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February 28, 2018

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Put This On is turning ten years old next year. And for more than half that time, our work has been possible thanks to the support of our sponsors. Twice a month, we like to give them a special shoutout – both to thank them for their support, as well as update readers on our sponsors’ happenings.

For men who are obsessive about fine footwear, the name G.J. Cleverley often sits above the rest. They’re a bespoke shoemaking firm located on the West End of London. As one of the oldest surviving companies in this trade, they’ve made for a number of legendary customers – Alexis von Rosenberg, Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, Graydon Carter, Bruce Boyer, and the Baron de Redé (the last of whom ordered something like five hundred pairs throughout his lifetime, with most pairs designed for partying). Over at The Hanger Project, Kirby Allison interviewed the company’s Chairman, George Glasgow Sr. He talks about the firm’s history, how bespoke shoes are made, and the joy of custom-made footwear. 

Proper Cloth is just one of the many companies nowadays offering made-to-measure shirts online, but they’re the only one we know offering garment washing. That’s a finishing process whereby a garment is put through a special enzyme wash to give it a softer feel and more broken-in look. The thing is, the process is expensive and requires big batches, which is why it’s more often offered in ready-to-wear than custom shirtmaking. Every once in a while, however, Proper Cloth organizes special group runs. And for guys who like to dress down their suits and sport coats, these runs offer an opportunity to get a more casual looking shirt in a custom fit. For the next week, until March 5th, you can get their garment washed shirts in a range of plaids, indigos, and denim. See here for more details.

If you’ve been thinking about picking up a Chipp tie, now is the time. The cost of silk is increasing, which means Chipp has to raise the prices on their grenadine and ancient madder neckties soon. We’ve said it before, but a navy grenadine is one of the most useful neckties you can own. It adds visual interest to solid colored sport coats, while remaining neutral enough to not clash with patterns. Black, burgundy, and dark green are also useful, although Chipp has them in every color under the sun. The ancient madder ties, meanwhile, can be worn with tweed sport coats and flannel suits in the fall and winter months.

If you’re looking for a simple way to make a spring/ summer outfit more stylish, Dapper Classics just put up their new seasonal collection of socks. All of these are made in the USA from top-end materials, and feature hand-linked toes, which eliminates the seam at the front (giving you a more comfortable fit). Some of their summer socks are whimsically patterned with cheeky motifs; others are a bit more conservative and business-like. Their cotton dress socks are made in a unique open-weave. They’re thin, but remarkably durable, and allow your feet to breathe so they’re not just sweating inside your shoes all day.

Finally, our thanks to Huckberry. They have some new colorways in their popular-selling Astorflex shoes – a range of mostly ankle-boot styles built on soft and flexible crepe-rubber soles. Crepe, for those unfamiliar, is a type of plantation rubber that’s pressed and rolled into long sheets, then cut to form the bottom of footwear. It’s favored for being soft, but also durable, providing wearers with a natural and bouncy cushioning when walking (good for long walks). At the same time, the rubber’s grippy texture makes it nice on slippery surfaces. Huckberry’s Astorflex shoes come in various styles, such as Chelsea boots, chukka boots, and plain-toe derbies – all available in a range of richly colored brown suedes and calfskins.

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