It’s a shame that some men are afraid of color. We certainly aren’t. And while we embrace every shade on the spectrum throughout the year, we admit to having a special soft spot for spring. Must be the timing: After being cooped-up all winter, the first warm days of the year bring a sense of joy and freedom worth celebrating with colorful clothing.
Let’s start by talking shirts and ties. Now there’s nothing wrong with pairing a basic blue or white dress shirt and pairing it with bright tie in a random color (hey, every newscaster does it). But who wants to be predictable? Try reversing the formula… Continue>>
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.
There’s a strong English country… Continue>>
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>>
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
“If you want to know if a man’s well dressed,” the saying goes, “look down.” That’s because while shoes take up a comparatively small amount of real estate on your outfit, they make a king-sized impression. Not only should good shoes be one of your wardrobe’s highest priorities (even more so than suits and sportcoats, some would argue), a gleaming shine shows elegance, professionalism and attention to detail.
Well-cared-for shoes can last for decades, as soles and heels can be replaced almost indefinitely. And quality uppers tend to get more handsome with age, kind of like you.
What We’re Excited About This Summer
Of all the seasons, summer can feel like the most uninspiring when it comes to style. You spend much of your time on the beach (or at least dreaming about it), and on top of everything, it’s hot, so no complex feats of layering like you do in the winter.
But summer is the time when travels are undertaken, when romances are born or rekindled. So here are some of our favorite new products to keep your style inspiration burning all summer long.
Suits and Sportcoats
Our cotton suits give you everything you’d want in a summer suit: breathable fabric, light colors, and versatility for dressing up… Continue>>