Our Beloved Sponsors

Twice a month, we like to thank those companies that make our blog possible. We have five sponsors to thank this month, one of which is an old, returning supporter of ours – Ledbury.

First, however, we want to thank The Hanger Project for their support. They’ve been busy building out the shoe care end of their business. Not only do they have a wide range of products — from specialized conditioners and cleaners to leather shoe shine mats — but they also have a full shoe care guide for any maintenance technique you can think of. In addition, they hold shoe shine contests at their StyleForum affiliate page every other Sunday. Participants stand a chance at winning a prize, while everyone else can just take inspiration. 

Our next sponsor Gustin has some new projects on deck. There’s a pair of khaki colored jeans, which can be used as a slightly more rugged version of your standard chinos, as well as a few plaid flannel shirts that can be worn underneath waxed cotton coats and chunky knit sweaters. Gustin also just completed a lookbook, with their model showing off some of the projects they’ve put together recently. In the above, there are some Gustin jeans, dotted indigo shirts, chambray shirts, Army green chore coats, and waxed cotton duffle bags — all of which Gustin produced through their crowdsourcing model.

Next, Chipp Neckwear just got in their Matka cloth ties, which are slubby silk ties that are similar to raw silk. Unfortunately, professional photos are still being taken, so I shot some of my shantung ties for comparison. Chipp’s ties will be like those, but made in NYC and ever-so-slightly more textured in their weave. The good news? They’re offering them to our readers at a discounted price of $35. Ties are available in traditonal four-in-hand and bow tie styles, with eight available colors in each (you can see the colors in the swatches above). To order, you’ll have to call Paul at (212) 687-0850 or email him here. Once they hit the site at the end of this week, the price will jump up to $42.50.

Finally, we want to thank Proper Cloth and Ledbury. Proper Cloth is an online made-to-measure shirt company that allows you to design your own shirts. Ledbury does ready-to-wear shirts, in both standard, “ready-for-the-office” designs and things that are a bit more creative (there are some shirts on there right now with bright birds and boats). 

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Our Beloved Sponsors

Our thanks go out to our four sponsors this month, each of which has something new going on.

Our first sponsor, The Hanger Project, just got a full restock in their Traditional and Natural Finish hangers (after being sold out in some styles for a while). Their Traditional Finish is made from Russian Birchwood, while their Natural Finish is made from Pacific Northwest and Canadian Maplewood. These materials were chosen for their durability and hardness, as well as their natural wood grain. You can see how the Birchwood above, for example, has a variegated wood grain even after its been stained, and how the Maplewood has some marbling.

Our second sponsor, Gustin, just reintroduced their waxed cotton duffle bags. The bags are a classic tube shape, with four extra pockets on the outside – one on each end, and then two on the side body (with one of those being zippered). There are also four small, rectangular leather feet stitched to the bottom of the duffel, so that your contents won’t get soaked if you set you bag down on anything nasty. Like everything Gustin does, these are crowdsourced online in order to give customers a lower price, but once the project is funded at 100%, they stop taking orders and everything goes to production.

Next, Paul at Chipp Neckwear tells me that he just got in some matka cloth, which he plans on turning into bow ties and neckties. Matka cloth, for those unfamiliar, is a textured silk that looks a lot like raw silk, tussah, and shantung. Those won’t be on his site until later this week or maybe next, but in the meantime, he still has grenadines, silk knits, raw silks, and ancient madders on his site, as well as nice assortment of grosgrain suspenders (21 colors, 3 variations of stripes, and available at a price that’s a fraction of what his competitors charge).

Finally, our thanks to Proper Cloth, an online made-to-measure shirt company. They just got in six new Thomas Mason fabrics, including some fun check patterns that can be worn both casually and at the office.  

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Our Beloved Sponsors

We like to check in with our sponsors twice a month to thank them for their support and see what’s going on with them. This month, we have four companies to appreciate. 

Our first sponsor, The Hanger Project, specializes in high-end wooden hangers, but they also sell much more. They have a range of garment care products, for example, including the two items pictured above. Men are typically advised to not dry clean their tailored clothes too often – and for good reason. Dry cleaners can be harsh on clothes. The brush you see above, then, is for brushing your clothes down after every wear, which will knock the dirt out of the fibers. The packet is for stain removal, with a special cleaning solution for each type of stain. Dry cleaners are supposed to treat your different stains differently, but not all do, which is why some can actually set in stains instead of remove them.

Our second sponsor Gustin crowdsources the production of their products and sells them direct to customers online, which allows them to undercut most of their competitors. Raw, selvedge denim jeans, for example, start at $89. They’re made in San Francisco from Cone Mills denim, just like the jeans you see retail for $150 and up. Yesterday, Gustin launched a new project – a denim where the warp is a natural plant dyed indigo, and the weft is kakishibu dyed (a traditional process of dyeing using fermented persimmon). The result is a fabric with a deep, dark indigo shade with a slight orange-brown cast. Being different from the blue/ white yarns that everyone else uses, these will fade more uniquely with time.

