North by Northwest

Let’s revisit BAMFs look at CGs suit to go along with the sunglasses mystery…Fantastic post….

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Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill, Madison Avenue ad man mistaken for an international spy

New York City, Fall 1958

Film: North by Northwest
Release Date: July 28, 1959
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Tailor: Arthur Lyons of Kilgour, French & Stanbury
Wardrobe Department: Harry Kress


North by Northwest is famous for being one of the best thrillers and espionage films of all time, but it has also received plenty of accolades as the greatest “suit movie” due to the sharply-tailored gray-blue Glen plaid suit that Cary Grant wears throughout the film. In August 2015, Esquire gave it the top spot on its Greatest Suits in Film list… which also included several other heroes you’ll see on the pages of BAMF Style.

The suit even inspired a short story from writer Todd McEwen, retelling North by Northwest from the perspective of Grant’s tailored suit and shining a light on just…

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Cary Grant’s Sunglasses


Apparently Bob Dylan’s famous Wayfarer-style sunglasses aren’t the only ones people are interested in ID-ing.’s article The Coolest Sunglasses Mystery puts out a call for any information people might have on the make/model of the sunglasses Cary Grant wore in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “North by Northwest.”

CaryGrantSunglassesYou can see my earlier 3-part post related to Dylan’s sunglasses at the links below (sorry folks, the actual make/model still haven’t been conclusively determined):

Bob Dylan’s Sunglasses

Bob Dylan’s Sunglasses, Part II

Bob Dylan’s Sunglasses, Part III

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A gentleman’s adventure

The Gentleman

Hello there,

Salutations from Castle Brixley where I have once again returned, triumphantly I might add.  I must apologise for the disruption in correspondence, but when one is on an adventure, one finds it hard to correspond (especially when the Tsar of Bulgaria has your typewriter confiscated).  There are few things in life better than a good adventure and there are no adventures better than a gentleman’s adventure (it’s like a normal adventure but there is more whiskey, cigars and appearances by Sean Connery).

The grand thing about a gentleman’s adventure is that it’s as unpredictable as a Japanese assistant named Kato.  Whether you’re prepared or not, adventure can come knocking on your door – sometimes with a pamphlet, sometimes with a parcel but more commonly with a treasure map, a fez hat and an aeroplane ticket to Budapest.

I have been on more gentleman’s adventures than you can shake…

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Steve McQueen’s Glen Plaid 3-Piece as Thomas Crown

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Last Friday would have been Steve McQueen’s 83rd birthday. To celebrate Steve and honor an early request from a BAMF Style follower…


Steve McQueen as Thomas Crown, millionaire criminal mastermind

Boston, June 1968

Film: The Thomas Crown Affair
Release Date: June 19, 1968
Director: Norman Jewison
Costume Designer: Alan Levine
Tailor: Douglas Hayward


Steve McQueen was racking up several iconic tough guy looks by 1968, with both The Great Escape and Bullitt under his belt. Now, as millionaire playboy Thomas Crown, he would be playing more of a romantic lead and would need the wardrobe to match.

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Tom Wolfe

“…Take those suits, which he once called “a marvelous, harmless form of aggression.” The great thing about them was that they were out of place everywhere, an all-purpose signal of self-alienation. He didn’t don beads for Ken Kesey or turtlenecks for the Black Panthers. That distance set him apart from other pioneering journalists, too. “Wolfe’s problem is that he’s too crusty to participate in his stories,” wrote Hunter Thompson, the most extreme of the participatory journalists. “The people he feels comfortable with are dull as stale dog shit, and the people who seem to fascinate him as a writer are so weird that they make him nervous.”

But Wolfe started wearing white suits to make other people nervous—wags of the Establishment looking down their noses at the antsy arriviste. He bought his first, white silk-tweed, shortly after coming to New York, in the summer of 1962. But it was too heavy, so he ended up wearing it in December. When people sniffed at his faux pas, he took their scorn as a badge of honor, and he’s donned a version of the suit ever since—throwing on a blue blazer when he wants to go “incognito.”…”

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