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Selecting a Knit / Sweater Fabric

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Knit Wit: From merino to pima, linen to silk, this is all about knits.

Knits and wovens are two of those industry terms we in the clothing biz throw around. In common terms, what we’re talking about are pretty much sweaters and shirts, but not exclusively. Knits, which refers to fabric produced by pulling threads up and through each other, are how many short-sleeved tops for warm weather, such as polo shirts, are made, in addition to your favorite chunky winter sweaters.

Our knits come in long sleeve

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How Accessories Make a Difference

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Style icons were often known for one or two distinguishing details. It’s funny, but the smallest items often pack the biggest personality punch. Put 10 stylish guys in the same simple gray suit and they’ll all manage to make it different. And often the way they do it is with accessories.

Perhaps because these items are small (a fountain pen worn in the breast pocket), sentimental (a watch that belonged to your grandfather), or transforming (a killer pair of sunglasses), accessories are often the most cherished things we wear.

The best dressed men know that style comes down to details, and they relish choosing the little things that mean a lot. Here are… Continue>>

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When to Find a Tailor versus a Dry Cleaner

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Some alterations to your Suits, Sportcoats and Trousers, will always be necessary, unless by sheer luck you happen to be the exact size of our fit model. And though it’s painful to admit, your waistline does tend to expand and contract (hey, at least it occasionally contracts).

So having someone on hand to do your alterations is necessary to feel comfortable (pants neither too loose nor too tight) and look your best. And since you already have a neighborhood dry cleaner who probably does alterations as well, it’s tempting to use them as a one-stop shop.

But we’re here to advise against… Continue>>

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Sportcoats: Finding The Style That Fits You Best

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When it comes to talk of tailored clothing, suits seem to get all the attention. Yet legendary dressers like Fred Astaire and Luciano Barbera— not to mention your humble author here, who has the same preference though is slightly less legendary — have often preferred sportcoats.

Why? The reasons are plenty:

  • Sportcoats allow you to dress up but still retain a relaxed nonchalance
  • They tend to be more softly constructed than suits
  • They offer greater creative possibilities in mixing and matching with trousers
  • And finally, sportcoats tend to come in bolder patterns, such as windowpanes on top of

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How to Properly Fit a Suit Jacket or Sportcoat

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It bears repeating: Fit is the most important thing when it comes to tailored clothing. A man will make a poor impression in even the most expensive suit if it doesn’t fit properly, while a man dressed in a modestly priced suit — but one that fits him perfectly — can look like a million bucks.

It’s precisely because we know how important fit is to looking and feeling your best that we based our company slogan on it. And it’s also why you can exchange any item at no charge until you find the fit that’s best for you.

Still, you can’t expect something off-the-rack to fit perfectly, which is why the… Continue>>

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Selecting Your Suit Fabric

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When it comes to suiting fabrics, it’s easy to think of wool at one end of a spectrum and cotton at the other. In this line of thinking, wool is only for fall and winter (except for those dullards who think wool is the only fabric appropriate for business and sweat in it all through July and August), and cotton is only for summer.

In fact this couldn’t be more untrue, as the type of fabric is meaningless until you qualify it with weight and weave.

So heavyweight cottons like corduroy, cavalry twill and moleskin are actually cold-weather fabrics, while wool can come in weights as low as five ounces and… Continue>>

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