This is, of course, a pair of Nantucket Reds. Worn by a gentleman who I admire so much. After seeing this flash of sartorial brilliance...I was left speechless. And look at the brown suede cap-toe loafers! Truly, a man of taste. Who is he? I'll write about him a bit later - but I will say that he was at the UGC Bordeaux 2007 tasting I attended last Sunday.
Nantucket Reds were originally made by Murray's Toggery Shop in, yes, Nantucket. They were originally adapted from the uniforms of the New York Yacht Club, and now are a staple of the rich and preppy. The video below explains the history of these pants more in detail. I admit, I don't have what it takes to wear a pair. I'd like to, but I just can't. You need a certain flamboyance to pull it off...maybe in 20 years.
Oh, by the way...the photo above is of Comte Stephan von Neipperg. That's right. The man is a Count of the Holy Roman Empire. And I love his pants.DF