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Athleisure?

Miscellaneous

Yes, we know "athleisure" is the hottest trend for both men and women in the clothing industry right now. Gym clothes are gleefully taking center stage in places and at events where heretofore they were not welcome. Some people think that's progress. We think It's just plain boring to wear the same kind of clothes all the time no matter what the time, place or occasion. Uniforms as such have a useful place, they are dependable  and require no thought, but their wearers forgo all personal style.  Not to mention the fact that formfitting stretch fabrics, a main component of...

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Endangered Species

Miscellaneous

A sad man came to us for help. His new coat, bought who-know's-where, was the victim of botched surgery. The sleeves are now short enough, but all else about this alteration is wrong, hideously and embarrassingly wrong. Compare the sleeves on the coat in the other picture. Aren't they beautiful? Our tailor made these working buttonholes by hand and the coat sleeves of many of our customers look just like these. He can make your clothes fit so well that we think he is part genius and part wizard.  Sorry to say, tailors like ours are an endangered species.But why...

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The Big Broadcast

Miscellaneous

Aha… A new movie version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quintessential Jazz Age novel The Great Gatsby just released. After 6 previous tries, another chance to get it right: the kaleidoscope frenzy of the Roaring Twenties and the desperate modernity of the post-Great War world, a world careening about trying to somehow find its balance. For those with money life was beautiful clothes, furs, jewelry, parties, alcohol, drugs, automobiles, ocean liners and travel. Excess ruled and and jazz was its soundtrack. What? This new Gatsby has traded jazz for hip-hop? The Jazz Age without jazz? That absurd idea ranks right alongside...

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Men in Skirts

Designers Miscellaneous

  This Chinese grandfather has created quite a stir recently by modeling his designer granddaughter's collection. What started as a joke-- trying on a few of her designs and vamping about in them-- has turned into a clever marketing scheme. Hardly a new practice, but men in skirts, in public at least, still get noticed right away, and as a result he's become a celebrity and her sales are booming.  We like the fact that he is clearly enjoying this bout of silliness and his 15 minutes of fame, helping his granddaughter and tweaking the nose of fashion in the...

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The Brits

Designers Miscellaneous What to Wear

  The quirky opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games now in progress in London reminded us how we do love the Brits! Especially since so much of what has come to be classic men's clothing derives from the iconic tailored styles they were wearing in the early 20th century, styles from Savile Row and Jermyn Street that have evolved to return again and again. So, we decided, time to revisit both those worlds by watching "Chariots of Fire", the 1981 movie about the British track team entered in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Started not long after World War I, those...

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