When it comes to natural fibers, there are really only a handful of options. But when you blend them together, you create entirely new hybrids that combine the best of both worlds, and the result is often more distinctive—or even more practical—than the more typical purebred varieties.
Take wool, now and forever the king of suit fabrics. But there’s a flipside to wool: Its ubiquity can also make it the anonymous pawn of suit fabrics, making you just another working-stiff in his worsted uniform. But blend wool with silk and suddenly you’ve got a fabric that’s anything but ordinary, wonderfully textured and with lightness and visual interest that are perfect for summer… Continue>>
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>>
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>>
There’s an old song lyric that goes “You couldn’t be keener/You look so fresh from the cleaner.”
In fact, looking fresh from the dry cleaner is not a good thing, since it probably means your jacket looks stiff, the lapel roll has been pressed flat, and you smell like chemicals.
Eco types often point out how environmentally unfriendly dry cleaning is, and we’re here to say it’s not exactly gentle on your favorite suits, blazers and sportcoats either. The truth is if you want to clothing to last, you should adopt a home maintenance regimen and dry clean your clothing as infrequently… Continue>>
The most important rule for storing any clothing for a length of time is to make sure it is clean. For suggestions on how to care for your wardrobe, visit our product care section. Doing so will eliminate going through this time consuming process when you are ready to transition again. More importantly, it will prolong the life of your garments. Storing a dirty garment typically has a negative impact on the appearance which cannot be reversed.
Most items should be hung to avoid wrinkles. Plastic bags used to return dry cleaning can be used to protect your garments during this time. However, knits and sweaters should never be… Continue>>
Two hundred years later, George Bryan “Beau” Brummell is remembered as the most elegant man who ever lived, and one of the reasons was his emphasis on the importance of dress shirts. Brummell insisted on plenty of fresh shirts, and supposedly sent them from London to be laundered in the country where the air was fresher.
When it comes to caring for dress shirts, time, money and effort all collide. While you’ll ultimately choose the method of care that best fits your lifestyle, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Dry Cleaners Versus Washing at Home
The first thing to decide is whether you want to care… Continue>>