Sunday, September 30, 2012

In the Details

Though not my size, the details in this chino make it one of my favorite thrift shop finds as of late.

Interior tartan waist lining.

Lightweight yet sturdy construction.

Rear tabs above the pockets.

If anyone's interested, email me and I'll provide the exact measurements.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Shoppe Preview

 Though I'm not sure when I'll get these to the CKC Shoppe, I just had to share my incredible find from Monday. Not pictured are five other jackets, clearly all donated from the same gentleman.

 Oxxford tweed houndstooth / plaid. Amazing.

 Raw silk Bachrach blazer, from when that brand used to mean something.

 Classic worsted suit from HSM.

 Partially lined nailhead blazer. I've never seen anything quite like this.

 Another great tweed. Check out the label locale.

 A 2/1 roll? First time for everything.

 Heavy chalk-stripe. More Oxxford.

More Hickey too, in the form a nailhead suit.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

25 Cents

 Ashear pocket square.
Made in Italy. Hand rolled in Portugal.

When thrifting, always check the breast pockets of jackets for hidden pocket squares and handkerchiefs. You never know when you'll end up with a beautiful vintage piece like this one.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

By the Numbers

This is the post I planned to write yesterday, inspired by a recent reader question regarding outfit building and the depth of my personal wardrobe.

I create resolutions on my birthdays the way most people do each new year. This time around, amongst other goals, I plan to cut my wardrobe by at least 25 percent. In the past two years I've cut my tie and shoe collections in half but I'd like to do more. I'm blessed to have more clothing than I could ever need, and so I'll not only be selling some of my personal collection at the CKC Shoppe but donating many things as well.

My (approximate) inventory, as of today:
  • Polos - 35
  • Rugbys - 16
  • Dress shirts and sport shirts - 60
  • Sweaters - 277*
    • Cashmere - 27
    • Cardigan - 8 
    • Shawl - 20
    • Cable knit - 54
      • Sweater -40
      • Vest - 14 
    • Cricket - 13
      • Sweater - 9
      • Vest - 4
    • Fair isle / intarsia - 32
      • Sweater - 18
      • Vest - 14 
    • Argyle - 37
      • Sweater - 24
      • Vest - 13 
    • Odd sweaters - 22
    •  Lightweight pima / sea island cotton - 64
      • Sweater - 46
      • Vest - 18
  • Sport coats / suits - 30
  • Pants - 52
    • Chinos - 25
    • Jeans - 10
    • Dress trousers - 8
    • Corduroys - 9
  • Shoes / boots - 80
  • Ties / bow ties - 320
  • Hats - 12
  • Scarves - 10
  • Outerwear - 8

Current total - 900 pieces

Goal by Christmas -  675 pieces

*I know. Who the f*** has that many sweaters? I do... but not for long.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

525 at 25 on the 25th

I'm writing this post as my 25th birthday comes to a close. Earlier in the day I planned on writing a long, eloquent post about how much my readers mean to me, and how I've grown so much throughout the course of writing the Cable Knit Charlestonian. However, I've had a few too many screwdrivers, G&T's and margaritas to post more than what I'm writing now.

Thank you and goodnight,
Scott Alexander

P.S. Happy birthday to any fellow September 25th-ers out there!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Today's Outfit - Fair Isle for Fall

Polo oxford - Macy's, $20
Polo fair isle cashmere sweater - $40, eBay
*Countess Mara vintage solid silk tie - thrift shop, $1
Polo slub twill chino -, $42
(not pictured) Club Room yellow socks - Macy's - $3
J. Crew vintage saddles - thrift shop, $2.49

*This tie was originally sold at Schwabe-May, a legendary menswear store in Charleston which, quite sadly, closed in the last decade. The finest menswear could be found here - suits from Oxxford and Hickey Freeman, fabrics from Loro Piana and Holland & Sherry.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Today's Outfit - New Cardigan

Polo green/white oxford - eBay, $15
*Merona cotton cardigan - Target, $25
Polo repp silk paisley - ebay, $7
Vintage linen/cotton trouser - thrift shop, $3
Cabot & Sons thick cotton socks, made in Vermont - Marshall's, $2.50 ($5 for two-pack)
**Allen Edmonds Park Avenue - thrift shop, $1

