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The Hanger Project is the largest online supplier for high-end garment care products, which includes everything from specialty hangers designed to help retain the shape of your tailored jackets to imported Saphir shoe-care supplies. Last year, they also introduced a new shoe resoling and recrafting service to help transform your favorite pair of shoes into like-new condition. There are two tiers to the service. Silver Cup comes with a full resoling and polishing service, along with new shoelaces and a one-year guarantee on the quality of the resoling. The next step up, which is the Sovereign Grade, gives you all of the same benefits, but with added channel soles, which hide the stitching on the underside of your shoes. This gives higher-end footwear a cleaner, more streamlined look.
Ever notice that you don’t have to wash wool products as often? That’s because wool is naturally odor resistant, which means things such as sweaters can be washed once a season, even if they’re worn next to the skin. Proper Cloth recently introduced a new line of wool shirtings, which allows you to get all the benefits of wool, but in a tailored, button-up form. The shirts are naturally wrinkle resistant with no chemical treatments of any kind; they resist odors (making them ideal for travel); and they naturally regulate body temperature, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They’re also made from a finer grade of merino, making them soft enough to be worn without an undershirt. Proper Cloth mostly carries them in casual colors, such as inky blues and heathered grays, but there are also some office-ready options like the blue-and-white pencil stripes and ginghams.
Readers probably know about Chipp’s neckties. They’re made in NYC from the same English and Italian silks used at top end shops, but cost a fraction of the price. What some may not know, however, is that Chipp also has a program for fully custom-made suspenders. Paul, the shop’s founder, says: “Who else offers twenty-four different colors and stripes for suspenders, and allows people to order with their choice of leather kips and metal adjusters?” No one that we know of. Each pair of suspenders is made in NYC and available for sale at $45.50.
If you wear tailored clothing of any kind, you’ll want over-the-calf dress socks. They stay up better on your leg, whereas mid-calf and sport socks can droop down over the course of a day, exposing your calf when you sit down. The problem is, most over-the-calf dress socks are made from wool — and those that aren’t are either too dense to be worn with tailoring or they’re not very comfortable. Dapper Classics’ over-the-calf dress socks, however, are designed for the warmer weather climes of spring and summer. They have a slightly open weave, but aren’t sheer, and the yarns are tightly spun enough to hold their shape over years and years of hard wear. Dapper Classics just got in a new shipment of them for this coming spring/ summer seasons. The solid-colored indigo-blue ones, pictured above, can be worn with grey trousers and tan shoes, tan trousers and dark brown shoes, or even add a summery touch to an otherwise standard dark navy suit.
In the eighteen months or so since Jack Carlson founded Rowing Blazers, the brand has attracted a lot of attention from differed corners — some expected, some less expected! Customers have included rowing legends such as Sir Matthew Pinsent and Hamish Bond (naturally, since Rowing Blazers is the official supplier for many rowing clubs’ blazers). Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and actor Miles Fisher have bought things, as have Ametora idols such as Takahiro Kinoshita and Poggy (and Ametora author David Marx himself). So have rappers Macklemore and Vic Mensa, and NBA athletes like Iman Shumpert and Lance Thomas. Much of the brand’s success can be chalked up to their fun, irreverent designs, which include things such as new takes on J. Press’ Shaggy Dogs, patchwork fun shirts, and of course striped blazers.
Next week, the brand is dropping their new lookbook (one of the images can be seen above). Their coming patchwork fun shirt has a full collar roll, like old Brooks Brothers button-downs of yore, but comes in a fun design that can be worn with flat front chinos and navy spor tcoats. The new spring collection will come in a series of drops, with the first due March 14th.