19
Dec
dandyportraits:

Congrats Matt and Enrique!

The opening of the brick and mortar store for Fine & Dandy Shop as covered by The New York Times. 

dandyportraits:

Congrats Matt and Enrique!

The opening of the brick and mortar store for Fine & Dandy Shop as covered by The New York Times. 

09
Nov

mrdanger:

haberdash’s e-commerce site is now open.

finally

A WEBSITE THAT HAS THOUSANDS OF PHOTOS OF ME.

in actuality i am stoked we are now live.

tons of hours and late nights went into this segment of the company.

shout out to grant for all the photography too.

You heard the man, Haberdash Chicago’s e-commerce site is live. They have L.B.M. 1911 and it’s even on sale right now. 

01
Nov
O’Connell’s Clothing launches revamped webstore — The legendary trad men’s store in Buffalo, New York, has redesigned their site and made it tremendously easier to navigate (for instance: a “view all” option). 
One of the coolest items? This blackwatch dinner jacket from H. Freeman and Sons.

O’Connell’s Clothing launches revamped webstore — The legendary trad men’s store in Buffalo, New York, has redesigned their site and made it tremendously easier to navigate (for instance: a “view all” option). 

One of the coolest items? This blackwatch dinner jacket from H. Freeman and Sons.

22
Oct
FYI: Uniqlo online commerce now open— I’ve got a feeling it’ll be well-received by those on the ramen-noodle budget. 

FYI: Uniqlo online commerce now open— I’ve got a feeling it’ll be well-received by those on the ramen-noodle budget. 

19
Oct
stylegirlfriend:

Amazing news! 
It better be true, or I’m coming for sbz…
sarazucker:

attention, internet: according to wwd, uniqlo is officially (finally) launching e-commerce next week. this means that you can (finally) purchase some ultralight down, cashmere, or heat-tech items at great prices. cross your fingers for free shipping in celebration.


Meet me outside Uniqlo (dot com).

stylegirlfriend:

Amazing news!

It better be true, or I’m coming for sbz…

sarazucker:

attention, internet: according to wwd, uniqlo is officially (finally) launching e-commerce next week. this means that you can (finally) purchase some ultralight down, cashmere, or heat-tech items at great prices. cross your fingers for free shipping in celebration.

Meet me outside Uniqlo (dot com).

22
Mar
22
Dec
New webshop alert: Exquisite Trimmings — If you stick around Tumblr long enough, then you’ll eventually come across photos on menswear blogs featuring guys wearing some fantastic neckwear that you realize you almost never see in retail shops near you. Brands like Rubinacci, E.G. Cappelli, Battisti, etc., aren’t exactly commonplace — let alone at potentially affordable prices. 
You begin to wonder, “Where does one find Pitti Uomo-level neckwear like that?” You maybe can find a few odd pieces here or there via StyleForum’s Buy & Sell or snipe one on eBay, but the selection is rather lacking. 
So, that’s why I was really interested in finding Exquisite Trimmings while lurking StyleForum one day, which stocks all sorts of neckwear, pocket squares and scarves from some well-known names in addition to the ones mentioned above: Drake’s, Brioni, Corneliani, E. Tautz, Ermenegildo Zegna and others — and at some really affordable prices for many of them. 
I asked the store owner, Shaya, if this was just a one-time offering, or if the store will continue to stock these items. As it turns out, Shaya’s planning to offer the future collections of E.G. Cappelli, Drake’s and Rubinacci in the future and have a greater variety available, too, starting next year.
I’d recommend signing up for the newsletter to get notified of new stock and coupon codes and you can follow exquisitetrimmings on Tumblr, too. 
And one more thing: If you use code “save15”, then you can get 15% off of your order and free shipping is included, too.

New webshop alert: Exquisite Trimmings — If you stick around Tumblr long enough, then you’ll eventually come across photos on menswear blogs featuring guys wearing some fantastic neckwear that you realize you almost never see in retail shops near you. Brands like Rubinacci, E.G. Cappelli, Battisti, etc., aren’t exactly commonplace — let alone at potentially affordable prices. 

You begin to wonder, “Where does one find Pitti Uomo-level neckwear like that?” You maybe can find a few odd pieces here or there via StyleForum’s Buy & Sell or snipe one on eBay, but the selection is rather lacking. 

So, that’s why I was really interested in finding Exquisite Trimmings while lurking StyleForum one day, which stocks all sorts of neckwear, pocket squares and scarves from some well-known names in addition to the ones mentioned above: Drake’s, Brioni, Corneliani, E. Tautz, Ermenegildo Zegna and others — and at some really affordable prices for many of them. 

I asked the store owner, Shaya, if this was just a one-time offering, or if the store will continue to stock these items. As it turns out, Shaya’s planning to offer the future collections of E.G. Cappelli, Drake’s and Rubinacci in the future and have a greater variety available, too, starting next year.

I’d recommend signing up for the newsletter to get notified of new stock and coupon codes and you can follow exquisitetrimmings on Tumblr, too. 

