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>>
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>>
Skies turn grey this time of year, but it’s also the time when you’re at your best dressed. Let’s face it, cooler weather allows for colorful and texture-rich layering feats, individual style touches like patterned scarves, fedoras, and of course elegant overcoats.
But you’ll be seeing grey other places as well, and in a way that will certainly lift your spirits. We’re rediscovering this most classic and masculine menswear color in a whole new way, putting out more everyday basics in this most versatile color, as well as producing some of our most distinctive items in grey.
Before men traded in the wild frontier for office cubicles, they wore clothing that put function over form. But just because you’re looking forward to the day when the “I” in iPhone stands for “implant” doesn’t mean you can’t show your fellow office inmates that you’re rugged enough to appreciate a weekend in the great outdoors.
Workwear consists of archetypal menswear items (jeans, field jackets, hunting jackets) that were developed for a specific purpose. Over the past couple of years these rugged items have made a big comeback into men’s wardrobes for a number of reasons. For some it was a backlash to the slick cocktail look that “Mad Men” inspired… Continue>>
The book and film “The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit” associates the color grey with mindless corporate conformity. But this is an unfair characterization, for if grey is popular to the point of ubiquity, it’s because no other color works harder for a man.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re big fans of navy, menswear’s other daily workhorse, as well, but navy often works better as an accent color, and it’s often a bit flashier. A grey suit would be the more subdued approach for an important job interview, and would be more apropos than navy for a funeral.
Grey trousers (flannel for fall and winter, worsteds… Continue>>
We stopped tailored clothing buyer, Marlene, around the office water cooler and asked her what’s new for fall. She was happy to give us the scoop.
PF: Let’s talk tailored clothing. First off, what’s new in suits?
M: We’ve got our Donegal suit, which at $499.50, is one of our higher price points, but it’s still a steal.
PF: How so?
M: Well, the fabric is made by a family-owned mill in Prato, Italy (a region with great history in textile production) by a manufacturer that is nothing short of a true artisan. There are so many details that really make this suit stand-out amongst… Continue>>