An age old style tradition and still one of the quintessential elements of any mans wardrobe, the suit is truly a timeless pillar in mens fashion. As GQ puts it “Learn to suit up properly and everything else follows. Whether you’re an office guy who needs to look sharp for the competition, or a creative type who dresses up because he likes to, the suit is the basic building block of looking good.” – we couldn’t agree more. As such, we’ve worked really hard this season to bring a great selection of well tailored suits to our stores to meet your personal taste. Here is the first of many articles to feature our new suit arrivals for Fall/Winter 2013. Hope you enjoy!
Welcome to the wonderful world of bow ties.
Growing up, I always associated bow ties with formal events such as, black tie dinners, New Years celebrations, and who can forget prom. It wasn’t until I saw a veteran on the subway wearing a paisley bow tie with a crisp double breasted grey suit that my eyes were opened to the world of endless possibilities. I felt like I finally had the license to not only wear a bow tie during the day; but to wear one that wasn’t black.
All excited, I embarked to purchase my very own “non-black” bow tie. There were two things I learned very quickly on my expedition, one to avoid purchasing a ready-made bow tie. There are only a handful of designers that make them well and as one shop keeper once told me, “If you’re going to do it, do it right” and by that he meant get a self-tie bow tie. Fortunately for you, we have a tutorial that teaches you just how to do that, and trust me when I say it’s a skill worth learning. You wouldn’t ask your mom to tie your tie would you?! (please say no).
Rule number two, not all bow ties are created equal. There’s silk bow ties, cotton bow ties, knit bow ties… the list goes one. Point I’m trying to make is to take your time and find the ones that are right for you and for your occasion.
Once again, we are here to help in that department. Fortunately, with the new stock of bow ties from Peckham & Rye you may just be able to kill 2 birds with one stone. Let’s just say that with over 200 year under their belt in the fine tailoring business they know a thing or two about making a good bow ties, they are known in the UK as a Heritage Super Brand. These bow ties come in a range of patterns, colours and styles suitable for any occasion. Whether you are pairing it with a nice plaid shirt, chinos, deck shoe and denim blazer or looking to add some spice to your evening dinner jacket, these bow ties are guaranteed to make the perfect addition to your outfit. They are self tie bow ties, but they do come pre-tied when they arrive in the store and can be put on without undoing them. (in case you haven’t mastered our tutorial yet)
So far we’ve dished out some great gift ideas for The Man Who Means Business and The Youthful Trendsetter. Next on our list of guys is The Socializer: the social behemoth and man about town. Take a look at what type of things you can get him this Christmas:
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Shirts from Franco Negretti and Gregory Allen
I think we’ve all seen it before at least once. The pre-packaged Calvin Klein shirt gift from Winners that never ends up your size and boxy enough to rival Lego. But we have a plan for you.
1) Find out which one of his shirts you (or he) likes the best.
2) When he’s not wearing it, sneak into his closet and find the size of it.*
3) Buy that size shirt of either Franco Negretti($145+) or Gregory Allen ($275).
The shirts are playful, the patterns occasionally daring, the colours bold, and the fit is modern cut. If he’s a social demon, he’ll love it.
* We’re not responsible if you’re caught snooping.
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Gregory Allen Bow Ties
Look at this bow tie. There’s leather! Gregory Allen made waves last year when we introduced these plaid bad boys (plaidboys?), and they make for a perfect gift in the stocking or in a separate box for $100. An instant attention getter. Read more here.
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Will Leather Goods
More leather! This time it’s from Will Leather Goods, and leather is their specialty. A man about town needs to only bring a few wallet essentials before heading out: cash and cards. Slim it down with one of these fresh wallets for $65-$80. See more about the independent company and a great video that details how their leather is processed here.
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Eyewear by Curtler & Gross
Available at Spectacle
Indoor or Fashion tints are huge at the moment. Every day another actor gets photographed looking like they stepped out of GQ circa 1973 with a kick ass light blue or rose tint on their lenses. We are starting to see more and more of our clients do the same as well. The lenses on this frame are light enough to be worn inside and out while still maintaining 100% UV A and UV B protection.
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Fujifilm Finepix 3D W3
Available at The Source and other major electronics retailers
New from the brilliant minds of Fujifilm is the W3 10-megapixel camera ($499). Slim enough to carry around in your inside pocket and pants, and it has wow-factor written all over it. But there’s something special about this one: It’s 3D. We’ll refer to the notes to explain this one:
Relive your favourite photo memories as if you were there again for the first time. The eye-popping 3D technology you have enjoyed in 3D movies and 3D video games is now right in the palm of your hands with the Fujifilm Finepix 3D W3 Camera. Forget the goofy-looking 3D glasses-the twin Fujinon 3x optical zoom lenses imitate how our eyes view things, by shooting the same photo from varying angles. This process creates the impression of perspective and depth, resulting in a 3D image. When you’re ready to view your photos, simply press play and view your pictures in real 3D on the camera’s 3.5″ LCD screen, or view your photos on your big screen 3DTV. Fujifilm’s FinePix 3D camera also records stunning 3D HD movies in quality stereo sound; giving you a 3D movie theater experience right in your own living room.
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What if he doesn’t fall under any of these three categories? What if he is The Jack of All Trades? Stop in
tomorrow on Friday and see what gift ideas you can bring to him!