September 22, 2011

Riding High With Pride

Sometimes our customers send us an email or a letter, or they give us a call just to thank us and let us know how well they’ve worn our tuxedos and accessories. And on occasion, we feel the warm and fuzzy urge to share these stories here with you, our loyal readers, so your hearts can swell a little with ours and you too can see how well-dressed the future will be.

Chris Cumpton, a lovely woman and mother, came to us to outfit her seventeen-year-old son Colt, who’s an accomplished young man and recent high school graduate actively involved in showing horses. As the President-elect of the American Junior Paint Horse Association he has much influence and many eyes upon him, and his leadership drive has apparently evolved into something that we can all relate to, young or old, rustic or urban: the creativity and fashion sense to lead style.

One of the most rewarding aspects of being in the men’s formal wear business is seeing what brilliant minds can do with beautiful tuxedos, and Colt is an excellent example of why it excites us so much to learn how the younger generations are embracing formal fashion.

We’re told that Colt wore his tuxedo first for his high school senior portrait, then later took to wearing it — complete with equestrian-themed cufflinks & studs

Colt Cumpton in his Tuxedo (with friend)

— when showing his paint horses, apparently to the great acclaim of his colleagues and his crowd. He took a chance, struck a trend, and looked great, and we hope to see more from him and young lads like him in the future.

Thank you for your letter, ma’am. We couldn’t have been more happy to hear from you, and we wish you and Colt many more success stories.

September 21, 2011

The Emmys: A Night of Winners, Losers and Fashion Blogging

Ah, the Emmys. This year’s version of television’s answer to the Oscars has come and gone, but the fashion choices of its attendees will linger on thanks, in part, to good folk like us who have good eyes for fashion and good minds to speak our opinions.

On the bright side of the shining event stood gentlemen like Jon Hamm, Ian Somerhalder, Adam Scott, and last year’s host Jimmy Fallon, each of whom earned our approval by proving the never-waning value and eternal charm of dressing to the true formal tradition of classic black tuxedos, crisp white formal shirts, and deeply dapper bow ties. Hamm in particular made an excellent choice of jacket — a sublime double-breasted number that stood in strong tribute to both the turn of the season and the building double-breasted trend.

Though the Emmys were refreshingly marked by classic looks there were still a few people who couldn’t resist the allure of adventurous style, and we regret to report that a few good men managed to miss their mark by a fair margin.

Take Seal for example. His idea of formal fashion somehow included an unbuttoned shirt exposing a shiny bare chest, and we’re still rather unsure of where he was going with that look, nevermind what he was thinking. The same uncertainty applies to Joel McHale, whose tight powder blue jacket with black lapels was a little too summery for our tastes, and to Steven Cojocaru, whose wine red jacket boldly belied his history of professional fashion criticism with its out-of-place lounge quality.

Other daredevils of the evening include the leather-lapelled John Cryer, the bizarrely bespectacled Darren Criss, and the — well, and Rob Lowe who opted to walk the red carpet in a pair of sunglasses. These guys didn’t create mayhem with their looks, but they did attract attention and debate, and we’re sure that we’re not the only ones torn between celebrating their more nuanced differences and dismissing our reservations to toy with their statements ourselves.

Honorable mention goes to Jane Lynch and Paula Abdul, who took to the stage beautifully well in suits of their own, and whose looks solidified our belief in the universality of classic men’s formal fashion — we’ll forgive them their loose ties and high hems this time.

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