Please indulge me whilst I luxuriate momentarily in a delicious example of schadenfreude involving a fellow shoemaker...
A well heeled customer enters said establishment requesting the appropriate footwear to wear with a Morning Suit. Sales Assistant, clearly still in morning mode, has no hesitation in recommending a backless soft soled Carpet slipper!! A Sartorial Faux Pas of the highest order.
Speaking of which I am reminded of an anecdote concerning that Dandiest of Dandies HRH Edward Prince of Wales. On one public engagement the Prince was seen to accessorise his Navy Blue Chalk stripe suit with a daring pair of Brown Suede Shoes. A horrified observer remarked to his equerry that HRH had made a terrible Faux Pas. No, No, not at all came the defence, the Prince is well aware that he has committed a Faux Pas thus it is not a Faux Pas.
Moral of the story? You have to know the rules in order to break the rules.
So what will our extremely Style Savvy Staff at Crockett & Jones be advising Sir to wear to Royal Ascot this year? And every other year for that matter? Connaught in Back Calf of course, with a dazzling Military Bull applied lovingly to the cap by the Butler, or, if you prefer, his “Gentlemans’ Gentleman”? Alternatively the slightly more contemporary Hallam will never embarrass its wearer even in the Royal Enclosure.
The last word on all things Sartorial Debretts even goes on to gallantly authorise loafers (Gulp!). So with the likes of Cavendish and Sydney endorsed by the Great and the Good just a reminder that this year for the first time at Ascot socks are compulsory! Yes you really can rely on C&J to kit out a chap to effortlessly glide around the sartorial pot holes of the English Season.
The Gerrard Corespondent for all those Stripey Blazers at the Henley Regatta. A Velvet Albert to kick off whilst posh picnicking at Glyndebourne and a trusty pair of Pembroke Brogues for Vintage Petrolheads at the Goodwood Revival.
Crockett & Jones the perfect British Brand for the perfect British Social Season.
As British as, well, the Last Night of the Proms!