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Summer 2012: Men’s Clothing Trends and Style

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We don’t want to brag, but there’s a lot of high-fiving going on around the office. That’s because everyone unanimously agrees that this is the best summer collection we’ve ever done. There’s a tremendous array of really distinctive stuff across all product categories. We know that’s what you’ve come to expect from us, and we really relish the challenge of raising the bar each season.

From formal suitings to the most relaxed casual wear for your summer vacation, here’s a taste of what you’ll find in our assortment.

Linen is bigger than ever for us this season, and spans the range from warm weather staples such as the solid Linen Sport Shirt (and if… Continue>>

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What Makes a Non-Iron Shirt Wrinkle Free?

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In our technology accelerated age, bombarded with endless emails and text messages that seem to demand instant response, it’s nice that technology has also saved us precious minutes through the invention of non-iron shirts. Mornings are rushed enough without having to open an ironing board. And, sending shirts to the cleaners costs money, in addition to yet one more errand to run.

Non-iron dress shirts have become our biggest dress shirt category, so we thought we’d tell you a bit more about what makes them special (not to mention wildly popular). Great prices and a fit guarantee you likely already know, but what you don’t see is that our shirts are post-cured… Continue>>

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The Primary Color Advantage in Men’s Clothing

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Red, white and blue might sound like a comical combination when it comes to menswear. The colors of our nation’s flag are most associated with Uncle Sam, the Fourth of July and the patriotic but hardly stylish costumes that come with public celebrations.

But there’s a reason these three colors were chosen for our flag (not to mention a lot of other nation’s flags), and that’s because they look great together.

And men wear the colors together a lot more often than you’d think. For starters, a navy blazer or suit, white shirt and red tie is a favorite combination… Continue>>

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What Collar Style Is Right For Me?

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Dress shirt collar styles are one of those topics that a certain kind of menswear pundit relishes taking on, telling you that you should match your collar to your facial structure. And so portly guys are advised to eschew rounded club collars, and skinny guys with gaunt features shouldn’t wear spread collars.

Nonsense. We strongly encourage you to wear any kind of collar you like. What’s more, we like diverse wardrobes, and encourage you to try every collar style we offer to add maximum variety to your work wardrobes.

Now there’s one rule (that’s really more of a guideline, to quote… Continue>>

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What to Wear Spring ’12 – Men’s Dress Shirts

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The Inspirational Dress Shirt: Talking Shop With Our Resident Expert, Michael Contreras.

 Jill Smith: Given the fact that you are thinking about a new collection almost a year ahead of time, what provides inspiration for your new dress shirt assortment?

Michael: Every dress shirt developed for the collection is primarily inspired by a combination of history and trend.  History is all about what customers really liked the previous year. So since we’re talking about Spring 2012 today, I looked at what our guy was loving in Spring 2011 and isolated the elements that made them so overwhelmingly appealing. I then

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What to Wear in Spring ’12 – Ties & Accessories

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Our in-house Tie and Accessory Buyer, Allison Faulkner, brings you up to speed on what’s new and fresh this season.

Jill Smith: What is your approach to assorting a new season of neckwear, in this case Spring?

Allison Faulkner: Generally, most of my fieldwork at the beginning of any season, starts with a trip to Italy. I know, a hard job but someone has to do it, right? I work with various tie vendors in Como assessing what’s trending in terms of pattern, color, fabric, everything, and leave with literally thousands of swatches. I bring those swatches home and

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