Maybe as a boy you used to wear workers and would stuff all sorts of things in your pocket that might be of later use; pieces of rope, a pocket knife, that lucky stone that you found somewhere, a handkerchief (because mom made you)… With the contents of your pockets, you could ‘McGyver’ your way through life...
With summer’s triple digits temperatures (hopefully) in the rearview mirror, it’s finally time to bust out all your favorite new fall fashions. But autumn in Phoenix is different from much of the country, with our warm sunny days and cool desert nights. Fortunately here at The Clotherie, we’ve been dressing local men in the finest, desert-ready fashion since 1969.
So here comes The Clotherie’s sportswear director, Tom Simon to the rescue, talking about the season’s best new styles, and how to incorporate them into your existing wardrobe and personal style.
“Fall in the Valley is a difficult time to dress,” Simon says, “because even through the calendar says fall, the daytime temperatures are still pretty warm. So why not think of it as an opportunity mix up your standard wardrobe and try our some interesting combinations?”
· Maybe skip the traditional suit coat and tie and instead break out a boldly colored or distinctively patterned dress shirt, or an eye-catching jacket & shirt combination that you might not be willing to wear with a more formal suit. You want people know that you choose a tie-less look, rather than just looking like someone who took their tie off.
· Unless you are on your way to the golf course, you don’t have to dress like you're playing golf. Why not ditch the golf polo and grab a traditional dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up for a more stylish late-summer look?
· If you do wear a jacket, choose something lightweight and then pair it with a less formal shirt like a cotton button-up or even a nice T-shirt. The best part about today’s lightweight deconstructed jackets (aka travel blazers) is that you can wear them year-round, just layer less in the fall and then layer up in the winter with a knitted sweater.
· Speaking of deconstructed jackets, this look (soft shoulders, lightweight fabrics) is also bleeding into modern suits, many of which are specifically designed to worn without a tie, which we are seeing more and more, even in semi-formal settings.
· Transitioning from summer to fall is also a great time to break out your brown dress shoes, which are now outselling traditional black shoes 2 to 1. You can wear brown shoes with almost anything you’d normally wear with black shoes; it’s such an unexpected yet rich look, especially when paired with a super stylish houndstooth jacket.
Don’t forget, Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 19 and if you are looking for the perfect gift for the special men in your life, look no further than The Clotherie. Here you’ll discover one-stop shopping for gifts this Father’s Day, including everything from watches to leather sneakers and pens.
Even better, The Clotherie’s carefully crafted collection offers something for every Dad, with the following gifts ranging in price from $30 - $300.
Golfing & Active Dads: The Clotherie offers way more than just stunning suits, including innovative, youthful designers such as Billy Reid, Baldwin Denim & Collection, Raleigh Denim Workshop, plus designer leather sneakers, and the latest looks in both classic and modern hats.
Dressy Dads: Buying Dad a new suit might be a little unrealistic, but stylish Dads always love a great accessory. Think a striking (and affordable) Eton Pocket Square in his favorite color.
Dads That Have it All: Give Dad the one gift you can’t buy (or can you) with the gift of time thanks to The Clotherie’s selection of Daniel Wellington watches (and then add a note that you’d love to spend more time with him) and gift him with a unique Faber Castell Pen to keep his calendar updated.
Please Don’t Buy me Another Tie Dads: For a fun alternative to the traditional dress tie, why not pamper Dad with a colorful pair of Pantherella dress socks, or the always-classy, and useful, Faber Castell Pen.
Best of all, The Clotherie’s expert staff can assist in putting together the best ensemble for whatever Dad may need. Plus, they offer on-site tailoring to customize any purchase.
The team is currently in Sweden to visit the original factory and headquarters that are home to Eton, a global leading shirt maker found in over 49 markets at some of the world’s most exclusive stores, including The Clotherie! A little fun fact about Eton: each shirt is made from 45 different parts and sewn with 12,000 stitches. And that means you are getting only the best when shopping at The Clotherie.
While the team is out cruising the streets in Sweden this week, they captured some great photos to give you a snapshot of Swedish street style:
Mothers Day is coming this Sunday, May 8. So in between ordering flowers, making dinner reservations and picking out the perfect gifts for all the lovely ladies in your life, don’t forget there’s one more important step. You need to look like someone your mother can be proud to call her son. So here are few quick tips from The Clotherie’s Tom Simon on how to dress your best for Mom’s special day.
