Saint Peacock is a huge advocate for courage in fashion and loves to see a man make a brave choice in his wardrobing.
If your personal style palette is a little on the grey and navy side though, it can be tricky making a leap into colour or pattern.
Such a sudden and lurid rebranding can feel like it requires more confidence than perhaps one is in possession of. Lots of men would like to dress a little more flamboyantly, but keep their flourishes to perhaps an extra stripe on their boxers, or restrict their adventures on the outer limits of the colour wheel to their sock drawer.
Not so former New York Knickerbocker Walt “Clyde” Frazier, who last week livened up the back page of the New York Post with a lavender paisley suit and tie of such swirling violence even Prince would have felt underdressed by comparison.
Frazier, a total disciple of styles that in the seventies tended to be indexed under “snazzy”, was the subject of a profile in American GQ last year which revealed that “Just last season, Frazier could be spotted in tailored offerings done up in red cow print, zebra patterns and bold canary yellow.”
As you might expect, Frazier didn’t skimp on the accessories either. His collection of adornments included a wide selection of gold chains, capes and a Rolls Royce.
Should you be in New York, and of a mind to add a lavender swirl or similar to your wardrobe, Frazier favours Mohan’s on East 42nd Street, although judging by the sombre and businesslike nature of their website you may have to make some sort secret masonic sign of distress to let them know you’re looking for the good stuff.
If you just want to pick up a bolt of “confident” fabric in order to instruct your own favoured tailor, then Frazier favours Zarin’s in New York’s East Village.
Even if you’ve absolutely no intention of fiddling around in New York in order to commission a flared zebra three piece, don’t forget to bring Walt “Clyde” Frazier into sharp focus in your mind’s eye next time you’re wavering over a daring fashion gamble. Walt’s your guy when you are in need of a push to take that customer journey to completion.