+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/JOE McGLYNN: talks about his 5th outfit. #5 in eleven acts




What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Hercules belt-back jacket, ca.1930s, Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Reproduction Levis 201 thirties jeans with cinch
Grey 1930s work shirt by Goebel, Chicago
Tweed Cap (modern), Capas Headwear, NY
Black 1930s leather boot

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
Its not all about suits…there is great style in functional work pieces of the period.  There are many websites that celebrate vintage work wear.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 
10- “Irish- lower dat beam!  Roy, Heat dem rivets.”

What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The success of this jacket derives from the appealing plaid fabric and the fit.  Features such as strategically placed cinches on the sides (also found on the back of the jeans) give shape.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I’ll wear one of these pieces almost weekly.  It’s a nice way to dress down, whether accumulating groceries or grass stains and dirt.

There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
The rugged denim, strong shirt fabric, and leather boot give a protective feeling.  I could be “On the Waterfront” 20 years before the movie.


As soon as Joe attired himself as seen in this photograph, it became immediately obvious to me that he must be captured in a transitional manner that suggest movement, action and gesture that is concurrently a nod of reference to and a knowing departure from “On the Waterfront.” Mr. McGlynn was a natural for this. He knew the film’s archetypal blue-collar and Marlon Brando’s character all too well.

One may even argue that no doubt, Joe is perfectly ready and made for a remake of the film when or if an opportune moment presents. Hollywood, take note! Style wise, this is a perfect demonstrative example on how to employ clothes as a shorthand for an archetype—whether real or imagined.

Above, Marlon Brando character in the film spots a like, thick, wool plaid, most likely a red and black number with auxiliary colors similar to Joe’s.

On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption among longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb and Karl Malden. The soundtrack score was composed by Leonard Bernstein. It is based on a series of articles written in the New York Sun by Malcolm Johnson.

The film received eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

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9 Responses to special guest/JOE McGLYNN: talks about his 5th outfit. #5 in eleven acts

  1. Voon says:

    Hot damn!!!! What an amazing shot…love the contrast of the red and green and denim! Sorry ladies… This hunky dory is already snapped up.

  2. makaga says:

    Super fresh!

  3. I love that you did this look, I think it is really approachable for people who may not be as into the vintage aesthetic as we are.

  4. Heidi says:

    The jacket has a belted back and it’s quite a high-waisted one at that. (well above the natural waist). In other words, this is a much more tailored, fitted example than one usually spots. If Joe had not bought this jacket for himself, I would have snagged it and put it under the Christmas tree. Amazing condition too….big WOW.

  5. Joe,

    This is an outfit I rarely get to see you in (actually never have) and one you should rock more often! You look like most of the men in my family. (Irish working class) Oh and funny enough, “Irish” is one of my nicknames!

  6. Igor says:

    Nice outfit. I like the jacket. That’s what you should wear to work!

  7. Mary says:

    An image of strength even better than Brando!

  8. Mac says:

    Wow! This is early NYC pre WWII vintage. GREAT.

  9. Matt Deckard says:

    I’m quite impressed with your versatility of attire. I’ve still gotta work my way out of wearing just suits. A very action man pose.

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