Browsing All posts tagged under »midnight blue«

A Tom Ford Tribute

October 7, 2014

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Next to the James Bond franchise, menswear designer Tom Ford has been the most influential promoter of classic formal wear in the new millennium. Ford began his career in 1986 and just four years later joined the faltering luxury goods company Gucci which was then on the verge of bankruptcy.  His early success in the fashion house’s womenswear line led to […]

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: very good 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 […]

From the Vaults: Apparel Arts

July 16, 2014

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Part of a series featuring highlights of my recent research at the Library of Congress. My most exciting discovery at the Library was really more of a re-discovery: the priceless fabric swatches contained within the pages of Apparel Arts magazine. For those unfamiliar with the publication, it began in 1931 as a resource for the American menswear […]

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 […]

2014 BAFTA Red Carpet

February 18, 2014

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I always look forward to the BAFTAs for the uniquely sophisticated elegance the British bring to black-tie fashions.  Sure enough, despite the fact that Americans seemingly outnumbered locals on the red carpet this past Sunday, it was three Englishmen that made my best dressed list.   The shortlisting process was actually an easy one this […]

Review: Black Lapel Tuxedo

February 17, 2014

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Overall Rating: Price: very good Style & Options: excellent Ordering & Customer Service: excellent Fit: very good Quality: very good (later downgraded to unsatisfactory – see Postscript below) Black Lapel is a New York-based China-made online tailor founded in 2011 by, appropriately, two Chinese-American men.  The philosophy of owners Derek Tian and Warren Liao is […]

Reader Role Models: Natty in New York

April 10, 2013

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Joe from New York used The Black Tie Guide to assemble a black-tie outfit for his wedding and was so pleased with the results he wrote to share them with me.  I think he did such a great job that I asked if I could share them with my readers. The midnight-blue three-piece tuxedo and […]

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