Hickey Sample Sale was eh. We scooped up some of these long sleeve polos for just $25 that we think will work well over a button down. Jackets were only the quirky ones, for $180-200, with nothing conservative. Pants were about $40, and sweaters started at $40, but with limited selection. Service was just … awkward.
Bergdorf is still the best store ever. Enough said.
Alexander Olch rules in all facets of life. He had a navy bow tie made from cotton with a little white detailing that might have topped the recent top ten bow tie list if we had seen it earlier — or if it was out on the interweb yet.
Tom Ford store is gorgeous — worth it just to see. Also, every man should be required to slip on a Tom Ford coat. The way your shoulders slide in to the sleeve: you don’t expect it at first, but then they just lock in. And you feel locked and loaded. Most empowering thing one could possibly wear.
If you can’t quite afford Tom Ford, get Phineas Cole from Paul Stuart. If you can’t afford that… neither can we.
Bastian just rules. His rugby is pure domination, though at $495, it’ll cost you. And this piece we posted on a while ago — we tried it on. Money. Cut short for a sporty look, with a very subtle horizontally oriented grain, this piece may be the best item of the fall.
Jack Spade is coming out with great stuff. Awesome ties. Great little quirky items like a matches case that looks like a miniature wallet. Also, funniest store ever? The outside features an oversized bag with the Jack Spade logo on it (consult the pic below), the inside has a beat up couch with duct tape all over it, and best of all, mounted on wooden plackets typically reserved for taxidermy are mustaches. We literally can’t wait to see his new clothing line, as he is now moving away from exclusively doing bags and wallets.
Jay Kos store is overrated. Good if you’re a dandy willing to drop thousands on an outrageously colored suede sport coat, bad if you’re anything else.
Consignment shops like Gentlemen’s Resale and INA Resale had significantly more limited merchandise, with brands a bit less renowned. Whereas this summer they had Thom Browne galore, Gucci, Burberry, Purple Label, and the works, brands like Perry Ellis seemed to be running the show this time around. Not to say we had beef with that, or to say that the bigger names weren’t there at all, but perhaps it indicates the economy is going upward — after all, the reason merchandise was so good earlier in the year was because a lot of people were selling their stuff back to make money.
Once again, take our word for it: double breasted is where it’s at. Especially at Phineas Cole. We tried on a blue guy and it fit perfectly, just off the rack.
Uniqlo is great for all your essentials cheap (expect a post on what essentials to snag there for how much).
Expect a post on some of our favorite trenches for the man on a budget.
Club Monaco suits are amazing. Feel great, look great, and all the little embellishments that indicate it’s a great suit.