MARTIN J. SMITH

My Father’s Tuxedo

Smith first wrote this essay for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and later expanded it into the self-published 2009 book “My Father’s Tuxedo: The Story of a Suit.” The book was intended for an audience of one, the author’s father, William L. Smith, but eventually found a wider audience.

“The story begins with George Leford Smith, my grandfather, who never owned a tux. But his son, William, spent $100 for one in 1954, two years before my birth. Its passage to my generation, and eventually to my own son, is the story of threads that link one family across vast stretches of space and time.” — Martin J. Smith

Purchase "My Father’s Tuxedo" by Martin J. Smith on Amazon