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Thanks to #bloombergradio for the wonderful interview with our CEO Laurie Haspel Aronson discussing all things Haspel. #Seersucker You can listen to the interview online.
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The material is so well-suited to Washington, D.C., that in 1996, Mississippi Senator Trent Lott began the annual tradition of celebrating Seersucker Thursday on a warm day each June. His goal, according to the Senate Historical Office? To show that “the Senate isn’t just a bunch of dour folks wearing dark suits and—in the case of men—red or blue ties.” By 2004, women had joined the fashion show thanks to California Senator Dianne Feinstein. “I remember when Senator Trent Lott started National Seersucker Day in 1996 in an effort to encourage collegiality,” Feinstein says. “I was glad to play a small part then in getting the Senate women involved.”
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NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Haspel Clothing, the originator of the seersucker suit, delved into its archives to create a limited-edition tailored clothing and shirt collection to commemorate its 110th anniversary. The renowned brand, owned and operated by the Haspel family for four generations, landed on five distinct, heritage-inflected silhouettes—all crafted in vintage-style, tea-stained seersucker fabrics. In concert with this momentous anniversary, only 110 suits will be produced in each of the five models. Each suit will be numbered and feature a vintage Haspel label not used in decades by the brand.
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Steamy Beginnings
For Haspel’s great-grandfather, Joseph Haspel, Sr., inspiration to create the iconic suit came from his time spent in New Orleans factories before the advent of air conditioning. In an effort to stay cool, factory workers were wearing lightweight overalls made of a fabric called seersucker. Haspel saw this and felt that the breathable fabric could be elevated into a dressy ensemble, appropriate for the boardroom, a restaurant or anywhere else a jacket was required.

After designing his first suit, Haspel discovered that he could layer the fabric and cut more than one suit pattern at a time. In 1909, his new company began manufacturing seersucker suits in a facility on Broad Street near Esplanade Avenue.

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“National Seersucker Day is June 13 and what other brand can actually say that they own a holiday?” said Aronson.

In the past 110 years, there’s been no shortage of legendary figures wearing the suits, from Hollywood stars and political icons, to presidents of the United States. It’s a style that’s gone national and started in Louisiana.

“Louisiana is our home and we are very, very proud of that,” said Aronson. “Haspel clothing are clothes meant for a good time.”

It’s practically the unofficial uniform of the Kentucky Derby, not to mention warm-weather dressing in general. While you can always go with the traditional blue stripe (or push your luck with green or purple), we like this neutral “Beignet Tan,” to function as the palette upon which the rest of your Derby Day outfit is assembled. If you really want to knock us out, go for the Magnolia White, but we do realize that’s a scary alternative where cocktails and mud may be involved. Haspel’s suit separates make it easier to find your perfect fit. Once you’ve got it, this combo will be your go-to for summer weddings and dress-up occasions. 
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“As an American fashion brand, being able to celebrate our 110th anniversary is a truly momentous occasion,” says Haspel CEO and fourth-generation owner, Laurie Haspel Aronson. “Haspel clothes were made for a good time and we know how to celebrate big moments like this. We know both young and old will join us as we look ahead to the next hundred and ten years.”
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In 1909, it was introduced to the sartorial world by specialist American seersucker makers Haspel as the ultimate summer suit fabric. Born out of the New Orleans jazz movement, it became a look synonymous with the hazy southern states. Its Crescent City style was best captured by Miles Davis who personified this look on his At Newport 1958 album cover, demonstrating how to wear a soft-shouldered Italian-cut jacket with nonchalance. It was a heyday moment for the fabric and his louche approach is still a style cue worth noting t...

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Shop seersucker and lightweight suits at Haspel now, starting at $595

Our top pick: Cayenne Red Seersucker Suit ( Jacket and Pants), $595

In 1908, John Haspel Sr. founded his eponymous menswear brand in New Orleans with the goal of creating clothing that could withstand the southern heat. After observing British men wearing a lightweight and breathable material called seersucker in the warm-weather colonies of India, he decided to create the first seersucker suit. Colonialism aside, it became a hit.

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INCISAL EDGE | OCTOBER 2018

On Kent McBride:
Blue dress shirt by Haspel. Haspel.com

On Spencer Stiles:
Blue two-button single-breasted suit by Haspel, haspel.com 

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