The Fort Belvedere Review

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It was over a year ago that I first spoke to Sven Raphael Schneider of Gentleman’s Gazette about his plan to launch his own menswear brand.  I remember walking around my office in circles while chatting on the phone with him, it was a great way to procrastinate doing my actual work, which at the time was accounting and auditing.  Once we got off the phone I knew it would be a while before he launched, but I was already excited.  I knew Raphael was not just talking to talk, he was serious.  And I knew that whatever it was … Continue reading

Things I Wear: Fur & Tweed (With A Dash Of Cable Knit)

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One of the best ways to define the seasonality of any given ensemble is through accessories.  In short, it typically holds true that lighter things for spring and summer and heavier things for fall and winter.  That has been particularly true as of late given the unsavory weather we have had here in the Northeast. We all know that tweed is an ideal cold weather fabric for jackets and suits.  But what to pair with it?  I feel that sometimes this is where many a man strays.  Oxford, twill and corduroy are natural partners for shirts and pants.  Flannel for … Continue reading

The Best Men’s Shoe Store In Philadelphia?

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Philadelphia has a lot of things.  More than most cities for sure.  However, there are still some things that our beloved city does not have.  And until recently, Philadelphia did not have a men’s shoe store worthy of mention. Yes, there is Allen Edmonds, Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren and Boyds in center city; as well as a few stores that call themselves ‘shoe stores,’ but the latter have taste levels so low it makes me embarrassed to say they actually do business in Philadelphia. What I am talking about is a real shoe store, a proper ’boutique’ if you will.  … Continue reading

How To Tell If Shoes Fit

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As a logical follow up to my mention the other day of a piece I wrote for Business Insider on shoe brands under $350 I would like to talk about how to tell if your shoes fit you properly.  Which, to be honest, is not much different for men than it is for women.  Additioanlly, keep in mind these bits of advice are equally applicable for shoes costing less than $350 as they are for those well over $350. As I am sure we all know, wearing shoes that don’t fit well or that are uncomfortable can ruin a day.  … Continue reading

FYGblog Via Business Insider and Corporette

As regular readers will know, I sometimes will write over at Business Insider.  Last week I wrote a piece for them on shoe brands under $350.  Some of the brands you will recognize from the pages here (Septieme Largeur, Meermin, Jack Erwin, Paul Evans), and others you may have never heard of.  But hopefully I will be able to review some of those brands in the near future.  Funny enough, the piece is somewhat of a rebuttal to a previous article on buying men’s shoes by another BI staffer that I did not approve of.  Who would’ve thought, me objecting … Continue reading

The Dragon Inside Suit Review, v2.0

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It was only a few months ago that I released my first review of Dragon Inside’s suits (which was largely positive).  So why review them again so soon?  First, because most of the criticisms that I identified in the first review have been resolved.  Namely, instead of adhesive securing the pant bottoms there is now stitching, the fabric has now been folded over the collar to the underside and there is no fraying around the buttonholes.  Second, Dragon Inside has introduced some new vest styles and seasonal fabrics they wanted to show off and frankly, I was eager to help … Continue reading

UnAmerican: Retailing On Thanksgiving

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True, this is not the first year retail stores have opened for business on Thanksgiving. It happened last year, with Wal-Mart leading the charge, I believe some other stores had done so in years prior. Perhaps unsurprising to many of you, I am not a fan of this assault on Thanksgiving. I would go so far as to level the charge that it is unAmerican. And yes, I realize that capitalism is one of the pillars of our society. Needless to say, I don’t do Black Friday (at least in person, who knows what I’ll find online, however). Something about … Continue reading

J Fitzpatrick And William Abraham Trunk Show At Leffot

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On Thursday (Nov 21) Leffot hosted Justin Fitzpatrick of The Shoe Snob and J. Fitzpatrick Footwear for a trunk show.  This much I knew before going.  I was rather excited for the show, as it is always a pleasure to see both Justin and his shoes, which I believe are an excellent buy.  He walks a fine line between unique and ‘out there’ better than any other ready to wear brand under $1,000 I can think of.  Although his line is still young, I am quite excited to see where he goes with things. What I did not know was … Continue reading

90% Of Lax Is In The Flow, What About In The Real World?

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More often than perhaps I should admit my hair comes up in conversation.  It seems there has been no discrimination on who brings it up; guys, girls, heterosexuals, homosexuals and every mix of the above (I am both a male and a heterosexual, for the record).  Oftentimes the conversation ends in either a request for me to talk about hair care and/or a question about why I have not already discussed it.  I bring this up not in an effort to sound vain but as a justification to myself to feel comfortable talking about the subject as it is not … Continue reading

How To Wear A Three Piece Suit

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A three piece suit is one of the most useful and versatile items a man can own.  In the tailored goods category, it may in fact be the most useful (yes, even more so than a blue blazer).  The added vest (that makes a two piece a three piece) allows for a few more combinations that are not possible with the more common two piece suit.  Additionally, there is the practical utility of the extra layer around the torso in that it can provide warmth, which can be ideal in cooler weather. Although a three piece suit is typically a … Continue reading