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put your best BOOT forward

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A hundred years ago there were no loafers, and wingtips had yet to be popularized. When strolling the boulevards or grounds of his country estate, a gentleman wore boots.  No, not the kind for going into battle or wading through marshes, but short, elegant dress boots.

Like the pocket watch’s surrender to the wristwatch, ankle boots were gradually replaced by the dress shoes of today. But over the past few years they’ve made a gradual comeback in a wide range of clothing circles from the hip to traditional, and we felt inspired to put our signature twist on this rare but rediscovered piece of footwear.

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The Classic Cardigan Works

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The cardigan sweater is one of those classics that can suffer from an unfair reputation. Those of a certain generation may associate it with their grandfather sitting in his easy chair (as mine did), or the gentle Mr. Rogers on the children’s TV show.

But like many clothing items, those associations are subjective and tell only part of the story. For the first few decades of its popularity, the cardigan was associated with jocks, worn by collegiate rowers and professional baseball players alike, often with a varsity letter.

Later, in the 50s and 60s, it was a popular choice for executive types, the kinds of characters played by Cary Grant… Continue>>

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What’s New for Holiday 2012

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Skies turn grey this time of year, but it’s also the time when you’re at your best dressed. Let’s face it, cooler weather allows for colorful and texture-rich layering feats, individual style touches like patterned scarves, fedoras, and of course elegant overcoats.

But you’ll be seeing grey other places as well, and in a way that will certainly lift your spirits. We’re rediscovering this most classic and masculine menswear color in a whole new way, putting out more everyday basics in this most versatile color, as well as producing some of our most distinctive items in grey.

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The contemporary style of functional workwear detail

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Before men traded in the wild frontier for office cubicles, they wore clothing that put function over form. But just because you’re looking forward to the day when the “I” in iPhone stands for “implant” doesn’t mean you can’t show your fellow office inmates that you’re rugged enough to appreciate a weekend in the great outdoors.

Workwear consists of archetypal menswear items (jeans, field jackets, hunting jackets) that were developed for a specific purpose. Over the past couple of years these rugged items have made a big comeback into men’s wardrobes for a number of reasons. For some it was a backlash to the slick cocktail look that “Mad Men” inspired… Continue>>

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Grey-No Other Color Works Harder

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The book and film “The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit” associates the color grey with mindless corporate conformity. But this is an unfair characterization, for if grey is popular to the point of ubiquity, it’s because no other color works harder for a man.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re big fans of navy, menswear’s other daily workhorse, as well, but navy often works better as an accent color, and it’s often a bit flashier. A grey suit would be the more subdued approach for an important job interview, and would be more apropos than navy for a funeral.

Grey trousers (flannel for fall and winter, worsteds… Continue>>

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Spread Collars-Learn about our array of options

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We pride ourselves on the variety of our dress shirts, which feature just about every color, pattern, cuff and collar style imaginable, not to mention fit and fabric choices. And this year, thanks to their increased popularity, we’re proud to unveil a wide array of spread-collar options.

Spread collars are a stylish way to express confidence. We love straight and buttondown collars too, but spreads belong in that same category of more assertive collar choices that includes… Continue>>

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