- Here Comes the Groom: No, you’re not getting married, but it is a good reminder to break out your razor, swing by the stylist for a quick neck-line trim, or whatever other special grooming you need to get all gussied up.
- Spring has Sprung: Now’s the perfect time to break out those colorful Spring/Summer woven button-up shirts that you’ve had in hibernation all winter long. Even better, why not coordinate around Mom’s favorite color?
- Embrace the Dark Side: If you want a more casual look, feel free to pair a colorful shirt and a well-fitted blazer with jeans. Just be sure to grab your darkest denim wash with no holes, so you don’t look like you’re bumming around.
- From Head to Toe: For more casual get-togethers you’ll be fine with a dress-sneaker hybrid, but for anything fancier you’ll want to slip on a pair of loafers with no-show socks.
- Finishing Flourish: Accent your blazer with a complementary-colored pocket square, or even slip mom’s favorite flower into your boutonnière button.
For Spring Summer 2016 we present a new Eton for the new gentleman.
But who is this man we're talking about?
With the intention to redefine the term gentleman, we asked some special friends to open up a discussion on what it means to be a modern gentleman in today’s society – and it’s sure not about holding up doors for ladies.
View their talk in this short movie, starting off with some words of wisdom from fashion icon, Derrill Osborn.
From board meetings to creative workshops – a versatile office wardrobe gets you ready for any business situation. Discover our tips on how you dress to impress at work.
The line between formal and informal is getting blurrier. Situations where a suit once was recognised as the most appropriate attire, might today require a much more casual approach. This ever changing work environment makes it complex – but also far more fun – to find the perfect office ensemble. Here, we gathered some helpful tips on how to create a versatile business wardrobe that’ll last for years to come.
It all starts with the shirts. A well-thought-out combination of patterns, colours and collars enables you to go from formal board meetings to creative workshops in great style. To begin with, we suggest you go for at least two classic plain white shirts such as our Signature Twill Shirt with Cut Away Collar. The white shirt is especially suitable when you want to look your very best, always giving you a fresh and crisp appearance. Complete the classic range with patterns such as fine stripes and micro checks in sky blue, lavender and pink. To add a modern and stylish touch, our micro patterns and woven effects do the job. If you have a more casual office dress code, we recommend our Button Down Shirts in Oxford and Denim. These can easily be dressed up with a knit tie and an unlined suit, or be worn under fine knitwear for a relaxed, yet smart look.
Fine suiting is fundamental for the business wardrobe – and there’s no doubt that an expertly tailored suit is the best investment for great fit, comfort and durability. As a start, go for the classic two or three button models in navy or charcoal grey, preferably in lightweight wool that can be worn all-year on all occasions. Then, complete the suit wardrobe with classic patterns such as pin stripes of Prince Wales checks. For a more relaxed office approach, an unlined suit or a softly tailored blazer creates a smart and contemporary look.
Regardless if you’re going for minimalist sneakers of fine leather Oxfords, investing in high-quality footwear is the best way to step up your office style. Three pairs are a good standard: one pair of Oxford lace ups in black calf leather, one pair of semi-brogues in dark brown leather and one pair of brogues in brown or chestnut tan. Black is traditionally considered a bit more formal than brown ditos, however, a pair of dark brown shoes with no or minimal brogue pattern is equally appropriate. Don’t forget to care for your shoes! To pro-long their life, we suggest you never wear the same shoes two days in a row as the leather and lining will tear. Always store them on wooden shoe trees to retain their shape and regularly polish them with shoe cream to keep them shining.
Tie and Pocket Square
Choosing the right tie is an art. Either you take the smart way that goes with any styling – subtle colours, timeless polka dots and stripe patterns – or go for a statement tie in vivid colours and match with an understated, clean business outfit. The pocket square reflects what you want to express. Wearing a tie and a pocket square in the exact shame design could look a bit too studious. Instead, try to pick up a colour element from your shirt or tie. A straight folded pocket square in crisp white is never wrong, giving you a smart “Mad Men” look.
The saying “Details make all the difference”, is never as true as when it comes to business wear. With little room for sartorial peacocking and improvising, the accessories are even more important. A pair of cufflinks adds a luxurious touch to the formal outfit, matched with a tie bar that accents the tie and gives you a clean and sharp appearance. The final and personalised touch is jewellery, preferably in the same colours as your wristwatch and belt strap.
