Inauguration Holleration

In spite of the fact we already know Barack Obama plans to wear a tux from his trusted Hart Schaffner Marx, WWD.com asked some of the leading menswear designers to weigh in, and weigh in they did. With looks ranging from a tux with tails and a chain wallet c/o D Squared to a straight up blingin’ glittered tux jacket c/o Richard James, their sketches are so beautiful, done so artfully they could easily pass as additions to the overwhelming outpouring of artwork created during the elections supporting the president-elect a la¬†Shepard Fairey.

A selection of favorites from the portfolio:

D Squared, All Photos c/o Courtesy Photo and WWD.com
D Squared
Richard James
Richard James
Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs
Duckie Brown
Duckie Brown
Thom Browne
Thom Browne
Tim Hamilton
Tim Hamilton

The Bow Tie Project

Day One of The Bow Tie Project.

My office has a very relaxed dress code. For the most part, I can get away with wearing jeans, a button down shirt, and a cashmere sweater with some variation of leather shoes. Every day. Going with the notion that American men are dressing up again, I would like to exercise a new muscle in my style’s physique: the bow tie.

The plan is to wear a different bow tie everyday for the next five days, but first a lesson in tying bow ties.

Video c/o David Hart.

Grenson Boots, 50% Off

chukka1This weekend, I picked up a fantastic pair of chukkas from English bootmaker, Grenson, part of an unheard of half-price sale at Orchard St. store First Among Equals. NB, the prices are misrepresented on their site. Marika, the girl helping me, happily mentioned that the online price was wrong and that she was working to correct it. For best results, stop by the store or call (212) 253-2202, and explain that you’d like to purchase a pair, but you heard the web store wasn’t working.

English sizing runs a full size smaller than US. Everything in store is 50% off.

Esquire's Handbook of Style

Esquire Magazine’s Handbook of Style arrived literally moments ago. Giving it a quick flip, it is now painfully obvious all those sheets I’ve torn from back issues and stuffed in a file may well be for naught. While Clothes and the Man still suits me fine, this well-appointed tome, more so than their annual Black Books, could be the defining men’s guide for some time to come. I imagine I’ll refer to it here from time to time, and I hope you would refer to it there.