Joshua Kissi : Linen; better known as the first type of fabric everyone seeks when the temperature abruptly rises in these random Summer days. During the Summer we overtly avoid the shiny flat cotton non-breathable blazers like a bad plague. I found myself exploring the possible options of linen pieces from trousers to shirts to suits – a pleasurable haven to the corporate gentleman burning up in the office. The fabric contains a sense of versatility whether dressed up, outfitted for business or just down right casual. The fabric has been around for ages remaining not only an American summer staple but a global one that never seems to vanish into oblivion.
Although some guys may resent it, I actually appreciate the crumple factor of linen, giving off a slightly casual-careless look. During the scorching hot months men are notorious for relinquishing from acceptable looks to something much more comfortable – here is where linen fabric fits perfect into the equation.
Fit Description : 100% linen blazer containing the perfect color for the warm weather – an almost-white-but-not-quite-light beige/ivory. During the Summer Etiquette series it has been way too easy to slip on some comfortable loafers and head out of the house. Probably one of my favorite accessories apart from wrist wear is this vintage elastic braided belt provides a distinctive texture to an outfit for those that are meticulous to sartorial detail.
This is not the first time I have worn this silk pocket square; last summer it was pictured peaking outside of my oxford pocket – a post expressing my then resistance to wearing shorts during hot weather .
Photography : All photos taken by good friend Rog Walker – check out his work
History : When indulging in research from books to the internet, it never ceases to amaze me the amount of history some of these fabrics enfold, like Egyptians using linen as a commodity, a preservative for mummies or just daily clothing wear. Professor Car takes a more in-depth look at the history of linen below.
(Gentleman pictured wearing a linen suit on the far right.)
People were spinning and weaving linen by about 5000 BC, even before wool. In the first millennium BC, the Egyptians mostly wore linen, while Greeks and West Asians and Germans mostly wore wool. By the Roman period, however, many people wore linen tunics for comfort with wool robes over them for warmth, and in the Middle Ages in Europe this continued to be common, so that “linen” got to mean something like “underwear”. Our word “lingerie” is related to linen. In the Islamic Empire, on the other hand, people began to wear mainly linen and cotton, and not so much wool. – Dr. Karen Carr (Professor of History at Portland State University )