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Coral Lapel Pins

Eli Curt

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I was wearing an Isaia suit recently and my pop took notice of the lapel pin. This conversation followed:

P: I don't get it. It's metal painted to look like coral?
M: Yeah.
P: Why? Seems cheap.
M: I don't know, that's their thing.
P: They should use real coral. It seems more fitting of such a handsome suit.
M: Probably lost cost-effective.
P: Your mother has a coral necklace that she hasn't worn in 15 years. The string broke and there are a few loose pieces. They're actually red. You should make some pins out of those.
M: OK.

So I did. What do you think?
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+. Since coral reefs are going extinct, using real coral would add more cachet to the brand.
 

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I was wearinf an Isaia suit recently and my pop took notice of the lapel pin. This conversation followed:

P: I don't get it. It's metal painted to look like coral?
M: Yeah.
P: Why? Seems cheap.
M: I don't know, that's their thing.
P: They should use real coral. It seems more fitting of such a handsome suit.
M: Probably lost cost-effective.
P: Your mother has a coral necklace that she hasn't worn in 15 years. The string broke and there are a few loose pieces. They're actually red. You should make some pins out of those.
M: OK.

So I did. What do you think? View attachment 951316View attachment 951317View attachment 951319
I think those pins are rather appealing. Especially so as the coral is, essentially, recycled.
 

Ich_Dien

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Whilst never really a fan of wearing anything other than a flower in your buttonhole these don't look bad, well done.
 

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There are good reasons why clothing labels are sewn on the inside—and why labels on the sleeve are meant to removed. The primary reason is that a gentleman who is confident and secure in his sartorial choices has no need to seek the approval or even notice of others.

The second reason is that a gentleman would never want to suggest that he is being paid as a billboard—and why else would you wear advertising but to be paid?

I realize these self-evident truths are now violated everywhere with branded t-shirts, caps and even underwear. Not only do millions of bad businesspeople fail to negotiate a payment for all this advertising, they actually seem to pay out their own money for the privilege.

Which brings us to the Isaia lapel pin. Granted most people don’t know it’s the Isaia logo, but the ones who do are precisely those whom you would not want to believe you are so insecure as to trumpet your luxury brand. As an ironic statement, wearing the Isaia pin on clothing obviously not Isaia, like a denim motorcycle jacket, is fine.

But when wearing tailored Isaia clothing--if someone asks, feel free to name the maker of your suit although even here, opacity is recommended: “It’s Italian, handmade.” And remember, you didn’t go to Harvard. You went to a school near Boston.
 
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There are good reasons why clothing labels are sewn on the inside—and why labels on the sleeve are meant to removed. The primary reason is that a gentleman who is confident and secure in his sartorial choices has no need to seek the approval or even notice of others.

The second reason is that a gentleman would never want to suggest that he being paid as a billboard—and why else would you wear advertising but to be paid?

I realize these self-evident truths are now violated everywhere with branded t-shirts, caps and even underwear. Not only do millions of bad businesspeople fail to negotiate a payment for all this advertising, they actually seem to pay out their own money for the privilege.

Which brings us to the Isaia lapel pin. Granted most people don’t know it’s the Isaia logo, but the ones who do are precisely those whom you would not want to believe you are so insecure as to trumpet your luxury brand. As an ironic statement, wearing the Isaia pin on clothing obviously not Isaia, like a denim motorcycle jacket, is fine.

But when wearing tailored Isaia clothing--if someone asks, feel free to name the maker of your suit although even here, opacity is recommended: “It’s Italian, handmade.” And remember, you didn’t go to Harvard. You went to a school near Boston.
My takeaway is you like them.
 

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Purely as objects, they are fine. I have a number of pieces of coral jewelry myself.
I was being a bit facetious :) I do appreciate your prose and your response, so thank you for that!

I wore one over the weekend. I have also worn the isaia ones in the past.

These garnish huge attention, for better or for worse. I found myself explaining that my mother's defunct necklace was now enjoying a second life and a new purpose to at least four of my acquaintances who I ran into.

I've never been asked about the isaia pin.
 

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