Our third sponsor is Chipp Neckwear – an American clothier with a ton of history. They used to be tailors for John F. Kennedy, and were one of the more famous institutions during the heyday of Ivy Style. Paul, the company’s proprietor, tells me that he’s working on some matka cloth ties. Matka is a handwoven silk from India. It’s sort of like raw silk in that it has a lot of texture, but it’s slightly airier and lighter, and woven in something that looks more like a sack weave. Paul hasn’t decided on a price yet, but – much like everything he sells – they’ll be lower any of his competitors. His grenadines, for example, are handmade in NYC from the same Italian cloth that everyone else uses, but run for $49.50 instead of ~$100-150.

Finally, we want to thank Proper Cloth for their support. They’re an online operation for custom made shirts, and they just got in some new Thomas Mason fabrics. 

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Our Beloved Sponsors

As an independent site, we’re lucky to have the financial support of a few sponsors, so twice a month, we like to give them a quick “thank you.”

Our first sponsor, The Hanger Project, specializes in high-end wooden hangers, but they also sell much more. For example, they have a 50% off sale going on right now on their stock of ties and pocket squares from Drake’s and Robert Keytes. Robert Keytes, for those unaware, is a well-respected British silk printer, known for being one of the last companies to make ancient madder. They’re also own some of the old David Evans archival books. (David Evans was one of the most famous British silk printers in the world, before they went bankrupt about ten years ago. They’re archival books, however, survived, and are the source for many vintage design reproductions). 

Our second sponsor is Gustin, a unique online operation that crowdsources their production in order to offer customers lower prices. Since they only make whatever’s pre-ordered (so there’s never any need to account for overstock), and they sell direct to customers (thus cutting out the middleman), their prices are often much lower than their competitors. At the moment, they have open projects for raw, selvedge denim jeans, a navy waxed canvas duffel bag, a waxed brown chore coat, and several summer shirts. Their selvedge denim jeans start at $89, but use the same exact fabrics as their competitors, which sell for three or four times more. 

Our next sponsor Chipp Neckwear is somewhat new to the world of online retailing, but hardly new to the world of men’s clothing. The company actually started in 1961 and is famous for being part of the bedrock of classic American dress (think: Ivy Style). Back in the ’60s, they were the tailors for men such as President Kennedy. They still do custom work for folks who can visit their shop in NYC, but for online orders, they sell ready-to-wear ties, braces, and watches at prices that are at a fraction of their competitors. Recently, they just got in a new shipment of raw silks — all cheerful and playful, which is the style that they’re known for.

Lastly, our thanks go to Proper Cloth for their support. They’re an online operation for custom, made-to-measure shirts, and they just launched a new collection called “Oceanridge.” It has a bunch of linen and madras options for this summer.

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Our Beloved Sponsors

We’re very fortunate to have sponsors as an independent menswear blog, so twice a month, we like to give them a special thank you and talk a little about what’s going on with them. 

Our first sponsor this month, The Hanger Project, finished a Father’s Day sale this weekend, but just for our readers, they’re extending the same promotion for two more days. For today and tomorrow only, you can take 20% off your full order (so long as the order is at least $200) with the checkout code FATHERSDAY2014. That works on everything from their signature hangers (which help retain the shape of your sport coats and suit jackets) to Saphir shoe care products. They also have things for your garment and personal care – such as clothes brushes, Santa Maria Novella colognes, and accessories for wet shaving.

Our second sponsor Gustin is re-introducing their duffle bags. These are made from a 20oz waxed cotton canvas and thick, full-grain leather. The swivel snaps and D-rings are all Italian-made, and the fabrics and bag construction are sourced from the USA. Like everything Gustin sells, however, these crowdsourced on their site, which means as soon as funding reaches 100%, the order window closes, and things go into production. By not producing more than they need, Gustin is able to offer lower prices since they don’t have to account for overstock.   

Next, Chipp Neckwear just got a full restock on their grenadine ties. The advantage of grenadines, of course, is that they’re wearable with almost anything. Being solid in color, they go well with any kind of patterned jacket or shirt, and being a bit textured in weave, they add a little interest where a regular silk might be too boring. Chipp’s grenadines are made from the same Italian silks that everyone else’s are made from. The only difference is that theirs are handmade in NYC and priced lower than anyone else on the market. They also have some ancient madder ties, which is a kind of chalky silk that’s much beloved for how well it goes with tweed sport coats.

Lastly, Proper Cloth just got in some summer ties – lots of airy linens from Italy, made with tightly rolled, untipped edges. They also have some new madras fabrics for shirts, including some organic cottons that are super soft to the touch. 