Add an extra pair of trousers to further vary your office outfits. For more formal looks, a pair of grey flannel wool trousers is a great investment-piece that works especially well with a navy blazer. Cotton chinos or raw denim jeans fulfil all the smart-casual needs. Match with a tweed jacket during the winter season, or go for a lightweight wool jacket in the summer.
This post brought to you by Eton.
Let’s be honest, it’s been a tough season for our Phoenix Suns. Between all the injuries and coaching changes, everybody’s favorite sports team has struggled to look its best this season. But with a roster full of exciting young players, and a potential #1 pick in this year’s draft, the future is bright in the Valley of the Sun.
So recently we decided to invite the entire Phoenix Suns announcing team over to The Clotherie for a little retail therapy. From former players, Tom Chambers and Eddie Johnson, to famed faces and voices such as Tom Leander, Steve Albert, Kevin Ray and the incomparable Al McCoy, we dressed the entire team in sleek custom suits and stylish designer duds. Most important, we wanted to show how The Clotherie has suits for every body type and taste, from former athletes to everyday Joe’s, and from traditional cuts and patterns to directional modern fits and cutting-edge colors. We’re looking at you, Steve Albert, who was drawn to the sleek, modern blue suits fabrics that have been flying off the shelves.
After all, when you look this stylish, everyone’s a winner.
Do you ever wish you had the ability to see into the future, to gaze into a crystal ball and see what the world of tomorrow will look like? Well, today’s your lucky day because The Clotherie has seen the future, and the future is … sleek, stylish and coming to Phoenix later this fall.
Yes, The Clotherie’s co-directors, Tom Allen & Tom Simon, just returned from their latest buying trip to NYC, where they met with top fashion labels such as Eton and Canali, and personally inspected the latest looks coming for Fall/Winter 2016. Heading home after a hectic week of exclusive sneak peaks and invite-only parties, the two Toms are now back in the Valley, unpacking a briefcase full of fabric samples, pattern swatches and buying brochures as they debate exactly which looks will make the cut at The Clotherie this fall.
So join us, won’t you, as we look forward to all the fresh, exciting new clothing coming to The Clotherie.
Outerwear Heats Up
Maybe it was just because they happened to arrive in Manhattan in the midst of a historic blizzard, but the Toms were really impressed by all the sharp-looking coats they discovered. “A lot of people will be familiar with the traditional puffer, or quilted nylon jacket,” Tom Simon says. “But we were really impressed with new, more tailored nylon pieces such as vests that are actually designed to be worn under a blazer and just look great.” Furthermore, Simon says, even the more traditional nylon quilted jackets have a fresh new look thanks to patterns such as tweed or cable that are printed right onto the nylon fabric, creating a wide variety of new, dressier looks for this traditionally informal jacket style.
Speaking of stylish outerwear, Tom Simon was also impressed with Canali’s new twists on the traditional leather jacket such as one featuring quilted leather. “It’s a very striking yet subtle look,” Simon says, “and a great look to layer over designer active wear to create a dressy yet fashion-forward statement.”
Tom Allen also loved Canali’s new looks, saying “once again Canali showed the consistent excellence we’ve come to expect throughout their entire lineup,” including slimmed down silhouettes finished with luxurious gabardines, cotton velvets, wool and cashmeres, and accessorized with check trousers, cable knit sweaters and double-breasted suit jackets.
Wild & Wooly
Speaking of luxurious fabrics, another trend coming to The Clotherie is a cornucopia of cashmeres. Long associated with conservative cuts and staid sweaters, today cashmere, has branched out, says Tom Simon. “From narrow, tie-like scarves to casual Hensley’s t’s, it’s interesting to see this once conservative fabric bust out.”
Brown is the New Black
Last but not least, Tom Allen was struck by the abundance of bold brown shades unspooling across multiple labels this year. Usually a minor player in formal menswear, he was impressed with both the variety of rich coffee to reddish auburn shades, as well as the unique color pairings. “I saw great-looking brown fabrics paired with everything from lavender, to gray and navy blue.”
Look for these looks to start trickling in to The Clotherie over the summer and into fall. And until then, be sure to come in for the best warm-weather dress wear and stylish, summery casual wear.
