The first piece of tailored clothing that any boy (or tomgirl) usually owns is a navy blue blazer. It was the backbone of my schoolboy uniform, and it's the same for my 11-year-old son, Nicholas. His six-year-old sister, Alexandra, our resident pink-aholic, has been known to use one of her big brother’s hand-me-down ones when a particularly ferocious pattern needs taming. Considering their nascent interest in style, my legacies seemed the perfect sidekicks as we road-tested the Legacy blazer. Would it have the versatility to withstand the sartorial demands of both Saturday morning errands and lunch at Ladurée in Soho? (Warning: Some macarons were harmed in the making of this story.)
HE’S NEW BALANCE, I’M ADIDAS
One of the many things I’ve learned as a parent is that your children are their own people with their own personalities. Like me, Nicholas is a hard-core Mets fan and current-events junkie. (He ran for student council last year with the slogan “Don’t Be Ridiculous, Vote For Nicholas.”) But when it comes to menswear, he’s already surpassed my old-school moves. He asks for Japanese chambray or Italian chino by name when shopping at crewcuts and thinks I’m stodgy because I won’t wear a jogger pant with a blazer. I’m secretly hoping for renewed street cred when the Adidas Gazelle (which he’s seen me wear for years) has its big comeback this fall.
LEFT: The author in Central Park wears the Legacy blazer, vintage white oxford shirt, Stanton short and Adidas Gazelles (similar here). Nicholas in the kids’ Lacoste® for J.Crew polo, boys’ slim jean in wrinkle rinse wash and New Balance® for crewcuts 996 sneakers.
RIGHT: John carries his squash racquets in a Billykirk® waxed canvas tote bag in olive.
CAN A MACARON BE AN ACCESSORY?
My daughter inherited her mother’s warmth, emotional intelligence, beauty and cheeky sense of humor, but her style is her own. When she was four, she didn’t just have an imaginary friend. She inhabited an imaginary telenovela replete with two husbands and mucho obra de teatro (translation: drama!). Here, her crewcuts blazer is hopsack (summerweight); my Legacy’s fabric is from American Woolen Company.
“What I love about this soft wool is that it looks sharp but feels as comfortable as sweats. The spread collar on this Thomas Mason for J.Crew Ludlow shirt sits as well as any of the bespoke ones I wear.”
LEFT: Nicholas ponders a pain au chocolat at Ladurée in a kids’ chambray shirt and a boys’ silk pocket square in polka dot.
RIGHT: A mural outside Ladurée by the Brazilian duo, OSGEMEOS.
PIMP MY SLEEVE
One of the smartest things our men’s design team did was give the Legacy horn-colored buttons. I generally prefer a horn button as it makes a blazer feel less nautical, less yacht-clubby. Cooler. But since I already own a horn-buttoned blazer, I swapped out the standard-issue buttons for some gold ones with the logo of my squash club. And seeing the ways blazers travel around our family, I hope one of my legacies ends up wearing it someday.