The Cheat Sheet to Packing Light: Four Outfits with Two Suits

This will allow you to make four different outfit combinations for lighter and more simplified travel.

The Two Suits:

  1. A navy, preferably something with a texture or subdued pattern
  2. A grey with a subtle check pattern

The Combinations:

 

1. The Navy Suit

1. The Navy Suit

2. The Subtle Grey Check Suit 

2. The Subtle Grey Check Suit 

3. The Navy Suit Jacket with the Subtle Grey Check Pants

3. The Navy Suit Jacket with the Subtle Grey Check Pants

4. The Grey Check Suit Jacket with the Navy Suit Pants

4. The Grey Check Suit Jacket with the Navy Suit Pants

Get Ready for Overcoat Weather with these Warm & Stylish Fabrics

A bespoke overcoat sets a man or woman apart on busy chilly streets which are often filled with shapeless silhouettes.

Consider one of the following fabrics:

Alpaca:
Provides volume, warmth, strength and drape.
Baby Alpaca yarn creates a super soft coat in a classic design.

Pure Cashmere: 
Provides an incredible soft touch and irresistible luster. A light weight feel while keeping you warm.

Cashmere & Worsted Wool:
Combined to achieve a durable coat with added texture and softness.

Worsted Wool:
 Keeps you warm in the coldest climates and is the toughest all purpose fabric.

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Posted on November 3, 2017 .

The History Behind 5 Strange Style Norms Explained

1. Why Is the Bottom Buttonhole On Dress Shirts Horizontal?

Have you noticed that the bottom buttonhole on your dress shirts are different than the rest of the buttonholes? It’s actually a practical design feature. The hole is sewn horizontally so that the buttons can endure more stress from pulling/movement than the others without stretching out the shirt or the hole itself. Think about it – the bottom buttonhole is usually going to be tucked in around your waist or over your butt. This area is the epicenter of movement and the shirt will be pulled and moved all over the place. If the hole was vertical like the ones on the chest and torso, the stress from the movement would pop it off. Being horizontally placed gives the button more wiggle room. There’s also more stitching around the lowest buttonhole. It provides stronger reinforcement so that the button stays in place. The buttonholes on the torso are vertical so the shirt can have the best fit possible. 

Have you noticed that the bottom buttonhole on your dress shirts are different than the rest of the buttonholes? It’s actually a practical design feature.

The hole is sewn horizontally so that the buttons can endure more stress from pulling/movement than the others without stretching out the shirt or the hole itself.

Think about it – the bottom buttonhole is usually going to be tucked in around your waist or over your butt. This area is the epicenter of movement and the shirt will be pulled and moved all over the place.

If the hole was vertical like the ones on the chest and torso, the stress from the movement would pop it off. Being horizontally placed gives the button more wiggle room. There’s also more stitching around the lowest buttonhole. It provides stronger reinforcement so that the button stays in place.

The buttonholes on the torso are vertical so the shirt can have the best fit possible. 

2. Why Do We Use Monograms?

This style of monogramming dress shirts is a tradition that was historically practiced as a way to identify a man's shirt when it was sent to be laundered. Nowadays it comes down to a personal style and the choice to be a bit unique. The trick to monograms is to be discreet. Using your discretion, you have three decisions to make:   1. Placement – Monograms typically go on the cuff. Others desire to have them near the chest or below and to the side of the abdomen as well as on the back of the collar. this comes down to a personal preference. Some opt to have a crest or personal code of arms while other a motif or company name. 2. Font and Size – The font should be reflective of you and the size of the letters should be small enough that they wouldn’t be easily noticed when wearing your shirt with no jacket or sweater. The most common is script or block style. 3. Colour – colour of the thread that you use for the monogram can be the same colour (and thread) as your shirt or a contrasting or complimentary colour-it's about your personality. 

This style of monogramming dress shirts is a tradition that was historically practiced as a way to identify a man's shirt when it was sent to be laundered. Nowadays it comes down to a personal style and the choice to be a bit unique. The trick to monograms is to be discreet. Using your discretion, you have three decisions to make:

 

1. Placement – Monograms typically go on the cuff. Others desire to have them near the chest or below and to the side of the abdomen as well as on the back of the collar. this comes down to a personal preference. Some opt to have a crest or personal code of arms while other a motif or company name.

2. Font and Size – The font should be reflective of you and the size of the letters should be small enough that they wouldn’t be easily noticed when wearing your shirt with no jacket or sweater. The most common is script or block style.

3. Colour – colour of the thread that you use for the monogram can be the same colour (and thread) as your shirt or a contrasting or complimentary colour-it's about your personality. 

