You remember Jay.
He had “one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.”
In his monstrously long car, he roared in your (junior) high school consciousness. (And if, somehow, you were absent that day and have no idea what this post is about go see the movie. Or better yet, read the book.)
The complicated and deeply flawed hero with dreams as big as the skyscrapers that began to litter the landscape of the 1920′s New York City in which he lived, Jay was the kind of guy that men had a dubious admiration for and women had an exuberant misunderstanding of.
A reluctant farm boy turned master of the universe, Gatsby epitomizes the hopefulness, ambition and spirit of invention of the Roaring 20′s (in particular) and the American dream (in general).
And while Jay doesn’t get it all or get it all right, there are a few things which he aces — his clothing and his manse.
Thanks to the amazing real life American hero-companies below, you can capture a bit of Jay’s style and flair. The impeccable clothing and dazzling home decor goodies below are every bit as captivating as the man himself. (And a lot less complicated!)
Pierre Renoir Straw Panama Hat ($115) by Goorin Bros. Hat Shop*
Made in USA
Men’s sizes S-XL. Made of straw. Hat features a flat crown, a red and blue ribbon band and a wide flat brim. Part of Goorin’s Heritage Collection which features 45 American-made styles for men and women.
Goorin Bros. Hat Shop was born on the streets of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1895. Today, run by the fourth generation, the Company continues to execute its passion for the cultural, artistic and hands on approach to hat making.
*Many, but not all, of Goorin Bros.’ hats are made in the US. Please read source information carefully.
Featherweight Sport Club ($1,450) by Freemans Sporting Club
Made in New York, New York
Men’s even sizes 36-44. Made of 100% Belgian herringbone linen. Slim fitting blazer features 3″ center notch lapel, mother of pearl buttons, 5 pockets (3 patch, 1 welt, 1 passport, 1cigarette) and a white bemberg half-lining. Sleeves are unfinished with a 4″ allowance for alterations.
Freemans Sporting Club (FSC) was established to pay tribute to the vanishing art of American handmade goods and the quality and durability inherent in something made by skilled artisans. FSC crafts roughly hewn yet refined reinterpretations of the tailored goods and sportswear of yesteryear.
The Weston ($175) by New England Shirt Company
Made in Fall River, Massachusetts
Men’s sizes. Button-dowm made of blue and white stripe cloth with a white color. Features classic modified spread collar (a bit shorter with a smaller amount of tie space).
Inspired by the values and traditions of the region, New England Shirt Company has been making classic, comfortable and painstakingly crafted shirts for the past 75 years. Manufactured by skilled crafts people, each shirt is designed and made to be handsome, long-wearing and with a strong thread of integrity running right through it.
Walker Stripe Gold Tie ($62.50) Mountain And Sackett
Made in New York, New York
Made of 100% Italian silk. Available in either 58″ or 62″ long.
In 1957 in New York City’s historic garment district, a small neckwear manufacturer set out to create American-made goods with all of the sophisticated elegance of those produced by the finest European artisans. Today Mountain and Sackett continues the legacy of true handmade production with its hand sewn long ties, bowties and cummerbunds.
Leather Braces ($225) by Emil Erwin
Made in Nashville, Tennessee
One size fits most. Made of Horween leather, solid copper and stainless steel hardware. Hand-sewn. Require sewn-on or riveted buttons. Available in brown (shown) and black.
Emil Erwin is a leather and canvas carrygoods company owned and operated by Emil and Leslie Congdon. Each bag, wallet, belt and accessory produced shows Emil Erwin’s devotion to quality, function and impeccable attention to detail.
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Mahogany Collection Cotton Linen Trousers ($295) by Hickey Freeman
Made in USA
Men’s even sizes 32-40. Made of 55% cotton and 45% linen. Flat front trousers feature half lining, front slant pockets, back welt button-closure pockets, zip fly and hook & bar closure with button. Unfinished hem. Complimentary hemming is available. Part of Hickey Freeman’s Mahogany Collection created for the modern gentleman’s lifestyle and epitomizing sophisticated, timeless style.
Hickey Freeman was begun in the early 20th century by two young entrepreneurs (Jacob Freeman and Jeremiah Hickey). Today the brand offers a sought-after line of tailored clothing and sportswear that continues the Company’s tradition of authenticity, quality, elegance and innovation.
Strawfut Wingtip Oxfords ($345) by Allen Edmonds
Made in Port Washington, Wisconsin
Men’s sizes 6.5-15. Made of leather and linen. Balmoral lace-up shoes. Available in brown calf/linen (shown) or brown calf/blue mesh. Seasonal offering. Part of Allen Edmond’s Timeless Classics Collection.
Since its founding in 1922, Allen Edmonds has been handcrafting its Goodyear welted shoes using a traditional 212-step manufacturing process. As a result each pair of shoes that bears the Allen Edmonds name is a specimen of classic, American styling and high-quality, lasting construction.
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Swan Chandelier ($7,400) by Canopy Designs Ltd
Made in New York
28″ w x 24″ h. Inspired by Art Deco ironwork motifs. Features 5 candelabra lights, round glass beads and faceted metal frame. Frame available in antique gold, old gold, antique silver (shown), bronze, antique white, black and custom finishes. Made-to-order.
Canopy Designs Ltd. crafts beautiful, elegant home accessories, lighting, jewelry and tabletop. Known for its cutting-edge designs, exquisite attention to detail and use of unexpected materials, the Company has gained a strong reputation and loyal following among designers and tastemakers around the world.
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Tri-Metal Ice Bucket ($40) by Mr. Ice Bucket
Made in USA
7.8″ w x 7.8″d x 7″h. 3 quart capacity ice bucket features brushed silver finish highlighted by brass and black bands. Double insulated wall design to prevent condensation. Tight fitting lid.
The world’s oldest and continuously managed manufacturer of ice buckets, Mr. Ice Bucket was founded in 1965. Today their collection of premium products includes 80 ice buckets in variety of sizes and styles, in addition to other bar and wine accessories.
Recycled Glass Mirror ($300) by Solos Glass
Made in New Hampshire.
8.25″ diameter. Made of pressed glass bowls purchased at thrift shops. Bowls are heated to 1100 degrees, picked up with a metal rod and spun into flat plates using heat and centrifugal force. Once flat and cooled, the smooth side of the disc is mirrored. Size and pattern varies.
Artist Nanda Soderberg creates a variety of decorative art objects using recycled glass. His work currently includes mirrors, tumblers, vases, bowls, pitchers, glasses and more.
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