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Our Beloved Sponsors

A big warm thank you goes out to our sponsors this month for their support. Our first sponsor, The Hanger Project, is having their summer sale. Select items have been discounted by up to 50%, and they include Drake’s ties (such as the blue wool challis you see above) and leather goods from Daines & Hathaway. Daines & Hathaway is an old British company that has been producing traditional leather goods since 1922. They’re perhaps most known for their bags and wallets, but they produce much, much more. The Hanger Project, for example, has some of their folios, wash bags, and tidy trays. 

Our second sponsor Gustin crowdsources the production of their raw, selvedge denim jeans in order to offer customers lower prices. No more mark-ups for retail stores, distributors, or the need to account for overstock inventory. They usually work with Cone Mills, a famous textile manufacturer in North Carolina that supplies many high-end denim lines with fabrics, but at the moment, they’ve also got some new stuff in from Japan and Italy. Included is the “Italian Indigo x Grey” fabric you see above. Most denim is woven with blue and white threads, so you get a blue top with a white background, but this one is blue on grey in order to give a much more saturated look.

Chipp is a new sponsor for us, but certainly not new to our site. We’ve written before about how they’re the most affordable source for grenadines. They get all their fabrics from the same place everyone else does (there are only two mills in Italy that provides them) and all of Chipp’s ties are handmade in New York City. Paul welcomes any readers in NYC to stop by his store and chat (he’s got a ton of stories from the hey day of American Ivy Style, with his business having been started by his father in 1945, and he having been in the business since 1960). If you stop by, he can also show you some vintage tie designs that aren’t running on the site, or make you a sport coat or suit for prices that are just as competitive as his grenadines. 

Finally, we want to thank Proper Cloth for their continued support. They just released some new Italian-made ties and accessories, all styled for summer (lots of linen ties and the like).

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Our Beloved Sponsors

Many thanks to our four sponsors this month, each of which has some big things going on.

Ledbury just started The Launch Fund, which is designed to give $25,000 to help an entrepreneur start a consumer goods company. As some readers know, Ledbury founders Paul Trible and Paul Watson were able to start their company at the height of the recession because their friends and family invested. Four and a half years later, their company is established and growing, and they’re looking to pay it forward. Of the applicant pool, three finalists will be chosen by Ledbury’s selection committee, and from June 16th to the 23rd, the public will vote and choose a winner. That winner, in turn, will receive $25,000 and a year’s worth of mentorship from the two Pauls. 

Next, The Hanger Project continues to get new arrivals in. This week, they’ve added some new patterned dress socks from Palatino, a high-end Italian hosiery maker that supplies socks to luxury labels such as Tom Ford, Berluti, Paul Stuart, and Drake’s of London. They’ve also expanded their selection of umbrellas from Fox Umbrellas and Maglia Francesco. There’s now a wider array of traditional black canopy umbrellas, as well as some with tasteful patterns (including tartans). Finally, they’ve added some new pocket squares from Simonnot Godard, a distinguished French company that has been weaving fine cottons and linens since 1787.

Gustin also has some new projects going on, such as a unique blue and black denim from Cone Mills, which they’re looking to make into their signature jeans. Here, the denim is woven with blue warp yarns and black weft yarns, which means instead of the blue and white combination you typically see in denim (where the white gives the denim a certain brightness), the black shadow yarns give the jeans a much more saturated appearance. The project is already funded at 95%, however, and once it reaches 100%, they stop taking orders and everything goes into production. 

Finally, our last sponsor Proper Cloth just dropped their second spring collection called “Morningside.” You can check out the lookbook here.   

Many thanks to all four of our sponsors for their support. We genuinely appreciate it.

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Our Beloved Sponsors

We’d like to quickly thank our four sponsors this month for their support, and share some news about what’s going on with them.

Our first sponsor, Ledbury, is having a big sale right now. Shirts, sport coats, sweaters, and ties have already been marked down in their sale section, but until Sunday, you can take an additional 20% off at check out. That puts their shirts at about $60-70, starting. I’ve pulled two casual designs above, but in the sale section, you can also find lots of “office basics” (solid whites and light blues, as well as simple stripes). All of these will be made with Ledbury’s signature details, such as a robust collar that won’t collapse underneath your sport coat and a slightly lowered second button, so you can wear these shirts casually without a necktie.

Our second sponsor, The Hanger Project, continues to get new umbrellas in from Mario Talarico and Maglia Francesco. Mario Talarico is a small umbrella workshop located in the southern part of Italy. It’s run by just two men (an uncle and his nephew) and together they hand make about four umbrellas per day. Maglia Francesco is a slightly bigger operation located in Milan, although the quality and construction of their umbrellas is the same. They produce for some of the world’s biggest luxury labels, who in turn sell these same umbrellas (but just rebranded with their logo) for about two or three times the price. 

