#45: Jeremy Kirkland (Blamo!)

Blamo! Podcast's Jeremy Kirkland on Anglo Italian OCBDs, Cozy wool slippers, Patrick Amory's Mixcloud, and more

Cool people like cool things, which is why we asked cool person Jeremy Kirkland to come on Perfectly Imperfect & spread the hot rec wealth.

Jeremy is the founder of “Blamo!”, a style podcast that explores the world of fashion through meaningful conversations with guests such as Jonah Weiner, Scott Sternberg, Andrew Chen, and Chris Black. Kirkland has been a long time subscriber of this newsletter and in the recent Blamo! Throwing Fits AMA episode ya boys at Perfectly Imperfect got a shoutout from TF host James Harris. Jeremy is one of the nicest and well-dressed dudes in menswear— lucky for us, he’s here to talk about what he’s been into.

Without further ado

Jeremy Kirkland (instagram, twitter)

👔 Anglo Italian oxford shirts

I haven’t done the sweatpants thing in quarantine, and as the world continues to spiral out of control, few things have kept me grounded like a classic oxford shirt from Anglo Italian. The London shop is owned by friends Alex Pirounis and Jake Grantham. Their vibe is basically their name; a laid back Italian sportswear look smashed into British old boy.  The collar on the A.I. oxfords are nice and tall, and the fit is not too slim. Also, their denim is FIRE.

🎞 Clifford (1994)

I know I’m supposed to put some Criterion pick here, or some sort of tour de force film, but have you seen Charles Grodin in Clifford?! Holy hell, few things cheer me up like Martin Short, pretending to “look at you like a normal person.” It’s a dumb movie that is better the more you watch it. 

📻 The Turnaround

A one-off podcast series from Jesse Thorn (Bullseye NPR, Maximum Fun) on the greatest interviewers, interviewed. I find myself going back to episodes multiple times since it first came out in late ’17. Jesse talks with Jerry Springer, Terry Gross, Ira Glass, and the GOAT Dick Cavett. All killer, no filler. As someone who is continually trying to have a meaningful conversation with folks – sage advice from the masters has helped me so much

📺. Poirot (1989–2013)

IYKYK. Gimme a bag of pirates booty and LFG! David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot does nothing but solve mysteries and get fits off (since 1989 btw.)  I’ve watched the show my whole life, and the theme music still runs through my head whenever I’m walking down the street.  They did every Poirot novel (70 episodes) and you can stream it everywhere. Most episodes are 90 mins so plan accordingly. 

📖 Masters of the Air

I read every night before bed, and I’ve been on a binge of WW2 history books. With everything that’s happened recently, I’ve found myself turning to times when people had no idea what would happen next and how they got through it.  Donald L. Miller tells the story of the first American Air Force and how airpower turned the tide. Warning, there are some gruesome accounts of how hard it was for so many people. The ultimate takeaway for me was that soldiers were motivated by love over hate to fight – love for their family, friends, and comrades. It kind of makes you think how much we all do for each other in the name of love. Heavy.

🇩🇪 Haflinger Slippers

You can't get comfy at home unless you're wearing slippers, and Haflingers are where it's at. Cozy wool felt on a cork bed with a rubber sole, so you don't slip while you're washing your 900th dish for the day. Go grizzlies or bust. Seriously these are the best slippers of all time. 

🎶 Patrick Amory’s Mixcloud

I used to work at the Beggars Group (Matador Records). One of the many things I’m grateful for there was how much folks like Patrick Amory (Co-President of Matador) opened up my mind to so many incredible artists. Patrick does a weekly mixtape on Mixcloud that has been mindblowing. He rips the music from his LP collection and he’s got the goods. Incredible.

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