Bespoke, James Bespoke


Ah, summertime, when a young man’s fancy turns lightly to rappelling through the false crater opening of a madman’s dormant volcano fortress while firing a Walther PPK. The Suits of James Bond considers what the well-dressed blunt instrument is wearing these days, and it doesn’t skimp on the details—meaning, if you’ve previously thought of James Bond’s suits as being simply “gray” or “black” or “bullet-ridden,” you’re about to get an education in pagoda shoulders, trouser adjusters and Savile Row. There’s even an entry devoted solely to Bond’s white dinner jacket, which I remember as being Roger Moore’s go-to. Really, this isn’t a site about James Bond but a site about the act of putting suits and self through intense struggle and coming out with one’s placket (largely) unstained with the blood of your enemies. Site author Matt Spaiser, obviously a man of both action and style, makes no attempt that I can see to figure out which Bond is best; in his estimation it’s OK to be Moore, Connery, Lazenby, Dalton, Brosnan or Craig, as long as your collars and cuffs match. I draw the line at Bond’s pale-blue dressing gown, though. Thing just looks silly.

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