11
Sep
khakiscarmel:

Sept 29 & 30: Ring Jacket San Francisco Trunk Show
We’re really excited at Khaki’s of Carmel to announce our first trunk show with Ring Jacket. We’ll be in San Francisco at the Parc 55 Hotel for two days to take made-to-measure orders and show off their fall collection we’re carrying in our store.
We’ll be welcoming Ring Jacket’s Hidetoshi Sasamoto, who will be taking measurements and orders for custom tailored clothing, using fabrics both exclusive to Ring Jacket and also from Loro Piana, Dormeuil, Holland & Sherry, Carlo Barbera, VBC and Zegna.
This is a great opportunity to experience Ring Jacket for yourself and have access to their expertise. We’re thrilled they’ll be making the trip and to bring their fit and style to the Bay Area.
If you’re interested, then please click here to reserve an appointment with us or you can email us at appointments@khakiscarmel.com with any questions. 

If you’re in the area and looking for a new suit or sport coat, then come see us! If you’re the kind of guy who has a hard time finding suits because you’re short and slim (aka: not off the rack in most stores), then Ring Jacket can be a great alternative. Personally, I like the fit — despite being taller, longer chested — because the armholes are quite high and the fit is slim enough that I actually have to size up. I’ve ordered a new suit for myself for spring in their exclusive seersucker wide stripe fabric that’s actually a cotton and silk blend and looking forward to wearing it next year. Of course, they have a good selection of “normal” fabrics too, for those of you looking for something more somber. Feel free to ask questions if you have them, but email is the best.

khakiscarmel:

Sept 29 & 30: Ring Jacket San Francisco Trunk Show

We’re really excited at Khaki’s of Carmel to announce our first trunk show with Ring Jacket. We’ll be in San Francisco at the Parc 55 Hotel for two days to take made-to-measure orders and show off their fall collection we’re carrying in our store.

We’ll be welcoming Ring Jacket’s Hidetoshi Sasamoto, who will be taking measurements and orders for custom tailored clothing, using fabrics both exclusive to Ring Jacket and also from Loro Piana, Dormeuil, Holland & Sherry, Carlo Barbera, VBC and Zegna.

This is a great opportunity to experience Ring Jacket for yourself and have access to their expertise. We’re thrilled they’ll be making the trip and to bring their fit and style to the Bay Area.

If you’re interested, then please click here to reserve an appointment with us or you can email us at appointments@khakiscarmel.com with any questions. 

If you’re in the area and looking for a new suit or sport coat, then come see us!

If you’re the kind of guy who has a hard time finding suits because you’re short and slim (aka: not off the rack in most stores), then Ring Jacket can be a great alternative.

Personally, I like the fit — despite being taller, longer chested — because the armholes are quite high and the fit is slim enough that I actually have to size up.

I’ve ordered a new suit for myself for spring in their exclusive seersucker wide stripe fabric that’s actually a cotton and silk blend and looking forward to wearing it next year. Of course, they have a good selection of “normal” fabrics too, for those of you looking for something more somber.

Feel free to ask questions if you have them, but email is the best.

28
Aug
styleforumnet:

First cut at our collaborative project with Vanson and Thurston Brothers. The sleeves need to be shortened, and the shoulders taken in a bit, but we are getting there.  

Damn, this looks good. Weird having the sleeve zippers up top though.

styleforumnet:

First cut at our collaborative project with Vanson and Thurston Brothers. The sleeves need to be shortened, and the shoulders taken in a bit, but we are getting there.  

Damn, this looks good. Weird having the sleeve zippers up top though.

22
Jul

Stupid Summer Pants — The summer in Monterey Bay isn’t dramatically different than any other season of the year. Temperatures rest between the high 50s at the coldest and perhaps will rise into the low 70s. Despite the lack of any noticeable seasons, I still enjoy wearing seasonally appropriate clothing. And for summer months, I do enjoy wearing some really stupid summer pants.

Don’t mistake this as an endorsement for them, nor should you consider them a wardrobe staple. You don’t need a pair — let alone six pairs — in your closet. They’re obnoxious and never really appropriate for even the most casual of workplaces. They likely will go with very little in your wardrobe, too. 

