What I Would Wear: iPhone 3.0 Software Launch

I just watched the iPhone 3 Software Launch.

forstallAs I prepare to jump ship and invest in my first iPhone (4/1), I’ve been paying close attention to all the buzz. Along with the rest of the world, I was very happy to learn they’ve instituted cut, copy, and paste, but while watching the announcement, I couldn’t shake the thought that these men, speaking in front of millions of people, all look terrible.

sitting-iphoneI understand Silicon Valley’s need or desire to appear casual. It’s cool. I get it, but failing to take time to give a bit of thought to what you’re going to look like for a hotly anticipated presentation, one that will be watched by millions, is a bit like going to battle without your armor.

iphone-stripesOf all the men who presented, Apple’s Greg Joswiak, wins best dressed, and that’s by default. At the very least, his staid striped shirt fit, his dad-approved denim was not the loosest-fitting of the crew, and he was fairly well-kempt (i.e. shave and a haircut). But Mr. Joswiak, if I may, just tuck in your shirt; now, leave it there for an hour and a half.

Images of the launch c/o engadget

If I had any reason to speak in front of people in Cupertino, California today, this is what I would have worn,* for better or worse.

*Let me begin by setting a few ground rules. Based on those in attendance, I gathered denim is fare game, but tennis shoes are not. No one wore a tie, and the only jackets were an ill-fitting suit jacket and a velour job.  I don’t foresee a velour jacket purchase any time soon, and if I was the only guy wearing a suit jacket that fit, I’d probably take it off.apolis-oxford_military_woven_light_blue

Ryan Huber and his partners at Madison, Wisconsin’s Context provided a great base with this look. The military shirt is from Apolis Activism. The jeans are the New Standard from APC. fm-allen-pelican-beltI have wanted the Pelican Belt from F.M. Allen ever since seeing it on Hollister’s blog. If I were invited to speak at Apple’s headquarters, I’d treat myself to a new belt.florsheim-imperial-kenmoor

I found an old pair of Florsheim wingtips in the dusty basement of a theatre when I was in college. I’ve been told they’re from the sixties. I have worn the soles out two or three times. I will continue to do so until someone begs me to stop. A pair of Kenmoor from Florsheim’s Imperial line look awfully similar, and they are well-priced.

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To keep myself honest, I’d wear Emmett Brown’s plutonic undershirt and Casio’s Databank Watch, Model DBC-610G-1DF.

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Miniot, a Holland-based company Porter Hovey brought to my attention, make fine wooden cases for iPod and iPhone products.

Keep it simple. Have a little fun. Look the part. Buy clothes that fit you. That’s all for now. I’m allplaidout.

Special thanks to Joe G. for the idea.

13 Comments

  1. joe
    March 17, 2009

    absolutely nailed it! congrats!

  2. greenjeans
    March 18, 2009

    old wingtips are the best. there’s nothing like a pair of shoes that’s been re-soled a few times.

  3. Paul
    March 18, 2009

    Yeah, I always get a pair of wingtips (usually Allen Edmonds) used on eBay for 15% of the cost of a new pair! I just resole them and they’re good to go!

    Nice Post Max, though I prefer the BlackBerry to iPhone (since I have over 40 ‘BlackBerry Messenger’ Contacts, thus making texting free)

    Good luck with your iPhone though!

  4. Memphis88
    March 18, 2009

    You will not regret getting an iPhone. I love that pelican belt, but you can get one elsewhere for much cheaper. Like here:

    http://www.narragansettleathers.com/Pelican.html

    Tintin did a post on them a while back over on his blog, though it was about their rifle sling belt. I’ll be getting a hoof pick or pelican belt and a rifle sling belt later this spring.

  5. Memphis88
    March 18, 2009

    Oh and thanks for making me covet one of those Miniot cases! Not sure I can justify spending that much on a case, though.

  6. plaidout
    March 18, 2009

    Memphis, thanks! I’ve received two e-mail, and a DM on Twitter about Narragansett. I did a post a while ago on them as well, but I hadn’t seen their version of the pelican. I think I like NL’s better.

  7. Memphis88
    March 18, 2009

    I remember now that you mention it.

  8. joe
    March 19, 2009

    Narragansett is closed until April (just called)….looks like they will have a flood of orders when they get back…

  9. plaidout
    March 19, 2009

    Narragansett Leathers has become a blog darling of late. I wonder if they have any idea.

  10. east side bride
    March 20, 2009

    The wooden case got a terrible review in Wired. Go with the contour case. Srsly. It’s reasonably elegant but more importantly, it’s functional and you can *drop* the damn thing.

  11. Colleen
    March 21, 2009

    Spot-on my friend. Someone needs to get you an in with these guys for a little pre-announcement consult.

  12. Paul
    March 23, 2009

    also, Max, are you up on this yet? http://www.theskint.com
    if not, you should be!
    cheers

  13. plaidout
    March 24, 2009

    ESB, this news breaks my heart. Better a broken heart than a broken iPhone.

    Colleen, let’s make that happen! Hilarious.

    Paul, I am now. Thanks!

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