Oscar Wilde once noted that clothes should hang from the shoulder, not from the waist. To that end, I decided last week that I needed to find a quality set of braces to pair with the Corbin trousers that I wrote about in my last article. You may recall that I deleted the belt loops and had buttons added for braces. After doing a little research, I settled on braces from Albert Thurston. That British company has been making and selling braces since 1820.
Albert Thurston braces are offered in wool boxcloth for cool weather and the lighter weight barathea fabric for warm weather. The braces are offered in a wide range of colors and patterns. The leather ends come in black, brown or white leather. The braces with hand-stitched white glove leather are arguably the most versatile because you don’t have to worry with matching the leather ends to your shoes.
I found a small selection of Albert Thurston braces for sale at A Suitable Wardrobe Online Haberdashery. The store is run by Will Boehlke who maintains an excellent style blog. His selection of braces does not match the offerings directly from Albert Thurston, but he stocks the most useful colors. For those in the U.S., the biggest advantage for buying them from the ASW store is the free shipping. I settled on a set of red boxcloth braces with white leather ends. That combination is arguably the most classic and I thought appropriate for my first pair.
While perusing the ASW store I also happily discovered a lovely dark brown and lilac neckerchief in a 1920s style leopard print. I’ve always thought a neckerchief would be useful when paired with an open-necked shirt, but this is the first time I have ever found one for sale. This particular neckerchief looks great with a blue shirt and the brown tweed shirt jacket that I wrote about recently.
My experience ordering from the ASW store was positive. The online store is easy to navigate. My order arrived quickly and was nicely packaged. And as I mentioned before, the shipping was free.