Usually, picking your fabric for your next Alexander West suit is easy: Grey, Navy, stripes, small checks, or solids. You choose what your business dictates. BUT, when it comes down to picking out the lining fabric,quite a few clients let their true colors (pun intended) shine! We invite you to come see not only our suit fabric selection, but our lining selection as well. You may be surprised to see what you’ll find- a perfectly fitted business suit fully lined with personality!
Truly no ordinary briefcase, Contango Goods’ Axton is crafted in NYC from surprisingly soft oiled leather, English bridle leather handles, cotton flannel lining, and industrial grade rivets and zippers. The full grain leather will develop a patina that can be buffed out with the tips of your fingers. The slim design and superior quality of this innovative take on the classic briefcase far outweighs it’s price: $375. Available in Brown or Black at the Alexander West showroom.
Building on last month’s entry for designing your tuxedo, we are going to explore options when designing your formal shirt. A formal shirt should let the tuxedo take center stage. A White shirt is the most traditional option. Opt for a crisp, smooth, densely woven fabric or choose a fabric that has a very subtle pattern or texture that feels more elegant than your business shirts. Subtle shine created by an extraordinary weave or texture on a formal shirt makes the shirt special. Also consider the season and time of day of an event: day events may call for a lighter weight fabric to ease the effects of heat, evening events may call for fabrics with a bit more weight. Below are some fabric options with texture for the shirt or the bib front:
There are two traditional collar styles for your formal shirt, either spread or wing. Both are appropriate to pair with a bow tie, but not with a neck tie! If you opt for the spread collar, note that the spread between the collar points should be narrow enough for the bow tie to sit squarely between the points- if the spread is too wide the wings of the bow tie could get caught under the collar! We strongly suggest french cuffs for a formal shirt, in order for you to show off handsome cuff links. We have several french cuff shapes to consider, but a square edge is the most traditional. There are several options to consider for the front of the shirt: with or without a bib, bib with pleats or pique front, exposed studs or fly front. This choice is very personal, choose which style best reflects your style and personality. All our formal shirts come with removable buttons to accommodate studs (unless you specify otherwise).
Because a tuxedo is meant to be formal wear, it should differ greatly in style and detail from your business suit. We have put together some points to consider when designing your tuxedo:
Your suit coat is probably too long. We’ve recently seen quite a few suit coats that reach to the middle of a client’s thigh. Traditionally, a suit coat’s length is determined by dividing the body in half (from neck base to shoes). The Alexander West Modern suit has a more modern length – slightly shorter than the traditional length. Our AW Modern length doesn’t let the suit coat overwhelm the body, which makes the torso look long; it extends the leg line by exposing more of the pants, thus making you look taller and skinnier.
Because every body is different, we will work with you to determine the ideal length for you when you come in for a fitting.
“I lost a lot of weight recently and my old suits look pretty awful. They’re really boxy and I don’t care for that look anymore especially now I’m so much smaller. ” – JDC, Greenwich CT
Our client, Matt Kolmes, and his lovely bride Jenny pose for this beautiful tropical wedding photo. Matt came to us because he wanted a suit appropriate for his Hawaiian wedding- a lightweight wool in a warm sand shade ideal for beating the tropical sun but also doesn’t look out of place in Hawaii’s natural beauty. We wish them a lifetime of happiness and looking great! Read more…
I sat down with Philip Weisner of Kestenbaum & Weisner to learn about his jewelry business. He is a third generation jeweler and he has been in the business for more than 30 years.
I first met Philip in 2011 at John Allan’s when I had a pop-up shop there. He was originally an Ascot Chang client but I was able to convince him to give Alexander West a try. Philip’s natural preference was for white and blue solid shirts only, but I nudged him to branch out to lavender, yellow and other more interesting patterns. Naturally, they looked great on him!
There are many choices for buying diamond rings and jewelry in New York. What separates Phil from the rest is that he is a relaxed, friendly and trusted jeweler. He has a hard working, traditional work ethic, and believes that if you make a customer happy, you’ll have that customer for life. In fact he has many stories of multiple generations of the same family purchasing engagement rings from him!
You guys are the perfect fit, why shouldn’t your wedding shirts fit just as perfectly? Our featured couple, Gary and Sal, had shopped for weeks for the ideal shirts for their wedding when they decided to ask us to help them create their shirts.
Your wedding day is all about expressing your love and personality, and custom shirts are an important facet in the planning of your big day. If your wedding is a formal grand event or a casual destination affair, we will create shirts to your taste and accommodate special requests that will make your shirts reflect your personality.
New York city’s concrete jungle can be a little difficult during the summer. The humidity and temperature will leave a lasting impression on your shirts.
“What’s the best way to get these stains out?”
Some of the answers are a bit surprising*:
With the US Open right around the corner, we have compiled a few local places to practice our killer back-hands, ace worthy serves, slicing fore-hands, and torpedo volleys. Even if you don’t rank with the USTA these courts make you feel like a pro.
1. Central park. Nice clay courts. Rules for shoes (smooth-soles)
and reserving courts are strict, but with a permit ($200) reserving is pretty easy, do it a few days in advance. Get there 10 before the hour or they give away your court. You can reserve one court for singles for 1 hour (only one person needs a permit) or one court for doubles for 2 hours (two people need permits). Costs $15 to play. Each person. Courts are open from April to November.
