I frequently advise formalwear rookies not to fixate on assembling the ultimate black-tie wardrobe right away but instead to enjoy the pleasure of premiering a new embellishment with each new outing. Case in point: it’s taken me years to finally obtain a much-coveted classic formal shirt and jewelry set but that delayed acquisition ensured that the 1920s-themed evening I recently attended was unlike any black-tie affair I’ve experienced prior. (Learning of the event only a week in advance proves another of my tenets: clean and mend garments soon after use so they’re ready to wear again at a moment’s notice.)
I’ve always said that when time spent on the Guide started to feel like work instead of fun then it would be time to move on. Well, it struck me recently that I’ve now accomplished my most sought-after goals and the remaining initiatives seem more like obligations than recreation. So it was that when an unexpected and generous offer to buy the site recently came along I couldn’t say no. Thus, the Guide and its blog are now under new ownership.
Tuxedo Park was the epicenter of New York’s social calendar each fall, the highlight of which was the Tuxedo Club’s Autumn Ball. This prestigious affair marked the beginning of debutante season and the very first occurrence in 1886 is also said to have witnessed the American debut of the dinner jacket. Read more
After so many years of writing about the fabled American debut of the dinner jacket at the exclusive Tuxedo Park Autumn Ball, it felt surreal to actually participate in the latest incarnation of this historic event this past weekend. Read more