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Readers, I apologize for being m.i.a. for over a week without notice. It was not completely planned, but necessary. As I have shared in the past, I am starting a men's shoe and leather goods company. I am currently down in Mexico working on sourcing and development, which has been great. However, time intensive and the internet less...

Right now is that few week lull in between spring and summer here in Philadelphia.  The temperature ranges between 60 and 80 and the humidity has not reached claustrophobic levels yet.  Perfect weather for golf, napping, runs along the Schuylkill or really anything.  But this prelude to summer is in fact just that, a prelude.  High temps and high...

buttons n threads custom shirts

Previously, I shared how Buttons 'n' Threads exceeded my expectations with the velvet jacket they made for me.  Subsequent to that review Yashas asked me to review one of their dress shirts.  Obviously, I obliged.  But to be honest, I did not expect much. Historically, I have found that online suit brands who may make good suits typically do not...

With increasing frequency I receive questions from friends, family and readers on various matters of men's dress.  Recently, I received a rather interesting one from a reader who is trying to help his father revamp his wardrobe after a serious weight loss.  I think this is the first question along these lines so I think it could be nice...

j fitzpatrick wedgewood boots

Justin Fitzpatrick's story is a rather unlikely one.  Some could argue a bit absurd and or drawn out; but that would be a significant disservice to Justin.  As he years ago set out to do one thing and everything he has done since setting that goal has been about reaching his goal and fulfilling his dream, which was to...

what shoes to wear with a tuxedo

This past weekend I attended a dear friend's wedding.  The dress code was black tie, no complaints from me there.  There was a raw bar at the cocktail hour, certainly no complaints there either. Anyway, leading up to the wedding I received numerous inquiries from friends regarding what type of shoes they should wear with their tuxedos.  They asked about...

Previously I have spoken about ToBox, a new men's shoe store in Philadelphia (25 South 19th st, between Chestnut and Market).  It also happens to be the best shoe store in the city (and dare I say state), specializing in unique and well regarded brands such as Carmina, Yanko, Rider Boot, La Cordonnerie Anglaise, Scarpe di Bianco and John...

White tie with decorations is a very specific dress code.  Also known as full evening dress with decorations.  For men, it is perhaps the most specific dress code there is.  It is certainly the most formal, at least as far as I know of in the civilian world (the equivalent in the military would be the dress uniform).  And...

dragon inside suit review

In the first part in this series I opined on the how the various details of a suit can help dictate said suits formality.  But the details (such as different types of pockets and lapels) are by no means the end of the story in determining how formal any given suit is.  Another, and perhaps more important factor is...

One of the most common things I get asked about is the formality of suits.  Both how formal a given suit is as well as how formal is it appropriate to make a certain suit.  And then on the other hand, how to make a suit less formal and how appropriate is a less formal suit for any given...

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