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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.

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

Newsletter – August 2012

The Silent Language

There’s more to your appearance than your clothing. High quality, well-tailored clothing gives your image an immediate boost, but you can maximize that advantage by mastering effective body language.

When others see you, they see your clothes first, then they notice the way you walk, how you sit, what you do with your hands while you talk, and the expressions on your face. All these contribute to their opinion of you. Three key points on body language will steer you toward an image of confidence and self-assurance.

• Handshake – Check that your handshake is firm but not overbearing. No one likes a weak grip, but they also don’t want bruised fingers after a quick hello-and-handshake.
• Eye contact – Many of us look at people when they’re talking to us, but let our gaze wander when we’re the one speaking. Eye contact, more than anything else, shows that we’re interested and engaged in the conversation.
• Posture – Standing (or sitting) tall creates a look of purpose and capability. Much of today’s office work involves sitting at a desk and looking down at a computer screen, phone, or paperwork, which can give one a hunched, worried-looking posture. Remind yourself to stretch your shoulders back and sit in a chair with proper back support.

Once you begin to pay attention to the messages your body language is sending, you’re on the path to a more confident, relaxed look. You’ll enjoy a better image-and maybe even a better self-image, too.

Ties for Spread Collars

Many gentlemen prefer to wear spread collars on their dress shirts. The wide angles of a spread collar can create a masterful, mature look. However, because of its width, a spread collar also creates a wide space at your neck, leaving some ties looking insufficient. You can create pleasing proportions through your choice of fabric and knot.

Choosing a thicker fabric will help your tie take up more space. A wider tie will also help add bulk to the knot. The knot itself should likewise be substantial, so try a Windsor or half-Windsor knot rather than the more common four-in-hand. The wider, fuller symmetrical knot more perfectly fills the space of a spread collar with well-proportioned harmony.

When well balanced with an appropriate tie, a spread collar creates a strong, confident look like no other.


“Clothes don’t make 
a man, but clothes have got many a man a good job.”

 – Herbert Harold Vreeland