A casual buy no. 10

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I bought this item last month more in hope than with practicality in mind. It’s still baltic here in Hovecestershire, and this little beaut would be more at home on the back of a sunburnt Floridian golfer than on my back sat in dark depressing Withdean staring another home defeat in the frozen face.

The Original Penguin Ratner jacket is light, well-built, and modish. Penguin’s (Munsingwear) wiki page describes the company as “an American lifestyle brand”. American lifestyle: long palm-lined boulevards, desert freeways, Cadillacs, (old) Hollywood, pacific beaches, Steve McQueen, a painting by Pollock, and drive-in diners. All this springs to mind – the long gone pre-9/11 American Dream. It’s a far cry from England and her dark satanic football grounds nestled in damp, terraced streets. Or in windswept, half-empty, and colour-faded “bowls”, a grim bus ride away from civilisation in forgotten retail parks and industrial estates.

But the two are not completely incompatible, because “lifestyle brand” translates into “casual” in our unfussy, stiff-upper-lip usage of the Queen’s English. This is a very smart little jacket, I’m just waiting until “Sunny Hove” starts to re-appear, along with the daffodils, and going to Withdean ceases to feel just like how a discarded fishfinger would feel having been abandoned in the bottom tray of the freezer.

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One Response to “A casual buy no. 10”

  1. ADONIS Says:

    I have that JACKET, saME COLOR, I LIVE IN GUADALAJARA MEXICO SO I CAN WEAR IT 9 MONTHS OF THE YEAR. BTW I LOVE ORIGINAL PENGUIN.

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