Great news for fans of both The Clotherie and our more casual sister shop, Bonafide Goods, as we will be bringing these two stores under the same roof starting on February 1! Yes, Bonafide Goods inside the Union Shops at the Biltmore will officially be closing on January 31. But all of your favorite designers and luxury casualwear labels, such as Billy Reid, Baldwin and Raleigh denim will now be available at The Clotherie.
"When we opened Bonafide goods in 2012, we were inspired to to introduce our guests to cutting-edge casual and sportswear designers to ensure our customers, especially the younger generations, look as good at play and on the weekends as they do in the office,” says The Clotherie co-director, Tom Simon. "However, over the past few years the lines have blurred between traditional dresswear and more casual designer wear. We see bank presidents wearing designer sneakers and 20-year-olds in custom three-piece suits. So it only made sense to combine the best of all worlds into a single location."
Swing by Bonafide Goods now through January 31 to take advantage of store-closing specials. Then on February 1, get ready to shop the new, improved The Clotherie for the the finest in luxury casualwear combined with our carefully curated collection of the finest European and American fashions.
With the New Year just around the corner, it’s time for men everywhere to dust off their favorite formalwear and get ready to dress to the nines. However, when’s the last time you really looked at your tuxedo or black tie outfit? Tuxedos may be a timeless look, but your formalwear still needs a refresh from time to time.
So here are a few tips from The Clotherie’s Tom Allen to update your New Year’s look.
Today’s best tuxedo jackets feature a slimmer, shorter cut than in the past. A good rule of thumb is, if the shoulders on your garment extend past your natural shoulder, it’s probably time for a new one.
Forget the peak lapel or a business suit-like notch lapel; today it’s all about the return of the traditional shawl collar. First popularized with Victorian-era smoking jackets, this sleek, slim and rounded lapel turns any man into a 007-style secret agent.
In The Navy:
Tired of the same old black tuxedo? Shake up your black tie attire with a trendy navy or midnight blue tux, a throwback to the earliest formalwear back in the 1800s when dark blues were a common alternative to black.
If you're still wearing a cummerbund, you need to freshen up your look. Try a new fly front white shirt featuring hidden studs and buttons.
Tie it all together:
Formalwear doesn’t have to be fussy. Shake things up with a new patterned bow tie.
Head to Toe:
Make sure shoes are classic and well polished. If you don't own a formal shoe a simple black lace up will work.
The Clotherie at Biltmore Fashion Park is hosting a Holiday Donation Drive & Free Suit Raffle! Simply donate a gently-used suit (or sport coat and pants) in support of the Boys & Girls Club and receive $300 off a new suit*, plus be entered to win a free custom Samuelsohn suit (a $1,500 value). Offered Friday, November 27 through Sunday, December 20, 2015. #blackfriday #holidayshopping
*Receive $300 off a new suit or sport coat with the donation of a gently used suit (or sport coat and pants). $900 minimum purchase.
Edward Armah Boutonniere available in store at The Clotherie.
The traditional men’s suit has become such a classic look, that we rarely stop to think about all the small details make it so unique. So today, inspired by our friends at the iconic Italian design house, Ermenegildo Zegna, we wanted to break down a few of the more distinctive, and unusual details behind the timeless men’s dress jacket.
Ever wonder why your jacket has a buttonhole on the left lapel? Ever stranger, there’s no matching button to be found on the right lapel. The most popular explanation is it’s a flower holder inspired by England’s Prince Albert, who after he was presented with a small bouquet from Queen Victoria on their wedding day, made the gentlemanly gesture of cutting a hole in his lapel to hold the flowers.
However, a second theory espoused by GQ Magazine holds that the lapel buttonhole was designed to keep hats from flying away on a windy day. These hats included an elastic string with a button on the end, which could be securely attached to your lapel. Furthermore, GQ says, the buttonhole was originally paired with a button sewn to the underside of the right lapel, allowing a man to button all the way up in brisk weather.
Either way, what started as a functional item has become an essential detail of the contemporary suit. No matter how you use your lapel buttonhole, the key is to make sure it’s open rather than sealed and reinforced with a hand-stitched travetta or bar tack. Hand stitching takes a little longer but it’s sure sign of quality, and our tailor will be happy to finish off your jacket’s buttonhole if it’s missing either of these features.
Next time we’ll tackle the button sleeve, a holdover from when men worked the fields and had to roll up their sleeves from time to time to get work done.
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