The Fine Young Gentleman http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com Of matters concerning men's dress, fashion & style Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:43:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 The Menswear Christmas Gift List Of 2014 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/mens-style/menswear-christmas-gift-guide-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=menswear-christmas-gift-guide-2014 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/mens-style/menswear-christmas-gift-guide-2014/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:37:59 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10660 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

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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 expensive and perhaps less practical things in life.  Like dress socks to set you back triple digits.  Or that velvet jacket you’ve always longed to acquire.  So in both that spirit, as well as a slightly more budget conscious one, I present a number of items that should make any well dressed man happy.

The guilty pleasure – Ralph Lauren American Flag Polo Bear Sweater, $245

rl flag bear sweater

Because your off the rack suits are so 2005 – Knot Standard, Black Lapel, Dragon Inside, $449 and up.

knot standard tweed jacket

The velvet jacket – Buttons n Threads, $399.

red velvet jacket

The everyday shoe – Jay Butler, $145-175.

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The suave dress shoe or boot – Cobbler Union, $395-475.

cobbler union louis boot

Now that you have the shoes, take care of them – J. Fitzpatrick, $9-60.

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The polo shirt – Kent Wang, $65-85.

kent wang green polo

The most practical tie that you don’t own, the grenadine tie – Chipp, $50.  David Fin, $85-105.

david fin grenadine necktie

You decided its time to dress your pocket – Jay Butler, $60-295.

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Anything from Paul Stuart – Because it is the best of the best.

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You have the tux, now you need the accessories to match – Fort Belvedere, $40-275.

fort belvedere black tie accessories

The headphones to block out the outside world – PSB, $299.

psb m4u2 headphones

The book to read because you like business – Zero To One, $16.

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The book to put on your coffee table because you like #menswear – Rowing Blazers, $48.

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The socks that close deals – William Abraham, $68-1,275.

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-JLJ

 

Note: None of the brands presented in this post provided any form of compensation for being listed.  They are here because they make great products.  As an additional disclosure, Jay Butler is my brand.

 

 

 

 

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Jay Butler Launches Shoe Collection http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/shoes/jay-butler-launches-shoe-collection/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jay-butler-launches-shoe-collection http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/shoes/jay-butler-launches-shoe-collection/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:47:59 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10633 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

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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 exclusively online; offered at a price lower than it would be for when sold in stores.  Personally, I have had trouble finding a middle ground between my boat shoes and dress loafers.  Both in terms of style and price.  Many of the offerings in the casual loafer space is either poorly designed or poorly made.  The leathers often seem a bit like plastic or the brand is trying to differentiate itself by adding pops of color and contrast; which often leads to a less than desirable product in my eyes.  The leathers I have selected for Jay Butler’s shoes are a nice mix between casual and dressy.  The smooth leather is full grain, it will last for years.  It has a nice smooth appearance with small showings of the natural grain of the leather, which I quite like.  It will also take to a polish well.  The suedes I have selected have a nice feel to them and are rich in color.  The designs are classic.  I would like to say, without sounding cliche, that the designs have been edited to work with today’s styles.  The silhouettes are sleek and elegant, yet they maintain an air of masculinity.

In review; there will be four styles of shoes; three of which will be leather soled and one rubber soled.  For the leather soled shoes there will be a tie loafer, the Shipley, and a penny loafer, the Cromwell, in sizes 4-14.  And a bit loafer, the Millbank, in sizes 7-14.  The shoes will be available in black, brown and caramel full grain leather as well as brown and navy blue suede.  Unfortunately, no shoes will be available in alligator leather, which you will see the penny loafer pictured in.  However, I do plan to do something in gator down the line.  The rubber soled shoe, the Naples, will be a more practical take on the classic Italian driving loafer.  The driving loafer will be available sizes 4-14 in brown and navy blue suedes and sizes 4-7.5 in purple and royal blue suedes.  Please note that not all available colors are pictured yet, the remaining colors will be up in the next few days.  The Cromwell, Naples and Shipley will be offered for $145 and the Millbank for $175, which includes shipping and returns.jay butler cromwell penny loafer brown ack basket

jay butler brown suede tie loafer top sample

jay butler royal blue driving loafer sample

 

Domestic shipping, returns and exchanges are free.  However, I have received numerous inquiries from some of my international readers asking if Jay Butler will be shipping internationally.  In short, the answer is yes.  The option to ship internationally will not be readily available on the Jay Butler website.  So interested parties should email Jay Butler directly at Help@JayButler.com with inquiries.  International shipping will be an additional $25 per pair; unfortunately the additional impost is necessary because of the greatly increased cost of shipping internationally.  Please note that this rate is also subject to change, if the cost is less than expected it will go down and if higher than expected it will increase.  Additionally, the customer is responsible for paying for all customs and importation fees.  So I recommend looking into possible fees regarding that matter.

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If you would like see a bit more from Jay Butler please peruse the website, follow the Instagram, like the Facebook, follow the Twitter and sign up for the newsletter.

I would like to thank all of you for supporting The Fine Young Gentleman.  In appreciation of all of you, I would like to offer a 10% pre-order discount code that is good until midnight of this Friday (December 5th).  The code is FYGJB and can be input during the payment process, if you choose to place an order.  As I have said in the past, things here at FYG will continue as they have for the past few years, so I hope you all will continue to read and support the blog.  As well as help me make Jay Butler a household name.  If you have any questions, comments or thoughts please do not hesitate to voice them in the comments section below.  You may also always email me at Justin@TheFineYoungGentleman.com or Help@JayButler.com.  I am looking forward to good things to come, I hope you all are as well.

In Thanks,

Justin L. Jeffers

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Menswear Sales http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/mens-style/black-friday-cyber-monday-menswear-sales-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=black-friday-cyber-monday-menswear-sales-2014 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/mens-style/black-friday-cyber-monday-menswear-sales-2014/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:14:59 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10617 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

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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 sales that I included because I like them).  The list is subject to change (and hopefully growth), so please keep checking in.  Any questions or additions you’d like to make, sound off in the comments.

For a more user friendly and downloadable version click here.

-JLJ

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Things A Man Can Never Have Too Many Of: White Shirts http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/mens-style/man-can-never-have-too-many-white-shirts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=man-can-never-have-too-many-white-shirts http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/mens-style/man-can-never-have-too-many-white-shirts/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:37:02 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10604 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

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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.

mens white dress shirt cuffs

‘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 the most flexible canvas from which to build an ensemble on.  It is nearly foolproof.  You can take the most aggressively patterned suits, ties, suspenders, pocket squares or other item and tone it down with a white shirt.  The white shirt will act as an anchor point; a bit of calm in an otherwise turbulent sea.  Or you can pair a white shirt with the most restrained of things and it will function exceptionally well.  With one ensemble they can be formal, yet with another ooze casualness.  I cannot say the same about many (if any) other articles of clothing.

For those of you who abhor wearing collared shirts, a plain white crew neck or v neck could be all you need.  Just make sure it doesn’t look like an undershirt.

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Second, I am a vocal fan of excess.  Historically speaking, moderation has not been one of my strong points.  But if I don’t have to, why should I?  Not to mention that having a plethora of white shirts, all of a slightly different style, allows me to vary my appearance.  To keep things fresh to me, to not get bored with the same old shirt over and over again.  After all, I dress for me, not for you.  The devil is in the details; the difference between a spread collar versus a cut away collar.  An oxford versus a poplin.  French cuffs versus barrel cuffs.  Not to mention, there are 50 shades of white.  Yes, I am saying that not all whites are the same.  What, blasphemy you say?  No.  Some whites have hints of blue, yellow or other color.  All of these variables lead to thousands of possible combinations, if not more.  Who am I to deny trying all of them.  And I am sure there are some men who only wear white shirts.  Dare I remind you that Don Draper used to keep a new white dress shirt in his desk, you know, just in case.

But perhaps of most importance, white shirts look good on most men.  They look bad on nearly none.

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-JLJ

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A Visit To The Jay Butler Factory http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/shoes/visit-jay-butler-factory/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=visit-jay-butler-factory http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/shoes/visit-jay-butler-factory/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:59:47 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10560 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 Justin@TheFineYoungGentleman.com.  I am exploring options to augment my writing (and perhaps … Continue reading

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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 Justin@TheFineYoungGentleman.com.  I am exploring options to augment my writing (and perhaps even check it for grammar).

But back to more relevant matters.  Given the overwhelmingly positive responses I’ve received from many of you over the past month or so since I announced Jay Butler I figure I should share some thoughts and photos from my most recent trip.  And of course keep you guys in the loop with the most recent updates, which I’ll get to in a bit.

As some of you no doubt know, the shoe development process starts with the last.  The last determines the shape of the shoes, the fit, heel height, toe shape and just about every other aspect of the 3d shape of the shoes.  It is the pattern that gives the shoe its style; wing tip, loafer, derby etc.  You cannot have a good looking shoe without a good looking last.  But you can have a horrible looking shoe on a great looking last.  So naturally, considerable time has been spent developing a number of lasts for Jay Butler’s shoes.  Below you will see a last maker refining one of Jay Butler’s lasts.  This last will be used for a few styles that are in the works.  But as a hint: think slippers.

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Once the last shape and patterns have been settled on, the shoes can go into production.  Below you will see a highly abridged version of the production process.  Uppers are cut (many pieces by hand, as our factory likes to do some things the old school way) and sewn together, hand sewn on the last and then the soles are stitched to the upper (the leather soled shoes are of a Blake stitched construction).  Following construction, the shoes go through a quality check (you will see yours truly working the line) before being boxed up and shipped out.

hand cut leather uppers - jay butler

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Once all of the shoes have been boxed they are shipped from the factory to the Jay Butler warehouse in Pennsylvania.  From where they will be shipped to customers across the country and hopefully the globe.

If all goes as planned, pre-orders will begin in the next few days and the first orders will ship out the week of Thanksgiving.  Looking further forward, I am also working on developing a collection of belts to go with the shoes; they should deliver sometime in January and will be priced around $55.

There will be four styles of shoes; three of which will be leather soled and one rubber soled.  For the leather soled shoes there will be a tie loafer and a penny loafer in sizes 4-14.  And a bit loafer in sizes 7-14.  The shoes will be available in black, brown and caramel full grain leather as well as brown and navy blue suede.  Unfortunately, no shoes will be available in alligator leather, which you will see the penny loafer made up in.  However, I do plan to do something in gator down the line.  The rubber soled shoe will be a more practical take on the classic Italian driving loafer.  The driving loafer will be available sizes 4-14 in brown and navy blue suede and sizes 4-7.5 in purple and royal blue suede.  The tie loafers, penny loafers and driving loafers will be offered for $145 and the bit loafers for $175, which includes shipping and returns.  The driving idea behind the shoe collection is to provide wearers with a well styled, well made and well priced shoe that can be worn with equal ease in the office, the club room and the bar room.

You may ask why is Jay Butler making shoes in a size 4.  For which there are two answers; first, I would like younger guys and boys (like my nephews) to be able to wear the shoes I have designed.  Second, I wanted my mom to be able to wear the shoes that I have designed, a men’s 4 is roughly a women’s 5.5/6.  Additionally, I have had many of my friends from the fairer sex say that they would wear the shoes if they were made in a size for them.  Who am I to say no…

If you would like see a bit more from Jay Butler please peruse the website, follow the Instagram, like the Facebook, follow the Twitter and sign up for the newsletter.

On a more personal note, I would like to thank all of you who have commented and emailed me in support of Jay Butler.  I am both humbled appreciative.  If any of you have any questions or comments about Jay Butler please feel free to sound off in the comments or email me at Justin@TheFineYoungGentleman.com or Help@JayButler.com.  Thank you again for reading and for your support.

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-JLJ

 

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Two Birds With One Stone http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/mens-style/2-trends-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2-trends-1 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/mens-style/2-trends-1/#comments Sun, 02 Nov 2014 04:13:54 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10541 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

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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 is the the olive green military uniforms of yesteryear.  And for quilted goods it would be Chanel purses and Barbour quilted jackets.

Now that I am writing this post I realize that the photos included herein could be thought of as that was shook out of a J. Crew lookbook, as both my pants and shirt are from J. Crew.  But that is not the case!  I am by no means pushing the brand (nor did they provide any type of compensation to be featured).  The shoes, wallet and belt are from Jay Butler; which I guess you could say I am selfishly promoting.

jay butler brown ostrich bifold wallet in khakis

But anyway, neither of those things are the point. The first point is that this green quilted shirt checks off two trends for this season (and mind you, the shirt is from last winter’s collection).  The second, and more useful point is that this shirt shows that not all things trendy look bad.  I often put down trends and fads.  However, there are some good ones.  Some of which are executed upon well and others are not.  This shirt is a prime example of a trend(s) that has been executed well on; at least as far as I am concerned.  The shirt fits well and is wearable, attractive and practical (it is quite warm).

The only downside to this shirt is that it does not look very good when tucked it, it is a little to bulky and stiff.  Resulting in it to not drape and flow as a linen, oxford, broadcloth etc shirt would.  Because of this, most often the shirt is worn untucked, which may surprise some of you since I usually keep things pretty put together.  I do prefer to keep my shirts tucked in, but sometimes there are exceptions.  The key to wearing a shirt untucked is first having a good trim fit and second having the shirt cut at a shorter length; so the end hits about halfway between the waistband and the crotch.  I am curious to hear your thoughts, would you wear a shirt like this?

jay butler brown leather phone case in khakis

-JLJ

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The Changing Face Of Online MTM Suiting http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/mens-style/changing-face-online-mtm-suiting/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=changing-face-online-mtm-suiting http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/mens-style/changing-face-online-mtm-suiting/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:34:39 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10507 Long time readers of this blog will know that tailored clothing, in particular made to measure suiting has been the most frequented topic discussed on The Fine Young Gentleman.  I would even go so far as to say that I have reviewed more brands than anyone else and that those reviews garner more traffic than other blogs reviews.  But I could be wrong on both of those.  Either way, my point is that I have been following the industry closely over the past 3.5 years, back when the industry was really in its infancy.  Now it is somewhere past its … Continue reading

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Long time readers of this blog will know that tailored clothing, in particular made to measure suiting has been the most frequented topic discussed on The Fine Young Gentleman.  I would even go so far as to say that I have reviewed more brands than anyone else and that those reviews garner more traffic than other blogs reviews.  But I could be wrong on both of those.  Either way, my point is that I have been following the industry closely over the past 3.5 years, back when the industry was really in its infancy.  Now it is somewhere past its infancy and far from its maturity; but the players seem to be established.  Black Lapel, Indochino, Dragon Inside, Knot Standard are the bigger ones that I have reviewed and then a few I have not; iTailor and Modern Tailor (I do hope to review them in the future however).  Then there are countless lesser operations, some I have reviewed and some I have not.  You may ask what about Suit Supply, Alton Lane, MySuit, J Hilburn and all of the traveling tailors?  I am not including them in this discussion because they are either primarily a brick and mortar operation or they suck (ie Alton Lane).

As the online made to measure industry has grown, some of the brands have raised some serious capital and others have chosen to fund themselves internally.  Their consumer bases have grown both in number of customers as well as in the number of markets served.  I believe that future expansion will include both of these segments continuing to grow as well as growth through expanded product offerings (accessories, shoes, bags etc).  A key part of each brands future expansion will also include a more noted physical presence.  Warby Parker and Bonobos have excelled at this model; build your audience up online and then once you reach a critical mass (or at least enough of one) in a given market, build a physical presence.  Although many of the aforementioned mtm brands have had a physical presence in NYC to varying degrees it was not until the last few months that I think things have begun to really change in a noticeable way.  The best example being the opening of the Indochino store in SoHo.

Anyway, while up in NYC a few weeks ago I had the good fortune of stopping by the NYC outposts for Black Lapel, Indochino and Knot Standard.  I’ve included some brief thoughts and photos below. If you have any questions or would like more information on a given brand, please sound off in the comments.

Black Lapel – About a year ago Black Lapel moved into a new office (27th and 6th) with a dedicated showroom and fitting space.  They have a few more fabrics on display in the showroom than on the website so if you are NYC based I recommend stopping by if you are interested in using Black Lapel and their top tier customer service.  I have a very interesting and attractive blue/grey birdseye suit from their fall/winter collection heading my way for review.  Appointments requested.

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Indochino – Indochino is the largest player in online MTM suiting, as far as I know.  They now also have the most prominent location and storefront, relative to their competitors, with the opening of their street level store at 435 Broome st.  Rest assured, the fit of the suits the mannequins are wearing is planned to be improved.  Stop by for yourself, no appointment needed.

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Knot Standard – Knot standard is leading the pack with 6 showrooms, 5 in the states and one in Dubai.  I recently stopped by the NYC outpost (right off Madison Sq Park) and was impressed with the fabric selection on hand, which is far more extensive than what is on their website and the most comprehensive of any of the makers in this post.  Mills such as Holland & Sherry, Dormeuil and Ariston were all present.  I have a jacket in the blue check pictured in the last photo on the way, I cannot wait.  Appointments requested.

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Dragon Inside – Although DI doesn’t have a physical presence in NYC yet I believe the brand is looking into something.  Either way, the brand must be complemented on its exceptionally strong fall/winter fabric collection.  I have really been pushing every mtm brand that I deal with to build out their seasonal collections, it is nice to see how Dragon Inside has built theirs (how much of that is based on my advice, I do not know).  The collection has some beautiful flannels from VBC as well as a few nice Donegal tweeds, like the one pictured below.

dragon inside tweed suit

-JLJ

 

Note: FYGblog did not receive material compensation from any of the noted brands during the production of this post.  In the past and in the future, however, FYGblog has received suits and other goods for review from each of the brands.

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An Alternative To Lax Penni Friday http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/casual/alternative-lax-penni-friday/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=alternative-lax-penni-friday http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/casual/alternative-lax-penni-friday/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:36:39 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10416 A while back I wrote of my affinity for wearing lax pennis to the gym.  However, I do realize that a pinnie is not always the ideal choice to gym wear; some have argued that it is never an appropriate choice.  Although dissent is appreciated, I disagree with the haters.  Lax Pinnies are still okay. But to appease them, somewhat, I will acknowledge some other options for gym wear.  Some of which we can talk about another time, tonight we will talk about about more performance oriented clothing.  As an example I’ll discuss Champion’s Performax line.  Admittedly, most of the … Continue reading

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A while back I wrote of my affinity for wearing lax pennis to the gym.  However, I do realize that a pinnie is not always the ideal choice to gym wear; some have argued that it is never an appropriate choice.  Although dissent is appreciated, I disagree with the haters.  Lax Pinnies are still okay.

But to appease them, somewhat, I will acknowledge some other options for gym wear.  Some of which we can talk about another time, tonight we will talk about about more performance oriented clothing.  As an example I’ll discuss Champion’s Performax line.  Admittedly, most of the time I go to the gym I wear performance or technical clothing; as much as I like natural fibers, cotton shorts and shirts don’t really cut it when it’s time to sweat.

Champion was nice enough to send me some gear from the line, pictured in this post is what I like to call my neon blueberry ensemble; for obvious reasons.  After a few months of wear the clothing has help up well, it is also very comfortable.  Both the shirt and the shorts have mesh sections on them to allow for better air circulation (to keep you cooler), which are nice additions both technically and aesthetically.

As with almost everything I dress for, I do like to coordinate my ensembles when I go to the gym.  It just doesn’t make sense to wear things that don’t go together.  Much like when you wear a suit or dress shirt, it is good to wear colors that compliment your complexion.  Not to mention, clothes that fit.  In my case, blue is one of my stronger colors so the neon blueberry look works.  By no means are matching top and bottoms like this necessary, but there is also nothing wrong with them.  What is important is that what you are wearing is comfortable, appropriate and goes together.

Would you wear something like this, or would you prefer lax pinnies all day, every day?

-JLJ

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Jay Butler Launches Leather Goods Collection http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/accessories/jay-butler-leather-goods-collection/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jay-butler-leather-goods-collection http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/accessories/jay-butler-leather-goods-collection/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:48:33 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10451 Dear Readers, A few weeks ago I announced that I was starting a shoe and leather goods brand, Jay Butler.  Proudly, I can now say that ‘starting’ has changed to ‘started.’  That said, late Monday night I launched the leather goods collection.  The collection consists of wallets, money clips and other small leather accessories.  Over time the collection will grow to include duffel bags, lap top bags, dopp kits and other small leather items. When I was designing Jay Butler’s first leather goods collection I wanted to keep things simple and classic (big surprise there, right?).  Functional and practical while … Continue reading

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Dear Readers,

A few weeks ago I announced that I was starting a shoe and leather goods brand, Jay Butler.  Proudly, I can now say that ‘starting’ has changed to ‘started.’  That said, late Monday night I launched the leather goods collection.  The collection consists of wallets, money clips and other small leather accessories.  Over time the collection will grow to include duffel bags, lap top bags, dopp kits and other small leather items.

When I was designing Jay Butler’s first leather goods collection I wanted to keep things simple and classic (big surprise there, right?).  Functional and practical while still aesthetically pleasing.  My intention was for the eye to be drawn to the colors, textures and patterns of the leathers.  To the concise lines and pleasing proportions.  Not to branded patterns or exorbitant price tags.

The collection ranges in price from $45 to $295 and the items are made from calf leather, ostrich, crocodile and sting ray.  Admittedly, $295 is a sizable sum to pay for a wallet.  However, in comparison to similar items Jay Butler’s collection is priced extremely well; helped in large part by the brand’s online direct to consumer sales model.  For example, many luxury brands sell their simple calf leather wallets at $295, those made of crocodile cost many times that.  For those not interested in exotic leathers, Jay Butler’s calf wallets are priced between $60 and $75.  All of Jay Butler’s leather goods are produced at a quality level that is on par with some of the most respected brands in the world.  These goods will last you years, if not longer.

But you may ask, and reasonably so, why is a simple wallet made of crocodile so expensive?  There are a few reasons for this.  First, crocodile (and other exotic skins like ostrich and sting ray) cost many times more than calf and cow leather costs.  Second, working with crocodile takes greater skill and more time to work with than regular leathers.  The leather must be selected and cut by hand (see photo below).  The craftsman must know how to work with the intricacies of the leathers in order to produce the best looking product; it is part art and part science.  It is not so simple as just cutting leather out and stitching it together.  To do it right takes experience, skill, time and thought.  Third, the exportation, importation and logistics of exotic skins is far more time consuming and difficult to manage that it is with non exotic skins like calf and cow leather.  Permits must be obtained from both the importing and exporting countries and documentation speaking to the legal origin of the skins must also be obtained; among other things.  At Jay Butler, only legally obtained and C.I.T.E.S. certified exotic skins are used.

I urge you all to browse the full collection exclusively at Jay Butler.com.  If you are interested in following Jay Butler, please sign up for the email newsletter.  Or you can follow the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds.  For those of you more interested in the shoes than the leather goods, I expect to have those available for pre-sale in the first week of November.

To commemorate the launch of Jay Butler and the leather goods collection I am offering a 10% discount to readers of The Fine Young Gentleman.  The code ‘fygreader’ can be applied at checkout and will be valid until next Friday, October 24th.

If you have any questions about the brand or its products please send me an email at Help@JayButler.com or Justin@TheFineYoungGentleman.com.  Thank you all for your support and readership.

-JLJ

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Disclosure: Jay Butler is a brand owned and designed by the founder and writer of this blog, Justin L Jeffers.

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The Ravis Custom Tailor Suit Review http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/suits/ravis-custom-tailor-suit-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ravis-custom-tailor-suit-review http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/suits/ravis-custom-tailor-suit-review/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:44:29 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10428 Like many of the reviews on this blog, the following review of Ravis Custom Tailors is a long time coming and also overdue.  For which I owe the brand an apology.  But more importantly, let’s get on with the review. Ravis Custom Tailor is not a brand that I have seen talked about on other blog.  There are, of course, a few threads on the brand on AAAC and SF; the consensus seems to gravitate toward the less favorable side of things.  Which oftentimes makes me more curious about a brand and its products.  Overall, my impression of Ravis has … Continue reading

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Like many of the reviews on this blog, the following review of Ravis Custom Tailors is a long time coming and also overdue.  For which I owe the brand an apology.  But more importantly, let’s get on with the review.

Ravis Custom Tailor is not a brand that I have seen talked about on other blog.  There are, of course, a few threads on the brand on AAAC and SF; the consensus seems to gravitate toward the less favorable side of things.  Which oftentimes makes me more curious about a brand and its products.  Overall, my impression of Ravis has been more favorable than what I have read on them elsewhere.

First, a bit about the brand. Ravis is a traveling tailor; they have representatives that travel across the US to fit and meet with customers, their list of locations is rather extensive.  I met them in Wilmington, Delaware.  Their operations and production are based in Thailand, however.  Their suits start at $250 and range up to around $1,500.  This puts them on the low end of the price spectrum of all brands that I have reviewed here on FYG.  Their garments can either be fused or canvassed.  And they can accommodate many special requests (more on that in a bit).  If you take one look at their website you can tell that it needs some work.  However, Ravis is not a web based brand so I suppose that is not their biggest concern.

