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RRL Takes to the High Seas.

Jul 13th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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RRL is a brand founded upon the notion of immersion. Whereas Polo, Purple Label, and the other labels that make up the Ralph Lauren portfolio tend to be an amalgam of various influences, RRL’s collections delve completely into a singular concept. Take their most recent delivery for example, an almost all blue and off-white collection of sea-inspired designs that look as if they were unearthed in a WWII-era footlocker. Deep indigo jackets and striped pullovers have become somewhat expected from RRL over the past few years, but like all of their collections, this Naval derived offering is distinguished by its details. Shawl collars, hooked clasps, angular pockets, sea-soaked blues, and even an anchor or two delineate the collection as an homage to the ocean. Add RRL’s archive inspired cuts and a Dixie cup hat into the mix and you’re so close to the sea, you can almost taste it.

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Pajamas | The Downtime Dress Code.

Jul 12th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, “Leisure Rules.” And never has leisure ruled more than right now, in the wake of a seemingly endless winter with the mellow days of Summer just around the corner. It’s not exactly in the carefree spirit to say so, but if ever there was an “official” uniform of relaxing it would be pajamas. Doing nothing is serious business, and the dress code for that is undoubtedly pajamas, so kick your feet up, stay in bed, and bask in the sheepish vibes as we rattle off our favorite pj’s.





Boglioli Spring/Summer ’15 – La Dolce Vita.

Jul 8th, 2014 | Categories: Italy, Jake Gallagher, Made in Italy, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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The Boglioli story has always begun with the jacket. Soft shouldered and unstructured, this small wonder of casual tailoring (my favorite pseudo-oxymoron) has defined Boglioli since their inception nearly a century ago. And yet, with their Spring/Summer ’15 collection Boglioli has made it ever more clear that to them the jacket is just the introduction. While some Italian labels have been content to rest on their soft-shouldered laurels, Boglioli is charging full-speed ahead, fueled by admirers that are at once appreciative of the company’s heritage and actively interested in the future of the brand.

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No Mad Men Allowed | TV’s Other Stylish Characters.

Jul 6th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Mad Men, Menswear, TV | by Jake Gallagher

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When you talk about TV and style, one thing we’ve all grown to expect is a near constant outpouring of articles from publications large and small, style-related and otherwise about the attire of our beloved Mad Men. Thanks to the masterful work of the show’s costume designer Janie Bryant, few casts in the history of television have been as sartorially acclaimed as the Mad Men, yet they certainly are not the only well-dressed gents to grace the TV set. So without further ado here’s our roundup of some characters that deserve a seat at the table alongside Sterling, Cooper, Draper, and Pryce.





White Out | The Best Basic Tees

Jul 5th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear, Shirts | by Jake Gallagher

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The basic recipe of the plain white t-shirt is remarkably simple: two short sleeves, a cotton weave, an ovular neck, a flat hem, maybe a chest pocket if you’re feeling adventurous. And yet, for the past decade or so, it seems that brands have been dead set on transforming this uncomplicated template into an increasingly complex formula. Like mad menswear scientists designers have revamped fits, developed high-tech fabrics, and utilized elaborate techniques to create the elusive “perfect t-shirt.” While Marlon Brando would probably object to all this tinkering of his t-shirt du jour, the tee has come along way since the fifties, so let’s delve into the teeming world of high-quality (and often high-ticket) tees.





Andrea Pompilio Arrives at Canali

Jul 3rd, 2014 | Categories: Fashion, Italy, Jake Gallagher, Made in Italy, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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It could be said that Italian menswear is in the midst of a rediscovery period. Classical tailoring and high fashion are no longer the Sharks and Jets of the clothing world, occupying the same territory and yet perpetually in combat. Now, more than ever, it is not enough for a tailoring house to simply make garments, they must also be “designers” in all senses of the word. An Italian tailoring house should cater to their diehard roster of bespoke customers, while also appealing to the whims of those that diligently observe the comings and goings of runway shows throughout Europe. The key to this (as in most things clothing related) is balance – don’t alienate the clients that brought you success all along, but don’t appear complacent.

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Terry Cloth | Learning From Bond’s Mistakes.

Jul 3rd, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear, Movies | by Jake Gallagher

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Summer is all about fabrics that are just a touch absurd. From seersucker to patchwork madras, warm weather gear is often as lighthearted as it is lightweight, but nothing mirrors the jovial summer spirit quite like terry cloth. After all, what else is simultaneously as summery and as nonsensical as wearing a towel disguised as normal clothing?

As evidenced by the above shot of Sean Connery in a terry cloth onesie (undoubtedly one of James Bonds most regrettable outfits), during the sixties this fabric was primarily used for outlandish leisure wear. Fortunately for us all though, brands such as Orlebar Brown and Engineered Garments have recently begun to rethink this ultra-soft fabric, bringing it from the pool deck to everyday life.