When you think of sweet vests, it's usually the kind that'll save your life, whether they stop bullets, or allow you to finally enter the Kiddie Lagoon at Lake Lanier. Get one that'll make you safely stylish in time for spring, from Gentleman Jim
Just now available at Ken Barber, Jim's a line of custom, hand-made vests you can wear with everything from a suit to a t-shirt & jeans, created by Harlem-born master stitch-smith James McFarland (the first African American tailor ever hired by Macy's), who's got 50 years of design/manufacturing experience for big stores and famous clients like Muhammad Ali, The Isley Brothers, and James Brown, and'll have you looking similarly slick, even if you're the hardest working man in no-biz. Set up an appointment and Jim'll meet ya at Ken's boutique for a consultation, then measure you up and run through a catalog of various color/style fabrics, like finely spun Super 150 threading, cashmere, and breathable wool, in patterns running from pinstripes to plaid, so you can look appropriately dapper on a speeding Spaceball One. Jim's also pushing a line of ready-to-wear vests, which currently includes some made of black worsted wool plus a tan model made from 100% camel hair and a gray flannel job with a herringbone pattern -- much more desirable than the dookie-rope model you bought from Greenbriar Mall
Jim's got a book chronicling his career called Across 125 Street also for sale at KB, and's hosting an open house this weekend (for his soon-opening Grass Root Sewing Academy on Memorial Drive), where he'll quickly run through techniques you can expect to learn from his courses -- now that you're vested up, give it a shot.