Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How To: Pack a Suit Jacket

It's finally summer! It's time to gear up and unleash your inner adventurer. One of the worst things about travelling? Packing. If you're like many men out there, packing takes about 5 minutes. But, you might wind up with too few undershirts or too many socks. If you add a suit to mix, it adds another layer of tedium and challenge.

Lucky for you, we have just the trick when it comes to packing your sport coats and suit jackets.

Avoid ruining your valuables with this...

                                          Four Signs You Have a Packing Problem. Packing Tips for those who have left their passport at home, cleaned up messy shampoo spills or stuff their suitcase too much! Via Independent Traveler

by using our step-by-step instruction:


  1. Grab your suit jacket
  2. Reach both hands into the shoulders of the jacket
  3. Ensure your hands reach to the end of the shoulder inside the jacket
  4. Fold the shoulders back to meet each other (as if clapping your hands together)
  5. Take one of your hands and turn the jacket inside out by folding it over the other shoulder (Keeping the lining outside keeps the fabric safe when packed)
  6. Ensure it's folded over neatly, meeting the other shoulder,
  7. Straighten it out
  8. Fold it half neatly
  9. Place neatly in your suitcase and hop on the bus/car/boat/plane!

To see the full video how-to, follow us on Instagram. Happy travels, gentlemen!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Accessories Highlight: JORD Watches

Summer time is about rolling up your sleeves and showing off your guns. Getting away from the city when you can and getting back in tune with the great outdoors, whether in the woods or on the water. JORD watches has the perfect combination for their natural watches in the city in-between your weekend trips. 

"Delmar" Watch
source: JORD

Their wide variety of designs makes them easy to wear casually or in the office. Starting off in November 2013, the company has fresh eyes for the market. They made sure to start off ahead of the game with their sustainable materials and being mindful of their environmental impact. 

source: instagram@woodwatches_com
The company was started by 3 brothers and group of close childhood friends, based in St. Louis. The gentleman wanted to build something that not only would leave an impression on people but combine form and design. Today's technology makes everything overly accessible to the point where we are left with a feeling of nostalgia. Our generation (those of us in our mid to late 20s) grew up when technology was just beginning to grow. Touch screens and automatic vacuums were still considered science fiction. 

Rosie the robot maid from The Jetsons
source: bing
The nostalgic hunger for simpler items like the typewriters has lead the masses to go vintage markets and remakes. Items are also being remade to adapt to technology, such as piece of drift wood to be an IPad holder, making every piece unique, personal and a beautiful nod to nature. 

Driftwood Dock by Docksmith
source: etsy
Merging nature with contemporary design and function is a growing market that is difficult to achieve well. With the brother's father and grandfather as avid watch collectors, it was the perfect to be inspired by their passions and continue the family tradition; only they get to create their own collection. JORD watches are able to create a beautiful harmony between nostalgia, nature, function and contemporary design.

copyright 9tailors, LLC.
Their favorite watch? The 764 Model. The reason? 

"It is unlike any other watch on the market right now. It is the only all wood watch that is automatic. Not to mention, it is just a very cool/unique looking watch. It has many nicknames, we have had people call it the snake watch, the transformer watch, the mid-evil watch, etc." 

The 746 Model, shown in Black and Maple wood
source: JORD
Their clean designs and polished wood keeps the watches appropriate for the office, while the wood aesthetic keeps it perfect for the weekend or casual wear. 

Lounging around in a suit and wooden watch
copyright 9tailors, LLC.

From Left to Right: the company favorite - The 746 Model, Sully in Natural Green, a best seller - 94A in Chocolate and Ely in Cherry, modeled by 9tailors.
source: JORD

Little bonus? That guy in your life that is slightly fashionably challenged and loves watches but complains they're too gaudy, this is the perfect compromise. 


Want to make sure your watch fits under your shirt cuffs? Can't find an off-the-rack shirt to fit you properly, you're in luck! We are having our annual Buy 3, Get 1 Free Shirt sale for the month of July. Contact a style consultant at info@9tailors.com to book an appointment or for more information. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4 for the 4th - Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

Time to celebrate! From now through the end of July, our Buy 3, Get 1 shirt deal is back! 

For those of you who haven't purchased this package in the past...here's how is works: 
  1. Purchase 3 Shirts (starting price $145.00, 100% cotton). 
  2. Then, you receive one free shirt that is of equal or lesser value to the other three shirts. 
Pretty simple, right?



Branch out with a loud pattern, get something other than your usual shirt design (new collar style? contrast fabric?)...so many reasons, so little time! 


Terms & Conditions
  • The promotion is valid now until July 31, 2014 at 11:59PM EST.
  • If you do not purchase the qualifying items when the promotion is in effect, the discount will not apply.
  • The promotion applies only to qualifying custom shirts in the C, D, E, and F categories.
  • Unless the promotion indicates otherwise, it applies to the lowest-priced qualifying item and may not be combined with other offers.
  • All qualifying items must be purchased in one order for a single client.
  • If you return any of the promotion items, we will subtract your discount from your return credit. 
  • Shipping and handling charges apply to all promoted items.
  • Void where prohibited.

Not Sure where to start? Contact us at info@9tailors.com to schedule your consultation.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Don't be a slouch - How to pose for a photograph!

Nothing quite describes an "awkward moment" like the second someone tells you he or she's taking your photo you. With no idea what to do or how to look, you stand there stiffly like a deer in headlights. Afterwards you peruse your Facebook profile and silently wonder why your pose looks so staged and fake. That's why we've created some tips on how to always look natural and effortless in your photos.

Here's what not to do:

"The Slouch"
...are you entering a small doorway?

