Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Weaving Spiders Come Not Here: Bohemian Twill

Cavalry twill. Nothing short of bulletproof and indeed if you approach your twill apparatus just right, you can net-out a rather bohemian rig. Textularity be the primary driver of its Bohemian potential followed by colour. Olive drabishness catalyzes this thang into wherever-whateversville.
My poacher pocketed, flap breast boondoggle is an all purpose Cavalry Contrivance. Jeans on the south end of the jacket fair rather well and the suit in toto performs admirably too.
Believe it or not, I travel a bit and even after the most dire overhead bin circumstances, once in the hotel bathroom, the wrinkles fall out of the twill with ease, amidst of course my two hour hot shower-steam technique.
I’ve had several days over the last few weeks that required me to suit and cinch up. The transitional weather played right into the hands of Twill Cavalry and I decided to further the folly with a fifteen year old Flusser club collar dress shirt.
I created a rather monochromatic agenda by cinching up with a lovely little club tie of almost identical tonal burps as my twill swathing. Shut up.
A Bohemian rig, especially one with foundational twill sturdy girding, requires a brawny shoe. Nothing could provide better complementary shodding than an Alden Algonquin Monk Strap. Shell cordovan of course and please, could you achieve any more Alden bohemia than this pedal-party-mix tape? You too can sport these babies butcept you’ll need to get to Beverly Hills for the procurement.
Three-two. That’s how we roll in the Bohemian Cavalry.
So what’s with this idea of anything being Bohemian? An unconventional lifestyle championed initially by artists, writers, journalists…you know, those in either the creative or “ideas” business. Oh and the other theme of Bohemianism is that free spirited vagabond-ish attribute…a rolling stone I suppose. Bret Harte fancied himself Bohemian and in mid 19th century America, journalists were often associated with Bohemia. Interesting how that’s changed. 
A covey of San Francisco journalists formalized their Bohemian leanings by creating in 1872, the Bohemian Club. Like minded Bohemians…journalists, musicians, artists, actors and “collateral Bohemians” gathered for fellowship at the Bohemian Club downtown or during the summer, at a two-week frolic amongst the 2700 acres owned by the club and known as Bohemian Grove.
 Fast forward about a hundred years and the Bohemian Club includes heavy hitters that transcend the hell out of anything Bohemian. I mean Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon at the Grove together? 
 I suspect that what they’ve given up in Bohemian-esque stature, they’ve gained in power and influence. But the original intent of the Club, it seems to me, was more focused on the Jack London style camaraderie above as opposed to the Junior Trilateral Commission that it’s now become. 
I love what Bill Clinton said to a heckler one time who mentioned the Bohemian Club."Did you say the Bohemian Club? That's where all those rich Republicans go up and stand naked against redwood trees, right?” You can watch it here.
I still feebly maintain a couple of  fraternal-all male club affiliations... and I’m certainly no conspiracy theorist but…It’s not too difficult to weave together quickly, the trois ménage of three prominent clubs. Read on.
The He Man Woman Haters Club was first chaired by Alfalfa. The Bohemian Club hates women. And Alfalfa was a Master Mason so there you go. If you don't believe me, and please, don't take my word for it...

...see for yourself.

Smuggled footage of Spanky, gaveling to order the first Club meeting and nominating Alfalfa.
These clubs and their minions control everything. The Masons, The Bohemian Club and The He Man Woman Haters Club. So be careful. If you aren’t in with “The In-Crowd” you’ll be victimized at some point by those who are in the fold.

So watch your back. And watch the clip below of Ramsey Lewis performing The In Crowd. It’s a keeper.
 See you at the Grove.

Onward. Hootie-Hootie-Hoo.
ADG, II

Ramsey Lewis Trio-The Montreal Jazz Festival







35 comments:

Main Line Sportsman said...

Vanity Fair had a great article aa few years back wherein a journalist infiltrated Bohemian Grove..very interesting.