Next, our sponsor Gustin just launched a line of chinos. These are made from a cotton twill fabric woven in North Carolina, which Gustin has since pre-washed in order to reduce shrinkage. The waistband is fully curtained with an indigo chambray, the fly and seat seams are finished with indigo chambray binding, and the buttons are all made from Corozo (which retains a vibrant color and doesn’t scratch easily). Like with everything Gustin does, these are manufactured in San Francisco, but are made available at a relatively affordable price because Gustin crowdsources their production. 

Lastly, our thanks goes out to Proper Cloth for their support. They just rolled out a new series of spring/ summer fabrics, which includes some very breathable linens and colorful madras. There are also some new denims and heavy oxfords, for those who want something for year-round use.

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Our Beloved Sponsors

As an independently run site, we feel very fortunate to have companies sponsor what we do. So twice a month, we like to give our sponsors a quick “thank you,” and say a little about what’s going on with them. 

Our first sponsor, Ledbury, is doing a massive giveaway. It’s called “Outfit Your Office” and if you enter and win, you and everyone in your office will get a $150 gift card. That amount is meant to cover the cost of a free shirt, but you can use the card towards any other purchase as well. As you can guess, given the contest’s design, this means that if other people in your office enter the giveaway, your chances of winning go up as well. And, for the winning office, Ledbury will also fly out and host a party (complete with bourbon) and do a shirt fitting for you.

Our next sponsor, The Hanger Project, just put a bunch of new products up on their site. Included are ton of new Drake’s ties, such as the bold, heavy silk prints and conservatives Tussahs you see above. Tussah, for those unfamiliar, is sort of like a distant cousin to raw silk. It’s a bit lighter weight and looser knit, but it has the same slubby texture that makes it great for the warmer seasons. There are also some new leather products by Daines & Hathaway, a premier English leather goods maker. This Kensington Zip Case, for example, features a brass key lock and can hold important documents, as well as 13” MacBook. 

Gustin also has some new things in. Lately, they’ve been doing things with heavier weight denim, such as the 26oz denim jeans they did last week (the heaviest used by an American brand), and the 23oz they’re releasing this week. As their business model goes, people sign up for pre-orders and then Gustin goes into production. In this way, the company can offer lower prices, as their customers don’t have to pay for middleman mark ups or the brand’s need to account for overstock. All of Gustin’s products are designed and made in San Francisco, and you can see how their jeans fit above. 

Lastly, Proper Cloth just added thirty new fabrics to their cloth selection. Included is everything from fun multi-colored ginghams to basic fabrics for the office. You can use these to design a custom shirt through their online made-to-measure program.

Our sincere thanks to all four sponsors. Their support is greatly appreciated.

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Our Beloved Sponsors

Twice a month, we like to give a special “thank you” to our sponsors. This month, they include Ledbury, The Hanger Project, Gustin, and Proper Cloth.

Ledbury has been busy rolling out five new shirts every week as part of their “short run shirt” program. That’s where they do small batch, limited edition designs that are up on their site for just four weeks. This allows them to play around a bit more with colors and patterns, while still sticking to their signature cuts. Check out two of the latest designs above, for example. One is a white shirt with a thin blue windowpane, and unique, multi-colored flecks woven throughout. The second is a blue linen shirt with fuchsia and white plaid. Both are bold looks in breathable, open-weave materials that will wear cool in the summer months.

The Hanger Project has also been busy. They just added some shoe trees to their large collection of shoe care accessories. That collection also includes Saphir shoe polishes and conditioners; La Cordonnerie Anglaise leather mats for you to place your shoes on while you polish them; and Tarrago suede weatherproofing sprays for the rainy season. International readers may also be happy to learn that The Hanger Project has introduced a “duty pre-paid” service for shipments to Canada, Australia, and the EU. That means that duties are paid at checkout and will be guaranteed by The Hanger Project, thus allowing shipments to deliver direct to the customer’s door.

Gustin has been rolling out some new things in addition to their main line of selvedge denim jeans. Included are a bunch of button down shirts – two in your standard blue and white oxford cloths, and two others in Japanese cotton plaids. Like with their jeans, these are made through an online crowdsourcing program. That means that people can purchase things as part of a group order, and receive lower prices since Gustin doesn’t have to pay for distribution mark ups or account for overstock inventory. On the downside, spaces for each campaign is limited, so once they’re filled up, the batch goes into production and what’s gone is gone.

Finally, we have Proper Cloth to thank. They’re an online made-to-measure shirt company that allows customers to get a bit more customization in their shirts’ cut and detailing. They recently just received a bunch of new fabrics in bold ginghams and office appropriate checks and stripes.

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