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The Versatility of Five-Pockets

What are five-pockets anyway? In a nutshell, it’s the cut and shape of a pair of jeans but made of a non-denim fabric such as a cotton twill or even a washed canvas. The material makes them a notch more versatile than a pair of jeans, and the relaxed shape lends to a more dressed down (and from our perspective a more interesting) garment than say a chino. Five-pockets are basically a marriage of a jean and a chino - definitely one of our favorite go-to’s for updating a wardrobe in any season. The History Behind Them In 1871, tailor Levi Strauss and riveter Jacob Davis teamed up to create a hardy trouser made of denim during the gold rush...

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The ABC’s Of Black Tie: Rules of Formalwear Explained

Traditionally reserved for events and evening affairs scheduled past 7pm, the term ‘black tie’ has become synonymous with most formalwear occasions in today’s society. We’re here to help you navigate through all the rules and regulations by better illustrating what makes, or breaks, black tie dress code in addition to when (and where) it's ok to break, or at least bend, those formalwear fundamentals What began by order of the Prince of Wales as a less formal alternative to the traditional cutaway tailcoat, the dinner suit (or tuxedo as it was so aptly named by an American resident of Tuxedo Park, New York) became part of mainstream formalwear culture following World War I. Tuxedo Coat & Trousers The original tuxedo coat...

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What’s Trending for 2018

Twice a year we make our pilgrimage to New York and Chicago to attend the largest men's fashion shows in the world, explore the newest trends on the market and then face the tough job of deciding what we want to buy and bring back to Huntsville for the following season. We recently returned from looking at the new collections for Fall 2018, and were not disappointed.  Several trends definitely emerged, and we couldn’t resist sharing with you.   And of course, as we are looking forward to this upcoming Spring season, we also wanted to share a few trends for you to be on the lookout for in the coming months as well!  SPRING 2018 Trends Soft Shells We’ve all loved the...

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Cracking The Custom Clothing Code

In our world of individualized style, the buzz word 'custom' is used with increased frequency as a blanket term for a wide range of tailored-clothing techniques. It's true meaning and definition becoming more muddled with every iteration. Too often, we’ve found, the terms bespoke, custom, made-to-order, and made-to-measure thrown around candidly to describe varying aspects of tailored clothing. Today we’re here to help crack the code of custom clothing with a heavy dose of sage sartorialism. So if you’ve ever wondered what sets each of these terms apart and why the quality, pricing, and outcome can range so widely in the realm of 'custom' clothing, read on… Made-To-Order The most limited interpretation, the process of Made-To-Order has seemingly found a home amidst various...

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How To Get The Most ROI Out Of Your Wardrobe

As we enter this new year and begin to think about reviewing our 2018 personal budgets, it may not occur to us to consider reviewing our closet at well.  However, we believe this is the perfect time to also review our wardrobe as well and consider what sort of ROI we're getting on the garments we're putting into them. The concept of ROI is something we're all familiar with using when considering business ventures, real estate investments, and the like; however, how often do you think about the return on investment when buying a new suit, sport coat or pair of jeans? And although the actual garments you buy may not increase in value in a traditional sense, as your wardrobe advisors,...

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