Anonymous said...

Really like the Deco cuff links.

LPC said...

And here I just thought it meant Czechoslovakian.

Summer is a Verb said...

That owl tie is da BOMB!!! XXOO

Anonymous said...

I don't know ANYONE who can wear poacher pockets as daringly and dashingly as you, my friend. You provided the eye candy I was needing today. Merci or better..... have mercy!!

SFBayArea

yoga teacher said...

It WAS a great article. And look what happened: "Vanity Fair Editor Arrested for Infiltrating Elite Private Club." (Just Google "Vanity Fair Bohemian Club.")
Hey, thanks for entertaining me ALL DAY on a slow work day. And for a future post, my daughter, watching NCIS and completely unaware of what I was up to over here, asked me this: "Mom, how come people don't wear ascots any more? Like the flight attendant in the SW Airlines commercial? Or Freddie in Scooby Doo?" I told her I was reading a blog of someone who might know, or even wear them, and she said "Oh, are you reading Dearest Reggie?" And we think they don't listen to us. . .

ADG said...

LPC...Prunella, that old Austro-Hungarian Empire redistricting boondoggle of...1918ish pretty much rendered some of the ethno-geo-religious not worth fighting over. And now I suspect that the Czech Republic would view any debate on anything Czech and Slovakian as one entity would be kinda like two mules fighting over a ... Weejun.

Anonymous...I'll sell 'em to you.

MainLiner...yep. I read it.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Oh sh*t, I should have known. I bet you're going to report my ISP address to your fellow Bohemians if you have not done so already. ;)

Anonymous said...

Lag Beach..... and why would he do that? Are you important?

Gretchen said...

I remember reading that VFair article and thinking pretty much what Clinton said hit the mark(and wasnt there something about whizzing in the woods, too?). More wing nuts making the world a weirder place than ever. Oy. But I love that signplate, almost as beautiful as that tie and those fabulous monks...I just adore those though, alas, a girl would look silly wearing such fine shoes. So, more photos of you wearing them with glee, please...

NCJack said...

I think your retro Mid-Atlantic sartorial sensibilities, and your Sandlapper 'baccer chawin' insouciance would make you a natural for the Bohemian: an ascoted whizz on a Redwood just proclaims "ADG"

Anonymous said...

NC. That was funny.

Scale Worm said...

Great post as usual Sir, entertaining and informative! I like the clip at the end of Mr. Lewis and company. I very much enjoy the vinyl copies of this (original rendition) I have... What a great LP.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:13

Maybe Laguna Beach Fogey has a proclivity for public peeing. A Bohemian may have seen his yellow artisan beach sand writing and have reported him to the recruiters for deep forest whizzing induction.

SFBayArea

ADG said...

AllieVonCammoTan....I AM the bomb. Hootie Hoo.

AnonSFBay...Poacher pockets are cool but you gotta let 'em know who's boss...kinda like Belgians. And Laguna? Who knows?

Scale...indeed. And I like the Dobie Gray "In Crowd" rendition too. But there's something about how Lewis bangs the keys crsiply that always makes me smile.

NCJack...that's a sublime compliment man. It's kinda like a really nice Viyella shirt with a little evidence of Railroad Mills snuff dust down the front.

Gretchen...thanks but au contraire...confident women CAN wear these shoes...just like men can wear Belgians. It's about aplomb and personal style.

LagunaFogey...I done tole you that we not only have your ISP, we now have your DNA.

Flo said...

ADG, Ramsey Lewis was here at our Amelia Island Jazz Series this year, quite a treat it was. [Note to Gretchen: the first time ADG put up a photo of those monk straps, I thought they were gorgeous and wanted them immediately. Check out the girlie/budget version called the "Cady" on bassshoes.com, I have a pair on the way.]

Anonymous said...

That genius Ramsey also said "If You Got it Flaunt It"......
And you got "it" ADG.....

