Oh, Grandpa!

grandpa-chic-paul-jasmin-booPaul Jasmin, photo c/o Band of Outsiders

Umit Benan, Band of Outsiders, and several other young, hip designers are using older men for their look books (NB The absolutely gorgeous Lauren Hutton, 65, sports J. Crew’s spring ’09 looks for women, after she roughed it with the Olsen twins in ’08). Is it fair to refer to the triumphant return of the shawl collar as nothing more than “Grandpa chic?”

The tenants of Grandpa Chic circa 2009, as far as I can tell, consist of the following:

– The Aforementioned Shawl Collar


NSF’s Edward c/o Context


Hovey and Dad c/o HHH

– The Cardigan

grandpa-chic-umit-benanImage c/o Umit Benan

grandpa-chic-max-minghella1Max Minghella wears Band of Outsiders

– Both…

grandpa-chic-fsc1Freemans Sporting Club Double Breasted Shawl Cardigan c/o Refinery 29

– Pleats

grandpa-chic-pleated-shortsPleated Shorts by Opening Ceremony c/o Material Interest

grandpa-chic-claude-grantPleated trousers c/o Claude Grant

The Moment thinks so.

– Tweed

grandpa-chic-sartorialist“Grandpa’s Coat” c/o The Sartorialist

– The Pyjama Set

grandpa-chic-pyjamas1Brooks Brothers Pajamas c/o Valet

grandpa-chic-schnabelSchnabel, c/o NY Press

– Slippers, Velvet or Otherwise

grandpa-chic-stubbs-wootton-slipperStubbs & Wootton NYC Sewer Slipper

grandpa-chic-fox-needlepoint-slipperFox Needlepoint Loafers by Paige



c/o ACL


Galoshes by Swims

and if Michael Bastian and Scott Sternberg have any say…

– The Tassel Loafer

mb-tassel-5Michael Bastian Sp ’09, featuring the Cordovan Tassel Moccasin by Alden

grandpa-chic-boo-tasselBand of Outsiders c/o h(y)r collective

What have I left out? NP, surely you’re one to make the case for pipes. Could we see a shillelagh for Fall ’10? A plaid hot water bottle cover? A souped-up walker? What do you think goes under the heading “Grandpa Chic?”

For more on Grandpa Chic see Newsweek and the Financial Times.