Review: Bespoke: The Men’s Style of Savile Row

May 13, 2014

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  For those of us who can only dream of patronizing Savile Row’s world-renowned tailoring houses, this book might be the next best thing.   Author James Sherwood (who has assisted me with my research on the earliest dinner jackets) charts the contribution to fashion and culture made by these masters of bespoke menswear, beginning with […]

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2014 Met Gala Red Carpet

May 7, 2014

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The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds a black-tie gala each May to celebrate the opening of their annual exhibit.  The Met Gala aka Met Ball is the epitome of exclusivity with a guest list overseen by Vogue‘s all-powerful editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and a ticket price of $25,000.  Known as the East Coast equivalent of Oscars night, the affair adds a twist to the […]

Posted in: Red Carpet, White Tie

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 […]

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TV Tuxedos: Suits

May 1, 2014

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Alright, I’m a little late to the party on this one.  Although Suits debuted in 2011 I wasn’t interested in watching yet another legal drama.  However, at the recent urging of my sister I finally checked it out and was quickly hooked not just for the exquisite menswear the show has become famous for, but […]

Posted in: Popular Culture

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 […]

Posted in: Formal Fashion

Toronto Tuxedo Tailors

April 24, 2014

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Recently I’ve received a number of enquiries about where to buy custom-tailored tuxedos in my hometown of Toronto.  As I have never had a tuxedo made here I figured this was a good excuse to visit some local providers to find out what they offer and how much they charge.  Considering the vast number of custom […]

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The Black Tie “Quick Guide”

April 17, 2014

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As promised in my recent Black Tie Guide annual traffic review, I have created a condensed version of the Guide that sums up its essential lessons for people with limited time and/or patience. The site’s recent traffic milestone of 100,000 monthly visitors sparked a sobering realization that the Guide does not just appeal to devout sartorialists. Clearly its contents are being […]

Posted in: Miscellanea
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