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elsewhere #2: the covert coat for Details

June 9, 2011

a few outtakes from the shoot
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and i want to share the second project that i worked on recently … i shot photos of this covert coat from david saxby to accompany a piece in Details magazine (!!) written by the supremely excellent james fox of the blog 10engines. (NB: if you don’t follow 10engines, you should … it is always interesting, often funny, and james’ personality comes right through).

james asked me to shoot his brother, alex, wearing this coat … and now i’ve added it to my list of things to buy before i leave london. it’s a beauty.

you can see the full thing on the Details website here. i understand that it will be in the august 2011 print issue of Details, and one of my photos might be included, too.

thanks to james (and alex) for asking me to be involved, and for being such good guys.

i’ll be adding this new work to my portfolio soon, along with loads of other new stuff. and i have a few additional projects i’ve been working on that i hope to reveal in the next few weeks, too.  exciting times … thanks for your support. i really appreciate it.

  1. June 9, 2011 6:10 pm

    The covert coat was almost the signature wear of ‘eligible bachelors’ back in my days in the 1970s and ’80s – although plenty of married men also wore it. Two types (and I’m sure you know this already, living in London as you do):

    (a) the slightly more greenish one, usually with a dark blue velvet collar, is slightly more dandy perhaps for Americans but definitely gets the ladies (I can attest to its powers personally) – best place is from Aquascutum;

    (b) the more brownish/khaki variety in your photos is more usual: plain or brown velvet collar – much more versatile with a plain collar, I should think. Best place is that old-fogey huntin’-and-fishin’ outfitters on Piccadilly, around Moon Street or Air Street.

    (c) if you’re a scrawny, skinny guy with a sallow(ish) complexion (like me!), get what I got – a darkish airforce blue (French blue) covert with navy-blue velvet collar – it won’t compensate for skinnyness, but will remove ‘scrawny’ from the looks.

    Covert coat trivia: In the old days (pre-1985), four-line stitching at the bottom had upper-class cachet. Since then, nobody cares.

    Thank you for letting me have my twopence here.

  2. June 9, 2011 7:32 pm

    read another tidbit that the more lies of stitching, the more energetic a rider (ie badass) you were. love the trivia. the one above is in bullet-proof 28oz tweed btw.

    you smashed it on this one brian, brilliant. love the pub shots.

  3. Trish permalink
    June 9, 2011 10:46 pm

    what does the NB notation mean in the parentheses? I am reading E. M. Delafield’s Diary of a Provincial Lady, and this is used from time to time in the book. I am racking my brains for an answer!

    • June 10, 2011 2:56 am

      NB = nota bene (Latin) = note well, take note. “NB” is nothing special, just like “e.g.” and “i.e.”

  4. June 10, 2011 11:45 am

    this is so great, b.

  5. June 10, 2011 12:14 pm

    great, brian! congrats!

  6. June 10, 2011 1:25 pm

    So much “elsewhere!” I love it. Congratulations, Brian.

  7. June 10, 2011 11:43 pm

    dang, so exciting!

  8. June 11, 2011 9:15 pm

    v classy. both, the coat and the photographs.

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