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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 […]

Advanced Cravatology

March 25, 2014

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Despite being such a simple accessory – or perhaps because of it – the bow tie is offered in a dizzying array of options.  I describe the various shapes, models, and materials on the Black Tie Guide’s Classic Neckwear page but there are a few more interesting insights I’ve gleaned since then. Fabric Having recently purchased […]

Up Close: Studs and Links

March 20, 2013

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A recent discussion by blog readers about the correctness of silver evening jewelry prompted me to add a history of formal studs and cufflinks to The Black Tie Guide.  Some interesting findings from my research: Shirt studs originated in response to the the invention of stiff-front shirts which were too heavily starched to be buttoned. […]

Something Old, Something New

October 31, 2012

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When I began assembling my black-tie wardrobe I was eager to obtain every conceivable variation as quickly as possible.  Each time I discovered a previously unknown sartorial tradition such as proper dress watches or proper braces I felt I had to track them down immediately so they would be on hand for my next outing.  […]

The Velvet Bow Tie

July 9, 2012

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I’m a big fan of the black velvet bow tie that’s become a popular alternative on the red carpet as of late.  Its pitch-black appearance and prominent placement under the face add a dramatic punctuation to Black Tie without degrading the outfit’s refined minimalism.   It’s this adroit balance of flair and understatement that makes it […]

Up Close: The Detachable Collar

July 7, 2012

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The exquisite attention to detail I mentioned in my review of Brooks Brothers’ authentic full-dress waistcoat and shirt applies not just to the garments but to the peripherals too.  In particular, the accoutrements associated with the detachable shirt collar. First there are the collar studs which come in different sizes corresponding to their function: a […]

Brace Yourself

April 20, 2012

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One of the many valuable things I learned from Alan Flusser’s Dressing the Man is that better suspenders are sold in sizes.  As with waistcoats and cummerbunds (which were also sized in the past), I’ve come to realize that “one size fits all” really means “one size makes do”.  Such accessories accommodate obese men by […]

Capes & Canes: What Would Don Draper Do?

March 25, 2012

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When readers ask me if it’s okay to embellish their tuxedo with a cape, cane, top hat and/or gloves it’s immediately apparent that they have not yet grasped the true essence of black tie.   This is quite understandable considering that the typical man’s wardrobe today is so casual that a formal wardrobe can appear entirely […]

Finishing Touch: The Pocket Square

February 22, 2012

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I love the idea of finishing off a black-tie ensemble with a smart boutonniere as was popular with young blades back in the 1930s. However, in this age of stripped-down minimalism I fear it would come off as a bit too dandyish. I have no such compunctions about a pocket square though. The classic rule […]

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