April was a big month for us. Along with bringing you special interviews with guys such as Jason Jules, we also overhauled Put This On. And none of this would have been possible without our sponsors. So, as a show of appreciation, we want to take a moment to thank them for their support, as well as run through some of the things happening with them this month.
As many readers know, The Hanger Project has one of the biggest YouTube channels dedicated to classic men’s style. They interview bespoke makers, give tips on how to take care of your clothes, and offer suggestions on how to dress better. For the last month or so, they’ve been building a series of mirror shine tutorials, where they show you how to build up that glossy finish on the toe caps and heels of your dress shoes. If not done well, the technique can be laborious — sometimes taking up to three or four hours — but they have tips on how to cut that down to just thirty minutes. Those interested can start with this video on five tricks for a better mirror polish.
Proper Cloth is mostly an online made-to-measure company, specializing in custom-fit dress shirts, but they also do lookboks every season to give people ideas on how their newest shirt fabrics can be worn. In the past, they’ve shot these in Scotland, Cuba, and abandoned New York mansions. This spring, the team went to Joshua Tree National Park to show how their airy, open weave shirts and slubby hopsack sport coats look against the backdrop of one of California’s most famous deserts. They also recently put up a video for a behind-the-scenes peek at how they shot their lookbook. Tons of scenes here involving mid-century Californian diners and cacti-dotted landscapes.
We’ve talked before about the value of grenadines ties. They’re textured enough to give plain colored sport coats and suits a bit of visual interest, but are also conservative enough to not clash with anything patterned. The silk, which is woven in Italy, is slightly more expensive, however, which is why you’ll only find grenadines on the mid- to upper-tiers of the necktie price range. The most affordable maker we know of is Chipp Neckwear, a small NYC based shop that built its reputation during the heydays of Ivy Style. They’ve tailored for men such as President JFK, Andy Warhol, and Joe DiMaggio. Their ties are made in NYC using the same Italian silks, but cost $60 — a fraction of what their competitors charge.
Today is the last day to get in on Dapper Classics’ sock-of-the-month promotion, where you can get a free pair of their April socks if you purchase three or more pairs at regular price. If you’re looking for something to wear this summer, you can try their mercerized cotton blends. Mercerization, for those unfamiliar, is a process that gives threads strength and luster. Dapper Classics mixes their mercerized cottons with about 35% nylon and Spandex to give them some spring-back quality — so the socks hold their shape — and then knit them with an open weave so your feet can breathe. These can be a much more comfortable option in the warmer months than wool.
Finally, our thanks to Huckberry. It seems every, week they’re putting up new inventory. This week, you can find new footwear on their site in the form of wool sneakers (slightly retro-runner in vibe) from JAKS as well as one-of-a-kind mocs from the offbeat workwear brand Yuketen. They also have slim fit jeans from Revtown and striped Breton pullovers from Armor-Lux.
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