Sid Mashburn Virgil no. 3

Words and photography, Jesse Jackson IV |


While I had the usual experiences with high street/fast fashion menswear (including a brief stint working retail at Express) as well as a suit ostensibly made at one of those 24 hour tailors from Hong Kong, my first elevated menswear retail experience was at Sid Mashburn Knox Street, here in Dallas, Texas. I first visited on the recommendation of a dear friend, and while I had zero expectations (as I was tragically unfamiliar) I was still blown away. The manner of the men staffing the store, the tightly curated shelves offering exactly what a man may need- there's certainly a reason Sid Mashburn is as highly regarded as it is. I wanted immediately to be part of that world, but I had no idea where to start. Again, the strengths of Sid Mashburn really shone here - the fact that the have such well curated models allowed for one to not have to deliberate over button stance, lapel with, notch or peak, and center or side vents (among other things.) Roger, a true style inspiration of mine, suggested a dark navy fresco fabric as a great first step. Given how it turned out, I'm very happy I took his direction

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Oh, well for that much...

I am glad to say that not much has changed about the view I held of Sid Mashburn in the time since I wrote that. If anything, my admiration has grown over the years as I have gained a greater understanding of what they have to offer in the spaces they are in. Surprisingly, the core team hasn't changed much since I first shopped at the store; that is perhaps the best endorsement one could hope for the quality of a brand behind the scenes. As far as the product itself, the style of the jacket hasn't changed, although my desired proportions certainly have. I would prefer a true three roll two, just to have the option of buttoning the topmost button in a play towards an insouciant flair when paired with my trousers. The jacket has had to be let out a few times, given an increase in mass around the shoulders, arms, and chest when compared with a few years ago, and as a result looks somewhat strained when buttoned.

This is of no fault of the tailor, of course, but the risk one runs when undergoing body recomposition, in either a positive or negative direction. Change too drastically, and that tailoring you spent such time and money on can become nigh unwearable. Thankfully, I am still able to wear the jacket - the same cannot be said of the trouser. This is where a change in knowledge and style has impacted previous tailoring decisions. I now wear trousers on my natural waist, with a fuller leg opening and a straighter leg from the hip; my current preference is in stark contrast with this trouser, which bears remnants of the skinny jean wearing boy I was leaving behind. All told, however, the garments served their purpose well, and the jacket has certainly travelled the five years since it's creation well. I would score my past decisions here well.