Ever wonder what vintage plus preppie plus cowboy equals? Lookie here. Plus, timely men’s watches and the talent behind Blessings Jewelry.
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In 1980, when “The Preppie Handbook” was published, Brett Jones was 10. That explains his style: preppie meets hippie—with a cowboy twist. What matches perfectly with Nantucket summer and Polo? Well, pardner, if you’re the kind of guy who manages to blend needlepoint belts, madras shorts and hippie accessories—and still look like a movie star —you’ve got Brett Jones down. This tall drink of water combines all sorts of crazy elements and makes them mesh. Theoretically speaking, Jones’ outfits should not work, yet his mismatched items go together like bread and butter.
Jones’ style is influenced by his childhood. He grew up on a farm in Chester County and watched cowboys round up cattle. His childhood home, the original Doe Run Inn (circa 1741), was moved off the road in the late 1960s. The Doe Run Village Historic District was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
“I was very fortunate to have such an amazing place to grow up,” says Jones. He remembers fondly the feeding pens, riding ponies and playing Polo. He gave up the sport after five concussions.
Jones has an amazing collection of vintage clothes that he inherited from family and friends. He mixes designer duds with flea market finds. ‘‘I love the boots I found at the dump in Nantucket,” he says.
Jones is pictured in a suit given to him by Bob Strawbridge. The needlepoint vest was a gift from Frolic Weymouth. That mustard petit-point vest? It was made by Deo Weymouth for the Vicmead Hunt Club ball. Jones inherited the Jodhpur boots from his father, another man of style.
The Western look is a current trend, perfect for those guys who don’t mind getting dirty, though Jones is a pretty spruced-up gent. The trend sprung up in the 1960s and the 90s, and, fortunately for Jones (and us), it’s returned.
Jones, a Realtor for Sotheby’s, sells farms. He enjoys spending time at his own farm with his wife and three boys. Farming, you could say, is in his blood; always has been.
“It was an incredibly wonderful upbringing to have—one I want to pass on,” says Jones.
This is one classy guy. —Carroll Ivy Laurence
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