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Italian Cuff : The Return Of the Iconic

The Italian cuff has many names; Cocktail cuff, Portofino cuff, Casino cuff, Turnback or Flowback cuff, or what many might know it as, the James Bond cuff. It can be recognized as a two-button barrel with a turnback such as a French cuff. While Esquire was one of the first publications to predict its revival, let’s first talk about how this dandy cuff trend came about.

Indeed worn by Sir Sean Connery as James Bond, the stylish yet functional cuff became an quintessential detail of men’s fashion in the 1960’s. It was also seen on Roger Moore in three of his movies. Famous names the mid-20th century, such as David Niven, Peter Sellers and even Pablo Picazzo adapted to the sporty summer trend, before it disappeared in the mid-seventies. By then it had become iconic for it’s era.

With custom clothing growing rapidly in popularity, along with a a greater appreciation for anything retro, the cocktail cuff is back in the wind, and we dare say more popular than ever. Arguably because they are not overdone – On the contrary Italian cuff is more convenient and less flashy then the classic French Cuff – therefore it is easy to include in your wardrobe.

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Italian Cuff, Formal or Casual?

The cuff was originally known for its functional and semi-casual look, and it can easily be styled for both casual and formal occasions.  Design your Italian cuff shirt with a solid fabric to fit your favorite summer suit. Choose a pale blue or crisp white color to replicate the classic James Bond style.

Many of our fashion oriented customers are choosing several colors – For instance a pink or blue fabric with a white contrast collar and cuff, paired not only with the cuff, but the full Cutaway collar, or another iconic gem – the Club collar.

As the Italian Cuff was originally meant to be worn during summer, it can just as well be used for a more casual look – design it with fresh colored gingham fabric, and wear it with shorts or khakis during long weekends and summer getaways!

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4 Ways to Style The Double Breasted Suit Jacket

 

One thing that can be said about the double breasted suit jacket is that, if anything, it was surely not the look, silhouette nor loudness that eventually gave it a bad, and most definitely unmerited reputation.

The comeback, which has already been whispered about for a few years, is now a fact, and not only for the baldest fashionistas. Style icons such as David Gandy, and Chris Pine are showing of their looks on the red carpet as well as on the street, proving to everyone that you do not have to be stuck in the 1980’s to wear the double breasted jacket.

The question remains, how should it be worn? Apart from making absolutely sure that this crisp jacket is well tailored, allow us to show you four ways of making it work, as shown by four style icons of our time.

Chris Pine’s Classic look: Shirt and Tie.

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Actor Chris Pine shows off some great styling skills in the details of the look shown above– wearing a printed tie and pocket square with a blue striped shirt. On the contrary, notice that the pattern of the suit remains rather simplistic and classic. Skip the pinstripes and checkered patterns, and choose a solid color to obtain a classic look.

Johannes Huebl: Drop the tie, let the shirt do the talking

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New York socialite Johannes Huebl has a great eye for the dandy but casual style, and proves that it doesn’t take much more than your classic white shirt to complement a double breasted jacket.

Choose this look with proper dress pants for a night out, or dress it down with denim for your Saturday lunch date.

David Gandy’s Casual look: Over a T shirt

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What is great about the double breasted jacket is that it can be more than just part of a look; it can be the whole look. Now, as shown by model David Gandy, this does indeed leave some more room for creativeness; whether it be colorful buttons, checkered patterns, or having the entire jacket made out of denim.

Show this look off after dark; For dinner or a few casual drinks.

Michael B. Jordan: Keeping warm in Cashmere until Spring

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Hey, let’s face it, spring season has yet to land upon New York. While you wait, don’t be afraid to rock a cashmere turtleneck underneath the double breasted jacket. Featured in GQ, Michael B Jordan makes this combination look as cool and effortless as ever.

 

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What Shirt Would You Wear for the Biggest Ceremony of the Year?

