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>>
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>>
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>>
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
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
As the leaves begin to change, so do the colors we wear. And this fall our colors have an added depth and richness thanks to the fine Italian and English fabrics we’ve chosen, many from artisan mills that have been honing their craft for generations.
And as always, we’re proud to offer this quality and style with great value. So here’s a preview of what to look for in our Fall 2011 collection.
Let’s face it, no matter how cool under pressure you are, there are going to be days (Monday through Friday, for example), when you’ve got to roll up your sleeves, loosen your collar, and get in crunch mode. Now you can… Continue>>