Life can be very random.
One minute, you think it’s going to be a quiet day with a few errands here and there. The next minute you find a dog biting your trouser leg as you try to eat lunch. Or you find yourself standing in a line to get into a nightclub at midnight. This is to say that, yes, I have been that guy standing in line for the club wearing a suit more times than I’d like to admit.
For reasons like this, I’ve given up on trying to baby my clothes. Which isn’t to say I don’t look after them, I just don’t necessarily let what I’m wearing hinder me from getting on with the sometimes random events of my day to day. Especially when it comes to tailoring.
According to those who got me into clothing (thereby cursing me for life), tailoring is meant to be an elegant powerbase from which a man can draw authority and respect. That never really appealed to me. I just wanted to look like those Jazz musicians I’d seen grainy pictures of, and a suit seemed like the best way to go about it. As time went on, I began to be aware of the limitations of wearing a suit in the traditional sense with a shirt and tie. For one, when you’re doing it as an 18 year old student and all your friends are rocking about in full Nike gear, you stand out and not always in the best way. Also a lot of people still feel that a suit is really meant for business only, which also doesn’t sound very interesting. So I've learned that to make a suit both relevant and fun to wear, is to subvert its expectations by simply living in it.
This is what I like about the Games Suit. With a relaxed silhouette that takes its cues from mid century tailoring - think of the kind Swiss sculptor Giacometti was fond of wearing - it's full in the body and leg making it an easier suit than most to throw on at a whim.
It’s made for living and random turns of events. It’s freeing not having to worry about someone spilling a Cuba Libre (a rum and coke basically) on your lapel, a mud mark on the knee of your trousers after crawling through a bush trying to find your keys, or the teeth marks of a dog left on the sleeve of your jacket (the Games suit is highly recommended for anyone with pets or children).
You can take a passing glance at these things, shrug your shoulders and keep on about your business. Most importantly, IT CAN GO IN THE WASHING MACHINE! Revolutionary.
Clothes like this usually belong to the utilitarian style of work jackets, army fatigues and denim, so it's a relief to have something that so perfectly straddles the line.
This season, the double breasted version of the Games jacket - the MK. III - makes its return as a full suit in a soft corduroy available in either both an elk brown or a washed navy.