Syd Jerome Presents...
THE TIES THAT BLIND - A REDO
On February 10th, an opinion piece entitled "The Ties That Blind" appeared in The New York Times. It was written by Professor Richard Thompson Ford of Stanford Law School.
His question was
"What do these shiny badly knitted neckties say about the President?"
I thought it was so clever and well written that I wanted to embed it in a column only to learn that existing copyright law dictated I had to wait at least 30 days to reproduce it. I had to change the original title to "The Ties That Blind" and "Blinded By The Light " in honor of an old Bruce Springsteen song.
The requisite amount of time has passed. The professor's column, together with the faculty profile picture of him, is reproduced below. In the interim, the professor and I exchanged several emails. I knew he was working on a book about dress codes. I assumed it was not about dress codes for lawyers (remember an earlier column I wrote "Do Seventh Circuit Judges Care How You Dress For Oral Arguments") so I thought I would check with the professor. Besides having taught at law schools both full time and part time for a long time, it was my experience that most male faculty members do not consider fashion to be a priority.
I was curious about the professor's own dress code. His faculty profile picture showed a pocket square emerging from the breast pocket of his sport coat. (Another early column entitled " Do Real Men Wear Pocket Squares?) Both of us wear pocket squares. He believes they add "interest and polish" with a relaxed style. We both like unconstructed sport coats. He likes Isaia and Barbera - both brands the store carries.
We both like ties of a certain pattern, but never shiny ties. I don't know if the professor's column had an impact on the president's ties. I have been paying more attention to what he says and does. That's more important than his ties.
I hope the professor comes to Chicago so I can show him sport coats and ties at the store!