If you’re in the market for a shirt, consider Seize Sur Vingt. This sartorial hot spot may be a haven for the hipster, but we swear by their fabrics and we swear by their fits. Get it bespoke or get it ready-to-wear. Slim cut ready-made shirts actually fit your body instead of just sit on your body. Pop a squat on one of their many sofas and peruse the textiles for your custom piece.
Archive for December, 2009
While Brooks Brothers and J. Press sat back and enjoyed a bump from the reinvigorated prepsters this past year, Paul Stuart wanted more. They have always been a little more “fashion forward” than their American style buddies, so it was only a matter of time before they really began to push their Phineas Cole line. The line expanded and was given its own “Shop-in-Shop” at the Madison Avenue store, which was more than enough to catch our eye.
It’s true: the shoes make the man. But today, the price tag inaccurately reflects quality and many salesmen advise without adequate knowledge. Luckily, this comprehensive guide and some practice are all you need to master the craft of ready-to-wear shoe shopping. Of course, if you have the money, consider investing in a proper pair of bespokes: diligently maintained, these glove-fit luxuries will last a lifetime.
Tom Ford’s film debut is nothing short of stellar. A Single Man is the story of a homosexual college professor, George Falconer (played by Colin Firth), who must contend with the loss of his lover. It is a story about how to move forward, about dealing with the past, and about making sense of a loss.
Firth, along with co-star Julianne Moore, who plays Falconer’s friend and former companion Charley, put up Oscar worthy performances. When Firth hears his boyfriend has died in a car crash, there are arguably fewer better performances by any actor in a single scene. It takes a true actor to convey the sense of loss with such honesty. Firth is among the few who can play a man who is so alone and miserable, while simultaneously so incredibly kind and decent.
When Michael Bastian showed his first collection for Spring/Summer of ’07, would he ever have guessed that he would be one of the major players in reviving American style? Flash forward two years late and Bastian really took his game to a new level. With sexy peak lapels and gorgeous Brunello Cucinelli cashmeres, Bastian’s clothing was all about wearability. His collections for ’09 looked like a younger fuel-injected Ralph Lauren collection, which of course makes us salivate.
Many of you may be saying that the french cuff never went away, but now days, too many young people don’t know what in the hell they are or how to wear them. So we take it upon ourselves to raise awareness of the French Cuff because it really is what a proper gentleman wears. Sure, it may be a little more formal, and yes, it may require cuff links or knots, but the end product is most definitely worth it. Get yourself a few good french cuff shirts–preferably with a nice spread or cutaway collar. This goes right along with our hope for a more stately man in 2010 because sometimes it just feels so good to really dress to the nines. So go ahead and get yourself a good pair of cufflinks and a couple cuff knots and prepare to use them often–we expect you to start rocking the french cuff on a regular basis.