But despite not being able to justify owning them, their presence has multiplied in the past year — taking more space in my closet that ought to be filled with more of those wardrobe staples everyone keeps harping on about. The truth is that I really enjoy wearing them and they make me happy on my days off when I’m not bound by the workplace jacket and necktie.

They’re probably better known as “Go To Hell” pants — Ivy Style’s Christian Chensvold wrote on the history of GTH pants — but let’s just call them what they really are: stupid. Wearing them signals I’m not doing anything important that day; it’s my day off and I’ll do whatever I damn well please. 

Some are cut trim, others wide with a bit of break. Materials range from light chino cottons, cotton-linen blends or madras. 

I’ve been wearing them with long-sleeved rugby polos, popover shirts, untucked OCBDs, boat shoes, unlined desert boots, loafers, the occasional linen shawl-collar cardigan sweater and never with socks.

It’s a shame the stupidity can’t last year-round, but much like a mojito, they only feel right under the summer sun. 

15
Jul

Steezy Seersucker Summers — Almost two years ago, I saw the top photo of Popeye editor-in-chief, Takahiro Kinoshita, come across my dashboard and instantly I wanted a seersucker suit of my own. 

Cut almost too fashion forward (I suspect by Thom Browne), the jacket’s short length and shorter-still two-inch cuffs exposing bare ankles looked somehow restrained by the simple white club-collar shirt and black silk knit tie and penny loafers. 

Seersucker suits aren’t anything new. Beloved by Ivy and trad purists, you can still find the suit sold by the usual purveyors of such clothing. But those suits always struck me as a bit too frumpy, with legs a bit too wide, jackets often undarted into a sack and cut a bit too long —  placing them safely into traditional territory. They often look like they demand to be worn with nothing other than white bucks and a bowtie, which I think makes them harder to wear if you’re not in the South or perhaps along the East Coast.

And I could never think of a good reason for me to own one, despite liking the idea of owning one. After all, how many garden parties, outdoor summer weddings, Southern courtrooms and Congressional Seersucker Thursdays would I find myself attending?

Regardless, I keep coming back to this particular seersucker suit and the idea and execution of it seems more modern and perhaps wearable in an urban setting. I’d change a few things: make it three buttons, add patch pockets and have the interior construction suited for travel. 

Ideally, the suit would be one you could wear on a trip and also wear as separates. Just pack a navy rugby polo, cadet blue Bermuda shorts, faded denim, a chambray or linen shirt and white canvas sneakers and you’d have a combination of outfits for a summer trip. 

But a third summer will now pass and no seersucker suit hangs in my closet. Perhaps next summer. 

09
Jul
Sterling silver elephant cufflinks — For those in the GOP who think the party logo is a bit tacky to wear on the cuff, these make a nice alternative.

Sterling silver elephant cufflinks — For those in the GOP who think the party logo is a bit tacky to wear on the cuff, these make a nice alternative.

09
Jul

edwinzee:

Guns and Rosés

Longtime readers of this blog already know that I’m a big fan of the Pacific Rod & Gun Club. There’s nothing better than spending the day at this historic San Francisco skeet shooting range and enjoying the sights of Lake Merced, while getting a few rounds of skeet in. Unless, of course, there’s a wonderful meal that goes along with it.

My friend Matthew is one of the founders of Stag Dining, a clandestine dinner club in San Francisco that plans themed dinners around venues and events. And whenever Stag hosts a dinner at the Pacific Rod & Gun Club, I always try to make it out. 

This Sunday, Stag Dining will be hosting a “Guns ’n Rosés" dinner. The event will start off with a round of skeet shooting with a raw and charcuterie bar. In addition, there will be a champagne sabering instructional (don’t worry, champagne and other alcohol will only be served after everyone’s done shooting).

Afterwards, there will be an amazing dinner with pork head tacos, charred summer corn, vension tartar, peaches and burrata, and homemade soft serve. The dinner also holds a special occassion, as it will be the official release of the Stag’s rosé, Deerblood Rosé. There will also be other rosés availabe from Bodkin, Wilson & Wilson, and Kivelstadt.

I invite you all to attend this wonderful event with me this Sunday. Don’t worry, the event begins at 3:30pm so you’ll have plenty of time to watch the World Cup beforehand. 

Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/guns-n-roses-tickets-12106712503

(Full Disclosure: The Stag’s have graciously invited me to attend this event for free, but I would have paid (and was planning on it) for this event in a heartbeat.)