3. Why Do You Leave The Bottom Button Undone?

Historically, in the early years of the suit as everyday menswear, it appears there were no formal buttoning rules. Look to trade magazines and illustrations from the earlier part of the 20th century, and one sees jackets with between one and five buttons, each buttoned in a manner that suited the personality of the wearer or the cut of the garment. But much of this changed with a king who was too fat to button his jacket. Or at least, that’s what legend says. According to the lore of menswear, in the early 1900s King Edward VII started the trend of leaving the bottom button of a suit undone. Apparently, he gained weight and he was unable to fasten the bottom button of his waistcoat and jacket. To not offend the king, those associated with him started doing the same. The custom then gradually spread the world round (as England was still largely an imperial power with great influence across the globe).

Historically, in the early years of the suit as everyday menswear, it appears there were no formal buttoning rules. Look to trade magazines and illustrations from the earlier part of the 20th century, and one sees jackets with between one and five buttons, each buttoned in a manner that suited the personality of the wearer or the cut of the garment.

But much of this changed with a king who was too fat to button his jacket. Or at least, that’s what legend says.

According to the lore of menswear, in the early 1900s King Edward VII started the trend of leaving the bottom button of a suit undone.

Apparently, he gained weight and he was unable to fasten the bottom button of his waistcoat and jacket. To not offend the king, those associated with him started doing the same. The custom then gradually spread the world round (as England was still largely an imperial power with great influence across the globe).

4. What was the Purpose of the Storm Tab on a Suit Jacket

The Storm tab is that extra piece that hangs from the side of a jacket's lapel.  It’s a detail that harkens back to a time when coats would often do duty as a functional piece of outerwear.  Say a thunderstorm rolls up while you’re galloping through the forest.  You’d flip the lapels up and you could keep the wind and rain out by buttoning the gap closed with the tab.  Sort of like how you can close a trench. These days the Storm Tab is purely aesthetic.

The Storm tab is that extra piece that hangs from the side of a jacket's lapel.  It’s a detail that harkens back to a time when coats would often do duty as a functional piece of outerwear.  Say a thunderstorm rolls up while you’re galloping through the forest.  You’d flip the lapels up and you could keep the wind and rain out by buttoning the gap closed with the tab.  Sort of like how you can close a trench. These days the Storm Tab is purely aesthetic.

5. Why Do Surgeon Cuffs Have One Button Unbuttoned?

The surgeon cuff signals that the suit is bespoke. The one button undone is a subtle way of showing you have a custom made suit. If you want to take it back further, this style element gets its name from days when there were more physicians on the now iconic Savile Row than tailors. Once the suit makers moved in, they catered to their clientele by designing jacket and making jackets with functional sleeve buttons that could be unfastened and rolled back like shirt sleeves. This feature gave the Doctor the ability to work on a patient without removing his jacket, which is in stark contrast to the purely decorative and non-functional buttons that are attached to most suit jacket or blazer sleeves

The surgeon cuff signals that the suit is bespoke. The one button undone is a subtle way of showing you have a custom made suit.

If you want to take it back further, this style element gets its name from days when there were more physicians on the now iconic Savile Row than tailors.

Once the suit makers moved in, they catered to their clientele by designing jacket and making jackets with functional sleeve buttons that could be unfastened and rolled back like shirt sleeves.

This feature gave the Doctor the ability to work on a patient without removing his jacket, which is in stark contrast to the purely decorative and non-functional buttons that are attached to most suit jacket or blazer sleeves

Posted on October 23, 2017 .

For the Ultimate Luxury Jacketing: Cashasilk

The Cashasilk collection is created by combining the finest Mongolian cashmere with sumptuous silk, for the ultimate luxury jacketing.

Cashasilk is made from 70% Cashmere 30% Silk (8.5 oz 260 gram).

Textured designs are perfect for that go-to casual jacket - easily paired with tailored trousers or jeans completes the whole look. 

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Posted on October 20, 2017 .

From Farm to Fabric

The top quality of our fabrics is achieved by a carefully controlled production process and an inexhaustible endeavor to perfect the yarn. The yarn derived from pure, Australian wool and our Italian and English mills directly manage and control the entire production chain, from the fleece to the finished fabric.

The top quality of our fabrics is achieved by a carefully controlled production process and an inexhaustible endeavor to perfect the yarn. The yarn derived from pure, Australian wool and our Italian and English mills directly manage and control the entire production chain, from the fleece to the finished fabric.

Posted on October 9, 2017 .

