Formal informality is the kind of thing one would only find at the poshist of upper crust clubs such as the Soho House. The story below straight from Mr. Porter illustrates that perfectly.
The member’s club Soho House recently found itself in the British papers when Mr Peter Bingle, the head of a public relations firm, used his blog to publicise the fact that his membership of the club had been suspended. He had, he was told, repeatedly contravened the club’s dress code, which discourages the wearing of suits and ties.
It’s a dress code that I’m familiar with, because in the past I have been made to remove my tie by the receptionist at the club’s East London branch, Shoreditch House. I explained that I was there to eat lunch with Mr Michael Drake, the renowned tie maker, and so ties were, in essence, going to pay for my lunch, but this didn’t persuade the receptionist to relax the club’s compulsory informality. He explained that “it” would be more comfortable if I removed my tie, although whether “it” referred to me, the people eating lunch around me, or the general ambience, remained moot.
Kind of wish I had this problem.
Whether its casual or formal industry clubs such as the Soho house have a certain exclusive drawn and the excentrisities that come with them are just the icing on the cake. Plus that fact that their creative bent lends itself well to amazing graphic design and interesting locations doesn’t hurt.