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Thursday
Aug242017

mayweather x mcgregor.

It's fight weekend. Somehow, they figured out how to make this fight happen (apprently it just requires a ton of money). Who's your money on?

Mayweather may be the best boxer of all time, but I think we can all agree that Mcgregor outclassed him in their press conferences. Look at that suit...

But hey, I guess that's a cool hoodie for a grown man to be wearing in front of millions of people, Floyd. SMH.

The McGregor suit is actually available for purchase from David August if you've got money to burn, zero f's to give, and a huge pair.

 

- james

 

 

Thursday
Jun082017

the pliqo bag.

So a couple years ago Delta Airlines stole my favorite suit. I had very recently purchased, and had tailored, a brand new italian wool, charcoal with light grey windowpane two-button suit. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever owned. Ever. It was like looking into the face of an angel. 

I gave it to the flight attendant to hang in the closet during the flight. Then, Delta failed to return it to me when I left the plane, and when I contacted customer support, they were "unable to locate it". So that was super cool. Like, really cool. Like, so cool I went into a deep depression and became a recluse for the next 12 years. 

Luckily, I've come up with the perfect solution for this type of problem: don't freaking trust an airline with anything you care about. The Pliqo suit bag is the tangible version of that solution.

Finally, a suit bag that actually folds without wrinkling the living hell out of your suit. And so small, you can actually keep it with you, whether as a shoulder bag, strapped to your carry on, or just in your normal luggage.

I've already put in my order, but if my recommendation isn't enough to sell you, check out their kickstarter video and see for yourself. You can thank me later.

Has anyone else ever had a similar experience on an airline, or am I just the most unlucky human?

 

- james

 

Monday
May022016

abc's of men's fashion 60.

bespoke.

Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification. It may be altered or tailored to the customs, tastes, or usage of an individual purchaser.

A bespoke suit is custom-made, instead of customized from an existing pattern. An individual pattern is cut based on the client’s specific measurements and sewn by hand using fabric that is also hand-selected by the client and fitted to his body. There was a time when all men’s suits were bespoke and men would visit their tailor to be measured, be advised on fabric, style, dressing left or right. The tailor knew all his clients and used to keep patterns for future visits. The world of bespoke creates an intimate relationship between tailor and client. It takes 6 to 8 weeks for the suit to be ready.

 

- James

Thursday
May282015

the quicksilver true wetsuit.

so.... quicksilver made a suit. Yes, the iconic surf gear brand made a suit... a men's suit. Weird, right?

At first glance you're thinking, "well, it doesn't look terrible. Maybe a bit form fitting,m but not terrible." It's not until you take a much closer look that your brain explodes.

are you getting it yet? 

That's right, these suits are actual wetsuits. Formalwear for the beach. Why did someone think this was a good idea? The answer: nobody knows for sure. But it happened nonetheless. 

Is it weird? yes. very much yes. all of the yes. 

But is it also kinda cool? also yes.

I'm not saying you should rushg out and buy one, because i haven't tried them, nor do I have a clue if they actually work. But, you know, it exists. so there's that. 

 

- james

 

 

Monday
Feb232015

oscar wear.

Some looks from the awards this weekend + my thoughts. A lot of revivals of classic looks in menswear. I'm a fan. 

 

 

Love this. Love the deep burgundy vest and tuxedo coat with black lapels coinciding with the slim black trousers. I like the barely showing white pocket square and the freshly polished cap-toe shoes. Clean haircut and a bowtie that is not overly large and obnoxious. Clean. Nailed it.


Classic white tuxedo looks great. classic black suit is clean. Pharrell's spring suit (yes that's a thing) would make sense if we were in spring, or if he had more athletic legs. The shoes are excellentand the low-button suit fits well, but the shorts don't necessarily match the occasion.

Killed it.

I love classic styles, and you really can't go wrong with a black tuxedo. However, something about the fit of this jacket looks a bit off. I understand that he has become an enormous man from the Captain America series, but the shoulders don't sit quite right. There's a bit of an upward slope at the end of the shoulders that puts me off. The pique lapels are also a bit large for my tastes. It should look more like this:

Suit on point. Hair on point. Watch....questionable. Feels a bit forced and out of place compared to the rest of the classic look. I would've picked something with a more classic feel. Maybe black leather or silver. 

stark white tuxedo with the hair and beard of a mountain man and a massive umbrella. I dig it. Just don't love the shoes. 

yup yup yup.

