New Direction for The Black Tie Blog

August 28, 2014

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As I approach my 5oth birthday and The Black Tie Blog’s third anniversary, I’ve decided to shift gears and spend more time on living life and less on reporting it. Even with a modest output of six or seven posts per month, the blog still requires a significant amount of research and writing time.  Once that’s combined […]

Posted in: Admin

2014 Emmys Red Carpet

August 27, 2014

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Part of an ongoing series spotlighting the (in)ability of the men on the red carpet to capture the timeless elegance and sophisticated equivalence of black tie, whether through careful adherence to its conventions or skilful manipulation of them. (Readers unfamiliar with the standards of successful black tie may want to first check out A Field Guide to Tuxedos.) At […]

Posted in: Red Carpet

Buttoned Up

August 15, 2014

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When I first wore my first three-piece tuxedo a while ago, I took every opportunity to unbutton my jacket and proudly display the sartorial elegance of my classic evening waistcoat.  Returning from the event, I reviewed the evening’s photos only to realize that this practice made the overall outfit look less sophisticated, not more so. Historical fashion […]

Posted in: Etiquette

East Meets West: Japanese Formal Wear

August 7, 2014

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I’m currently editing a new page on Japanese formal wear for the next edition of The Black Tie Guide.  Their sartorial customs are a fascinating blend of old Eastern traditions and newer Western ones.  In fact, Japan is second only to Britain in preserving the custom of morning dress.  One prestigious formalwear maker from that country prescribes […]

Posted in: Miscellanea

Review: Indochino Tuxedo

August 6, 2014

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Overall Rating: Price: good Style & Options: good Ordering & Customer Service: excellent Fit: very good Quality: (pending) Vancouver-based, Shanghai-made online tailors Indochino have been in business since 2007, making them veterans in this relatively young industry.  They were founded by two university classmates frustrated at the lack of quality suits available at affordable prices.  The fact that the […]

Leon Drexler Bespoke Hats

July 30, 2014

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Stephen Temkin, the Torontonian behind Leon Drexler Bespoke Hats.  Temkin, a writer, designer, and avid hat wearer, launched the label in 2009 after spending over two years seeking out the old tools and researching the techniques required to pursue what is a nearly forgotten métier: the traditional handcrafting […]

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Posted in: Formal Fashion

Dress in the Dominion: Historical Canadian Etiquette

July 24, 2014

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The historical paucity of genuine Canadian etiquette guides originally led me to wonder how much my ancestors’ sense of propriety was effected by our culture’s most predominant influences: our British founders and our American neighbours. If the content of the Toronto Reference Library’s collections is any indication, U.S. publications were clearly the preferred choice whether […]

Posted in: Etiquette, History
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