And one more thing: If you use code “save15”, then you can get 15% off of your order and free shipping is included, too.

03
Oct

Don’t buy suits

theodinspire:

thoughtsandviews:

From a store with a woman at the counter. 

I’m going to come out and say that this is problematic. There are plenty of women who have a keen eye on menswear, including the kick-ass canarycoal. I would totally buy a suit from her. Use your own other taken judgement.

All my ill-fitting suits that sit in my closet because I never wear them were sold to me by a salesman. Conversely, the last time I went to Brooks Brothers and bought a blazer, it was sold to me by a saleswoman and altered in-store by a woman.

My point is that it depends on the knowledge you have as a customer going into the process and the knowledge of the salesperson guiding you through it. Gender really has nothing to do with it.

03
Aug
15
Jul

Die, Workwear!: The Japanese Do It Better

I guess the “J” in J.Press stands for “Japanese” now.

Big ups to dieworkwear on the amazing contrast between the American and Japanese e-commerce sites for the trad retailer. I would actually buy stuff from the Japanese site.

14
Apr

TOPSHOP set to open in Chicago Fall 2011.

itsamazing:

TOPSHOP as reported is taking over 830 N Michigan, formerly occupied by Borders which was vacated January 2011.

This week, vinyl banners were put up and an expected opening date of Fall 2011 was revealed.

This is literally less than a block away from work.. I seriously CAN’T WAIT! Fall 2011 needs to come sooner..

I don’t know much about Topshop, but I’ll be sure to report back on it for those wondering when it opens.

14
Apr

Carhartt's Chicago store: blue-collar brand targets hipsters

I saw this storefront a few weeks ago when in the area to visit the optometrist, but I hadn’t realized that it would be a first-time retail site for the company:

Work-wear maker Carhartt Inc. is courting hipsters with a free-standing store in Wicker Park, its first urban shop, as the 122-year-old blue-collar brand looks to broaden its appeal.

[…]

The 3,000-square-foot boutique opened quietly last week on Milwaukee Avenue in the vicinity of vintage clothing stores, funky secondhand furniture shops and a Reckless Records. Carhartt joins a fraternity of brands rooted in the working class that have made the risky move into fashion, names including Levi’s, Wrangler, Dickies and Dr. Martens.

“We’ve been looking on and off for years to get into retail,” said Mark Valade, the fourth-generation CEO of the family-owned company. “We’re one of the last apparel manufacturers to get into it. More times than not it seemed too daunting.”

My father has a few Carhartt jackets and they’re really tough coats. It’ll be interesting to see how this store does.

08
Apr

That PS is super dope, but I wish companies would just charge me more money up front instead of rip me off on the shipping. It just feels like a crappy way to do business, to be honest.

- Asked by dieworkwear

My real problem with UPS and Fedex is that they can’t really deliver to my apartment building when I’m not home, which has caused a lot of shipping issues for me.

08
Apr

re: fast fashion avoiding online storefronts. apparently it has a lot to do with turnover. at least, that's what i've heard from a few people. the rate at which the goods change is too quick to make shooting, posting, etc. a reasonable expense. whether that's totally true...i'm not sure.

- Asked by jonathanevans

I can understand that to a certain extent, but you can also outsource that kind of work fairly cheap. Still, if your turnover is weekly (I read a profile on Forever 21 once where I believe that was the case), I can understand the logistical hassle.

18
Jan
edwinhu:

People need to stop using “Made in China” as a blanket statement for shit quality gear. Ever heard of these guys? Just check out their suiting process.
Extreme, yes, but all good examples are. Suffice to say China knows what’s up.
Also that reminds me, my new life goal should be to try and become the Brunello Cucinelli of China, the King of Silk.

I won’t disagree there are gifted people across the world running great companies that produce fine products, but you can’t really get away from fact that China does, in fact, mass produce a lot of mediocre clothing for a majority of retailers.
Do I discriminate against buying Chinese-made clothing? No, because it’s frankly impossible at this point unless you’re absurdly rich. But given some similarly priced options and hunting, I’d much rather purchase American/English/Italian made when possible. Granted, a lot more is involved in my decision to purchase something, but where it’s made does factor into my process.

edwinhu:

People need to stop using “Made in China” as a blanket statement for shit quality gear. Ever heard of these guys? Just check out their suiting process.

Extreme, yes, but all good examples are. Suffice to say China knows what’s up.

Also that reminds me, my new life goal should be to try and become the Brunello Cucinelli of China, the King of Silk.

I won’t disagree there are gifted people across the world running great companies that produce fine products, but you can’t really get away from fact that China does, in fact, mass produce a lot of mediocre clothing for a majority of retailers.

Do I discriminate against buying Chinese-made clothing? No, because it’s frankly impossible at this point unless you’re absurdly rich. But given some similarly priced options and hunting, I’d much rather purchase American/English/Italian made when possible. Granted, a lot more is involved in my decision to purchase something, but where it’s made does factor into my process.

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.

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