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We’ve been using Reiss in our Piece by Piece’s for a little while now and we figured it was about time we really gave you the heads up. David Reiss starting his label in 1971 selling modern tailored goods. 38 years later, Reiss is the modern man’s best kept secret. They focus on modern stylings with slim proportions, which is exactly what we’re all about. They have a very European look, but it’s very refined so that you won’t look like you’re trying too hard. We’re particularly high on their suits and dress shirts which are very bold in just the right way. Think a hipster’s Tom Ford at a Hickey price tag. The suits have sweeping peak lapels and the shirts have slim proportions with spread and cutaway collars. What were really impressed with is the materials they use. When we saw online that they had a cashmere blend three-piece suit for $800 we were very suspect, but when we saw them in person we were really taken with them.

They have some very respectable knits and very solid scarves, gloves, and bags. Our favorite pieces are their peak lapel tuxedo, double-breasted suitbold check formal shirt, lambswool/cashmere sweaters, and wool leather holdall bag. Check our store profile of Reiss’ New York spot.

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Store Profile: Reiss

309-313 Bleecker St. OR 387 West Broadway, SoHo, NY, NY

Merchandise: All sorts of menswear from suiting to shoes

Known for: Making hip guys manly

But for their location, both New York stores are almost entirely the same in their layout and merchandise sold. (Note that there is a third Reiss in New York, but it is only womenswear.) We had not yet gotten our hands on Reiss’s (pronounced “reece”) merchandise, and had only heard very little about what their deal was.

Perusing their options either on the website or in stores leads to the conclusion that this is a fairly affordable, slightly higher-end brand with masculine stuff like bold peak lapels and exciting patterned spread collar shirts. But it’s not too Tom Ford-esque. Step into the one room store and you hear your usual thumping hipster music. The menswear selection is narrowed down a fair bit from the online selection, and the men’s stuff only occupies about a third of the store.

But the quality, the bang-for-your-buck, is excellent. Interesting fabrics that are soft and thin, bold lapel jackets with trim, sometimes short, cuts and supersoft fabric leads to the feeling that Reiss is more boutiquey than one might expect. In fact, Reiss is probably what you get when you mix a college student’s budget, with a little Tom Ford, with a little hipster.

Service is solid and knowledgeable, though not prize-winning. The only complaint is that some of their best online merchandise — like many of their peak lapel suits and a gorgeous blue/red check shirt — are left only on the internet (they almost exclusively carried notch lapels). 

The clothes fit well off the rack. Shirts are trimmer than usual, but not super slim. Suits are great because they’re made for smaller figures, so only marginal tailoring is necessary after purchase. 

What to get: Suits, shirts

What not to get: Shoes — very guido

Prices: Suits $700-900, Jackets $300-500, Shirts $150ish

Overall: 7.5/10

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On second thought, maybe cocky ascot is a little repetitive, because it’s pretty difficult to wear one without looking a bit arrogant. But sometimes, you want to look a little cocky, so this is the look for you.

Reiss Cord Sport Coat

Reiss Cord Sport Coat

J. Press Polka Dot Ascot

J. Press Polka Dot Ascot

Lugo Spread Collar Shirt

Lugo Spread Collar Shirt

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As we find ourselves firmly entrenched in fall, it’s time you thought about what this season means for the most classic item in your wardrobe. There are three things that you should be paying particular attention to in your suits this fall: Material, Structure, and Weight.

Club Monaco Wright Suit

Club Monaco Wright Suit

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