WASHINGTON, D.C. (WGNO) – Happy National Seersucker Day!
Yes, that’s a thing and we owe Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy a thank you. Last month, he filed a proclamation asking congress to reinstate the fun tradition of wearing the pucker suit. He also worked a home state angle.
The original seersucker suit was designed by Joseph Haspel at his Broad Street facility in New Orleans.
Here’s Cassidy’s proclamation:
“In celebration and appreciation of seersucker manufacturers and admirers around the country, I extend a Happy Seersucker Day. With a rich history dating back to 1909, seersucker clothing is a unique American fashion. The original seersucker suit was designed by Joseph Haspel at his Broad Street facility in New Orleans and has been enjoyed since by many Americans. The lightweight cotton fabric with its signature ‘pucker’ has provided comfortable fashion ware during the hot summer months. As Mr. Haspel said, ‘hot is hot, no matter what you do for a living’, seersucker clothing is now enjoyed by Americans across the country in all walks of life. In the late 1990s, Seersucker Day was established to honor this unique American fashion. I wish to restart this tradition by designating Wednesday, June 11th as National Seersucker Day. I encourage everyone to wear seersucker to commemorate this iconic American clothing.”
The idea of National Seersucker Day was started by Senator Trent Lott in 1996 but was discontinued in 2012.