We like linen, Belgian usually, some French and Italian, just for the waxiness that holds the garment in place a little better. Linen is designed to crease and still look good. Each needs to be robust enough to use on safari as well, in muted colors, with a look that sends you back to the bush chic of the 1920’s.
It was in that era that washed and faded ex-military styled gear found its way into our lives. Karen Blixen wore clothing like this when we brought her aristocratic sensitivities from Denmark .
Across the world Hiram Bingham explored the South Americas and discovered Machu Picchu, probably the inspiration for Indiana Jones. Explorers and exploring feeds our insatiable desire to know more, to see more and to experience life fully. It feeds our dreams. It fuels our creativity. It is, what all children aspire to, and what the child within us secretly longs for when the mundane overwhelms us. So it emerges in films and books, poetry and faded images from the past to encourage us to be explorers again, even if just for a day, week or month.
Amelia Earhart added her tomboyish style to exploring as an aviator. She wore overalls but with a leather jacket that the airforce flyboys used to keep warm in a metal vessel at 20,000 ft. She flew across the Atlantic and then into the Pacific in a quest to conquer the world.