Velvet Jackets and Jeans


I have a few articles of clothing in my wardrobe that give me the same feeling of comfort that I find upon arriving home after a long voyage. My velvet jacket feels like home to me. It is a bespoke jacket made some eighteen years ago in chocolate silk velvet by Henry Poole on Saville Row in London. The date is written on the inside pocket lest I forget. It was actually a suit, but I outgrew the matching velvet trousers a few years ago. Not to worry as it pairs well with my jeans!!!

More and more I find myself wanting my clothing to be anonymous. No obvious brands or designers. However, this is not to say that I do not LOVE my Chanel bags and my Gucci loafers.

The Iconic Classics exist because they are perfect on their own and withstand « Expired » stamps.

One source that obviously makes life easier is having my own shop. CRIMSON is a haven for the classic cashmere sweaters that I continue to manufacture in Scotland. Today I chose a cream colored high buttoned cardigan. Simplicity at its best, girls. My wardrobe is comprised of a navy and black cashmere cardie as well. Once again…….no « expiration » stamps needed.

Feminine is not my style, but believe it or not, I always feel feminine. I love the energy of being a girl, and will always look for an element to add to the choices of the day to insure that sensibility for myself.

A few days ago I went to visit one of my all time favorite shops…….45rpm. This is a Japanese brand of clothing where I find most of my jeans and tee shirts. On this particular day, I fell in love with a blouse made in a melange of silk and cotton with tiny hand-tucked pleats front and back. I knew immediately it would become part of my « forever » wardrobe.

My bordeaux slippers had the same effect on me. I saw them on an individual whom I follow on instagram and then tracked them down on-line. It is a Turkish company who designs and hand embroiders these beautiful shoes. They will be worn with everything from jeans to skirts and that rare appearance of a dress.  Bronze bees on bordeaux velvet………..who would not fall for them?

Another key element this particular day was my cream colored cashmere scarf which is handwoven in Kashmir. I found a vintage photo of a gentleman who had wrapped himself in one for warmth against those extremely cold winters in Kashmir. They have been commissioned in cream, navy blue and black for Crimson, and I insisted on the same extravagant proportions as seen in the vintage photo.

What makes you feel good when you get dressed? I would love hearing about your favorite pieces of clothing that have withstood the test of time. If you have a moment, let’s talk about it.