CeceliaMc said...

I love this contrivance!

I love the texture, structure, and ease of it. Blue sky and scorched sand.

Those fantastic shoes look like they're made from a vintage football and the hood of some sports car.

Ward Cleaver and Frank Bullitt! What a man should be!

Anonymous said...

Zat Laguna Fogey ez my hero.

Willhelm Adolf Schnitzel Obergruppenfuhrer SS - division of the 9th/16th frowning homosexual Liebstandarte Lancers.

AnonymousBrogueandOxfordWearingFemale: said...

Gretchen honey, re: girls in fine shoes - you are sooooo wrong.

TDC said...

I am thrilled to find another who can use boondoggle as effortlessly as myself. I stumbled across your blog through my mother's sister's cousins' first husband's blog....oh well, you know how such things work. You've provided me quite a few reading hours while I should be working. Thank you for that, my new well-dressed obsession. (And not in a creepy way)

http://thehystericaldistrict.blogspot.com

ADG said...

TDC...that's a crazy family tree that you reference re your journey here. Especially a Southern family tree. And worry not about interrupted work today. I didn't hit a lick at a damn snake today.

AnonBrogueEtcFemale...indeed.

AnonWilhelm...Gay Lancers. Yep.

Cecelia...Cleaver and Bullitt...that's rich. Shit.

Anon...Ramsey..."got it flaunt it" ... ADG..."fake it till you make it"

Flo...Ramsey at Amelia. Maybe I should give your neck of the woods another chance.

Hilton said...

Know what I like about you and the blog, ADG? You've actually got soul, sir. Consider that you drive a decades old Saub convertible instead of the bourgeois Mercedes. The Monk Strap shoes are sharp.

Alas, how may we ever hope to be as daring as the Admiral without the HERPES scarf? Perhaps four Montblanc pens ( ballpoint) in the breast pocket will do it for us!

ADG said...

Hilton...that "decades old Saab" is on its last leg my man. Sad day over here at the MinimusGarage. Mercedes have lost their "Prussian Feeling"...stay tuned for my story about it. And finally, did you mean HERMES?

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Anonymous @ October 19, 2010 10:13PM / Hilton ~

You've no idea.

ADG said...

I feel like there's an inside joke that I've been left out of...and it's my cocktail party.

Anonymous said...

Very nice the way you brought it all home at the end with the bohemian club reveal. Well played sir!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Beauty baby.

And as for them... well.. who knew that the died too young Alfalfa was one of the Brethern...?

ADG said...

Anonymous...thanks.

EasyElegantoso...Yes, Alfalfa was one of "those" ...

Young Fogey said...

Bill "The Adulterator" Clinton said,

"Did you say the Bohemian Club? That's where all those rich Republicans go up and stand naked against redwood trees, right?”

This is what psychologists and the like call "projection."

Anonymous said...

covert or possibly whipcord - depending on weight

lacks cavalry (elastique, tricotene) twill's distinguishing double ridge rib

http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?73415-Best-places-to-get-cavalry-twill

ADG said...

Fogey...indeed.

AnonCavalryTwillArchivist....wrong butt breath. It's a smaller gauge twill. The fact that you reference me over to Ask Andy is worth a chuckle as well. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

You, sir, are mistaken. Why the unprovoked hostility? I shouldn't have bothered. Hope your e-journal proves theraputic re your issues. Farewell...

Butt Breath

ADG said...

AnonButtBreath....Seriously, I'm sorry I called you Butt Breath. Sophomoric, downright juvenile and indeed, uncalled for. Please accept my apology.

DAM said...

I'm late to the party these days (you know like the song, "don't'be tardy for the party") anywho - while gone, I was trv3eling furiously around the country and my suits/blazers weren't looking so sharp when we hit the end of the journey in Chicago. Pulled your turn on the shower way hot and let them hang trick and they came back better than do from the cleaners.

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