I’ve to say, I used to be actually happy with the response to this yr’s PS Awards, which had been set out right here two weeks in the past.
It’s at all times nerve-wracking altering the format of a preferred sequence, however after nearly 1000 product suggestions from readers, I believe it’s honest to say the brand new scheme has been in style too.
In fact being PS readers, the factor that’s most putting about these suggestions is how considerate they’re.
Whether or not it’s a comparability of various horsehide jackets over time, or a narrative of a favorite previous shirt that’s now used – as a mark of honour – to shine and buff sneakers, the entries show each emotion and data.
That second story jogged my memory of indigenous peoples that see it as a gesture of respect to make use of each a part of an animal they kill – the pores and skin in addition to the meat. It is the identical concept of valuing garments extra, it doesn’t matter what they’re. Extra materialism, much less consumerism.
Anyway, thanks all very a lot to your fantastic contributions. I proceed to learn them, and I do know different readers have gotten plenty of worth out of them too.
The one difficulty with this awards format, it seems, is that it’s unattainable to show the responses into precise winners. They’re simply too different.
Maybe subsequent time it could make sense – if we talk about favorite clothes once more – to maintain the classes slim, resembling favorite sneakers or knitwear. As ever I welcome your ideas.
As an alternative of asserting winners in in the present day’s publish, due to this fact, I’m thanking everybody; recommending others browse the lists in the event that they’re ever in want of inspiration; after which giving my very own nominations.
First, my favorite piece of clothes I purchased in 2022.
Favorite piece of clothes in 2022: Rubato Officer’s Chinos
My favorite items of clothes are practically at all times ones I put on rather a lot, purely as a result of I’ve so many alternatives to take pleasure in them.
They usually’re practically at all times ones that fill a selected place in my wardrobe: not one other color or sample of blouse, however one thing that’s distinctive within the position it performs.
My Officer’s Chinos are each of these.
The Rubato look of white shirt/polo, V-shaped knitwear and good chino continues to please me each time I put on it. It’s good and stylish. It feels a good distance from tailoring, nevertheless it’s equally removed from denims or streetwear.
When a pal asks what he ought to put on when everybody else within the workplace has deserted tailoring to the sloppiness of low cost chinos and half-zip sweaters, that is what I like to recommend to him. He’ll nearly seem like everybody else, however not fairly. Higher.
The Rubato chinos themselves have the right rise, the right easy (however high quality) make. There’s no two-button French bearer, which used to look so particular and now feels somewhat foolish. There are simply razor-sharp hip pockets and finely made buttonholes.
I’ve the ivory (pictured above), the khaki, and I’m attempting to deliver again the brown.
Favorite piece of clothes ever: Liverano ulster coat
This class is extremely arduous, as readers have attested.
In case you have a superb variety of good garments, it’s actually unattainable to pick one. You want too many in several methods, for various causes.
So I picked one which, off the highest of my head, offers me most pleasure to put on.
I’ve a long-running love affair with tailor-made coats, and this Liverano ulster is particular amongst them. The minimize is so roomy within the chest that every little thing appears to suit simply underneath it, but it by no means feels huge.
It’s properly made, however there’s nothing in any respect showy about it. And naturally it’s in what’s now known as PS Harris Tweed, which is sweet.
I believe feelings like this have rather a lot to do with what garments develop into your favourites. This coat feels very private provided that tweed – and it is a reminder of Antonio Liverano, together with his ever-knowing smile.
Favorite bespoke ever: Anderson & Sheppard twine swimsuit
In fact, that coat may have received this class too, however selecting it for the earlier part permits me to have one other piece of tailoring right here. And it too is a mix of pleasure and private connection.
I’ve at all times favored the drape minimize of an A&S double-breasted jacket, and that is the DB I put on essentially the most; in all probability as a result of the others are both fairly good (charcoal worsted) or fairly uncommon (royal-blue flannel).
I put on the jacket by itself more often than not, and doing so just lately jogged my memory how good a cotton/cashmere corduroy is.
It doesn’t need to be cashmere, it may very well be wool. However that blend of animal hair offers the jacket extra softness and pliability, which additionally permits it to be minimize somewhat nearer than full cotton. (And each are so a lot better than stretch synthetics.) This one was from Scabal.
It’s not a terrific fibre mixture for trousers, sadly. However as I stated I put on the jacket largely by itself, and the trousers are serviceable if pressed ceaselessly.
Emotionally, it jogs my memory of John Hitchcock in fact, who minimize all my A&S tailoring till he retired.
Favorite piece of ‘luxurious’ clothes: Recycled fur lining
In class 4 of the PS awards, it was very attention-grabbing to listen to readers’ experiences of what luxurious means to them.
It was, as I anticipated, a mix of rarity, supplies and craftsmanship. However there’s nothing like listening to it spelt out by completely different individuals at completely different factors of their life. Every little thing is restricted and private.
For me, luxurious has at all times been carefully recognized with wonderful supplies. I’ve a daunting attraction to top-end suede; I am keen on the soft-strong nature of PS Oxford material. When individuals discuss liking low cost denims, I get it: they nonetheless look good. However I can not assist feeling there’s no pleasure taken within the materials.
The moulding of horsehide, the dusty look of previous duck canvas, the sponginess of loopwheel cotton: I believe plenty of the pleasure of nice clothes is the pleasure of supplies.
It was made from ends of mink that may have in any other case gone to waste. It’s a fairly idiosyncratic mixture of browns in consequence, nevertheless it feels no much less superb on a freezing day, hugging your chest and again.
And I used to be thrilled after I managed to place in a set of buttons on my Donegal coat (under) with the intention to put on it underneath that too. It means I can put on that coat all by the coldest (London) winter if I need to.
4 extra tales of beloved clothes, so as to add to the thousand already submitted by PS readers.
I hope you loved mine, and located them as helpful as all of the others.
See you in January subsequent yr, for extra extremely thought-about nominating and story-telling. And if in case you have any ideas on what the classes must be in 2023, as I stated, do let me know.