A black suit that's too tight (see the pucker in the chest) with a back tuxedo shirt and an ultra-hipster gold chain? Trying a little too hard to fit in with the younger crowd. This was not executed well. 

modern take on a classic. That black pocket lining is excellent. Yes. 

 

 

- james

Wednesday
Nov262014

abc's of men's fashion - 56

blazer

Originated in the 1860s as a short jacket with patch pockets worn for cricket and tennis. In recent years,  and the blazer has arguably never been so popular, or so versatile. Gone are the laddish days of the Nineties and Noughties when it was cool not to make an effort. Dressing with elegance is now very much the fashion, something that has resulted in a resurgence in British tailoring, hence the rise of the blazer as a key component in the modern man’s day-to-day wardrobe.

A blazer, particularly a navy one, is the skeleton key that unlocks several looks. It can be dressed up with a natty pocket square and worn with a crisp white shirt, silk striped tie, smart trousers and brogues. Alternatively, it can be worn smart-casually with a button-down chambray shirt, chinos and boat shoes, or dressed down with a plain or Breton-striped T-shirt, indigo jeans and white Jack Purcells. It befits men of all ages and sizes and suits a great many occasions.

Traditionally cut a little shorter than a suit jacket, a blazer is usually worn as a ‘separate’ – ie with non-matching trousers rather than as part of the informal suit Mr Amies mentions. You do see some men wearing a suit jacket separately as a blazer, but it doesn’t look quite right because it’s usually too long.

If ever there was a garment that cracks the tricky smart-casual dress code, the blazer is surely it.

Dan Rookwood

 

- James

Friday
Nov212014

d is for double breasted.

courtesy of Mr. Hardy Amies:

Nature has made all men (and perhaps more fortunately, all women) double-breasted; and of course, all jackets follow suit. A double-breasted jacket really means therefore one with double-breasted fastenings. In this form of fastening the placing of the buttons is most important. The line is often emphasised by having the top button on either side placed where no fastening is possible. It follows therefore that the trick is most useful when a really narrow waistline is being sought. 

If double-breasted jackets were on the wane in 1964, then we have seen a veritable drought of the style for the past couple of decades. This is partly down to the sea change that took place after the 1980s, when all things Wall Street, including big shoulders, big trousers and big double-breasted lapels, fell from favour and were replaced with tighter, slimmer more high-buttoning single-breasted styles. This has remained the norm – with variations in button numbers from one to four, but always on a single-breasted jacket – for both suits and separates. However, some brave individualists have been waving the double- breasted banner for some time.

The beauty of the style is that it is very flattering, making a man look more like a superman. The most modern way of wearing it is as a separate jacket – a blazer or sports jacket alternative – with jeans or relaxed trousers in fabrics such as moleskin, corduroy or cavalry twill. You’ll look slim and chic and stand out. What more could a man want.

 

- james

Monday
Aug182014

abc's of men's fashion - 52

“Style is the answer to everything. A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing. To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it. To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.”
- Charles Bukowski

Thursday
Jun052014

abc's of Men's Fashion 49.


wardrobe.

 

“To discuss a man’s wardrobe is really to discuss a man’s life. For the kind of clothes he has in it reveals his way of life; and their condition and degree of fashionableness will show his character…”

 

- james

Tuesday
May132014

travel with style.

this video by casey nesitat features the ludlow traveler suit by j.crew and is absolutely brilliant.

The Ludlow suit features:

  • Tailored, modern cut with a trim silhouette.
  • Narrow lapel.
  • Cotton.
  • Two-button closure.
  • Nonfunctional buttons at cuffs.
  • Pickstitching along collar, lapel and pockets.
  • Double vent.
  • Bemberg lining.
  • Slim fit.
  • Sits below waist, slimmer through hip and thigh, with a narrower leg.
  • Cut slightly shorter to ensure a clean break at the shoe.
  • Cotton.
  • Zip fly.
  • On-seam and back welt pockets.

The suit is made of cotton, and while I would never ever recommend buying a serious suit made of cotton, this isn't made to be a formal/serious business suit. as i mentioned in the title, it's a traveling suit. That doesn't mean you can't wear it for anything else, don't treat this as a professional suit, and don't have this as your first/only suit.

that being said, it's still a pretty cool idea--a lightweight, comfortable suit you can wear traveling without worrying too much about wrinkles, or maintenance. plus, apparently it's great for all travel activities: snowboarding, motorcycle riding, boating, surfing, scoring babes, flying, skateboarding on planes, standing in junkyards, and pretty much anything else.

Click here to visit j.crew's site and learn more about the ludlow traveling suit.