Alright Vox Jr. I feel you though - I am drawn to heavier fabric, and own far more a/w gear regardless of the fact that I rarely have the chance to such gear.
Also, I recently updated my Bespoke Adventure thread. Here are some detes from my most recent fitting with Chris.
I have thought about a pinstripe navy. Navy is tough for me. My skin tone has a reddish hue, and my hair is somewhat coppery, so darker navy's are often not appealing. I have always been enamored with that pinstripe that Sanders wears. However, I am fairly broad shouldered, and do not always like the way that pinstripe suits wear on me.
In any event, back to scheduled programming! After numerous delays, we arrived in Chicago around 2:30 p.m. this past Saturday (as opposed to 10:30 a.m.). I went straight from the airport to baggage claim (where I found the airline lost my bags), from baggage claim to hotel, and from hotel to Chris' shop. Unfortunately, without clothing in hand, I had to wear my airport attire. We will get to the deets on the jacket later.
But first, some food pr0n! On Saturday night, we went to Blackbird. I was fairly diligent, and took pictures of most of the courses.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I thought Blackbird was delicious. Not the best restaurant I have been to, but the dishes were fun, and the place had a great atmosphere. All things considered, the price was reasonable for the quality, in my opinion. When we were finished with Blackbird, we were exhausted
. I am not used to dining at 9:30 p.m. anymore.
The next day was leisurely. Went for a walk, rented some bikes, etc. Went to Cindy's for brunch, grabbed a light lunch at Ema, and went to Au Cheval for dinner. All in all, a heck of a day (I think I am still full).
Was pretty terrible about pictures, but here is one where I am contemplating the menu.
Alright, now, to the good stuff! Unfortunately, did not get to spend as much time with Chris as I would have liked, but I got to spend a good hour at his shop. I came in on Saturday, and he was working with his apprentice, Eric. Eric trained in Rome, and has been working for Chris for about 4-5 years (IIRC). Sat around, and talked shop for a little bit. Chris was kind enough to offer me a beer, and I happily accepted his offer (3 Floyd's Zombie Dust - yet another perk). In exchange, I brought him some Ghost in the Machine, a great beer proudly brewed here in Louisiana.
I put on my coat, and I was surprised at how much I loved the fabric. I look forward to shooting the jacket in natural light.
We had a few minor changes. We decided to shorten the jacket by about 3/8 of an inch or so (not pictured). We also brought in the waist a hair (pictured). Chris also let out the back a little bit, and raised the collar - I evidently have put on a bit of muscle (with my new house, I guess the yard work is giving me some of that much-needed grown man strength). We decided to go for a softer look with this jacket. It is not styled as aggressively as my suit. For some reason or another, I think that overly suppressed jackets can often look incongruous - especially one as countrified as this.
We decided to change the initial configuration, slightly. We are going with triple patch pockets, and we picked out some dark reddish-brown buttons. I think it is all going to look fantastic. Also, we decided to go with two buttons on the sleeve.
Chris indicated that the jacket should be finished in about a month. I am looking forward to it already!