                                                      Z Zenga $1,295 brown mens suit. As seen in GQ, worn by Dave Franco

"The I-don't-know-what-to-do-so-I'll-act-like-I'm-doing-something"
......C'mon Cristiano. No one eats grapes like that. 
                         

"The-Zoolander-Face"
....Seriously, it's not necessary. 
                                                       

Don't fret, guys. We know some of you are guilty of doing a few or all of the above-mentioned poses. But now, it's time to the right way to pose in photos.

Tip #1: Breathe. Taking a deep breath and letting it out relaxes the muscles in your face and body. As you exhale, have your friend snap the photo.


 Tip #2: Create some angles. Stand with your feet slightly apart (one forward and the other back is the best). Then, angle your body to the camera. Face can be slightly tilted. Or, if you're a pro, walk towards or across the view of the camera. As an added benefit of creating angles? You'll look slimmer. 




Tip #3: Keep yourself occupied. Photos do more than capture your mug, they capture a moment in time. While your getting your photo taken, have a lighthearted conversation with your photographer. A laugh or a smile will seem more genuine on camera when you actually mean it! Not a conversationalist? Do something with your hands. Button your top jacket. Put one hand in your pocket. If you put both hands in your pocket, stand at an angle.




Tip #4: Know your best look. For some it's a smoldering stare, for others is an ear-to-ear smile. Know how you look best and work it. Even if it takes a tiny bit of narcissism.    

                                                                                                             
Oh, and wearing custom clothing helps too. Contact us at info@9tailors.com to begin (or add to) your custom wardrobe!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer and shorts make a perfect pairing

Summer is finally here and mercury is rising fast! Whether you're golfing, beaching, barbecuing or just spending time with friends and family, there is one item you'll definitely need to stay cool. 9tailors is now offering it. Can you guess? Shorts!




For a limited time only, you can custom-design your very own custom shorts for $95.00. Our Style Consultants will take your measurements and help you customize your design. So, whether you'll need shorts...

At a friend's rooftop bbq or drinks

                                               

Or, on the beach or at a lobster bake...

                                             


We've got you covered!

Let us know how you'll be wearing your shorts. Share your summer inspiration with us. Or, for more men's style inspiration, follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram or Pinterest.

Contact us today to get your very own 9tailors custom shorts. Email us at info@9tailors.com.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Don't look like a pirate in your linen shirt

Linen may conjure up some pretty bad images, like billowy pirate shirts or those ads about vacationing in the Caribbean. Don't fret. Our new linen has been updated. Here are a few tips to stay dry and look cool:  

1) Go fitted. Like your favorite pair of jeans, the more you wear your linen shirt, the looser it will feel. So, stick to a slim fit and buy a custom one through 9tailors



3) Try a color other than white. There is something refreshing about a brightly colored linen shirt. It's unexpected. Color makes it more fun and less island-casual. This season try faded salmon, indigo, or burnt orange. Our linen options start at $180.00. 



3) Linen is not just for bumming around on the beach. While it's ultra-casual feel suggests beachwear, you can sport this look with brightly colored khakis or jeans. Whether you are on the go or in the city, you can pull off a polished look with linen. A plus? You don't have to worry about ironing. Wrinkles are inevitable. It's part of the charm of donning linen. 
Relaxed Linen Shirt Mens's $59 NO SMALL AVAIL
4) Don't sport your linen shirt with a pair of matching linen pants! Case and point...

White Linen Shirt Beach Wedding

Get these looks and more. Contact a Style Consultant at info@9tailors.com or at 617.286.6135. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An End of Work Day Thought, Last Minute Details

You're day is almost over and you're thinking about going home or getting food. You're not going to have to think about work until either after dinner or when your alarm goes off tomorrow morning. If you hit that snooze button too many times, you're going to end up running out the door to catch the T that closes its door as soon as you step onto the platform. Chances are, you grabbed the first thing you saw and threw it on - but what if it's the same suit you wore yesterday?! You have to make it look different and distract people from noticing and if you're lucky enough, it's a gray suit that everyone has. 

Possible solutions to having to wear the same suit 2 days in a row
  • Wear a *noticeably different shirt. If you wore white, wear color. If you wore color, wear a pattern or white. 
  • Add, subtract or change accessories  (throw in a pocket square, wear a bow tie instead of a tie) 
Ultimately, your goal is to put together a last minute outfit that no one will notice is the main pieces are the same as the previous day - it's all about drawing attention to the details instead of the whole generic suit.
-And don't forget, you can always mix and match or wear your suit as separates 

1 Suit, 3 Outfits
Source: GQ

This Spring season is all about blue. We have seen a decent amount of blue suits come in with more on the way but if you're not ready for a full blue suit (not navy - blue), then use a pocket square or tie to stay up to date and keep your suits from looking stale. 



If blue is still too much for you, there's always the classic white pocket square. There are ways to play around with that, too though, so don't count it out all together as 'too basic'. A linen pocket square will keep things casual while a silk pocket square will nod to an elegant gentleman. A silk pocket square with a contrasting trim will say you pay attention to detail and don't need excess flash to put your look together, you know what you're doing. And last but not least, a white on white pattern - my personal favorites. The subtle details aren't noticed from a far but when you're up close and talking to someone, their eye will be drawn to the your pocket square as it breaks up the monochromatic suit but be pleasantly surprised by the hidden-in-plain-sight polka dots. 


Don't forget, We're having our accessories sale this month! Get them while they're in stock otherwise they go back up to full price.



Interested in spicing up your suits with some pocket square love? Want to learn how to fold them or what will go well with your wedding? Contact a style consultant at info@9tailors.com