Continuing on with my love of retro cop shows, I am glad my viewers are enjoying my Miami Vice post, that pleases me so! I always think the shows that you grew up with stick with you longer and resonate with you more. Not sure if its nostalgia or simply re-visiting something as an adult and appreciating it with different eyes, but I don't seem to tire of retro TV, especially ones with impeccable wardrobes. Kojak fits the bill. They are playing re-runs of it now and again, here's another cop show like Miami Vice where the wardrobe is almost just as important a character to the story lines. For those that are not familiar with the show, Kojak is an American TV series staring Telly Savalas playing the title role Theo Kojak, a New York Police Department Detective Lieutenant who has a penchant for sucking on Lolly pops and delivery blunt, direct dialogue that has had some begging for mercy. He oozes cool, calm and collective. Helping him achieve such stature I believe is superb tailoring which helps the wearer carry themselves with a different posture of self-assurance and confidence. Telly's wardrobe was specifically made by American apparel brand Botany 500, who have a long list of TV characters as their clients such as Don Adams from Get Smart, Dick Sargent from Bewitched, Bob Newhart from the Bob Newhart Show, Jack Klugman from Quincy, M.E and popular TV talk show host Phil Donahue. The brand is over 100 years old, founded by the Daroff Family in the late 1800's and is still the most recognised men's apparel label in the United States with a stellar reputation. Kojak's outfits consisted of pin stripe suits with waist coats, natural toned suits in greys and browns, double breasted wool coats, his signature black fedora hat with striped ribbon band and gold rimmed glasses. The fashion, which is from the 70's is timeless and can easily be worn today and I think that is a very key point, that when you choose classic, timeless but well fitted clothes, you cannot put a date stamp on them necessarily as they can be worn again and again, as opposed to trend based clothes that can easily be pin-pointed to a time and place. Classic wins out again and again as value for money wardrobe investing. The show aired from October 24 1973-March 18th 1978 on CBS and if you haven't seen it yet, might I suggest you hunt it down on DVD, and watch yourself get hooked.