Jazz Age Lawn Party

After five straight days of ominous weather, the idea of a weekend with crystal blue skies and perfect temperatures seemed like a dream. And, truth be told, I was still in a mild dream state of my own when Rob and I hopped on an early train up to NYC for the 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. Following a quick cortado at Gasoline Alley, we made our way to the tip of Manhattan and onto the ferry to Governors Island.

Jazz Age Lawn Party - He Spoke Style

Jazz Age Lawn Party - He Spoke Style

Jazz Age Lawn Party - He Spoke Style

Carving a path through the waters between the East and Hudson rivers, we were overwhelmed with the sense that time was suspended. In this brief moment, we were allowing ourselves to leave our day-to-day realities, embarking on a journey through time to a different reality viewed through a vintage filter.

Jazz Age Lawn Party - He Spoke Style

Though the previous day’s torrential downpour left patches of the lawn saturated, it did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance. I was reminded of something a friend who’d been there in previous years mentioned to me: that you’ve never seen so many genuinely happy people in one place. Walking the grounds, we couldn’t help but be swept away by the countless carefree moments surrounding us. No filter necessary.

Jazz Age Lawn Party - He Spoke Style

Jazz Age Lawn Party - He Spoke Style

We spent the better part of five hours taking in the atmosphere, listening to the band, enjoying the follies, and soaking up the vintage, throwback style. Suspenders were not in short supply. Boater hats abounded. And the flappers were out in force. It was so refreshing to see folks of all ages embracing this spirit of nostalgia and fun. This photo pretty much sums it up.

Had we planned ahead, we might have brought along a picnic for the lawn, but as it was, we stopped just long enough to grab a small snack. The day ended, as many of mine in NYC do, in the West Village, where we enjoyed a fantastic dinner at Rosemary’s and a sunset in SoHo.

Jazz Age Lawn Party - He Spoke Style

| BRIAN WEARS | QG Custom pants (similar HERE), Saks Fifth Avenue shirt (similar HERE), Polo Ralph Lauren bow tie, Brooks Brothers suspenders, Goorin Bros. hat (similar HERE or splurge), Shoes c/o Allen Edmonds | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo | LOCATION | Governors Island, New York

Jazz Age Lawn Party - He Spoke Style

Jazz Age Lawn Party - He Spoke Style

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  • http://fuss.co.in Rhea

    This looks like so much fun! Love how everybody is dressed!

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      It was a ton of fun. I definitely recommend going if you can! There’s another one scheduled for August.

  • http://www.thecuriousgentleman.blogspot.co.il Igal Reysher

    Brian you surprising every time, this photos are amazing.
    It seems that you have great time. Love your outfit.


    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      I definitely did, Igal. Thanks for the continued support. Cheers.

  • http://tagloverblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Kieran

    Haha look like a great time :) I wish we had such things here in the UK. Also that Hats !! Love the hats so much… Everything actually!

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Kieran. Maybe you could start a movement there?

  • Alex

    Absolutely one of my favorite events in NYC. So unique, and you’re right, Brian, it takes you away from time and place so completely; it doesn’t feel like you’re in NYC or the 21st century at all. Rather freeing, at that. Glad you got to experience it!

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Alex! I plan to get back to it in the future. Maybe not in August, but next year for sure. Hope to see you soon.

  • http://itsmedormidz.blogspot.com Charles

    I love how the people dressed for this wonderful event! Aside from dancing, I like the idea of having several shops along the way. It looks fun and exciting. I really like your #OOTD in this event.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      There were some really great outfits there, for sure. Some had the period style nailed. So great to see. But it was most incredible to see everyone embracing the fun of the event.

  • Bill

    Hooray! Got my boater, bowtie, braces and bucks all ready for our son’s wedding in three weeks. Beautiful garden venue by the Bay. This event looks like great fun!

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Oh, man, Bill. You need to check this out. Need to see some photos from your boy’s wedding. Congrats to him!

  • Jason

    I found this years jazz age party to be far too busy. It was a great time, however, nothing like the previous years. Double the price, triple the people, half the fun. Still, gorgeous weather for a Charleston and a ferry ride.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      I feel you, Jason. I’m not generally one for big crowds myself. Around 3 p.m. it actually started to get a bit overwhelming and we had to take off. Certainly glad we showed up early. Cheers.

  • http://thepocketstyle.blogspot.com/ Andres Poiche
    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Andres.

  • K

    Great Look B.S !
    How tall are you? I’m only 5’7 (170cm) and I find it difficult to have a nice outfit :(

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      I’m 5’9″.

  • Chadlington

    OMG so much fun! Pretty sure I now have inspiration for a party!!!

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      It really was a great time and fun to see so much great throwback style. If you’re in the area, I’d definitely recommend checking out the August edition. Cheers.

  • Jorge Rodriguez

    I plan on attending this party this year for the first time and I have a really nice outfit layed out but would love to know the model of your hat as that is the piece i’ve had the toughest time finding. I know there are several Goorin Bros’ in the city but i’d like the hat model if you still own it.