New Kid on The Block: Part II

Recently we introduced the new menswear line of NYC designer Ovadia & Sons.  We got a chance to meet Mr. Ovadia himself in his NYC high rise apartment to take a closer look at his offerings.  Shimon Ovadia is a gentleman in all rights.  His apartment is decked out in natural manliness from the antelope’s head mounted on the wall to his cigar stash and Whiskey on his coffee table. But the real attraction was his new clothing line which was meticulously laid out for my viewing pleasure.

The Spring/Summer 2011 line features casual short sleeve button downs, cuffed shorts, linen trousers with side tabs instead of belt loops, form fitting heavy linen sport coats, herringbone cotton blend suits, and beautifully crafted contrast collar gingham dress shirts in bright colors.  The ties come in classic Grenadines and crunchy silk knits.  I was especially fond of a lightweight Anorak with a gun flap, removable hood and all the pockets a man can handle, but in a lightweight and waterproof weave of fabric form the Thomas Mason mill in England.

Shimon is planning a full line of sweaters for the Fall and I was able to get an exclusive look at some of the patterns and fabrics he has in mind.  Fabrics like lamb’s wool and merino won’t be included.  Mr. Ovadia says “you an walk into any Banana Republic and see those fabrics…we want to do something on a higher level”.  By a higher level he means two ply cashmere knits in a paper thin fine gauge in bird’s eye, glen plaid, and herringbone. Amazing stuff and I can’t wait to see it.

The line just shot a look book a few weekends ago and the photos are still being edited.  I was able to get a sneak peek of a few and believe me when I saw you won’t be disappointed.  We will be posting a few shots as soon as they are processed. We are glad to help Shimon and his brother achieve success with their company and to open up the DC market to custom made apparel from an NYC native.  We will be attending a trunk show in the near future and will report on new offerings from the line.  In the meantime, enjoy the lovely merchandise.

Shimon Ovadia; Co-Founder of Ovadia & Sons





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Follow Thy Compass

We just returned from the Compass show in NYC featuring the new and progressive as well as the tried and true staples of men’s footwear.  Since we all know that the true test of a well dressed man lies in the quality of his footwear, we proudly bring you some of the highlights of the show.  Here are our favorites.  Take a look and try not to drool too much.






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First Look | Hugh & Crye

We recently attended the exclusive launch party for new Georgetown shirt maker Hugh & Crye.  We came aross Hugh & Crye’s offerings through our research and decided to reach out to the Owner Mr. Pranav Vora personally.  Pranav was gracious enough to extend a personal invite for us to cover the parry and of course present our readers with the latest and greatest in DC menswear.
The name Hugh & Crye is a play on the term “hue and cry”. In medieval England, civilians who were witness to a crime were bound by common law to exercise hue and cry, a clamor of protest, to apprehend the criminal and bring him to justice. The term can also be understood as ‘seeing something wrong in the world, and doing something about it’.  This clamor of protest happens to be against men wearing shirts that are too big, too sloppy, too outdated, and just plain don’t fit right.
The brand is built on a sizing system not seen commonly in menswear.  Instead of the usual neck and sleeve sizing (My measurements are 15.5 neck, 32/33 sleeve) Hugh & Crye employs an eccentric sizing system based on short, average, tall profiles for height and a lean or broad sizing for body shape.  This system effectively creates six different sizing patterns most men fall into.  Of course if you’re anything like me you may fall into the in between or “tweener” category, which is actually a god thing because it allows you to wear several different sizes across the board.
The shirts come in cotton weaves from the standard 100’s to the more luxurious 140’s.  They are fitted, but not tight. A high and trim arm hole create a slimming silhouette while tall button collars will stand up against the DC heat.  Tight stitching, standard side gussets and quality fabric create a lovely product.  Although these shirts are a common theme among the slim and trim trend that has been going strong this decade, these shirts may not be the best for the portly gentlemen.  Although I fall into the lean category, from the looks of it the broad category does not seem to be able to accommodate a man over 200 pounds with more weight in his shoulders and/or mid section than most. On the other hand this may not be the target market for Hugh & Crye.  DC is one of the fittest cities in the country and slim is certainly in when it comes to men’s clothing.
The Hugh & Crye team is small but growing consisting of a close knit group of friends and business associates.  Pranav himself is a gracious host and modern man just looking to improve the lives of men one shirt at a time.  We’ll be working with Pranav and his team in the future to help bring Hugh & Crye into your closet and eradicate unsightly shirts which neither flatter nor enhance the male form.






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Wants & Desires

Our most recent addition to the wish list is J. Crew’s fatigue jacket.  Inspired by vintage military garments  this jacket is the be-all, end-all of casual cool. It’s cut on the reverse side for a rugged, worn-in appeal and then washed heavily. Versatile, comfortable and easy, this piece will last longer than you. Piece-dyed cotton slub twill. Removable hood. Button-tab at collar. Hidden zip closure. Shoulder epaulets. Underarm eyelet vents. Reinforced elbow patches. Flap patch pockets, interior patch pocket. Adjustable tabs at cuffs. Interior drawstring at waist. Partially lined. Wear it with jeans, canvas sneakers, and t-shirt in summer.  Layer it over a cardigan, sweater, or your favorite sweatshirt in the Fall, lace up some worn in boots and you’ll be ready for anything.





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NuSkin For Men

Today’s man is one who not only cares for and maintains his wardrobe, but also his skin.  Yes, your skin may be tight, smooth, clear, and bright while you’re young; but time catches up to even the best of us and a proper skin care regimen NOW will keep you from being a wrinkled old man later.

With so many skin care products on the market it can be difficult for a man to tell which is the best for his skin, his lifestyle, and his wallet.  In steps Nu Skin® For Men—a multifunctional line of products designed to improve the look and feel of your skin without adding a single step.  Over time gravity, free radical damage, smoking, drinking, and the everyday wear and tear on the body can cause the skin to lose elasticity.  Nu Skin has created Tegreen 97,® a green tea based  leaf extract which acts as potent natural antioxidant.

The Nu Skin men’s package includes shave cream, after shave balm and deodorant.  The line of products targets men ages 20–40 who want to feel better about their image without adding time or hassle to their morning routine.  The ingredients are mostly natural but the deodorant does contain aluminum which if you’re not careful can turn the underarms of your white tee’s yellow.  Keep a bottle of Deo-Go handy and you should be OK.  We’ll be trying a sample soon and will report our findings.

Nu Skin For Men Skin Care Package





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