Video: Padding The Chest
4 years ago
These are photographs of my maternal grandparents, Clarice and Ottie Willich. The photograph of them together is from their wedding day on May 28, 1937, in Horton, Kansas. At the time he was 25 and she was 23. The other picture was taken in 1958 when my grandfather was on a guided hunt in Kenya.
What does it mean if a suit jacket is fused?
Jon Stewart asked, "Why? Why wear an ascot on national television?" Because this country is going to hell in a hand basket. We're lost. We've succumbed to the insane desires of this new generation that is devoid of the common purpose of Americans. ... Why an ascot? Because I want my America back. I want to reclaim the soul and the style that made us the greatest country on Earth. We have abandoned the stylistic principles of the founding fathers and their wigs and tophats, and their ruffled tops, for the god-awful look of flip flops and t-shirts and baggy pants and sweats. Jackie O. took us to new heights. Now we have the fashion sense of James Carville. Look, I want to help restore the values of America. ... I want us to be great again. I want an ascot for every god-fearing boy and man. And it's time that we reclaim our history. ... It is time that we return to our roots as a leader in fashion. Join me in this fight and accept this call to arms and may we all rediscover what it means to be an American.
Frank Maurice Allen was born 17 April 1906 in Upton Cum Chumley, Buckinghamshire, England. The son of Sibyl Cooper and Robert Charles Allen, he spent much of his youth hunting in Windsor Forest near his grandfather’s farm.
Allen had no formal training in the field, but was a natural. His early success trapping rabbits earned him the nickname “Bunny” from a gypsy hunter named Piramas Berners, and that endearment stuck with him the rest of his life. Allen continued to hone his skills as an outdoorsman and eventually followed his two brothers to Kenya in 1927.
Following military service during World War II, Allen established himself as a professional safari guide. He would become one of the last great gentleman hunters of Africa, leading safaris for everyone from the Prince of Wales to Mick Jagger. Allen finally retired in 1996 at the age of 90, and passed away in 2002. He led a thrilling life of abounding passion and excitement.
It was his unquenchable sense of adventure, his taste for the fine life and, most importantly, his sensitivity to the people and the places of his time that made him a larger-than-life gentleman guide. Though Allen spent the majority of his life in Africa, he was first and foremost an Englishman. Today, it is that English inspiration and his rugged yet refined spirit and distinguished taste level that serves as our guide as we scour the globe to bring you the very best in gentleman’s sportswear, accessories, and items of uniqueness.
Each F.M. ALLEN product available in our catalog, website and retail stores has been designed with the spirit of the modern gentleman in mind. We’ve taken the very best of classic design and construction and, when called for, blended in a touch of contemporary advancement. The items are crafted by artisans in places like the England, the United States, Scotland, Ireland, and Italy-- places where artistry, workmanship, and attention to the most minute of detail is very much alive and well.