The One Question to Ask your Tailor

“Will my clothes actually be custom made or will they be altered to fit me?”

Did you know that in some cases, a “tailor” will simply purchase a ready made suit, shirt, or pair of pants and either alter them himself (herself)…or (GASP) even have someone else alter them? Wait. Why, then are you paying them the exorbitant amount of money? We don’t know either.

We make it quite easy to get those shirts and pants at an affordable price and guess what? We actually do the work. They ARE custom made. It may take a while but we believe a custom fit is worth the wait.

Before he or she whips out the endless pile of fabric swatches and seamstress tape, ask them this simple question. If there is a moment of stammering, walk out the door.

Dress well! Be well!

-Meghan Henley

 

4 Reasons to Add Minimalism to your Menswear

If you are a minimalist when it comes to your office or home decor, perhaps your personal style is minimalistic already. However, if this isn’t the case for you, maybe it is time to dial your wardrobe DOWN a notch. Why go for menswear minimalism?

1. It is easy. It is very difficult to mess up minimalism. Stick to monochrome colors and you are set. Not much to think about at all. Black, grays and whites OR shades of tan and white.

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2. It isn’t trendy but it keeps your look modern, everytime.

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3. It can be worn on any occasion and grabs attention. We are drawn to effortless style and this one is always a winner.

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4. Minimalism shows class and elegance. Try to remember the last time you saw someone wearing monochrome who didn’t look classy.

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Dress well! Be well!

-Meghan Henley

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8 Reasons to Buy a Custom Shirt

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Just a little reminder what makes a custom shirt so great (besides the obvious FIT):

1. Double Reinforced Fused Collar for a nice crisp collar. Our collars are hand-made in two pieces, so they hug the neck better than a single piece collar.

2. Bias Split Yoke for movement, flexibility and comfort. We use a two-piece yoke to create a perfect, smooth shoulder line.

3. Matching Stripes for an expensive, sophisticated look.

4. Single Needle Stitching for a natural stretch that won’t break the seams.

5. Two Spare Buttons sewn in the shirt tail. No need to scramble for spare buttons.

6. Extra Pair of Collar Stays for those who don’t make it back from the cleaners.

7. Removable Collar Stays keep your shirt collar crisp and firm all day but removable for washing and ironing.

8. Sleeve Placket Button helps achieve a finished look by not showing skin.

Need more info? Read these FAQ

Dress well! Be well!

-Meghan Henley

 

Should You Starch Your Dress Shirts?

Many customers ask us which of our shirting fabrics “hold starch the most”. I tend to answer this question with a question. “Why exactly do you want or need to starch your dress shirt?” The most important thing to remember is that the regular use of starch drastically reduces the lifespan of your shirts.  So, is it worth it?

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If you feel you must starch the body and sleeves of the shirt for wrinkling, chances are the fabric quality and thread count is quite low. If you feel that the cuff and collar are in need of being pressed, perhaps the interfacing (also known as fusing) is the culprit. A higher quality fusing can quickly resolve this. Read here about our high quality German interfacing.

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My advice to these customers is to buy a high thread count quality dress shirt and insist in having a reinforced collar and cuff. We have some great options in our Deluxe and Luxury fabric lines. The higher the thread count, the less wrinkling.  If you do, however choose to continue with starching your shirts, try a light starch or do it less often.

Dress well! Be well!

-Meghan Henley

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Men’s Aisle Style: Wedding Time

Planning a wedding? The bride usually gets most of the attention and let me be clear, we shall NOT take away from her for even a moment. However, if you want to stay up to date in your Spring or Summer formalwear, I can recommend one specific thing: color.

Whether it is the tux itself or the tuxedo shirt, try a touch of color. This Spring you may want to shoot for a pastel colored suit or tuxedo.

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If the brides dress is off the rails stunning you can afford to get a little crazy with a custom tuxedo shirt in a wild print (only with her approval, of course).

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Too much, too soon? Keep the color simple go with a custom tuxedo shirt in lavender, sky blue, or blush pink with a navy or black tux.

Still out of your comfort zone? What about a brightly colored tie and pocket square?

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

 

The Essential Chambray Shirt

If you are a man, nothing says Spring like a chambray shirt on your back. Women dig them and luckily, the fabric feels great on your skin. It is light, breathable, and the casual wrinkling makes the natural fibers obvious.

Contrary to popular belief, it can be dressed up a notch. Add a light colored suit and pocket square but leave off the tie.

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Chambray pairs well with a linen coat or suit.

Create a different look by ordering custom with us and specifying white stitching along the collar, cuff, and or placket.

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White collar stitching accented by a white pocket square makes this chambray shirt stand out.

Tired of the denim hue in Chambray? Try a brighter color like pink or a brighter blue. We have both colors in stock in our Deluxe line.

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A fresh pink chambray will certainly lighten your Spring.

Create a chambray shirt of your own today. Dress well! Be well!

-Meghan Henley

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The 3 Best Spring Transition Pieces

Gearing up for Spring in Menswear this year should be quite easy. The transition from Winter to Spring to Summer can be quite dapper with a few new transition pieces added to your closet.

Start with a  Small print shirt

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A small print shirt will keep you looking hot until September

 

Add a Polka Dot Tie and Cardigan

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A navy cardigan and matching polka dot tie keep things classy.

Top it off with an Unstructured Blazer

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