*This cardigan comes from the latest Merona line. It's lightweight yet warm and very well made for such a low price. Also, there's much more depth to the cardigan's colors than is visible in this photo.
**I would generally reserve brown cap-toe shoes for business, but having bought these so beat up, they're perfect for everyday wear.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Today's Outfit - Thursday Blues

Polo pima cotton sweater - eBay, $16
Polo broadcloth shirt - Macy's, $19
Polo tie - eBay, $6
Vintage worsted wool gabardine trouser - thrift shop, $3
River Island striped cotton socks - $3 (out of $15 five-pack)
Florsheim vintage Custom Grade shortwings - thrift shop, $1

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Today's Outfit

Polo tartan oxford shirt - Belk, $23
Polo cotton/cashmere cricket sweater - eBay, $30
Countess Mara bow tie - Marshall's, $8
Polo slub twill chino -, $42
Smart Turnout Argyll and Sutherland socks - courtesy of Smart Turnout
Chaps bucks - Kohl's, $12

Monday, September 17, 2012

Today's Outfit

Shirt - Polo Ralph Lauren poplin -, $37
Sweater - Polo Ralph Lauren silk v-neck - eBay, $20
Tie - Polo Ralph Lauren repp stripe - eBay, $15
Trouser - vintage cotton/linen - thrift shop, $3
Socks - North Country marled cotton - Marshall's, $4 (two-pack)
Shoes - H. S. Trask bison loafers - thrift shop, $1

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Summer in September

Once again calling on family for inspiration, I assembled today's church outfit in honor of my uncle Philip. Though he wintered in Coral Gables and spent summers here in Charleston, he shared a single wardrobe with both locales. That wardrobe was one of impeccable fit, vibrant colors and preppy styling. Living somewhere it's always summer has its sartorial benefits. For my uncle Philip, this meant bespoke linen and silk jackets of spring green, coral and lavender, crisp white linen trousers and equally crisp, monogrammed pocket squares. And though I now own those jackets and trousers, today's outfit is influenced by Uncle Philip but is all my own, pocket square (accidentally) not included.

Blazer - Paul Fredrick (very) lightweight wool/cashmere blend -, $75
Shirt - vintage Polo 120s broadcloth -, $36
Tie - Ralph Lauren Purple Label - eBay, $16
Trouser - Polo cotton chino (as mentioned here) -, $52
Socks (not pictured) - Club Room light blue (matches blazer) - $1.50
*Shoes - Allen Emonds - eBay, $22

*These are my favorite shoes - the most comfortable, (nearly) most beat up, most patinated, most burnished shoes I own - and I wouldn't have them any other way.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

My "Dad Outfit"

I've been told I dress very well for my age. I suppose I should take that as a compliment, given the how most twenty-four year old guys dress. I've also been told I dress like an "old rakish gent," or an "old man", in general. I certainly take those remarks as compliments, given how my father inspires the way I dress. From my childhood I remember him wearing tasseled kilties everywhere. In fact, on the weekends he would wear outfits just like this - a cardigan or rugby layered over a sport shirt, madras shorts and his beat up kilties. Call such an outfit trendy and trad, I don't care. To me, this is simple, timeless, American style.

Cardigan - Merona marled cotton - Target clearance sale, $8
Shirt - Polo cotton/silk blend - eBay, $12
Shorts - vintage bleeding madras - thrift shop, $3
Shoes - vintage Florsheim Barletta - thrift shop, $1

How has your father inspired your style?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Polo Spring/Summer 2013

I always look forward to the Ralph Lauren spring and fall runway shows. I generally find myself impressed by a number of outfits that leave me with inspiration and the desire to pick up particular new pieces as they're released.

You can find the latest runway show here at

This time around, I'm very disappointed. There's nothing new-looking, nothing innovative, nothing of intrigue. Of course I'm excited to buy the new Fair Isle pictured here, but the rest of the collection, from Polo to Purple Label, is underwhelming.

Take a look and tell me what you think.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Three Wise Men

After happening to watch the Godfather (Coppola, left), Midnight in Paris (Allen, middle), and Gangs of New York (Scorsese, right) over the last two days, I thought it appropriate to share one of my favorite photos.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Please Abort... This Book

I get the point of these guides, but if you're an idiot, particularly a complete idiot, please don't adopt. 

