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 […]

Posted in: Buyer's Guides

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: Updates

Going Classic on a Budget

April 9, 2014

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Reader Jay from San Jose, California shares the challenges and discoveries encountered during his quest to assemble a classic formal kit at an affordable cost. While many in the world associate Californians with surfing and a laid back liberal culture, my wife and I enjoy dressing up just as much as anyone else. For those rare […]

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