How do you know you’re officially official? Perhaps when there’s a profile of you in GQ. They followed me on a day of sartorial indulgence in LA - a fitting with a tailor, one with our friend Raul (from our shoes episode) at his new store Don Ville, and a pile of thrift stores.
My thanks to Shona Sanzgiri, who wrote the piece, and Gordon de los Santos, who shot the beautiful photos.

How do you know you’re officially official? Perhaps when there’s a profile of you in GQ. They followed me on a day of sartorial indulgence in LA - a fitting with a tailor, one with our friend Raul (from our shoes episode) at his new store Don Ville, and a pile of thrift stores.

My thanks to Shona Sanzgiri, who wrote the piece, and Gordon de los Santos, who shot the beautiful photos.

The Necktie Series, Part VII: Tying it with Some Panache

Oscar Wilde once said something like “A well tied tie is the first serious step in life.” By now, you should know that the four-in-hand will work for most situations, and that the double four-in-hand can be used when you want a bit more bravado (or if you’re short and need to shorten the back blade a bit). I’ve also talked about how the Pratt should be used for spread collars or wider ties. With those three knots, you should be prepared for anything. 

Next, I thought I’d cover the two basic ways you can add some panache to how you tie your tie. The first is the Italian method - pulling it to the side a bit and leaving the blade out of the keeper. If you have an extra long tie, you might even want to leave the back blade a big longer than the front. The other method is arching your tie, a technique I always use now. It used to be a knee-jerk reaction to seeing guys leaving their ties loosely tied, a look so juvenile and awful that I cringe even just thinking about it. Nowadays, however, I just like the panache it gives. In this technique, the tie lifts off from the shirt. The photograph I’ve chosen exaggerates it a bit; in practice, the tie ends up looking a bit more like this or this. As Hardy Amies once put it, these kind of ties “come into a room almost before the man.” 

Check these two videos to see how to do each. The first is an interview with Sid Mashburn by GQ, who probably pulls it a bit more to the side than I would recommend (though he still looks great). The second is by Will, from A Suitable Wardobe, and he’ll show you how to achieve that tie arch. 



The Onion: Conde Nast Creates The New Yorker For Black People
Come for the headline, stay for the BEAUTIFUL closing joke.

The Onion: Conde Nast Creates The New Yorker For Black People

Come for the headline, stay for the BEAUTIFUL closing joke.

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GQ Italy brings their own Pitti street style heat…

"Give me back your little brother’s blazer, young man! He’s graduating from middle school today!"
"But moooooooooommmmmmmm…. it’s Pitti Uooooooomooooooo…."
(In all seriousness: some lovely shots in here.)

howtotalktogirlsatparties:

GQ Italy brings their own Pitti street style heat…

"Give me back your little brother’s blazer, young man! He’s graduating from middle school today!"

"But moooooooooommmmmmmm…. it’s Pitti Uooooooomooooooo…."

(In all seriousness: some lovely shots in here.)

Photographer Tommy Ton is at Pitti Uomo, the menswear extravaganza in Florence, and is photographing some of the slickest men in the world for GQ. A lot of wonderful inspiration.

Photographer Tommy Ton is at Pitti Uomo, the menswear extravaganza in Florence, and is photographing some of the slickest men in the world for GQ. A lot of wonderful inspiration.

Use code SLICK.

1. Get a soft-shouldered cotton sports jacket. I buy them whenever I see them. They’re pliable, comfy, and easy to pack. They do the job of a sweater but look dressier and have lots of pockets.

2. Cashmere sweaters, especially V-necks. Can’t have enough of those, whether they’re four figures from Hermÿs or two figures from Uniqlo. I actually once noticed a stylish Uniqlo salesman wearing two at the same time, in lime and in sea blue. A great look.

3. Good chinos or sporty flat-fronts are a must. Maybe my best casual pants are Helmut Lang from back when there was a Helmut Lang.

4. The button-down-collar oxford cloth shirt.

Glenn O’Brien on mastering business casual.
Our friend(1) Adam Scott looking sharp in an all-American summer outfit at the Scott Pilgrim premiere, via GQ.
(1)  Is friend the wrong word?  Maybe.  But maybe not.  After all, Sandwich worked long and hard on Scott’s hit film Torque, the one that basically MADE Scott’s career, and Scott was over at my house once.  And then his mom sent me a nice email about Santa Cruz.  So… yes.  Friend is wrong.  That should read BEST FRIEND.

Our friend(1) Adam Scott looking sharp in an all-American summer outfit at the Scott Pilgrim premiere, via GQ.

(1)  Is friend the wrong word?  Maybe.  But maybe not.  After all, Sandwich worked long and hard on Scott’s hit film Torque, the one that basically MADE Scott’s career, and Scott was over at my house once.  And then his mom sent me a nice email about Santa Cruz.  So… yes.  Friend is wrong.  That should read BEST FRIEND.