Menswear is something that hasn’t changed much over the years. Unlike women’s fashions which can change daily, menswear and especially business wear fro men offers much less of a regular transformation. On the other hand one would be a fool to think that menswear has not seen several trends over the years and those trends certainly include business attire. A man wearing a suit to the office hasn’t changed over hundreds of years and probably never will. But how he wears that suit and the accessories he pairs with it certainly has changed over the last several decades and will again in the future. Take a look at our latest writing about men, business, and the stylish trends that have connected them over the years HERE.
|Alan Flusser’s Style & The Man|
The pocket sized book is written in a “how to” buy and wear format featuring eight segments of menswear from formal attire to packing light and right. Flusser attempts to address the need to know facts of professional and stylish dressing while cutting out the minutiae. While there are many aspects of the book to be applauded there are some areas where we see needed improvement. While it is obvious that Flusser is decidedly a custom clothier in his own right, the book omits anything to do with casual wear. Even the most dandy dressers find a need for causal wear in the wardrobe from time to time and it seems an oversight not to mention it. However, my biggest issue with the book is that in many ways it isn’t much different from his previous writings. Although the information is valuable and timeless its pretty much the same but stripped to he bare minimums and without the recommendations for patronizing exclusive high end boutiques and shops. I haven’t been the only one to read the book and notice it’s redundancy. Yes, men’s style is pretty much the same as it was years ago and it won’t change in much in the future. However, its the duty, the responsibility, and the obligation of men like Mr. Flusser and myself to create new and innovative ways to present the same information to our readers who don’t own an iPhone. Overlooking the minor imperfections of Mr. Flusser’s latest creation, we believe he’s done an excellent job so far. Well done, sir.
|Chris Hogan , Editor at Off The Cuff|
The other day during my perusing I came across a suit jacket in a blend of fabrics. The first two–wool and silk–I am rather familiar with. The third fabric–Ramie (pronounced Ray-me) I wasn’t so familiar with and neither was the salesman trying to explain it to me. (I’ll save my rants about incompetent salesman for another time) So I decided to take it upon myself to research this fabric and highlight it for my readers so they can be aware of its origin and uses should they ever come across it in the shopping excursions.
Ramie is fiber of Chinese origion. It is commonly referred to as “China grass” since it is vegetable fiber. The fiber itself is produced similarly to linen from the flax plant, resembles silk and is naturally white so it needs no bleaching. At one point in time it was used for burial shrouds in Egypt and although it was a predecessor to cotton it is used often blended with cotton in sports jackets, sweaters, and handkerchiefs.
The fiber itself is strong and durable, extremely absorbent, resistant to mold and bacteria, has a natural stain resistance, and can withstand high temperatures if you are the type to dry clean your clothes. Ramie also has a low elasticity, low resiliency, can be stiff and brittle so it wrinkles easily, and production comes at a high cost since the labour involved in extracting it is intensive.
On the whole Ramie is a fairly uncommon fabric and it will only be seen in blends with other more commonly known and worn fabrics. However, it should not be dismissed as a lesser fabric just because it is used less often. For those thirsty for knowledge, now you know of Ramie and can tell the next man what to look for.
Since our last discussion of undershirts we’ve come across a new product that may revolutionize the way men treat their tee shirts. We would like to introduce Deo-Go–a unique cleaning agent that removes those pesky deodorant and antiperspirant stains in the underarms of your otherwise clean white tee shirt. We’ve been fortunate enough to join Ribbed Tee to introduce Deo-Go to the market. This pump action spray targets residue build up and then dissolves the stain to restore the original appearance.
Spray the solution directly onto the stain and let it soak for awhile. Then wash it according to the laundry label. You do know how to wash you clothes don’t you? After washing the garment should return to its original state. One bottle should be enough for 10-15 garments.
While we always give new products the benefit of the doubt when trying to improve upon the pitfalls of men’s fashion, we must also stay objective. While Deo-Geo may get the job done, at $10.50 per bottle I find it hard to beat a $3.50 drugstore deodorant which contains no aluminum (the chemical that discolors undershirts), or just buying a new pack of tees when the old ones wear out. As always it is our goal to present our readers with the options to make their own educated decisions. I will be trying Deo-Go myself in the near future and will give a full report on results.