Jesuslord, I sure hope that isn’t his jacket lining dangling out and looking all frayed and ratty…. if it’s that bad and you can’t afford to have your tailor fix it, it’s time to ditch the jacket sweetie.
i’m guessing it’s tefillin, which is an orthodox jewish under garment that you wera to show respect for god. not many wear them still still, but of course a frenchman would tailor one to fit his jacket vent.
As far as I know, Teffillin are narrow strips of leather carrying small leather boxes. In these boxes are pieces of papers with prayers written on it. The strips serve to fix the boxes at the forehead and arms of the believer.
If this is a reference to jewish prayer clothing, than it might refer to the Tallit (or Taled), a piece of fabric, which is to wear at certain times. In this case the Zizijot are hidden, four long woolen threads at the corners of the cloth.
you are quite right, this might be a tallit, def not tefillin. but even then i doubt it. Working with a lot of chasidic men, even the cooler ones would never wear it like this. it’s not something you would wear as ‘fashion’.