does linen wrinkle

Does linen wrinkle?  God yes.  But that is part of the elegance of it.  It is somewhat akin to the ferry (or short plane) ride over to the Promised Land.  But keep in mind, god also gave us the flax plant with the hopes of us humans making a cool wearing slubby fabric out of it.  It is perhaps...

dragon inside suits

A few months back I was approached by Bobby of Oliver Wicks to review the company's suits.  To be honest, I was a bit hesitant at first, as the website needs some work and the photos on it are not the best.  But now that I have worn my own Oliver Wicks suit, I can say that they do...

how to beat the heat in a suit

With temperatures breaking the 90 degree mark this week here in the northeast wearing a suit can be akin to a death sentence.  Realistically, there is no way to keep absolutely cool, only ways to minimize the heat and uncomfortability.  Business Insider just posted a piece I wrote for them with tips on how to beat the heat in...

rancourt shoes

Lewiston Maine seems to be the epicenter of hand sewing here in the United States.  This week we talk about Rancourt & Co, last week we talked about Quoddy, the other shoe maker in Lewiston.  I am no expert on this, so I am only hypothesizing, but I would say that between the two they produce a majority of...

blazer with shorts

There is little doubt that wearing a blazer with shorts is a polarizing topic in men’s style.  Classics and traditional minded folks are horrified by it.  Preps love it.  The misguided trendsters also seem to like it.  And with a quick Google search you can find an equal number of supporters for each side. More consistent readers of my musings...

a suit that fits review

I love hearing about new made to measure/custom suit operations.  It means competition in the markerplace is increasing, which ideally will push each maker to produce a better product and differentiate themselves in some way.  Theoretically, this will benefit the customers.  This review of A Suit That Fits will kick off new round of reviews over the next week...

quoddy shoes

Sitting quietly in a nondescript antiquated brick factory building on one of the main streets of Lewiston Maine is Quoddy.  Quoddy is one of the few remaining shoe manufacturers in the United States.  Quoddy doesn't make dress shoes, they make moccasins.  Not the moccasins you buy from Minetonka, LL Bean or Sperry; which share enough similarities with true moccasins...

suede loafers

Suede shoes for the summer?  'Kid has gone mad,' you may exclaim.  In the most traditional sense suede is meant for country shoes.  But the good old Duke did away with that.  So I suppose for the last few decades suede has mostly been thought of as a fall and winter thing.  But even that is errant, at least...

2013 us open

Every now and then there comes an event that requires one to put almost everything else on hold.  For me right now that is the 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club.   I am in the fortunate position that I live only a few miles from the course and I am also volunteering as a hole marshal so I...

Admittedly, they are not for everyone, but croakies are one of the finer things in life.  A simple and practical pleasure. I know nothing of their history, you know, how they came about and stuff like that.  But am rather familiar with their current place which seems to be heavily rooted in the preppy, 'bro' and southern style circles.  Or...