Browsing All Posts filed under »Formal Fashion«

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 […]

After Six Expands Offerings

May 22, 2014

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Two years ago I posted that After Six, America’s largest and most influential tuxedo manufacturer and wholesaler, had been liquidated in 2011 and the brand had been purchased by The Dessy Group.  At that time the new owners had just launched their first tuxedo under the After Six name, a  contemporary 2-button notched-lapel style called The Paragon that […]

President Obama Finally Dresses the Part

May 5, 2014

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It took over four years but President Obama finally got himself a tuxedo that suits his status. For those unfamiliar with Obama’s history of unstatesman-like choices in formal apparel,  it began back in his days as a youthful senator.  His tuxedos then were admirably conservative thanks to details like one-button styling and formally trimmed pockets but they also featured modern notched lapels and were typically accompanied by […]

Review: Shoepassion.com Patent Shoes

April 29, 2014

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German shoemaker Shoepassion.com wanted to spread the word about their handcrafted shoes sold for mainstream prices and asked me if I would review their product.  I accepted the offer as an opportunity to add patent lace-ups to my formal wardrobe and came to learn a fair bit about shoe construction in the process.   What I discovered was that their footwear offers impressive value […]

Profile: Hansen’s Clothing, Robert Talbott and Gitman Bros.

March 28, 2014

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Last month I mentioned that I had recently investigated two of the few American menswear brands that offer classically inclined formal wear.  Having profiled the offerings of Paul Stuart, it’s time to take a look at Robert Talbott formal wear and its primary supplier, Hansen’s Clothing. The Robert Talbott company originated in 1950 when New York […]

Spotlight: The Marcella Shirt

March 19, 2014

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The Marcella shirt is a uniquely British compromise between the formality of the traditional full-dress shirt and the comfort of the American black-tie shirt. The term evolves from Marseilles in reference to that city’s production of quilts with distinctive raised patterns beginning in the early 18th century.  In the latter part of the century, Lancashire […]

Brooks Brothers Spring 2014 Catalogue

March 11, 2014

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Besides the parade of exposed shirt navels and one inappropriate pair of velvet loafers, the black-tie spread in the latest Brooks Brothers catalogue isn’t too bad.  Yes, most of the jackets feature notch lapels but at least all of them are one-button models.    And the shirts all feature turndown collars which sets a good […]

My Slate Article

February 27, 2014

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In the run-up to Sunday’s Oscars, online magazine Slate asked me to write a tuxedo primer so that readers might appreciate the men’s red-carpet fashion choices as much as the women’s.  I had some fun with the piece, themeing it as a sartorial field guide to the various tuxedo incarnations commonly seen these days.  It was published […]

Review: The Black Tux

February 24, 2014

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Overall Rating: Price: competitive with national chains Style & Options: very good; excellent if you like modern styling Ordering & Customer Service: very good / excellent Fit: very good Quality: excellent for rentals Value: excellent Los Angeles-based friends Andrew Blackmon and Patrick Coyne have seriously raised the bar on tuxedo rentals with their mail-order company […]

Spotlight: The Albert Slipper

February 21, 2014

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The Albert slipper aka Prince Albert slipper aka house shoe  is a luxe slipper typically defined by velvet uppers that often have an embroidered design on the vamp, quilted linings, and leather soles.  (It is also sometimes called a Churchill slipper but that term is more commonly applied to leather casual slippers.) Variations include an unadorned […]

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