24 February 2012

Black History Month: Miles Davis





Once, when asked to describe his style, Miles simply answered that he was "Clean as a motherfucker." I couldn't agree more. As he got older, Miles let his style lead him into the realm of the bizarre (and often, downright gaudy), but what we have pictured here are examples of Miles in his prime, exhibiting pure, unadulterated cool.

See that jacket in the very top picture? Miles designed it. Simple and elegant, his sportcoat was designed to have as few seams as possible. You'll notice there is no shoulder seam. See the suit in the bottom picture? Miles designed it. Only one working and one decorative button. The double breasted equivalent of a single button jacket. This man was a trumpet player by profession, but made a career out of being a stylish, cool motherfucker.

P.W.

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