Casual

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“My days off are often spent in cafes meeting up with friends and colleagues or catching up on my reading (currently, The Book of Absinthe – A Cultural History). Here I am at one of my favorite Alphabet City haunts, Cafecito. It’s like my Cheers, but with rice and beans!

The jacket is a 60’s vintage piece, gifted to me by a friend. I love the fact that it’s a traditional pattern rendered in a bold, seasonally appropriate pumpkin color that sometimes elicits compliments from random women in the street.”

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“I typically take a more casual weekend approach with this jacket. I paired it with a denim cutaway collar shirt, a silk scarf, grey flannel trousers and brown pebble grain boots.

On my lapel is a black/gold African Dogon mask. I like to use accessories with an interesting provenance. I believe this pin was made by the American accessories company Swank, perhaps in the 70’s or 80’s. It was part of an African heritage series that pre-empted later forays into what contemporary marketers call the ‘urban market’.”

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What we can all learn here: Casual tailoredwear is a real thing (and has been for years). The denim cutaway collar shirt, wool/cashmere textured jacket, and soft flannel trousers are all considered casual weekend pieces to Frans. Believe it or not, that’s how they did it back in the day, before the mass production of the t-shirt ruined our relationship with “fussy”, “uncomfortable” weekend tailoring.

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