Maternity Test – How to Spot Real Mother-of-Pearl

 
The brilliant iridescence of mother-of-pearl gives a luxurious finish to the finest shirting. The oyster-derived material also calls to mind a time before synthetics were the norm when making clothing. But as mass manufacturers catch on to the quality markers that discerning buyers look for, imitation plastic buttons have become a more and more common sight. Here are a few quick ways to test if someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

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Don’t Pass Me By – Ringo’s Round Collar

 
Sir Paul McCartney’s visit to town has us thinking about the Beatles’ influence on fashion. Even before their individual styles took shape, the mop top and suit years did plenty to bring eccentric English style to the world. This rare shot of Ringo in a round collar dress shirt reveals some of that understated flair. Bonus points for matching the proportions with an appropriately sized tie and slim lapels.  Hats off for raising the bar for suit wearing gentlemen around the world, fellas!

Summer Cool, with our Style Advisor Julie

 
Last week, we introduced the first entry in a series of posts on how, this summer, the right made-to-measure shirt can get you from the office tabletop to the hotel rooftop, without breaking a sweat. We emphasized the importance of the right fabric as the basis for any warm weather shirting, and concluded with some fabric picks from our style advisor Julie. This week, we interviewed Julie about a shirt she designed using one of those fabrics, and she explains how the right styling can have you feeling even cooler than you’ll look.

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Functional Fabrics

 

Style icon JFK beats an East Coast summer in a tailored shirt.

Style icon JFK beats an East Coast summer in a tailored shirt.

With the clouds finally clearing in New York, our team has been looking ahead towards summer shirts for sunny weather. This week we’ll show you how to beat the heat and stay stylish, with the right shirt to take you from office tabletop to hotel rooftop, all without breaking a sweat. Some hot days can make it seem like a t-shirt is the only option for making it out the door, but our next few entries will show how, this summer, a made-to-measure shirt can keep you feeling as cool as you’ll look.

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