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Pocket Squares - Small but noticed

June 20, 2019
Pocket Square

Men's pocket squares revived. The silken pocket square is turning up more and more often in the Bay Area, and it's probably not in the neighborhood you suspect. Full article coming soon.

Bespoke vs. Off-The-Rack

June 19, 2019

Investment vs. RIght Now. It's a simple choice.

A bespoke men's suit is a joy to wear, but far more expensive than an off-the-rack suit depending on the tailor. The choice is simple: if you trust the tailor, get one bespoke suit so that you know how a good suit should fit. Every suit you buy off-the-rack thereafter can be compared to it. Sometimes, you can find a bargain that fits just as well.

There are those men born with the ability to look great no matter what they're wearing. More than likely, this is because their bodies match that of the models and mannequins used by designers to tailor the prototype of a jacket, trousers, etc. 

When I was in my 20s, I used to buy only Daniel Hechter's jackets and pants because at the time (the 80s), they were affordable and fit like the proverbial glove. A better fitting blazer in a wool-poly blend is better than a cashmere blazer that sags or pinches.

For those men with Scandanavian ancestry, sleeve length can be an issue because their arms are can be an inch or more longer than most (the reason "long" sizes exist).

Menswear - Fit by Brand

June 17, 2019

Men's clothing sometimes presents the same problem as women's clothing, where the size is merely a suggestion - a 38 is not always a 38. Buying a pricey blazer in your size and not having it fit is just a crime, but I'm seeing some labels cut their jackets for men with zero body fat, e.g., anything from PS Paul Smith or McQ.

Certain brands (or sub-brands) tell you right up front that most men won't be able to wear their clothes. Dolce and Gabbana Gold, for example, expects you to have a perfectly flat stomach and a waist that's 8" smaller than your chest (40" chest = 32" waist), which rules at least 50% of American men, if not more. When they do fit, they look least at the beginning of a meal.

Menswear brands I'll be looking at (A-Z):

  • Alexander McQueen
  • Alexander Wang
  • Ann Demeulemeester
  • Balenciaga
  • Barcello Burton County of Milan
  • Boglioli
  • Cinzia Araia
  • Comme de Garcon
  • Damir Doma
  • Dolce and Gabana
  • Dsquared2
  • Givenchy
  • G-Star
  • Isaia
  • Issey Miyake
  • John Varvatos Star
  • Kolor
  • Lanvin
  • le Gramme
  • Maison Margiela
  • Markus Lupfer
  • Neil Barrett
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Paul Smith
  • Prada
  • Ps by Paul Smith
  • Raf Simon
  • Saint Laurent
  • Theory
  • Versus
  • Wooyoungmi
  • Yohji Yamamaoto


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