Yearly Archives: 2012

Newsletter – October 2012

The Tuxedo: Rich Tradition, Modern Eelegance

The tuxedo we all know and love just turned 150 years old. Designed as a short dinner jacket, the tuxedo was born in the era of smoking jackets and top hats-but unlike its contemporaries, the tuxedo’s place in modern society remains undiminished. Even in our far more casual, modern world, elegant events still call for the stylish grace of the tuxedo.

Wearing your custom-tailored tuxedo allows you to bring your unique sense of style to your formalwear-and helps make sure you look fantastic during formal occasions. Although most men do not wear a tuxedo as frequently as a business suit, even a few formal occasions can warrant investing in a custom tailored tuxedo.

When designing your tuxedo, consider:

  • Lapels – Peak lapels are classic on a tuxedo. Notched collars are less dressy than peak lapels. A satin shawl collar brings added shine to the ensemble.
  • Tie – Wear a bow tie with your tux; the level of formality of each event will affect whether you choose a white or black bow tie. White tie is more formal.
  • Vest or cummerbund – Whichever you prefer, make sure the colors and fabrics are dressy.
  • Shirt cuffs – Opt for French cuffs with studs and cufflinks with a sense of personal style.

By selecting exactly the details you prefer, your custom tuxedo gives you the ultimate control over your image and comfort during formal occasions.

The Subtleties of Suede

Back in the day, suede shoes were an Elvis thing, or a fusty-college-professor thing. Suede has come a long way from being blue-or boring. Here are the three C’s of selecting and maintaining your suede shoes:

  • Color: For everyday wear, steer clear of novelty shades, and take advantage of the rich, warm tones that suede offers you to create a relaxed, yet elegant, look.
  • Care: Use a waterproof finish and suede eraser to ensure your suede shoes look their best. Brush often.
  • Coordination: Suede works beautifully with fall clothing, including flannel suits, tan trousers, and crisp, dark jeans.

Sharp and jazzy, formal accessories ensure you always hit the perfect note in style; giving a modern twist to classic formal wear.

Ask Jesse: Shining Your Shoes

Question: What’s the best way to shine my shoes?

Answer: Start by removing dirt and old polish with shoe cream or cleaning fluid. Remember to scrape out the hard-to-reach spots with a soft toothbrush or a nailbrush.

Next, apply a leather conditioner to moisturize the leather, then use a rag to rub in a layer or two of wax. Choose a wax or cream polish that matches your shoes or let the natural tint shine through by using a neutral-colored one. Polish the wax with a brush, then follow with a damp rag for a beautiful “spit shine” look.

Between polishes, rub your shoes gently with a clean cloth or brush to maintain the shine.

Newsletter – September 2012

Vintage Look, Modern Fabrics: Suiting Fabrics for Fall

This fall, look for suiting fabrics that call to mind the traditional textiles of yesteryear, with modern twists. The updated offerings combine the durability of time-honored autumn clothing with fresh innovations that work in contemporary urban life.

Heritage fabrics, such as twills and tweeds, speak of a refined country past. This year, many textile mills are bringing back those rugged suiting fabrics and updating them for modern gentlemen. Many designers are combining the strength of classic weaves with irregular finishes and varying yarn types and weights to bring a fresh look to fall suits. Varying the yarn types and thicknesses creates irregular surfaces that add visual interest.

The update to fall fabrics isn’t limited to the yarns. Traditional herringbone and tweed weaves are changing scale, offering a greater variety of print sizes than seen earlier, while remaining true to the classic autumn browns, russets, creams, and tans.

Mills are also creating new fabric blends, infusing modern fibers into the classics to deliver practical fabrics with a greater range of comfort and movement than before.

Ready to update your fall wardrobe? Schedule your personal consultation to view our showcase of contemporary fabrics with a modern twist.

“Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion,  

on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.”

 – Jean Cocteau