Product In Review: Owen & James Popover X OOTD 16-08-2013
Due to the rigours of tertiary study (certified #firstworldproblems lament right there) I have been finding myself so inundated as to have succumbed (almost) completely to reblog culture. In an effort to remedy that I thought I’d do another outfit complete with a mini review of the Owen & James popovers I was so graciously sent by Rob Blythe (of Suit Shop fame).
While there are myriad historical details regarding the popover that I could address - in a no doubt long winded and obscure diatribe - I shall simply refer you an excellent article on the aforementioned matters by Jake Gallagher of Wax Wane. Remember what I said about reblog culture? Okay, technically this is an example of hyperlink culture but the same reasoning applies.
Where my loyalties previously once lay with the oxford cloth button down the popover is fast becoming a dear friend and an item that will see heavy rotation in the summer wardrobe. Falling somewhere between a shirt and a polo, these iterations by Owen & James are an excellent staple: not aggressively over styled, durably manufactured and versatile as all hell.
The shirt itself is woven from strong pliable cotton, with an unfused collar and hand made details. The hand made touches include green stitching on the gussets (a signature of O & J), non-machined button holes and a meticulously measured length so that the shirt may be worn tucked and untucked. Wearing this either way is easy and there’s no ballooning of excess shirt fabric. There are also the obligatory collar stays in the shirt so you can give it more structure, on the occasion you decide to dress your popover up, each to his own. True to its Ivy heritage, the Owen & James version is made exclusively in New England, quality controls are evidently quite strict.
Because the popover is an East Coast tradition, and more commonly associated with the great dressage of Ivy brats I felt it unnecessary to ‘mahnswear’ the item up. Paired with a simple club blazer - with an updated body close fit courtesy of Scott Sternberg - summer chinos and beat up Superga plimsolls, this is a look that can be peeled back as spring gives way to summer. Its a simple matter of removing one’s sportcoat and untucking your shirt, comfort at its most rewarding.
A great halfway house between full on sprezz and total sportswear, the O & J popover is the perfect elixir for those suffering a chronic case of shirt based indecision. Look dressed up, without dressing up.
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Owen & James ‘Agnelli’ popover
Drake’s square w/hand rolled edges
Gant Rugger summer chinos (blessed be the Bast-God)
Superga Cotu 2750 (that I bodied at an A$AP Rocky concert)
Garrett Leight ‘Ashland’ sunglasses
All images by Jeffrey Hamilton 26-07-2013