The David Fin Tie Review

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A number of months ago I was put in touch with a precocious young man named David Herzka.  David was just in the final stages of launching his new tie brand, David Fin, which launched in late 2014 and I can say makes some very solid ties.  David told me of his affinity for ties but also of the possibility of selling ties to promote other things he likes.  Such as domestic production, luxury fabrics and helping out our veterans; by donating 15% of its profits to Hiring Our Heroes. Another key to David’s plan is to sell his ties … Continue reading

Menswear Bloggers Rising

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This whole menswear blogging this is having a good moment these days.  Obviously, within the category there are a number of different types of bloggers and styles.  For the purposes of this post, I am referring more to the guys who focus on helping guys dress better without breaking the bank; whether it be casual clothing or tailored clothing.  Obviously, I would put The Fine Young Gentleman in that category.  But there are many other guys who run similar operations, who, also like me, are getting into the design and brand side of things.  Now, there are the bloggers who … Continue reading

FYGblog Found Elsewhere

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Dear Readers, Over the past few weeks both content from The Fine Young Gentleman as well as an interview of myself has been posted on outlets aside from this here blog.  First, a few weeks ago an interview of myself by Eric Scriberras of MentorMe Podcast was posted.  The discussion focuses primarily on my journey to start Jay Butler and even The Fine Young Gentleman.  Which all started during my time as an auditor at Deloitte.  The interview lasts for roughly 45 minutes so I will not be offended if you do not listen to it.  But, if you are … Continue reading

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The Men of The 2015 Oscars


Ask and now you shall receive.  Apologies for missing the Golden Globes and Grammys this year, but fear not, I’m not going to skip out on all three shows.  Sadly for my judgemental side, things were looking pretty good this year.  But as always, there were a few guys who just couldn’t pull it together.  Aside from some snarky commentary I will also throw in some educational bits on how some of the men could’ve taken their black time game from good to great. A few things to note.  The night was laden with shawl collars and wide lapels, both … Continue reading

The Knot Standard Suit Review, 2.0

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It was nearly two years ago that I first reviewed Knot Standard. The review was pretty positive, however, there were a few marks against the brand. A few months back we decided to do another review of Knot Standards custom suits and jackets, in this case just a jacket. I’m glad Knot Standard and I gave it a second go, sometimes one time just isn’t enough. Since my first review a few things have changed at Knot Standard. The website, the branding, the fabric selection and sales channels are perhaps the most notable. The most important of the 4, as … Continue reading

Top 10 Tips For Buying Made To Measure Suits

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Made to measure suits have been written about a lot on this web site.  A LOT (I think I have reviewed more made to measure brands than anyone else on the web). However, in most cases I am either reviewing a made to measure suit brand or advising guys that made to measure is a superior alternative to off the rack suits. Which, a vast majority of the time, it is (the image to the right I have seen used on numerous sites to extol the benefits of mtm vs otr/rtw, it should go without saying but the photo on … Continue reading

Chensvold Is Back At It: Masculine Interiors

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Dear Readers, Not realizing that it had been almost 3 weeks since my last post I knew I had to get something up ASAP. I am sorry for being so absent the last few weeks, I’ve been a bit consumed by other activities (like shoes).  Fortunately, some of my menswear writer friends have been keeping to putting out some original content.  One such I would like to highlight today is Christian Chensvold.  I hope you enjoy what he is up to these days.  In the next post we will revert to the more usual line of conversation. Long time fans … Continue reading

The Cobbler Union Shoe Review

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For the past few years we have seen the online-only market for suits, shirts, ties and accessories blossom.  The lagging category has been shoes; until recently Meermin was the most prominent name.  Over the past year there have been a few brands of note that have entered the online market place; Awl & Sundry, Jack Erwin, Paul Evans, Jay Butler and Cobbler Union.    For the purposes of this post, we are ignoring the first 4 and focusing on the last name, Cobbler Union.  I suppose it was around a year ago that I first heard of Cobbler Union.  Shortly thereafter … Continue reading

The Unugly Christmas Sweater

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There is something unappetizing about ugly Christmas sweater parties.  Maybe it’s the fact that they are in fact ugly and I don’t particularly care to wear ugly clothing.  Or maybe I am just a grinch.  Or maybe it is just one of my arguably irrational dislikes of certain items of clothing, like demin (yes, that’s right, I don’t wear denim; ever).  This isn’t to say that I will never indulge in the act of wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, I am just saying that I will potentially go to exhaustive measures to avoid wearing one.  All the meanwhile still maintaining … Continue reading

The Menswear Christmas Gift List Of 2014


If you are anything like me, you are just now starting to do your Christmas shopping.  As much as I vow to myself to get the task done in the earlier part of December, I almost always fail.  It can be frustrating.  But fortunately, as men, we no longer have to be slaves to the masses in the malls; we can browse and purchase online – or have the women in our lives do it for us. Christmas is a great time to ask for things that you would not ordinarily purchase for yourself.  By that I mean the more … Continue reading