Ye New Peplum
Sass & Bide is opening stateside and I’m celebrating with layered leather hip adornments.
What are your thoughts on tool belts?
More than just being impressed by how much stuff they holster and furthermore how heavy they can get without cracking a human torso in half, I maintain the belief that they might be the hero that goes unsung when considering their more fashionable cousin’s relatively recent rise to fame.
The cousin I’m talking about is, of course, the highly futile but if worn properly, cool-as-frozen-ass peplum. While screw drivers may not come included, when said peplum is offered in a pleated and layered leather finish, you’re left to wonder just how much functionality actually matters.
Because, here are these belts, right? One aids the vocation of specialists that are known to fix things, while the other just sits on our hips. Sometimes it will conceal private anatomic snafus, which is certainly an achievement, but surely the former must feel a holier-than-thou sense of superiority to its chiefly ornamental relative. And that’s rough.
Which is why I’m not above gathering every keychain and/or clip-able tchotchke that I own to latch on to the peplum in order to prove its pragmatic worth. So while photographed you will find the leather peplum* fashioning its bare bones against conductor-inspired cropped jeans and a measly t-shirt and denim jacket, that is simply because at its core, it is a gentleman and would never want to make its cousin feel bad. What’s more, the little dude has only recently immigrated from Australia which reminds me of something much more important than the personification of a fucking peplum: us New Yorkers have an exciting deluge of openings in store.
That pun was wholly intended.
Most compellingly and quietly might be the imminent Sass & Bide shop opening, slated to finally let us in between November 20th and 22nd on Broome Street in New York’s SoHo. It kind of feels like the magicians from Sydney are finally allowing us the key to their hearts and in doing so bequeathing us the gift of anything-but-lazy, layered, leather and pleated hips that definitely don’t lie.
The most important question independent of my wondering whether you’ve noticed that creepy thing my fingers are doing in the above: how would YOU wear this peplum? Hmmm?
*This particular peplum will be waiting for you at Sass & Bide’s new store in SoHo.
In collaboration with Sass & Bide; US store to open Nov. 22 at 480 Broome Street in SoHo.