The summer linen shirt epitomizes the season. It’s relaxed, easy to wear, makes you look relaxed and worry free. Don’t let the wrinkles and creases worry you, it’s called casual wear for a reason. Available in every color, pattern imaginable, its easy to transition into for every occasion. Probably not suitable for the office, but if you have a company bbq or outing, by all means throw it with a lightweight jacket or roll up the sleeves for an easy elegant look. Pack it flat and let it hang as soon as you get to your destination. Since cotton linens soak up moisture and debris easily, wash after each wear. Careful with the bbq sauce!
photo courtesy of thelondonlounge.net
The time between Memorial Day and Labor isn’t just about sun and Summer Fridays, the real issue is getting to and enjoying the best BBQ’s around. Should it be lamp chops, baby back ribs, a smoldering sirloin, chicken wings, rib eye, pork loin….whatever your ‘canvas’ is the most important ingredient is the sauce! Everyone knows it’s all in the sauce. Spicy, a bit sweet, or tangy, sour, zesty, peppery. Whatever suits your taste-buds as long as it pleases the crowds. Never give away your secret, keep them guessing and keep them coming back year after year. We decided to break the rules and share our favorite ‘secret’ sauce. Try ours or make it your own. You can’t go wrong.
The AW Tested BBQ Sauce (don’t get it on your shirt)
2 cups white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbl. lemon juice
1/2 Tbl. salt
1 tsp. finely ground black pepper
1 tsp. finely ground red pepper
3/4 tsp. hot sauce (add more or less to your liking)
1 cup Heinz Ketchup
With Father’s Day around the corner, we reflect on the moments that make Dads….. well just Dads. Behind the button up shirts and ties, their panache for turning every moment into a reflection, and best of all having no shame of embarrassing their children. Through laughter, horse-play, teaching us to live and enjoy our lives the best we can. After all, they brought us into the world…well partially.
Fondest Childhood Memory: Ski trips with dad singing Rod Stewart songs while I was stuck on the chair-lift, and finishing the day with Mac and cheese.
Road trips with James Taylor, Seals & Croft, and Abba blasting. Thanks to Dad they’re still our favs.
You’ve transitioned your wardrobe months ago to accommodate the warm weather, why not give your hair the same treatment. With summer heat and humidity your hair products and maybe style can under go its own face-lift. We sat down with Rodney Cutler of Cutler Salon, New York for some of practical summer hair tips. Rodney has styled every Joe on the street, to celebrities, artists, ad campaigns, and leading fashion shows season after season. A serious athlete on his personal time, this guy knows how to rough it up and still keep every strand in perfect place. You might have less face time with the boss during the summer months, but that’s no reason to neglect your tresses.
You’re probably spending a lot more time in the pool or on the beach…
Once a week use a detoxing shampoo which will help break down chemicals such as chlorine. If you’re an avid swimmer, dab a bit of conditioner under that swim-cap. This will create a barrier between the chlorine and your hair.
Summer is officially here! The heat wave brings unwanted sweat stains, reeking city streets, congestion and the list goes on so forth. On the bright side think about all the girls in summer dresses, dynamic bar scenes, summer Fridays, outdoor bars, rooftop bars, beer gardens, summer shares, did we mention the bar scene?
Bar scenes take on a whole new face-lift once the thermometer hits ‘outdoor.’ We took the liberty to round up some of our favorites. Favorite bar for first dates, to pick up chics… Oops meant ladies, best bar to de-stress, best for everything. If you have a few favorites, share your comments with us.
NAME: Jack Yeaton
-Occupation: Entertainment Publicist
-Where you’re from: Boston, Massachusetts
-Current city of residence: New York City (Greatest City In The World)
The Contemporary Art evening began with Rudolf Stingel, Untitled 1956 and made its way through 60 featuring notable works of art by Cindy Sherman, William DeKooning, Frank Stella, and Jean-Michel Basquiat to list a few. An impressive bid of $16million dollars for Jeff Koons Pink Panther sculpture, while Warhol racks in a not too shabby $18 million for his Sixteen Jackies on silkscreen. The room was well mannered with breaks of controlled laughter from the auctioneers modest comments as he waved his arms like a conductor orchestrating a tight ensemble. Dignitaries and aficionados from around the world kept their eyes on fellow bidders while their eyes moved around like a wall clock with large cat eyes. Even if you’re not a collector, this is one NY experience to encounter. A combination of high fashion, high art, controlled humor and the only thing that’s loose is the sound of dollars fluctuating across the room.
It’s difficult to find a venue or a restaurant where one can ease into the evening without feeling rushed. Pay the check, hail a cab, who’s got the tickets, is there time for dessert, will there be a bar… common questions busy city dwellers ask when you plan an evening involving a show. Luckily we stumbled upon City Winery edging at the border of Tribeca. City Winery is founded by Michael Dorf, the mastermind behind The Knitting Factory. Infusing his passion for wines and music this venue certainly hits the right notes on many levels.
Set prominently on the corner of Varick Street, this spacious yet rustic venue boasts a cross between a rustic farm and an earthy urban loft. With 21,000 square feet, they certainly take advantage of every space. From private events, to concerts, one can even own their own barrel and bottle your own wine. Have no fear, classes and instructions are facilitated by their expert wine makers who will guide you from grape varietals to fermentation catered to your own schedule.