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paean to a jhane barnes shirt

As shirts go, you really blessed me/softly hanging on my scapulae/brushing against my skin/that natural texture rife with organic memory/colors so brilliant & ancient/a pattern of feathers, commas, not oxford/nor broadcloth/simple small bone buttons/so resistant to finger manipulation/minutes to put them all through their hand-sewn buttonholes/but worth every minute/dollar/year—now almost 20 (not vintage yet)/worn less & less/its distinctiveness much like a christmas sweater/only pulled on for the holidays

others/your brothers/have gone to the ragbag/goodwill/salvation army before you/but you/you/i’m having a hard time letting you go/cuffs now showing just the tiniest bit of wear/i’ve been extra diligent in your care/the collar still presentable/an old soldier one last time in his uniform/shall i bury you/but not your memory/shall i turn you into something else/an alchemist tinkering with the elements/a pillow?/the times we’ve had!/the parties/events/nights out/days in and you, you always the star/enhancing my value/women/men all wanting to touch you/me/murmured thanks at compliments/that warm glow of acceptance/having made an impression/all you/all you

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2 Responses to “paean to a jhane barnes shirt”


  1. 1 Robert Haas
    May 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I have this identical shirt and treasure it.
    Mine is perhaps a bit less technicolor, while mine. is a bit richer in Autumn colors. Jhane was /is the most perfect designer of men’s clothing.Her William Morris virtues believed in “truth is beauty and Beauty is Truth” It also means “Beauty without compromise.” She is superb.

    Robert Haas
    2510 Grand 1606.
    Kansas City , 64108

    (816) 221-7196

    Ps: The(New) Halls Men’s in our Kansas City store was where I bought those still treasured, many great Barnes items, has been so very compromised. The mannequins look so very fee, and the colors in the clothing seasons for men were are all pastel Easter egg hues.. things that no real male would ever wear.

    The store itself is beautiful and the design of the store is very masculine, but the look of the clothing has gone “Fairy”.

    I do not know of anyone who has bought anything in the spring /summer line in the new store who has actually bought the spring/summer merchandise. The cut of the clothes and the sissy hands on hips mannequins have not helped the “fairy” look. This includes limp wrists, tight waistlines and hands on hips.. The clothes themselves are cut with today’s weak looking, frail ideal of masculinity. My size is considered to be obese, while it can be called medium at best. I weigh 165, and am considered to be slim in an extreme way.

    I wish that someone will day make all sizes and types of clothing that could be fashionable, flattering and rather inexpensive. Jhane Barnes was a for-runner in this idea. Her extra large shirts were good looking, while the small version also flattered.

    • May 26, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Dear Mr. Haas,
      Thank you for your comments. I must admit to being a bit of a fairy and occasionally can be found with my sissy hands on my hips. I’m trying to decide whether or not you are ignorant or merely stupid. Perhaps a combination of both. I would imagine that in your fair city there are people who might be able to help you disabuse yourself of the notion that being a “Fairy” is a bad thing. In the future you might consider how you present yourself to the world before you actually do, whether it is in a Jhane Barnes shirt or not. All the best, Robert


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