Who doesn’t know Cooper? He’s been a good friend to me over the past couple of years, and I was grateful when he agreed to submit to Top of the Heap. Social Primer is a great blog for gentlemen, as well as for ladies looking for a gentleman. The Social Primer twitter feed is outstanding – as it’s main purpose is to see consistent tweets and photos of the Charleston scene. Very ‘upper crust’. Cooper is a Southern Gentleman, and prescribes to the ‘sans socks’ mentality, as his Top of the Heap feature shows:
I’m having a new love affair with an old flame. Many know me for the uniform I wear (and the uniform I photograph and write about) and that usually includes my beloved Gucci loafers. But a couple of months ago I ran across a brand new pair of Bass Weejuns at one of my favorite thrift stores. I was amused to see them. What old memories came rushing back. At $2.99, it wasn’t very hard to indulge the nostalgia, so I bought them and brought them home. I started wearing them around town when I needed a blazer and a khaki. And then something strange happened. They broke in and to my surprise, they are damned comfortable. So I started wearing them with shorts, with or without a blazer, uptown, downtown and all around town. Now, I can’t live without them.
As we prepare for my New York Fashion Week presentation of my new solo collection, I’ve decided to have the models wearing Weejuns exclusively. I feel so strong about this American classic and am ready to share the word. Weejuns! Simply awesome. – K. Cooper Ray, 2012