If you can make it, then you should go! Stag Dining puts on amazing events and their skeet-shooting dinners are fun and tasty. And with the recent news about the city trying to close down the club, you might not get many more opportunities to do this again.

(via edwinzee)

07
Jul
peterghoffman:

I am pretty excited and relieved to announce that the book I’ve been working on is finally up on Kickstarter and taking pre-orders. During the process I had the good fortuned of working with photo editor Melissa Catanese and designer Elana Schlenker - both people whose skill can only help improve the final piece. 
See Again and Again here.

A former classmate and co-worker of mine has a Kickstarter up for his photo book about Christchurch, New Zealand, where he traveled to document the area one year after the earthquake. Peter is a photographer, journalist and all-around extremely nice person based in Chicago and it’s been interesting to see what projects he’s worked on since knowing him at the student paper in college. 
His Kickstarter is just under $250 away from being funded with just 16 hours left as I type this.
I’ve backed this to buy a book ($48), and if there’s 5-6 more backers like me out there then it gets printed. If you can, then please help tip this project over!

peterghoffman:

I am pretty excited and relieved to announce that the book I’ve been working on is finally up on Kickstarter and taking pre-orders. During the process I had the good fortuned of working with photo editor Melissa Catanese and designer Elana Schlenker - both people whose skill can only help improve the final piece. 

See Again and Again here.

A former classmate and co-worker of mine has a Kickstarter up for his photo book about Christchurch, New Zealand, where he traveled to document the area one year after the earthquake. Peter is a photographer, journalist and all-around extremely nice person based in Chicago and it’s been interesting to see what projects he’s worked on since knowing him at the student paper in college. 

His Kickstarter is just under $250 away from being funded with just 16 hours left as I type this.

I’ve backed this to buy a book ($48), and if there’s 5-6 more backers like me out there then it gets printed. If you can, then please help tip this project over!

25
Jun

The Silentist Shoe Sale, part 2!

I’ve got four more shoes to move out of my closet for the summer. They’re not getting much wear from me these days, so help me find them a new home. All are size 10.5 D, shoe trees are NOT included and the Paul Stuart and Allen Edmonds pairs have tongue pads in them (I have slightly narrow feet), which can be removed if you wish to when you receive them. Shipping is $10 per pair via USPS Priority with tracking. 

Interested in a pair? Email me at kiyoshimartinez@gmail.com and I take PayPal. Thanks!

Paul Stuart sand nubuck captoe balmorals: $125: An astonishingly lightweight shoe made in England by Grenson. Goodywear welted with large punches along the captoe and a light rubber sole. The nubuck has an extremely fine nap to it, unlike most suede shoes you see. Looks great with a summer suit, especially seersucker. 

Allen Edmonds “Slayton” in walnut calf: $100: Mocc-toe bluchers with Goodywear welted leather soles and a deep rich color that I’ve taken the time to restore with Saphir products. Probably worn best with casual trousers or jeans. 

Cerebero tan suede tie loafers: $60: A lightweight loafer that’s Blake stitched and made in Italy. Bought these pretty cheap and wore them rather infrequently. Seam formed mocc-toe and split-toe front. 

Walk-Over suede saddle shoes: $50: Goodyear welted with white rubber soles and made in the USA. Another good shoe for summer suits if you’re looking for an alternative to white bucks. 

11
Jun
notesontaste:

lol hold a gun to my head and ill think about it

The only thing more shocking than this contest is that Esquire magazine did a whole clothing line collaboration with Men’s Wearhouse. The next time I see someone gripe about bloggers being too cozy with brands I’ll just point to this moment in #menswear and say, “At least they haven’t fallen this far down the pit of advertorial.”

notesontaste:

lol hold a gun to my head and ill think about it

The only thing more shocking than this contest is that Esquire magazine did a whole clothing line collaboration with Men’s Wearhouse.

The next time I see someone gripe about bloggers being too cozy with brands I’ll just point to this moment in #menswear and say, “At least they haven’t fallen this far down the pit of advertorial.”

