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

Jay Butler Launches Shoe Collection

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Dear Readers, As many of you know, I have been working tirelessly to start my own shoe brand, Jay Butler.  With great pride and excitement I would like to announce that the shoe collection is now available for sale.  The shoes are currently available for pre-order and will begin shipping out at the end of this week. The driving idea behind the collection is to provide men (and women) with a well styled, well priced and well made pair of shoes.  Long have I felt that there is a void for this type of footwear.  Particularly, that which is available … Continue reading

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Menswear Sales


In less than 48 hours the irrationality (or some think rationality) of American consumers will be put on display for the world to see.  Of you can just refer to the image to the left.  Admittedly, Black Friday is not my favorite day of the year; neither is Cyber Monday for that matter.  But I do recognize that a deal is a deal.  And we all like a good deal, do we not?  So anyway, without further delay, here is a round up of a number of brands and stores holding sales (and a few others that are not doing … Continue reading

Things A Man Can Never Have Too Many Of: White Shirts

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Necessity can be sometimes pleasing and other times an annoyance.  But excess can be a beautiful thing.  There are certain things a man needs in his wardrobe.  Of those certain things, there are some that he cannot have to many of; such as solid white shirts. I believe that at last count I have 18.  It is guaranteed that that number will only increase with time. ‘Why on earth do you need so many white shirts Justin?’  I have been asked on more than one occasion.  At the heart of the matter are two things.  First, a white shirt is … Continue reading

A Visit To The Jay Butler Factory

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Dear Readers, I apologize for the extended absence.  The blog has had to continue to take a back seat lately.  I have spent the last week and a half traveling, most of the time was spent down in Mexico at the Jay Butler shoe and leather goods factories.  Sadly, there was not much time for blogging.  Which brings me to something I have been meaning to mention for a while.  If any of you are interested in writing for The Fine Young Gentleman, please send me an email at  I am exploring options to augment my writing (and perhaps … Continue reading

Two Birds With One Stone

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2 birds with 1 stone, or 2 trends in one garment.  Without intending to sound rhetorical; it’s certainly not the first time it has happened, and will definitely not be the last.  Let me elaborate. A few weeks back I wrote on some of the men’s style trends for this fall/winter season.  Although admittedly I generally dislike calling things trend that are really some pretty simple and classic aspects of menswear. For today, let’s focus on two of the trends, the color green and all things quilted.  The first thing that comes to mind when I think of green clothing … Continue reading