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>>
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, not… Continue>>
Spring is always, well, spring like, but if you’re lucky each year brings something new and unexpected into your life. That certainly goes for us, as each spring season we get equally excited about putting fresh twists on old classics as well as unveiling new surprises. Here are some highlights of the Paul Fredrick Spring 2012 Collection.
Details continue to be a big focus for us, and perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in our latest crop of dress shirts. For starters, we were dazzled on a buying trip to London by pleat detailing down the front of dress shirts, which we thought made the shirts look terrific with a… 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 sport coats either. The truth is if you want to clothing to last, you should adopt a home maintenance regimen and dry clean your clothing as… Continue>>
Getting the right fit is always important. Fortunately, trousers aren’t as complicated as jackets where you have to worry about making sure the sleeves fall straight from the shoulders. Or, making sure the collar rests snugly against the back of the neck. Still, we like to point out four common misconceptions when it comes to being the one who “wears the pants in the family.”
#1 – Flat front pants are only for the young and skinny.
This simply isn’t true. If you don’t have a 32-inch waist, baggy pleated pants can often make you look even heavier. Flat versus… Continue>>
Shakespeare once wrote that “fashion wears out more apparel than the man,” meaning, of course, that clothing is more likely to become outmoded than worn out.
But clothing does wear out, especially the workhorses of your business wardrobe. Sport coats and blazers can last you for years, and good shoes can almost always be resoled and conditioned. But there are three items you should expect to wear out faster than others, and budget accordingly. In fact, it might be time to stop procrastinating, make a wardrobe inspection, and donate a bag of old clothes to your local thrift shop.
Here are the three items most likely to wear out: