The Ethics Of Illegality: Ivory Cufflinks

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Last week I had the good fortune of stumbling upon a pair of hand carved ivory cufflinks, I acquired them immediately.  I am not 100% convinced they are real ivory, but at the price I paid I will get over it if they are faux or bone (however, upon trying the burning needle test they seemed to be the real thing).  Which I figure that at a minimum they are bone.  Either way, I will still wear them and they are still pretty badass.  And let’s for the sake of this piece assume that they are real ivory. But on … Continue reading

How To Clean Suede Shoes, Pt II

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First off, lets start out by saying that you need to clean your shoes.  It doesn’t matter whether they are calf, cow, croc, suede or something else; they should be kept clean.  It will give you a more presentable look and it will also prolong their useful life.  A few months back I discussed how to lightly clean them and also apply a water repellant spray, which are both important steps in caring for your suede shoes, but sometimes, more has to be done. For cleaning suede shoes there are a few different levels of cleaning.  The first is to … Continue reading

Coming To America: Meermin

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At last.  We can celebrate.  Meermin has announced the dates and location of its first trunk show in NYC (and America for that matter).  So, for November 14-16 at 481 Broadway on the 4th floor Meermin will be holding court.  If you have not heard of the brand before feel free to peruse my review of them.  Appointments are not needed and the show is open 10am-6pm.  There will be a plethora of regular models the brand stocks as well as some examples of the MTO program and perhaps even some models exclusive to the event. I know that some … Continue reading

What Season Is It Again?

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This is an issue rather specific to the Northeast right now so some of you, if not all of you, may not care about this in the least.  It seems Mother Nature is having some sort of seasonal crisis and cannot decide which way she wants to go (in typical female fashion…).  Yes, we are into October; the leaves are already a mix of green, orange and brown.  At night it is 40 and 50 degrees.  This all tells us that fall has arrived.  But during the day the temperature spikes to 75, if not higher.  Somewhat reminds me of … Continue reading

The Beauty of Gaziano & Girling

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On Monday Dean Girling of Gaziano & Girling regaled New York City shoe lovers with a trunk show at Leffot.  Fortunately, I happened to be up in the city for the night and made a stop by.  I realize the shoes are out of the price range of most of us.  But you know, maybe they’d make a nice addition to your Christmas list this year; they will certainly be on mine.  The level of finishing on Gaziano & Girling’s shoes is astounding; as are some of their patterns, which I think Gaziano & Girling does a particularly good job … Continue reading

You Will Offend No One

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I find myself wearing a silk grenadine tie more than any other type of tie.  The navy and burgundy ones are my two most frequented of the bunch, in fact, I have previously professed on how a navy grenadine is the most useful necktie a man could own.  I would postulate that I could wear either of those ties with at least 75% of the ensembles I put together.  And a majority of the rest of the time a silk grenadine in another color could be easily worn. It is the solid color of the silk grenadine that makes it … Continue reading

Today’s Reads

Admittedly, something I do not do enough of is share other good reads with your guys and gals.  Whether they be from other blogs, magazines, books or newspapers.  I think perhaps, I will start sharing more of these articles I will try to make sure they are interesting and can provide some type of value to a reader interested in mens style and fashion.  Anyway, enjoy liberally. -FT Interviews Tadashi Yanai (the guy who runs shit at Uniqlo/Fast Retailing) -WWD covers LeBron James on style and swagger (which is really just a advertorial for a watch collab between LJ and … Continue reading

Can Pleats Be Taken Out Of Pants?

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Daily I receive questions from you, the readers, asking about alterations, fit, rules, shoes, brands and pretty much whatever else you could imagine.  From time to time I post some of the questions.  Below is one of them.  If any other readers have any questions feel free to pop me an email (Justin@TheFineYoungGentleman.com or via Tumblr, Twitter or Instagram), it may take a few days to get back to you, but I will get back to you. -JLJ Question: Devoted reader here.  Just have a question regarding removal of pleats on a suit. I have several Brooks Brothers suits which … Continue reading

Best And Worst Dressed Men At The 2013 Emmy’s

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As per usual the celebs were out in glamorous form last night.  I obviously have thoughts on what some of the women wore, but I don’t need to get into that here.  What some of the men wore was bad enough, as expected.  Although I applaud some of them for taking risks and trying something different much of the time the results were somewhere between awful and appalling.  But maybe next year they’ll get it right…  But I predict they will not and will yet again persist in tormenting my judgemental eyes.  But anyway, we’ll get to that next year, … Continue reading