An All-Natural Alternative to Chemical Repellents: New Masciangelo Cedar Product Collection

1. The Premier 100% Aromatic Red Cedar Hanger: 
-The ultimate hanger is ergonomically designed for coats, suits and slacks
-The pant bar is suspended lower for easier pant placement and removal
-Helps preserve and keep the shape of your jackets as it keeps the shoulders in place
-Allows more creases to fall out of garments fabric
- Adds forest fresh scent to closets and provides natural protection from moths and insects

2. The Classic 100% Aromatic Red Cedar Hanger: 
- Lightweight and durable
-Adds a forest fresh scent and provides natural protection from moths and insects

 3. Aromatic Red Cedar Tie Hanger: 
- Holds 20 or more of your favorite ties
-10 tie hanger clips included
- Saves space and easily hangs in a closet
- Easy turn hanger to access ties quickly
- Adds a forest fresh scent to closets
- Provides natural protection from moths and insects

4. Aromatic Red Cedar Closet Block: 
-Kills bacteria in your clothes naturally
-Removes unpleasant odors from them
-On hangers for easy storage
-Takes up very little space
-Wicks away moisture and dampness
-Provides a forest fresh aroma and insect protection

5. Deluxe Long Handled Shoe Horn:
- Prolongs the life of your shoes by preventing the backs of your shoes from being crushed
-Makes getting into your shoes easier and smoother without having to kneel, bend or twist

6. Red Cedar Shoe Tree:
- A classic full cedar hook heel with a split toe
- With automatic spreader adjustment means a perfect fit in every shoe
-Helps prevent wear and tear
-Keeps your shoes in their proper shape
-Keeps the leather from cracking by wicking away moisture
-Allows shoes to dry correctly
-Adds a forest fresh scent 

Posted on October 6, 2017 .

Alpaca Jackets are in for the Season

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The alpaca is one of the four species of South American camelides, the others being the llama, the vicuna and the guanaco.

Unlike the vicuña and guanaco that are free-ranging wild animals, the alpaca and llama are domesticated and have lived with humans since prehistoric times.

The alpaca comes from Bolivia and even more from Peru, at the highest altitudes of the Andes (4000-4700 m).

The coat of the alpaca can be black, brownish red, mixed or piebald, or even white. The adult females – which have seasonal pregnancies and a gestation of eleven and a half months – during the rainy season they produce 2.5 kg of wool annually while the male animals produce 4.

The farms that raise alpacas are generally operated by native families that care for their own flocks using traditional methods.

While similar to sheep's wool, but not as prickly, and has no Lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpaca is naturally water-repellent and difficult to ignite. 
Huacaya, an alpaca that grows soft spongy fibre, has natural crimp thus making a naturally elastic yarn well-suited for knitting and fabrics. Suri has no crimp and thus is a better fit for woven goods.

Also known as "The Fibre of the Gods," Alpaca was used to make clothing for royalty.


One reason Alpaca wool is so versatile is because of its weight, or lack thereof. Those same microscopic air pockets help to reduce the weight of Alpaca fibres, making Alpaca fabric almost as light as air. 

 It's simply the best all-weather friendly fibre. Alpaca fibres contain microscopic air pockets, providing great insulation and keeping you warm during the winter. These same air pockets allow for outstanding breathability, thus keeping you cool in the summer.

Posted on September 11, 2017 .

How to Choose a Suit Jacket for your Body Type

Suit Jackets for Tall Men

Tall men are served best in two or three button, single-breasted jackets which minimize their abnormal height.

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Suit Jackets for Short Men

Short men will look best in jackets that maximize their height. This is accomplished best in a one or two button jacket that creates a longer “V” for their torso.

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Suit Jackets for Round Men

These men have more girth and need jackets to minimize their weight while enhancing their vertical features. Wear one or two button jackets with the button placement at or just below the waistline.

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Posted on September 8, 2017 .

Nano-Technology Fabric That Works As Hard As You Do

We are proud to offer Trecanto Sessanta 360° Nano collection from Fratelli Tallia Di Delfino. 

These Super 130 fabrics are made with pure wool yarns and feature nano technology perfect for a suit or jacket. This is the ideal fabric for the busy executive that is always on the go travelling across the world. Fabrics that keep up with them and work as hard as they do!

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  • 100% natural, comfortable fabric that has evolved from the best mills of Biella
  • Completely breathable fabric to keep your body sweat free throughout the day.
  • Fully Antibacterial to keep you fresh even in the most challenging travel conditions
  • Water-repellent for sudden weather changes or unexpected weather
  • A crease-resistant fabric that follows the movement of the body and keeps your clothing looking great even after a long day of travel.
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Posted on August 14, 2017 .