 

Awards season reached its apogee Sunday evening at the 87th Oscars in Los Angeles.
The Ceremony, hosted by the great Neil Patrick Harris, was (as always) a huge success, and once again, a proof that gents are in the mist of outdoing their female counterparts on the red carpet.

With that many menswear trends at the same time and place, allow us to take them apart and reveal what this year’s most current faces chose to wear for the biggest event of the season– and perhaps give you some inspiration?

 

Here is our top 5!

#1 – Mother Of Pearl studs and Semi-Cutaway Collar – A safe winner
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In the world of fashion at least. Academy award nominee Michael Keaton opted for a classic white tuxedo shirt with Mother of Pearl studs, and a modern design with the versatile semi-cutaway collar, that can be worn with a bow tie/tie or unbuttoned for a casual week-end outfit.

#2 – The wing collar – Add some edge
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J.K. Simmons won an Academy Award for best actor in a supporting role with the music drama Whiplash, and as he entered the stage, the actor’s message to the World was clear; “Call your mom!”. Nor was he afraid to make a statement in this wing collared shirt, detailed with black studs. To top off the look, Simmons chose to rock a hat and a pocket square.

#3 – The hidden placket – For a simplistic look
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Oscars 2015’s host Neil Patrick Harris amazed us with his 5 outfits of the night ( maybe not the tighty whities, although we give him a +1 for Audacity). However, what really caught our eyes was this classic white shirt with french cuffs and hidden placket that gives a sleek and simple look to the whole outfit.

#4 – A classic shirt – Statement buttons
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Birdman’s Director Alejandro González Iñárritu was one of the most celebrated men of the night, as he won 4 Oscars, including Best Director. He chose a simple white shirt with thick mother of pearl buttons and semi-cutaway collar for his big night. The least we can say is that it was a lucky one!
+1 for his acceptance speeches and Oscar dedicated to the new generation of Mexican immigrants.

#5 – Burgundy details – For taking back the night
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One of the boldest choices of the night was British actor David Oyelowo’s Dolce & Gabbana burdungy tuxedo. He assorted it with a white classic shirt with a matching red colored bow tie and vest (the devil is in the details!).
Although most of us could not go out with this tuxedo, he certainly rocked it, and for that he deserves an award! May we suggest a white shirt with burgundy buttons as a moderation?

Bonus: To try at home first – Sean Penn’s Black on Black look
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Dark as usual, Sean Penn made a brilliant appearance in a Black Tuxedo with Black shirt and Black tie. Now, can anyone own this look like Sean Penn himself? You tell us.

What To Wear: New Year’s Eve 2015

Many of us won’t be spending New Year’s Eve in black tie, but that’s no excuse not to start the new year with your sartorial best foot forward. And if you are, even moreso. Make sure you’ve earned that kiss when the ball drops, and get inspired by the dapper looks our stylists have put together for every NYE party from your couch to Times Square.  Read more

An Introduction to Collar Bar

What do Remington Steele, Jay-Z, and Rocky Balboa all have in common? They all know how to pull off a collar bar. The uncommon accessory is making a quiet comeback, and it has the potential to take your style to the next level. Think button-down collar on steroids. Here’s everything you need to know to make a collar pin work. Read more

5 Things to Avoid When Shopping For a Tie

There’s more to a good tie than nice looking fabric. What makes one perfect is more a matter of taste than clear cut rules; with different regions, families, and manufacturers all having their own take on the crafting process. Still, there are a few things the discerning shopper can keep an eye out for. Here are our top 5. Read more

The Boyfriend Shirt

While men have been looking to ManuelRacim to take a scalpel to the baggy shirts filling their closets, lately New York’s women have been turning to us for just the opposite: a growing number of the city’s fashionistas are stopping in for custom versions of their favorite oversized looks, showing that they aren’t afraid to literally borrow from the boys when it comes to finding the ultimate “Boyfriend” shirt.

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