Sometime over the past year or so, double monk-strap shoes became the most talked about shoe on the Internet. And since this is the Information Age, that surely makes it the most talked about shoe in the history of the world.
The reasons are both obvious and elusive. It’s certainly a rare shoe, and thus something many hadn’t seen before. So when a few dapper sartorialists appeared on style blogs wearing double monks, the #menswear generation flipped out, and a new trend was born.
Of course, monk straps, or… Continue>>
We stopped tailored clothing buyer, Marlene, around the office water cooler and asked her what’s new for fall. She was happy to give us the scoop.
PF: Let’s talk tailored clothing. First off, what’s new in suits?
M: We’ve got our Donegal suit, which at $499.50, is one of our higher price points, but it’s still a steal.
PF: How so?
M: Well, the fabric is made by a family-owned mill in Prato, Italy (a region with great history in textile production) by a manufacturer that is nothing short of a true artisan. There are so many details that really make this suit stand-out amongst… Continue>>
Fall 2012 Dress Shirts
Luxury, variety, creativity and of course value — we’ve got it all in our dress shirt collection for Fall 2012. Hear our Dress Shirt buyer Michael Contreras about what’s new.
PF: What are the new color combos for this season?
M: We have a lot of really great transitional colors for fall, starting with our blue/tan collection. It includes one of our most popular shirts, now with French cuffs, and I’m really excited about these great transitional pieces from summer to fall. For those who want something brighter, we put together a blue/orange collection.
There’s more than one way to be stylish. And given that we encourage all of you to develop your own taste and let your individuality come out in your clothing, this fall we’ve got more variety on show than ever before. Practically every classic menswear item (save for top hats and spats) has been updated for 2012 and ready for you to wear your own way.
Take dress shirts, for example. Spread collars are extra big for us this season, perfect for the guy who appreciates their authority, which is amped up even more on our contrast-collar shirt options. For something a bit more modern and Continental, we’ve… Continue>>
Yes, we know the dilemma: How do you keep your dapper distinction when it’s blazing hot? After all, style and elegance come from layers and accessories, right? Three-piece suits, Chesterfield overcoats, cashmere scarves — stuff like that.
When it’s too balmy for even your favorite lightweight sportcoat, take a cue from the 1930s, the Golden Age of Menswear. The resort look popular at that time is a great blueprint for being cool and casual but still showing that you’re a guy with some serious style (for a cinematic example, check out “Evil Under The Sun,” an Agatha Christie adaptation with Peter Ustinov as detective Poirot).
Think of linen as the rebel of the fabric family. In an age when men have wholeheartedly embraced the convenience of non-iron shirts and trousers, linen stubbornly remains its crinkly, wrinkly self. Of course, that’s part of its charm.
Made from fibers of the flax plant, linen has been a part of civilization for ages, and civilized is a great way to think of it. Stylish men embrace, rather than evade, the character of its crinkly surface combined with a drape that’s more structured than silk but more flowing than cotton.
There are many ways to embrace this warm-weather fabric staple. This season we’ve got it in virtually every color you could want… Continue>>