And it should go without saying, but don't reproduce, either.

Oh, the things one finds at thrift shops.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Going Green

In honor of my newly acquired green chinos (which I'll discuss in an upcoming post), I thought I'd share a selection of my favorite green trousers of the past few years.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Back to School

Surprisingly often I receive reader messages asking about my personal life. So, here's a little about what's going on in my world. 

I've been out of college nearly two years, but tomorrow I return to school. Sunday School. Tomorrow marks the start of my fourth year teaching the 5th grade class at Saint George Orthodox Cathedral. When I transferred to a college close to home four years ago, I became the advisor for the youth group at church. Somehow, I was roped into teaching church school as well. Since that time, I've come to find teaching an incredibly rewarding experience, especially given that I'm able to set my own curriculum each year.

When I was in church school, everything revolved around the Bible and little was taught about the history of Christianity, more specifically the history of Orthodoxy. So, when the opportunity was extended to teach what I'd like, I set a curriculum based on the development of the Orthodox Church and the Church's interactions with general secular history.

Here's how I see it. Why should you be expected to believe something without knowing the back-story? The greatest movies draw us in with solid expositions, letting us know why we should root for the hero and against the villain. The Bible is, of course, the resource for Christianity but there's more to being Christian than knowing the Bible. When we identify ourselves as Orthodox, Catholic, Presbyterian or whatever, we should know what that means (though I believe Christians should see themselves simply as Christians overall). By teaching the history of the Church, kids gain a better understanding of why they're taught to say certain prayers, why church services are structured a certain way or performed in a certain language. Anyway...

Here's what the kids will be learning this year. Four years in, I think I've nearly perfected it.

Illegality of Christianity
Edict of Milan
First Council of Nicea
-the Nicene Creed
First Council of Constantinople
Council(s) of Ephesus
Council of Chalcedon
Fall of Rome / the West
Rise of Byzantine Empire / the East
Dark Ages
Rise of Islam
Great Schism
Rise of the West
Fall of the East
-Orthodoxy in Russia, Greece, Middle East
Protestant Reformation
Orthodoxy in America

Friday, September 7, 2012

In the Jungle

I live atop a hill at the edge of a forest, too. Why can't my place look like this?

I think I may have posted this photo awhile back, but I'm still in awe of this house. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Autumn Essentials - Country Casual

Based on you're locale, it might not yet be time to break out the tweeds, cashmeres, and cords. However, it's never too early to start shopping for autumn weather and plan some future outfit ideas.

One of my favorite color combinations is purple and green. Pink and green (you know, that blinding all-too-preppy pink/green combo) is not for everyone, but purple and green together is much more wearable. Whether pairing a dusty purple heather and olive or something more like the saturated tones shown here, this color scheme is understated yet strong.

Speaking specifically of this outfit, the pants are horribly short, but given practical application, all the pieces of the outfit look great together. When putting together a look like this, here a few things to keep in mind. An otherwise solid (in color) look is made whimsical with embroidered cords. Sturdy-soled boots are more appropriate for inclement weather than loafers or brogues. An equally sturdy belt is proper here, for something that is inherently a country (therefore, casual) look. A sport coat in herringbone, Donegal or birdseye tweed adds great texture to the outfit.

To set this outfit with a tie, I recommend a v-neck sweater, not a crewneck. Otherwise, a crewneck in merino or cashmere can't be beat. A solid oxford is your safest shirt choice, though a simple tattersall would be another classic option.

Would you wear something like this? This outfit, exactly as is? What might you tweak?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


I'm not one to mourn the loss of celebrities, yet Michael Clarke Duncan is someone special to me. He worked for years to finally get his break, and though always type-cast, he seemed overjoyed and filled with such passion at every interview, every film presser. Also being a big guy, I know all too well that it's hard to get others to see past your physical appearance. We were lucky to see, on screen and in real life, a man whose humbleness and genuine kindness always shone forth beyond his physique. 

Monday, September 3, 2012


Who comes up with this stuff? 

A KISS inspired duck? Fine. 

A Mike Tyson (Dyson) inspired duck? Um, okay.

A RedNeck duck? No.



Seriously, no.

What kid wants that?

Sunday, September 2, 2012