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Q & A with our Shoe Care Expert Steven Gaffin

One of the most frequent questions we get at the shop is how to properly polish, shine and care for your new shoes.  (Or even breathe a bit of life back into your old ones!) Often perceived as daunting, difficult, time-consuming or complicated, it seems that the art of shoe shining is becoming more and more a thing of the past. So, we asked our in-house shoe shine care expert, Steven Gaffin, to sit down with us and to share some of his top tips for proper shoe shining and polishing. Q: Why should you polish your shoes regularly? A: Hands down, regular shoe polishing and maintenance increases the life of your shoes. Furthermore, it preserves the leather from the elements of wear and...

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The Innovative Fabrics Shaping Menswear This Spring

While traditionally, most developments in the history of menswear have been strictly in regards to design and style choices: the width of a lapel, the cut of a trouser, the leg opening of a jean.  Modern designers are now starting to explore innovations in fabric technology and performance as well! A garment made out of these innovative new fabrics can impact not only a garment's functionality, but also its comfort and longevity. Each year these trends continue to move toward fabrics that last longer, perform better and have a sense of natural protection embedded in them.  Fabrics that appear feathery light, appealing to the touch and move with you throughout the day.  This year, our new spring collection is filled with these new innovated fabrics...

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Brand Announcement: Martin Dingman

Choosing new brands to bring to the shop can be overwhelming.  At the shows we attend each season there are hundreds upon hundreds of retailers with their product lines on display. Entire convention centers filled to the brim with menswear. But in the midst of all of that, the thing that stands out, the thing that really resonates with us is passion, history, heritage and family. Things that our newest leather goods line, Martin Dingman, has in spades. "Over 30 years ago, while living in North Texas, Martin had the inspiration to build a family company on the foundation of quality, heritage, and his Refined Country Style. The goal…. to become the best, not the biggest.  Constantly striving to create the...

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Ingredients for Creating a Well-Appointed, Masculine Space

We are thrilled to have our very talented friend Kelly Butler with K Butler Interiors to guest blog this month.  She has graciously outlined a few tips for our readers on how to create the perfect masculine space – one you will want to spend time in and share with others along the way!  Whether you are working on a new bachelor pad, a relaxing space to watch football with the guys, a sophisticated study to unwind at the end of the day, or a handsome bar area to enjoy a nighttime cocktail - these tips can help ensure your space is well appointed and one to remember. 1. Don’t be afraid of dark colors Bold, distinguished colors are an...

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Backbone of a Business Wardrobe

With the start of a new year it’s the perfect time for a closet overhaul. What needs to be purged? What needs to be replaced? What do you need to stock up on? For those wondering what constitutes a well-rounded closet, we have you covered in this post. Seasons come and seasons go, but there are essential pieces we feel constitute the basic backbone of every stylish businessman’s wardrobe. This list is not particularly long but can certainly have a profound impact on standing the test of time and keeping you looking your best year-round. One thing to keep in mind, and certainly what we love the most about style, is that it's truly personal. There’s no “correct” or “incorrect”...

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