Ok guys the first out of 3 parts of the collection is now on-line, the wool collection. One has already sold out at the trunk show so there are only 6 remaining. We are a proudly Australian company and I am from country NSW bang in the sheep farming district so it's important to us to use Australian wool free from mulesing in the wool ties we produce.
I've spoilered the rest as all images are in my affiliate thread.
They are all 3 fold and handmade in Naples as always. $84.95 AUD.
Oh and a small bit of housekeeping regarding the SF discount code (SF10) will now only work for order totals of $84.95 or greater. It was either put a limit on the discount or put prices up and I think this way is fairer to all on the whole.
If anyone's a 40R in MJ Bale and interested in a new blue-grey flannel suit, please PM me - I have a new one to sell at half price. Will be putting it up on B&S later but here's a chance to get in first
TBM - would you please start buying your clothes and shoes a size bigger so I can buy the well priced nice stuff when you are selling.
Anyone here who is a 40R with size 9 UK feet could do well from TBM B&S.
I was talking to Gerry the other night about what one is attempting achieve in dressing - once one gets beyond the basics. Notions of attracting people and dressing for a purpose. Perhaps it was also lennier who was talking about dressing up and down for meetings/negotiations depending on purpose. All moderated and mediated depending on (perceived) status/ imputed status / named status/ official status/ status inferred due to age/ experience/reputation etc etc. As we all know it can get complicated the more aware you are.
Following on; the most important book anyone should own on clothing, or anything, after one has mastered the basics is Stephen Potters: The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship(or the Art of Winning Games without Actually Cheating) (1947)
It would be useful to get away from what I purchased/ what it costs/ etc etc and it might be useful to ponder the odd framework for examining The Presentation Of Self In Everyday Life ( to mention another basic book on clothing.)
I've alway found Karen Horney's basic triage looking glass of Toward, Against and Away useful for many purposes. Looking at clothing its a useful framework to see what you are trying to do with the way you dress. Are you looking to go toward or bring people toward you, are you looking to push people away or are you looking to clash with or push against people.
Moving Toward People
1. The need for affection and approval; pleasing others and being liked by them.
2. The need for a partner; one whom they can love and who will solve all problems.
Moving Against People
3. The need for power; the ability to bend wills and achieve control over others—while most persons seek strength, the neurotic may be desperate for it.
4. The need to exploit others; to get the better of them. To become manipulative, fostering the belief that people are there simply to be used.
5. The need for social recognition; prestige and limelight.
6. The need for personal admiration; for both inner and outer qualities—to be valued.
7. The need for personal achievement; though virtually all persons wish to make achievements, as with No. 3, the neurotic may be desperate for achievement.
Moving Away from People
8. The need for self sufficiency and independence; while most desire some autonomy, the neurotic may simply wish to discard other individuals entirely.
9. The need for perfection; while many are driven to perfect their lives in the form of well being, the neurotic may display a fear of being slightly flawed.
10. Lastly, the need to restrict life practices to within narrow borders; to live as inconspicuous a life as possible.
Upon investigating the ten needs further, Horney found she was able to condense them into three broad categories:
Compliance Needs one and two were assimilated into the "compliance" category. This category is seen as a process of "moving towards people", or self-effacement. Under Horney's theory children facing difficulties with parents often use this strategy. Fear of helplessness and abandonment occurs—phenomena Horney refers to as "basic anxiety". Those within the compliance category tend to exhibit a need for affection and approval on the part of their peers. They may also seek out a partner, somebody to confide in, fostering the belief that, in turn, all of life's problems would be solved by the new cohort. A lack of demands and a desire for inconspicuousness both occur in these individuals.
Aggression Needs three through seven were assimilated into the "aggression" category, also called the "moving against people", or the "expansive" solution. Neurotic children or adults within this category often exhibit anger or basic hostility to those around them. That is, there is a need for power, a need for control and exploitation, and a maintenance of a facade of omnipotence. Manipulative qualities aside, under Horney's assertions the aggressive individual may also wish for social recognition, not necessarily in terms of limelight, but in terms of simply being known (perhaps feared) by subordinates and peers alike. In addition, the individual has needs for a degree of personal admiration by those within this person's social circle and, lastly, for raw personal achievement. These characteristics comprise the "aggressive" neurotic type. Aggressive types also tend to keep people away from them. On the other hand, they only care about their wants and needs. They would do whatever they can to be happy and wouldn't desist from hurting anyone.
Detachment Needs eight through ten were assimilated into the "detachment" category, also called the "moving-away-from" or "resigning" solution or a detached personality. As neither aggression nor compliance solve parental indifference, Horney recognized that children might simply try to become self-sufficient. The withdrawing neurotic may disregard others in a non-aggressive manner, regarding solitude and independence as the way forth. The stringent needs for perfection comprise another part of this category; those withdrawing may strive for perfection above all else, to the point where being flawed is utterly unacceptable. Everything the "detached" type does must be unassailable and refined. They suppress or deny all feelings towards others, particularly love and hate.