all tied up

December 30, 2009 at 8:44 pm 4 comments

really?, originally uploaded by hereslookingatshoeskid.

Um… is this a thing now? ROPE toggles as some hot new trend? Did cat-throwing Kenley “My dad was a tugboat captain” Collins have a hand in this?

I just… I don’t even. (This cell phone pic doesn’t do them justice – that was some serious rope. And yep, I’m creepin’ on the CTA again – Red Line riders, look out!)

I suppose it adds texture, but it’s kind of ugly & impractical, don’t you think? I feel like that would hurt your fingers.

What do you guys think of this?

ETA: My friend Ben just schooled me via Facebook – apparently this is called a duffle coat and is very Ivy League. Guess I went to the wrong Cornell! I’ve seen coats in this style before, of course, but I’d never seen them with rope toggles. It was a very jarring sight on the CTA, ok?? And he was with some girl, and I’m pretty sure he simply needed to be debated on the internet. :)


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jordan  |  December 30, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Yeah – not a fan. I’ve seen them done on some coats where they are the same color and it’s not nearly as bad, but those actually look like clothespins on a clothesline.

    PS – thanks for reminding me of Kenley. She was such a b*7ch! I did like some of her designs though…

    • 2. Cara  |  December 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm

      You nailed it – that’s exactly it. This rope just looked so frayed and course. Ick, I don’t want to have to touch something like that every time I put on and take off my coat. Nor do I want to look at it really.

      Bahaha, Kenley, oh Kenley… little Miss Eyeroller. You do not diss Tim Gunn like that, honey!

  • 3. Jordan R  |  December 31, 2009 at 8:48 am

    As others have pointed out, it’s a duffel coat, and they were pretty popular in the ’50s and ’60s. I guess they’re coming back.

    I think they can look good in the right context (funny that you and Put This On both posted something about this on the same day). They can also look prettygoofy.

    • 4. Cara  |  December 31, 2009 at 9:12 am

      LOL @ the dog. Oh my.

      And that is funny we both mentioned it – that looks like a fancy-cool blog. But whoever runs it was dead-on when they asked, “Don’t the Street Etiquette guys look flyer than the rest of ‘em in their duffle coats?” Um yes, yes they most definitely do! I much prefer the look of the leather toggles to the rope toggles, à la Street Etiquette guy #1.


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