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The Viewing Room | Boardwalk Empire Threads

With the unexpected hiatus of Mad Men, it is safe to say Don Draper has taken yet another unexpected leave of absence from the offices of Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce. This said, we maintain that the man on celluloid to be directing the style trends of the year, may well be the second best dressed man on television – Nucky Thompson.

The expertly designed costumes of Scorsese’s hit HBO series Boardwalk Empire, are brought to life by the wiry edge of Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson. As the cast of Mad Men step aside, Nucky takes center with his muscle close behind, or even, dare we say –  side by side. Michael Pitt embodies the character of Jimmy Darmody, a troubled Great War vet and tenacious young man enlisted as the muscle of prohibitioner Nucky Thompson. Fueled by his desire for success at all costs, he soon develops the taste for the bespoke suits of his successful contemporaries. In effect, the production has found itself with a late-bloomer of types, for the stylistically savvy duo to direct men’s style trends.

Club collars abound, contrast collars and guilded ties framed by tie bars – We are already seeing a great resurgence of the Old World gangster style, omnipresent in each frame of Boardwalk Empire. The three piece and three button suits are back, and rightfully so – they look damn sharp.

With no further ado, Step into the TGT viewing room. Please no smoking around the celluloid, a glass of scotch is always welcomed and study up on the look of these Old-World gentleman.

Note: All images are property of HBO.

Editor’s Note: For those with that unquenching curiosity, the knife in Jimmy Darmody’s posession is a WWI US Mark I 1918 Trench Knife. The bottom-end was called a skull-crusher, for obvious reasons.

– And be sure to check out our coverage of Season 2’s Style Highlights.

3 responses

  1. Jay Houghton

    Is there anywhere i could buy suits like the ones here or just the grey one worn by Jimmy on the 6th picture down from the writing?? please respond as soon as possible 🙂

    April 6, 2011 at 10:32 am

    • You’ve asked a tough question, friend. Well, to begin, all costumes were specifically crafted for the production. The look is a combination of clothing, setting and haircut, really. However, that is not to say you can’t come close to the look yourself with some decent work. Your best bet would be to first find the fabric you think best fits what you have in mind. It looks to be a dark grey wool suit. Go only for a three button – three piece suit. Make sure the lapels are no wider than the widest point on your tie and certainly no more narrow; this isn’t a fifties look. Trousers should have a decently high rise, and a buckle-back addition, as most prohibition-era trousers, for lack of a better word, had this between the back pockets and the belt area. The silhouette around the calves shouldn’t have too much of a taper either. Lastly, top it off with a solid ankle boot or pair of wingtips.

      For the true tailoring of the look, you could enlist the skilled hand of Brooklyn-based tailor Martin Greenfield who did most of the tailoring for all suits on set.

      But really, any tailor can achieve that slim look you are looking for. As for who to look to for off the rack wear-ability, I’d consider Hickey Freeman and choose something with a heavier weight fabric. The look is in the details – collar bar (extinct), woolen tie, etc. But really, with a good eye and armed with the right words for your tailor anyone on any budget could come close to this look. Hope this helps.


      April 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm

  2. A blog after my own heart

    December 24, 2012 at 2:46 am

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