At the time I met with Ravis I has been longing for a brown linen suit for the summer and early fall.  Fortunately, they had a decent selection of linen fabrics for me to choose from.  They also had a plethora of worsteds, cottons and flannels.  Although you will not find some of the big name mills like Holland & Sherry, VBC, Loro Piana and others; Ravis does have some decent fabric on offer.  I suppose this is one way they are able to keep their prices down.

Anyway, as you can see, I selected a nice dark brown for my suit.  The details for the suit were as follows:

Jacket: Notch lapel, 2 button, hacking pockets (slanted), side vents, half lined, wider lapels.  Additionally, I also specified a certain buttoning point and notch height.  Both of which were not done properly on the first jacket that Ravis made for me, so they did remake the front of the jacket.

Trousers: No cuffs, no pleats, side tabs, extended slide tab closure and suspender buttons.

ravis custom suit before front

This is the suit before alterations.  I had my tailor (Baldwin Tailors on 4th st in Philadelphia) take in the chest and stomach.  As well as shorten the sleeves slightly.  Uniquely, I also had them open up the quarters, as I wanted the suit to have a more casual and sweeping look.  We also slimmed and shortened the pants a bit.

ravis custom suit before side

I would have preferred if Ravis had a slightly longer vent, I forgot to have my tailors make it longer.

ravis custom tailor suit review

The end result is a much better looking suit.  I think opening the quarters made a big difference on balancing the suit out.  The pants also look and feel significantly better.  I do think that the hacking pockets should have been placed slightly higher and with a steeper slant and also the notch is not high as I would have liked.  But in the end, for $300 (+$100 for alterations) I think this is still a very solid suit.  If I were to get a second suit from Ravis (which may end up happening) I think the results would be noticeably better than what you see here.

Given the price of the suit, I was not expecting much on the construction quality front.  Although the construction is not top shelf, it is still good for the price.

ravis mtm suit jacket inside

The half lining is well done.  The stitching and piping around the edges and inside are clean.  The jacket has a nice light feel to it when worn, which is something that I like, especially with suits intended for warm weather.

ravis mtm suit sleevehead

Good work around the sleevehead, hand stitching.  Note the sweat guard at the armpit.

ravis suit breast pocket

Would prefer the breast pocket to not have that little stitch coming in from the right side.

ravis suit review button

The little bit on the underside of the button was something I was not expecting to see, but it was a nice surprise.  It serves to help reinforce the button stitching.

ravis suit lapel

The lapel buttonhole/boutonniere needs some help.  It is both in the shape of a keyhole, but it is also not functioning.

ravis custom suit buttonhole

The buttonholes are decent.  They are not super tight but they get the job done.

ravis custom suit review collar

I have mentioned in the past how I like to see the collar fabric folded to the underside of the collar, as if helps prevent the collar felt from being visible.  For the price of this suit I was not surprised that fabric was not folded under.

ravis custom tailor buttons

To be honest, I do not remember if I chose the buttons or if Ravis chose them for me.  Either way, I like the brown shade that they are.  However, I may switch them out for some brown horn buttons.  The buttonhole stitching on the sleeve is akin to the front buttonhole stitching.

ravis custom suit button

Nice shanking on the front button.

ravis pants

By this point we should all know of my love of extended slide tabs on the waistband.  I was quite glad Ravis was able to accommodate this request.

ravis custom suit pants

Cuff guards at the base of the pants are always nice to see.

ravis custom suit review side tabs

The slide tabs are nice and functional.  Slanted pockets are a must.

In conclusion I am happy with my suit from Ravis.  Although I have noted a few things that I would change or that could be done better, I have to keep in mind that this is a $300 suit, and thus my expectations can only be so high.

In this case, my expectations were met.  I believe that if I were to have another suit made from Ravis and all of my notes were taken into account, my expectations would be exceeded.  The fact that Ravis promises to accommodate nearly any special request is something that greatly appeals to me, as we know that I can be rather particular.  At the end of the day, the fit is more important than the fabric and construction of the suit.  The fit of the suit, although not perfect, is still good and something that I am happy to wear and expect to get a lot of use out of.  This all said, I do recommend you check out Ravis Custom Tailor if you are in the market for a custom suit and your budget is under $450.  If you have any questions, comments or experience of your own; please feel free to share in the comments.

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-JLJ

 

Note:  FYGblog did receive the suit being reviewed in exchange for a review.  As always the utmost effort was taken to maintain an unbiased view on the product and brand at hand.  For those more interested in Ravis working conditions, please refer here.

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