Video | Imperial Black “Sartorial Spring” Preview

“Sartorial travel.”  Two words that when combined create one way of living.  Being dressed well and travelling the world simultaneously.  We have to agree with our counterparts at Mr. Porter that men have the duty and responsibility of both in life.  Travelling the world and experiencing other cultures, other lands, other customs, and yes, other styles  is one of the best ways for a man to uncover and discover his sartorial heritage or begin a new sartorial journey.  Some men live by these principles. Some businesses operate by them.  Imperial Black embodies both.

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Style Advice | How to Sell & Buy a Suit Online

We recently came across an interesting visual model showing the intricate psychological processes and physical steps to buying and selling a suit online from both a buyers and sellers standpoint.  This model shows the detailed steps to ensure both the consumer and the retailer have a profitable e-commerce experience.  Of course, no model can tell the whole story, but this is a good start.

This model shows the basis process from left to right that a man may consider when purchasing a suit online.  The bottom half of the chart shows the task of the retailer to match the needs of the consumer.  From left to right we can see the most important factors to men are tactile and physical such as fabric and fit.  Some of the least important are price and trends.  This is not  a one size fits all model.  Of course, some men are more sensitive to price or trends than others, but overall the prevailing importance lies in the construction and fit of the product and less with the price of it.

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Style Edit ~ The Gagliardi Gentleman

We recently had the pleasure of collaborating with two great American brands in General Motors (GM) and Cadillac.  Thanks to our partners at MSL Group we were able to test drive the 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan and put it to the test around DC.  We thought this would be a great opportunity to get creative in a photo shoot featuring several our friends and sponsors including Gagliardi and other specialty brands we’ve come to know and appreciate over the years.   Today, we present our visual project, “The Gagliardi Gentleman”.  Stay tuned for another #GrantedGateway production short film of the CTS in action.  In the meantime enjoy the show.
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(Click photos & dots for details)

Style Edit | The Gagliardi Getup

Gagliardi of Bortex Group 13′ Fall/Winter collection.  Available at Gagliardi.eu.
A few of our favorite pieces for the Gagliardi gentleman near or far.
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In our Menswear Dialogue Series we introduced you to Gagliardi of the Bortex Group and the family history they have accumulated in Malta.  Here, we present a few our favorite pieces from their current Fall/winter collection.

Style Advice | 5 Tools for Men to Travel in Style

When embarking on international travel, comfort and style are paramount to enjoying a successful trip.  Here, we recommend five tools for the well-heeled man traveling across seas or across country to arrive in both style and comfort.  Some are extravagant; some are basic.  All are essential to men of international leisure.

1. Travel Pillow & Eye Mask
You may think this cashmere pillow and eye mask set are a bit over the top.  You may be right.  But try flying over 20 hours, and three time zones using the all-too-small and much too uncomfortable pillows provided by the airlines and you’ll see this pillow and eye mask combo from Armand Diradourian will pay for itself over time.  Crafted in 100% cashmere with silk trim and stuffed with genuine goose and duck feathers, it is both warm and inviting.
Armand Diradourian Cashmere Travel Pillow & Eye Mask
Armand Diradourian Cashmere Travel Pillow & Eye Mask