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I'm puzzled about this detailing...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gorgekko, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. gorgekko

    gorgekko Senior member

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    Non-Canadians won't be familiar with Russ Anber but he's a pretty well-known boxing trainer and commentator. At any rate, he has a show on TSN every Monday night and he always wears suits with an odd bit of detail. [​IMG] It's on his left shoulder, the satiny strip that extends from his armpit to over his shoulder. My apologies for the quality, my DVD recorder isn't set at max. His clothes are provided by some Toronto-based clothing company with one of those suspiciously sounding Italian names. I'm not a fan of this detail but does anyone know what it is and what is its purpose, if any? His suits always have this strip and always on the left side.
     
  2. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    I have no idea what's going on there. Just like Barry Melrose on ESPN these days. I seem to recall him wearing something to the tone of a horizontally and boldly striped (with colour I think) suits on night. Is there something with Canadian sports commentators and bizarre outfits?
     
  3. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    My guess would be a weird idea with roots in military tradition (ie ropes hanging from under epaulettes), maybe?
     
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    At least he got rid of that mullet. Didn't he used to have a mullet?
     
  5. gorgekko

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    At least he got rid of that mullet. Didn't he used to have a mullet?

    Canadian hockey and mullets go together like beer and nachos. That said, you see less of them these days.
     
  6. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    Non-Canadians won't be familiar with Russ Anber but he's a pretty well-known boxing trainer and commentator. At any rate, he has a show on TSN every Monday night and he always wears suits with an odd bit of detail.

    [​IMG]

    It's on his left shoulder, the satiny strip that extends from his armpit to over his shoulder. My apologies for the quality, my DVD recorder isn't set at max.

    His clothes are provided by some Toronto-based clothing company with one of those suspiciously sounding Italian names. I'm not a fan of this detail but does anyone know what it is and what is its purpose, if any? His suits always have this strip and always on the left side.


    Hi Gekko,

    I would venture that it has a purely decorative purpose which exists solely as a very hip, "Look-at-me" detail. Sports casters are notorious for futuristis details and need to remain ultra-hip when wearing a suit to appeal to the crowd (often including large numbers of simpletons and kiddies) and not seem like a mainstream businessman. The satin strip draws you in and makes you wonder if, in his mind, if he isnt more powerful and unique for having it on. However, I think, rather than a signature, it serves as a distraction.
     
  7. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    No. That's for hunting.
     
  8. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    No. That's for hunting.

    Really? What's the provenance?
     
  9. rdawson808

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    With Don Cherry to pick on, this guys looks fine. Sheesh. [​IMG]


    bob
     
  10. Duveen

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    With Don Cherry to pick on, this guys looks fine. Sheesh. [​IMG]


    bob


    Wow...I learned something today, and found a new style icon. I know that this is (very) old news to Canadians, but RDawson's post opened up a world of sartorial possibilities that i had to share with you all.

    Don Cherry is a bad-ass, tartan-wearing mofo
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    Who moonlights as a mafioso
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    But deep down, he's just a patriot
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    I thought he'd just left his MEC rucksack on his back [​IMG] I'm not a big fan of 3B peak-lapels, but the guy's got a bit of flair so I'll cut him some slack. Following Bob's lead, we should definitely do a Don Cherry appreciation thread sometime; maybe that'll be my project for the week. EDIT: D'oh: Duveen beat me to it.
     
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    I thought he'd just left his MEC rucksack on his back [​IMG]

    I'm not a big fan of 3B peak-lapels, but the guy's got a bit of flair so I'll cut him some slack. Following Bob's lead, we should definitely do a Don Cherry appreciation thread sometime; maybe that'll be my project for the week.

    EDIT: D'oh: Duveen beat me to it.


    C'mon Trogdor - I barely scratched the surface. I know that there's more out there...

    I was actually a bit embarrassed to realize how famous Mr. Cherry clearly is in Canada, as I'd never heard of him. I just Googled him out of curiosity after the earlier mention, and found some pretty impressive stuff.

    He definitely has 'flair'.
     
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    He definitely has 'flair'.
    Unfortunately many, many pieces of it...
     
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    Really? What's the provenance?

    Imagine Dick Cheney in it:
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  15. gorgekko

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    I was actually a bit embarrassed to realize how famous Mr. Cherry clearly is in Canada, as I'd never heard of him. I just Googled him out of curiosity after the earlier mention, and found some pretty impressive stuff.
    He was recently, in a nation-wide poll, named among the top five Canadians of all time. I'm surprised that you haven't heard of him before. Much of his playing career took place in the American minor leages and many in the American hockey community are friends of his. Then again, I may have just answered myself.
    He does know his boxing though...
     
  16. Film Noir Buff

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    As a hockey fan I can say that Don Cherry along with Stan Fischler are two of the most knowledgeable hockey experts around.


    About the wardrobe, well he IS in entertainment.
     
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    [Don Cherry] was recently, in a nation-wide poll, named among the top five Canadians of all time.

    Yup...quickly became clear when Googling that he is a big deal. Only excuse is that I am not a hockey fan. I suppose that most Canadians know John Madden or Dick Vitale (would they be equivalent?).

    Anyhow...I hate being the typically un-clued-in American, but in this case that's exactly what I was.
     
  18. gorgekko

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    Yup...quickly became clear when Googling that he is a big deal. Only excuse is that I am not a hockey fan. I suppose that most Canadians know John Madden or Dick Vitale (would they be equivalent?). Anyhow...I hate being the typically un-clued-in American, but in this case that's exactly what I was.
    I think it would be fair to compare Madden and Cherry. The later doesn't have a hockey game (surprisingly really, though he does have a restaurant franchise) but both built their reputations as coaches with a lot of success -- though Cherry never won the Stanley Cup -- before making the move to commentating. I have been in bars where the patrons shouted at the band to stop playing because Cherry's Hockey Night in Canada segment was about to start.
     
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    I'm not Canadian, but I am a hockey fan (I'm from Grand Forks...hockey fans will know where that is; no one else will). Oh yes, I know who Don Cherry is. I suspect Canadians love him not so much for his commentary but for his gruff-but-avuncular personality, as well as his flair. He's that knowledgable, older sort who gets so worked up that he sometimes confuses himself.

    There's a former player of his who lives near me, and whe helmets first became mandated, this player was a rookie and so had to wear one. He wore one to his first practice, and Cherry screamed at him something like "take that helmet off, you pussy!" I get the feeling that Cherry, himself, took a puck or two to the noggin.[​IMG]

    (This is a strange story, as Cherry has been one of the most outspoken advocates for softening the boards of Canadian rinks to make them safer for the players.)
     
  20. Huntsman

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    Imagine Dick Cheney in it:
    [​IMG]


    I would wear that with pleasure, though I would prefer a different color. I still don't see the resemblance; the military braid seems much more likely, but that might just be me.

    ~ Huntsman
     

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