Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Does Your Shirt Fit You Correctly?

Unless you are one of the rare folks who fit into off-the-rack clothing perfectly, it can be a pain to find a shirt that suits. Going custom will help you avoid the hassle of the hunt. If you must purchase store-bought shirt, here are some fit tips!

TIP #1 COLLAR - Enough space for a finger or two between you in the collar. 

The collar of a shirt should rest on the skin of your neck with enough space for you to easily slip one finger in between the fabric and your neck. If you can fit more, then it's too large. If you fit a finger in between the fabric and your neck without tugging, have a hard time buttoning the collar or just plain can't breath, it's too small.

**Try flipping the collar up before buttoning the top of button of the collar. **

TIP #2: SHOULDER - The seam of the shoulder should rest where your shoulder ends, letting the sleeve drape neatly while giving you the appropriate sleeve length. If the seam hangs over your shoulder, it's too large. If it is tight on your upper bicep, it is too small.

TIP #3: TORSO - The shirt should contour the shape of your midsection. If the shirt is billowy and you have the infamous "parachute back". If the buttons are pulling at all or you're having trouble moving, it's too small.

**The term "Slim Fit" is used liberally by brands to describe their fit styles. So, try a few different brands out to see which one fits you the best.**

TIP #4: SLEEVES - Unbuttoned, the sleeve should hit the top of the middle of the hand. When buttoned, the sleeves should reach to just past your wrist bone. Try your shirt on with a jacket. You should see between 1/4" to 1/2" of sleeve cuff peeking through the jacket.

**Don't lift your arms, like a zombie, to check sleeve length. It's highly doubtful you'll be walking around like that all day.**

TIP #5: SHIRT LENGTH - The shirt should reach to just past the middle of your trouser zipper. If the shirt grazes the top of your thigh, it is too long. If it is just past your waist and your stomach shows when you lift your arms even slightly, it's too short.

So, there you have it. Five simple tips for finding the perfect shirt for your shape and size. You might find that you'll have to compromise - it fits here, but not there. Lucky for you, we're available at to schedule a consultation and design a shirt that fits you perfectly, in every way.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Be the buyer...and win!

You have excellent taste, my friend. Now you have a chance to disseminate your good style choices among the masses. Help us by being our accessories buyer. As a thank you, one lucky individual will win two pocket squares of his or her choice! 

Here's how it works: 
  1. Vote by commenting on your favorite fabric below. The most popular choice will get turned into a hand-sewn pocket square debuting this fall. 
  2. Follow and share our InstagramFacebook and/or Twitter accounts with your friends and get them to follow, share and vote! 
  3. Deadline is Friday, August 15 at 11:59PM EST. 
  4. A chosen winner will be announced by Monday, August 18. We'll contact you via  InstagramFacebook and/or Twitter

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Get a killer wardrobe...

This is your invitation to our best sale ever. From August 1 through August 30, you can pick up a beautiful garment or two. Your wardrobe and your wallet thank you. 

Here's the breakdown.  

Shirts: $35.00
Jackets: $60.00
Pants: $45.00
Skirts: $40.00
Vests: $40.00

As always, our sample sales are by-appointment only. Email us at We'll have a Style Consultant on-hand to help you dig through the samples, so you won't have to! We're limiting our sample sale appointments to Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. 

If you can't find anything at the sample sale that suits, we're offering our clients 10% off on certain full-priced merchandise.*

* Sample Sale Rules and Restrictions:
  • Sample sale items refer to excess inventory and samples currently stocked in the studio.
  • All items marked as sample sale are final sale only and cannot be exchanged or returned for refund.  
  • 10% discount is valid on full-priced items over $100.00 only. Must be redeemed same day as sample sale appointment. Cannot be combined with sample sale merchandise, other discounts or promotions we are currently running.
  • Sample sale and 10% discount expires on August 30, 2014. 
  • Prices do not include alterations. Alterations will be completed by client's own alterations tailor. 
  • Other rules and restrictions may apply. 

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 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'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?) 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 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. 

....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 to begin (or add to) your custom wardrobe!