23
Jan

"Mad Men" season 6 promotional photos from AMC — Naturally, I’m excited for the return of Sterling Cooper Draper (Campbell?) and company. And it’s worth checking out these photos for the perfect execution of black tie. 

30
Aug
25
Jul
I love “Mad Men”, but I still think it’s ridiculous that Banana Republic’s upcoming collaboration with the franchise is priced so high. 
For instance, they’re charging $150 for this shawl-collared sweater, which is a cotton, wool and nylon blend. Also, $40 for a tie clip and $50 for a money clip? You could buy actual vintage accessories from the 1960s for less than half that if you poked around eBay or Etsy.
To be blunt, if the pricing is similar to what we’re seeing today in Gilt’s preview sale, then I’d say it’s not worth it at all. You could find similar items at cheaper prices or better quality.

I love “Mad Men”, but I still think it’s ridiculous that Banana Republic’s upcoming collaboration with the franchise is priced so high. 

For instance, they’re charging $150 for this shawl-collared sweater, which is a cotton, wool and nylon blend. Also, $40 for a tie clip and $50 for a money clip? You could buy actual vintage accessories from the 1960s for less than half that if you poked around eBay or Etsy.

To be blunt, if the pricing is similar to what we’re seeing today in Gilt’s preview sale, then I’d say it’s not worth it at all. You could find similar items at cheaper prices or better quality.

27
Jun

Banana Republic x “Mad Men” collection — For those who want a “Mad Men suit”, Banana Republic will provide it for them in August. While not bad looking by any stretch, I’m not completely blown away by the collection, either. You’ve got your staple grey suits, a shawl sweater, a shawl tuxedo, the skinny ties and fedoras (although I think they’re personally too short brimmed to be authentic to the era — and while we’re talking about authenticity, I don’t believe Brooks Brothers at the time went for the skinny lapels).

The few times I’ve been into a Banana Republic store, I’ve often found it overpriced and the selection to be safe but boring. That’s kind of how I feel about this collaboration: a lack of imagination and creative risks.

If I were to do a “Mad Men” collection, I’d base the whole thing off of Pete Campbell, who’s always worn the most interesting and youthful male wardrobe elements in the show.

Foremost, I’d have to include his signature air-force blue suit. Not quite navy, not quite blue and a color that a lot of your other retail competitors are sure not to have in their lines.

For a dress shirt, I’d have to go with the club collared shirt and even include a collar pin with it, which you could use to upsell the price of the shirt.

Still, you need a real statement piece and for that I’d go for the red, double-breasted blazer he wore to SCDP’s holiday party. This 4-on-2 number stood out and I thought looked pretty cool. Do it in flannel and sell it as a fall/winter piece that can go with chinos, flannel trousers or even denim.

For casualwear, I’d have to pick his tennis sweater. I love the colors on it and no one wears them anymore. Make it a cashmere-wool blend and charge a mint for it.

Finally, you’ll need some accessories. Instead of going the boring route of neckties and those ugly, short-brimmed excuses for a fedora, why not sell scotch glasses or .22-caliber rifles? What’s the point of dressing like you’re in the 1960s if you can’t live like you’re in the 1960s?

20
Sep
In my opinion, Evan Berger of North Hollywood, Calif., is the only one of the semi-finalist men who nailed it for the "Mad Men Casting Call" competition.
Sure, most of the others dressed nicely and probably have very high-quality, expensive suits. But he really got the details and aesthetics of the era down. The detailing here is rather perfect for the era and the show. He could easily be an extra on set.
A slimmer, simple black tie with a humble tie bar. 
A straight-folded white linen pocket square. 
A simple square-faced watch on a black leather strap. 
Put it on a crisp white shirt and a plain wool suit and that’s a winner.

In my opinion, Evan Berger of North Hollywood, Calif., is the only one of the semi-finalist men who nailed it for the "Mad Men Casting Call" competition.

Sure, most of the others dressed nicely and probably have very high-quality, expensive suits. But he really got the details and aesthetics of the era down. The detailing here is rather perfect for the era and the show. He could easily be an extra on set.

  • A slimmer, simple black tie with a humble tie bar.
  • A straight-folded white linen pocket square.
  • A simple square-faced watch on a black leather strap.

Put it on a crisp white shirt and a plain wool suit and that’s a winner.

