Style Q&A | My First Sport Coat

A reader from Nepal asks ~ I’m buying my first jacket. Which fabric would you choose for a versatile sports coat that can be worn both in summer and winter?

A basic enough question but everyone starts their sartorial journey somewhere. Choosing your first sport coat can be a complicated task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here we offer several options to consider for the fabric of your first sport coat.

The most important thing to remember is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s your first and won’t be your last. As your sartorial journey continues and you gain more knowledge your recognition and appreciation of fabric will only improve. In the meantime here are some options.

There isn’t  an all-weather solution but these options will suffice for most climates in most parts of the world for most professional environments.

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Style Guide | How to Buy a Vintage Watch

The search for a genuine, vintage watch can be an incredibly challenging task, but it is also one of the most rewarding. If you’re new to the world of vintage watch collecting, the process can seem particularly daunting; is the watch genuine? Is it in good condition? Are you getting a good deal?  There are so many things to think about, so you need to do your research and know what you’re looking for to avoid wasting money or ending up with a piece with questionable authenticity.

Take a look at these helpful tips that we’ve put together to help you throughout each stage of the buying process, so you can feel more confident that you’ll be coming away with a high quality authentic watch for a reasonable price.

1997 Baume & Mercier Classima
1997 Baume & Mercier Classima

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Menswear Dialogue Series | Antica Barbieria Colla

Our Menswear Dialogue Series continues in an interview with Ms. Francesca Bompieri, daughter of the famous barber Franco Bompieri of the world-renowned babershop Antica Barbieria Colla in Milan. Francesca was friendly enough to give us some insight into one of the oldest and most respected barbershops in the world.

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Introducing | J. Paul Skincare ~ Sophisiticated Simplicity

If you’re late shopping for Father’s Day it’s not too late to come through in the pinch. Past the ties, socks and underwear, we suggest addressing his grooming regimen. Grooming is a more sophisticated way to show dad (or husband) that you care about his well-being.  Here, we introduce  J. Paul skin care.

J. Paul skin care, based in Houston, Texas is an upstart men’s grooming line focused on “sophisticated simplicity.” Started by two gentlemen named “Paul” the line was launched out of necessity. One evening while preparing for a black tie wedding, Paul #1 ran out of shave cream and was reduced to shaving with shampoo conditioner. Never wanting to find himself in this position again, he decided to create his own grooming line.

The line is targeted at men with thick, heavy beards or who have a permanent 5 o’clock shadow and consists of six core products to exfoliate, prepare, shave, restore and protect.  Made of all natural ingredients including glycerin, Vitamins A,C,E, jojoba oil, green tea extract and no perfumes or dyes, the line is an ecological option.  What makes J. Paul different form its competitors Jack Black, Art of Shaving, Billy Jealously and Lab Series is its ability to provide a smoother, cleaner, longer lasting shave using less product. The J. Paul shave uses 1/3 less product and lasts three times as long.

J. Paul is currently offered online and is stocked in Nordstrom’s grooming sections around the country.  While it’s yet to be seen if J. Paul can gain a significant market share of the saturated men’s grooming market, we’d bet a shave on it. Take a look at the J. Paul offerings below and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Style Advice | 7 Ways to Shop Canada

On the eve of a business trip across the border to Toronto, Canada (pronounced without the second “T” by natives), we’ve received a timely Q&A from a Canadian reader seeking shopping options in Quebec and beyond.  Canada is home to several big box and independent brick and mortar shops as well as eCommerce providers.  Here are a few we recommend. Have you shopped with any of these retailers?  If so, we’d be happy to hear your experience.

Q&A ~ “I’ve just discovered your site and thank you for your time and effort. I’m a portly shaped 6 foot tall black man  from  Canada. I work as a pastor in a small town with the church. I have been trying a relaxed look, sports jacket, dark jeans and sneakers because I want to be portrayed as a young and serious guy. However, I’m not sure I’m accomplishing my goal. 

I’m willing to make a change but I don’t know where to start. Would you have some advice? I don’t know where to find a good tailor. What stores do I go to? I’m willing to buy a nice pair of shoes but where and how much? Where do I get started in my city?”

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