Twice a month, we like to give our sponsors a special shoutout. Doing so allows us to thank them for their support and keep our readers updated on our sponsors’ latest happenings. With Christmas around the corner, our sponsors are gearing up for holiday deliveries.
The Hanger Project specializes in helping the well-dressed take care of their clothes. You can find almost any garment care accessory on their site — from specialty irons to high-end clothing hangers — but one of their most popular product lines is their wide range of shoe care supplies. These include Saphir shoe polishes and waxes, which are made with a higher concentration of natural oils. That means, when applied, they help keep the leather on your shoes feeling supple, and prevent them from drying out and cracking. The Hanger Project also has specialized shoe brushes, with different kinds of bristles set at different lengths to achieve different levels of stiffness. Their stiffest shoe brushes are made for pebble grained leathers, while the softer ones are designed for putting the finishing touch on calfskin.
If you’re looking for the perfect fitting gift, Proper Cloth has holiday gift card sets (available in both physical and digital form) for button-up shirts that will literally be made to your giftee’s measurements. $125 will get him a made-to-measure shirt in any of Proper Cloth’s standard shirtings, with customizable options such as collar, cuff, and pocket style. And they’re not just for dressier office shirts either. Proper Cloth has more casual fabrics, such as indigo oxfords, plaid flannels, and washed denim (the last of which they offer every once in a while as a group run, since the washing process requires a bulk order). To get the measurements right, your giftee can either send in some basic measurements of his body or the measurements of his best fitting shirt. Proper Cloth will also do a free remake on the first order to ensure the perfect fit.
Novelty ties can be tricky, but Paul Winston at Chipp Neckwear notes that there’s a time and place for everything. If you’re willing to show a bit of cheeky holiday spirit this Christmas, Chipp has you covered. Among their novelty tie selection are three Santa-themed ties that look innocent at first, but reveal a little more upon closer inspection. There’s a mooning Santa (literally cheeky), Santa peeing down a chimney (for someone who’s always taking a piss), and Santa with … ahem … a heart on (look, you wanted puns, you got puns). The ties come in navy blue, which means they’d pair well with sport coats of any color, from blue blazers to brown tweeds to olive colored corduroys. Paul says they’re proven conversation pieces, and will add some cheer to your holiday celebrations.
Dapper Classics specializes in high-end dress socks, but in the last couple of years, they’ve also become known for their trousers. That’s because theirs are made by the Hertling factory in Brooklyn, which has also produced for some of the clothing industry’s best names – Paul Stuart, Orvis, Sid Mashburn, and Billy Reid, along with many others. The market today for well-tailored trousers is mostly bifurcated between low-end things made in China, often from lower quality cottons and wools, then exorbitantly expensive Italian pants starting at $400 retail. Dapper Classics are a mid-way point at about ~$200/ pair, with both classic- and slim-fitting trousers made from top-end materials such as Minnis Fresco and lambswool Donegals. And just for today and tomorrow, they’re discounting them 25% with the checkout code HT18. That puts them at about $150 a pair. If you’re unsure of what to get, stick with tan and gray colors if you wear sport coats, then navy if you want something for casualwear (e.g. sweaters and the like).
It’s hard to believe Ledbury started nine years ago, when two guys who worked at a Savile Row tailoring shop went back to Virigina to run their own shirt company. Ledbury designs their shirts in America and then has them tailored in Europe, using top-end cotton, linen, and wool fabrics from around the world. Since their founding, they’ve also branched out into knitwear, suits, sport coats, and classic men’s accessories (if you’re near one of their stores, they also offer custom-made shirts). And to celebrate their nine-year anniversary, the company is offering up to 30% discount depending on how much you spend. The sale applies to everything, and it’s automatically applied at checkout, although the promotion does end tomorrow. The navy shirt you see above is made from one of Ledbury’s favorite micro-cord fabrics.
We’re thrilled to welcome a new sponsor this month, the playful prep brand Rowing Blazers. It was founded by Jack Carlson, an American rowing coxswain and author. Jack represented the United States at three World Championships, and won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France, then came home to write a book about rowing blazers, titled with the same name. And last year, he started a clothing brand championing the look. Their NYC shop has a vintage foosball table and framed vintage prints, which are set alongside supremely thick rugby shirts, branded Shaggy Dog sweaters, and naturally, rowing-striped blazers.
This month, the company debuted their Duke & Duke Commodities Brokers banker bag, which is inspired by the 1983 cult film Trading Places. Like many of Rowing Blazer’s products, this one is produced in partnership with another company (in the past, they’ve collaborated with J. Press and Death to Tennis). The green-and-white-striped version of their bag is made with Warden-Brooks, the Connecticut-based family operation that invented the banker bag in 1978 and still makes the iconic Wall Street mini duffles for all the traditional white-shoe firms (and makes them in the United States no less)! The blue-and-white-striped version, on the other hand, is inspired by a navy bag bearing the logo of Pierce & Pierce – the fictional M&A firm from Bonfire of the Vanities and American Psycho.
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