The Albert Slippery Slope
The Chap usually reports the adoption of a traditional garment in the world outside our stained-glass window favourably, for it often indicates a promising shift in contemporary fashion towards the values we hold dear.
However, when it is a member of Donald Trump’s cabinet showing sartorial élan, our loyalties are ripped asunder, especially as it is so unusual for anyone in Trump’s circle to display anything but tasteless vulgarity when it comes to clothes.
Secretary of State Wilbur Ross attended one of Trump’s speeches to Congress wearing a pair of Albert Slippers. There is nothing wrong with appearing in a public place in velvet slippers – in fact The Chap has always advocated them as an eccentric accessory to Black Tie dress. It’s just that Mr. Ross’s slippers were embroidered with the Commerce Department’s logo, rather than a pair of antlers or a personal monogram.
Mr. Ross has his slippers made by Stubbs & Wooton, an American company based in Palm Beach, Florida, where incidentally the president has an exclusive resort. To be fair, others in Mr. Ross’s collection bear more tasteful designs, such as top hats and, in this photo, some racy spiderwebs.
The Chap always welcomes celebrity endorsement of any item of gentlemanly clothing which may thus enter the sphere of street fashion, but in this case we can only conclude that Wilbur Ross has given the Albert Slipper a bad name.