The Colors of Summer

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When it comes to summer dressing, most men like the idea of adding a little shot of color to their ensemble.  At the same time there is normally trepidation when it comes to modulating that extra splash of liveliness.  When does a little become too much?  How can I show some personality without looking like a caricature? I am reminded of a fellow I saw on the street last year on a steamy summer day.  He was wearing the loudest pants I’d … [Read more...]

The Khaki Suit

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I recently acquired a khaki suit. I’ve always wanted one and, being originally from New England, saw it as a happy inevitability. When warm weather hits, khaki suits – often in cotton poplin or chino – are to Connecticut what seersucker is to South Carolina. Crisp, cool style that, as the day wears on, evolves into a slightly rumpled personal signature. Perfect. This new suit is not cotton however; it’s a lovely Ralph Lauren extra fine … [Read more...]

J. Press: As Classic as You Can Get

This is a true story: Back when he was running for president in 1980, George H.W. Bush (that’s George senior) was giving a speech at his alma mater, Yale University, and being heckled by some students. Someone yelled out that Bush was just another out of touch “Brooks Brothers Republican.” The president, apparently offended by that particular remark, promptly opened his suit coat to reveal its J. Press label. I’ve always liked that … [Read more...]

Going Old School: Manhattan Portage Waxwear Bag

This is the last installment of my Commuter and Dad Bag Test. I have had the chance to examine and test numerous bags from a number of brands spanning a variety of styles. From nylon messenger bags built for urban transport to a classic leather mailbag ready to handle a lifetime of ageing. I have also gained an appreciation for the many companies out there looking for the next big thing in transporting your stuff. I’ve tried some very cool … [Read more...]

Menswear Moving to the Front – Part 2

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As we discussed in last week’s column, the New York menswear market is in the midst of renaissance of sorts. But it's not just luxury brands that are focusing more on the men in their lives; mid market brands are making a statement in the Big Apple too. J.Crew, a favorite everyday brand of Off The Cuff, is setting up a men's only shop in the landmark Liquor Store building, at 235 West Broadway at White Street in Tribeca. The men's store, … [Read more...]