11
Sep
allthishappiness:

Hi guys.
Vote for me again?
I’m nice and fairly cute and I like Harry Potter, John Keats, and Mad Men.
Harry Potter isn’t real and the movies are over, Keats is dead, and Mad Men is SO AWESOME I can’t stand it.
I even cancel plans and take Sundays off of work so I can be nice and awake for when it’s on at 10. Then I spastically tweet about it while it’s on and try not to spoil things.
So please, vote vote vote every day! There isn’t much time left!
(pssst! pass it on <3)

GAME OVER: She deserves to win the “Mad Men” casting call contest. Right?

allthishappiness:

Hi guys.

Vote for me again?

I’m nice and fairly cute and I like Harry Potter, John Keats, and Mad Men.

Harry Potter isn’t real and the movies are over, Keats is dead, and Mad Men is SO AWESOME I can’t stand it.

I even cancel plans and take Sundays off of work so I can be nice and awake for when it’s on at 10. Then I spastically tweet about it while it’s on and try not to spoil things.

So please, vote vote vote every day! There isn’t much time left!

(pssst! pass it on <3)

GAME OVER: She deserves to win the “Mad Men” casting call contest. Right?

10
Sep
Jon Hamm profiled in Details magazine &#8212;It&#8217;s oddly funny how he&#8217;s completely a different person than his Don  Draper persona on &#8220;Mad Men.&#8221; Refreshing, too, since Draper&#8217;s been all of  a hot mess this season:
"I&#8217;m  old, I&#8217;m boring. I usually just duck the paparazzi.  It&#8217;s literally  someone waiting for you to pick your nose or scratch  yourself. I&#8217;m  sorry, I scratched my balls—who doesn&#8217;t do that? You&#8217;re  really going to  run that story? What the fuck?! Everyone has picked their nose at one point in their life too.&#8221;
You can see the photoset here.

Jon Hamm profiled in Details magazine —It’s oddly funny how he’s completely a different person than his Don Draper persona on “Mad Men.” Refreshing, too, since Draper’s been all of a hot mess this season:

"I’m old, I’m boring. I usually just duck the paparazzi. It’s literally someone waiting for you to pick your nose or scratch yourself. I’m sorry, I scratched my balls—who doesn’t do that? You’re really going to run that story? What the fuck?! Everyone has picked their nose at one point in their life too.”

You can see the photoset here.

31
Aug
"It&#8217;s your life. You don&#8217;t know how long it&#8217;s gonna last, but you know it  doesn&#8217;t end well. You&#8217;ve gotta move forward &#8230; as soon as you can  figure out what that means." &#8212; Don Draper, "Six-Month Leave"
See more behind-the-scenes photos from the set of &#8220;Mad Men&#8221; at Rolling Stone

"It’s your life. You don’t know how long it’s gonna last, but you know it doesn’t end well. You’ve gotta move forward … as soon as you can figure out what that means." — Don Draper, "Six-Month Leave"

See more behind-the-scenes photos from the set of “Mad Men” at Rolling Stone

09
Aug
The always delightful madmenfootnotes took note of Lane Pryce&#8217;s costuming today:

Pryce’s suit is purebred English: with vest, tie with a full Windsor knot, in muted browns, grays, and blues—if you want to get cheeky you could go cream—a white pocket square (no patterns), with the shirt quite starchy with hard collar. (He’s an interesting contrast as Don’s ties are getting ever-thinner.) And on the jacket, beautiful buttonholes. As Oscar Wilde wrote, “A really well made buttonhole is the only link between art and nature.” An Englishman’s business style rested upon the idea that through conformity to tradition there is dignity.

Just remember to wear a Texas beltbuckle with it.

The always delightful madmenfootnotes took note of Lane Pryce’s costuming today:

Pryce’s suit is purebred English: with vest, tie with a full Windsor knot, in muted browns, grays, and blues—if you want to get cheeky you could go cream—a white pocket square (no patterns), with the shirt quite starchy with hard collar. (He’s an interesting contrast as Don’s ties are getting ever-thinner.) And on the jacket, beautiful buttonholes. As Oscar Wilde wrote, “A really well made buttonhole is the only link between art and nature.” An Englishman’s business style rested upon the idea that through conformity to tradition there is dignity.

Just remember to wear a Texas beltbuckle with it.

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

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