Stephen’s Box: Plaids and

Vintage Trad Shirts

Good old reliable J. Press: Flap pocket oxfords are such a rare and beautiful thing, like Bohemian Waxwings. Everything is familiar and then, one little change that makes all the difference. Unfortunately, it’s completely invisible in this photo, so you’ll have to take my word for it. Read the full note below:

Hi Stephen,

Thanks for subscribing to Comma, the vintage menswear subscription service! Here’s what you get:

 A Vintage Tartan Shirt: Arrow got its start making shirt collars (and only collars) back in the mid-1800’s. For a while there, they were the largest shirt maker in America. It’s easy to see why: This shirt features a colorful and versatile plaid among some nice details, including canvassed collar and rear box pleat. Made in the USA.

A J. Press Flap Pocket Oxford: While Arrow made shirts for the masses, J. Press was a favorite of the country’s elite. Founded in New Haven, J. Press was a principle supplier of clothing to Yale students and faculty and a scion of what became known as “Trad” style. A flap pocket blue oxford represents that better than just about anything else. I’m a fan of the slight wear on the collar, which many brands now attempt to fake.

A Vintage Tie Clip: Simple but elegant: A brass bar to go with your Paisley Tie.

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