19 December 2012
Trad Xmas List: Carroll & Co Cashmere Sweatshirt
Full disclosure- I have a huge prejudice against most things California. Whenever I see a Los Angeles address for a PR pitch, I delete it without reading it. Why? Because I know it will have something to do with celebrities and I don't give a shit what sunglasses or t-shirt a celebrity wears much less what magazine cover they're gonna be on. What really amazes me is why so many people do care.
John Carroll, third generation owner of Beverly Hills haberdasher, Carroll & Co., isn't all that crazy about naming his celebrity customers and that's refreshing. The 48 year old self proclaimed traditionalist does want you to know that, while his tailored clothing (suits) business is down, casual sportswear is up. Way up.
Unique, at least to me, is Carroll's cashmere sweatshirt. Knitted in Hawick, Scotland, Carrol has been selling 32 colors of his contrarian cashmere for 30 years. At $450, its become something of a collectable among his regular customers and I think it's over due for some East coat exposure.
Mama warned me about girls like Evelyn
Color selection is generous but I'd prefer white -- With jeans and dark brown suede paddock boots -- I think it's something Clint Eastwood's character in the actor's 1971 directorial debut, Play Misty for Me, might wear cruising Hwy 1 south of Montery in his convertible Jaguar with Donna Mills at his side and Jessica Walter waiting for them both in Carmel...Poor Jessica was robbed... robbed, I tell you, from a Golden Globe by Jane Fonda in Klute that year...not that I'm, uh... into celebrities.
Carroll & Co.
425 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210
Phone Orders: (888) 331-9060