Yellow Hook Neckties – they won’t make you as cool as Rob from Brooklyn, but I’ll be damned if they aren’t a step in the right direction. Full story tomorrow.
As many of you have probably noticed, I have been making some upgrades to my site. I’m still messing around with some things, but there are already a few important changes worth noting:
- Contact page. I made it very difficult for people outside of the tumblr world to contact me in the past. Feel free to get in touch with me via twitter or email if you need more than 140 characters (I know I always do). I may not respond immediately but I will do my best to keep on top of things. And, like before, my "Ask" box is always open.
- Disqus comments. Tumblr makes it way too hard for people to comment on posts; now you can get involved by leaving comments on my articles. I’m still figuring this out, so things may be slow to start. Keep it civil and friendly and I’ll be happy to facilitate a lively discussion.
- Editorial policies and affiliate disclosure. It’s an unfortunate fact that many bloggers are not completely honest about if, how, and where they are creating revenue. I do my best to spell it out for everyone here. This is important, so please give it a read.
Thanks, everyone. Let me know if you have any questions.
What I wore in New York, day two. Cool and wet weather calls for a few simple layers.
Styleforum Spotlight - Kirby Allison and the Hanger Project
One of the many vendors I had the pleasure of meeting last week was Kirby Allison, creator of The Hanger Project. As many of you know, Kirby’s e-store began as a place that offered something surprisingly hard to find - nice hangers. Behind every good suit is a good hanger, and yet finding one was surprisingly difficult until Kirby’s company made them accessible.
Kirby began his career as an investment banker, but decided to take a risk and try his hand a creating something that was clearly missing in the men’s style community. With the help of Styleforum, the Hanger Project was created in 2007 and has been expanding ever since.
I had the opportunity to see and try some of Kirby’s hangers at the trunk show and they’re exactly as great as I had hoped. The flared edges on the jacket hangers fill out the space in the delicate shoulder area of tailored clothing, allowing it to drape as if someone is inside it. Of equal importance is the fact that they come in four sizes; I know from experience that most common wood hangers measure around 18” across and are much too big for my tailored clothing. Suits and sportcoats are expensive, and it only makes sense to store them with something that will protect that investment. The Hanger Project also has a similar number of hangers for women’s clothing, which are also sized and made to the same standard as the men’s.
Another great improvement over the traditional wooden hanger is Kirby’s felted trouser bar on his suit hangers. Most suit hanger have a metal “clasp” that holds the trousers in place; I know from experience that this puts a crease in the garment and can even leave an unsightly mark. Kirby’s felt bars hold the trousers in place with friction rather than a clamping force, and because of that they leave no trace.
Here are just a few of the Hanger Project’s core line of hangers, on display at the NYC Styleforum Trunk Show. They’re attractive, well-made, and functional. All you really want in a product, right? Full story coming soon.
Coming to America - A Visit to the Meermin Trunk Show
One of my most anticipated stops during the recent trip to NYC was the Meermin trunk show last week. The brand has been getting lots of press in the past year or two and I have been increasingly curious about their wares. The problem, though, is that their shoes are only physically present at their storefronts in Spain and Japan. Their web store is well set up for international orders, but since the shoes cannot be tried on it makes determining the correct size a difficult and somewhat risky undertaking.
Fortunately, Luisa and Pepe are working to change that. During their first official visit to the United States, the Meermin duo was able to help hundreds of men and women find the size and style that fit them best. Many shoes were available for purchase, but they encouraged anyone and everyone to come in and get sized. I tried on at least a dozen pairs, and Luisa and Pepe were happy to accommodate my incessant questions and requests. They had a good representation of their products available to try on, and even had some new items that have not made their way to their website yet.
All told, their shoes are attractive, well-made, and competitively priced. I think that any menswear enthusiast would be hard pressed to find a shoe at Meermin’s pricepoint of equal or greater value. I should state that I do not (yet) own any pairs so I can not comment on how they wear, but from what I was able to learn from my visit there is no reason to be pessimistic. Meermin is a young company and only time will tell how their shoes will age, but they seem to have the right ingredients in play – good materials, solid construction, and classic designs.
Anonymous asked: In your "leaving for NY" post, there is a windowpane navy blazer on the top right hand corner. What brand is it?
It’s Boglioli. More on that later.
unclebeebo asked: What collar style did you go with on your Proper Cloth shirt?
I usually go for the President Spread collar. It’s a nice balance between semi-spread and extreme cutaway. I wear it without collar stays and it has a great shape to it.
What I wore Saturday - details.
Last Saturday was a very #menswear day - I spent the day attending trade shows, trying on nice clothes, drinking scotch, talking about the value of handwork in shirts, and so on. This is what I wore - nothing too fancy. These are some of my favorite items to put on so it’s a look that I’m often seen in. Classic FStB.