11
Jun
I don’t often wear cufflinks. Much like bow ties, I find them frustrating to put on and save them for the rare black-tie occasion. But I’ve begun to wear a shirt with French cuffs once a week now. And in the past week I’ve considered ordering a few more shirts in textured white shirting and think French cuffs would compliment them nicely. 
I live in an area with what appears to be a higher-than-average number of antique stores and it reminds me a lot of my childhood summers. When on vacation or just tagging along with parents, I can recall endless times of boredom while trekking through these tiny shops full of predominately useless and unwanted items trying to find another home to occupy. Antique stores often feel like a halfway house for items probably destined for a landfill in their future. 
But sometimes they’re OK. I’ve managed to find a few pieces of mid-century modern furniture, a beautiful shoe horn with a long wooden handle and an alligator belt that’s aged well. And if you spend a few minutes among the jewelry, then you might come across a few pairs of cufflinks. 
Above are two pairs I found for relatively cheap. Both are double-sided and look better than almost any pair you’d find in department stores these days. You’ll likely find pairs with mother-of-pearl and in tasteful designs. I don’t see myself amassing a huge collection, but these make for a humble beginning. 

I don’t often wear cufflinks. Much like bow ties, I find them frustrating to put on and save them for the rare black-tie occasion. But I’ve begun to wear a shirt with French cuffs once a week now. And in the past week I’ve considered ordering a few more shirts in textured white shirting and think French cuffs would compliment them nicely. 

I live in an area with what appears to be a higher-than-average number of antique stores and it reminds me a lot of my childhood summers. When on vacation or just tagging along with parents, I can recall endless times of boredom while trekking through these tiny shops full of predominately useless and unwanted items trying to find another home to occupy. Antique stores often feel like a halfway house for items probably destined for a landfill in their future. 

But sometimes they’re OK. I’ve managed to find a few pieces of mid-century modern furniture, a beautiful shoe horn with a long wooden handle and an alligator belt that’s aged well. And if you spend a few minutes among the jewelry, then you might come across a few pairs of cufflinks. 

Above are two pairs I found for relatively cheap. Both are double-sided and look better than almost any pair you’d find in department stores these days. You’ll likely find pairs with mother-of-pearl and in tasteful designs. I don’t see myself amassing a huge collection, but these make for a humble beginning. 

28
May
womensweardaily:

Tom Ford Launching Luxe Sneakers for Fall
Courtesy Photo
Retail prices range from $690 for the velvet low-tops to $990 for the leather high-tops.  For More

Reblogging for RJR.

womensweardaily:

Tom Ford Launching Luxe Sneakers for Fall

Courtesy Photo

Retail prices range from $690 for the velvet low-tops to $990 for the leather high-tops.  For More

Reblogging for RJR.

23
May
voxsart:

Memorial Day Weekend Parties.
It’s not always shorts and flip flops.

Fit details worth noting on this white tie rig:
The waistcoat doesn’t extend past the bottom of the tailcoat’s front. 
The trousers are a longer rise and sit higher on the waist, preventing the waistband from being visible and/or below the waistcoat.
And as Will Boehlke will tell you, just don’t forget to add white kidskin gloves. 

voxsart:

Memorial Day Weekend Parties.

It’s not always shorts and flip flops.

Fit details worth noting on this white tie rig:

  • The waistcoat doesn’t extend past the bottom of the tailcoat’s front. 
  • The trousers are a longer rise and sit higher on the waist, preventing the waistband from being visible and/or below the waistcoat.

And as Will Boehlke will tell you, just don’t forget to add white kidskin gloves

14
May

TURN DOWN FOR WHAT

Last night, I spent some quality time listening to a few of my favorite podcasts, drinking a beer and polishing up my shoes. 

Turns out, buffing your shoes while sitting on the floor of your upstairs apartment actually shakes the floor quite a bit and was obnoxious enough for my neighbors downstairs to call my landlord. 

This is the only noise complaint I’ve received in my entire life and it’s a bit disappointing it’s for such a lame reason.

13
May
ringjacket:

e’lento RING JACKET
brown pile shirt

Those buttons are beautiful.

ringjacket:

e’lento RING JACKET

brown pile shirt

Those buttons are beautiful.

(via rj-okuno)

29
Apr
Grail formal shoe — Stingray leather from Gaziano & Girling.

Grail formal shoe — Stingray leather from Gaziano & Girling.

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

E-mail me, I'm fairly nice: thesilentist@gmail.com

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