Ways to Wear Linen

April 22nd, 2016
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    Linen is an airy and delicate weave made from flax plant fibers. It's breathable, absorbent, and the slightly rumpled aesthetic is a hallmark of summer style. Need ideas on how to wear some staple linen pieces?

    Short-sleeve: Keep it casual by pairing it with shorts, denim, or over swimming trunks for days spent outdoor. The shirt can be fitted or slightly billowy based on your preference, and feel free to leave a few buttons undone to help cool off.

    Long-sleeve: Mix up your pant fabric for textural contrast and added depth. For example, if you go with long sleeves, wear cotton chinos. These look great in colors, such as pastels or shades of green or blue.

    Jacket: A linen jacket works well for when you need to be a bit more dressed up, but a suit is not required. Similar to the long-sleeve shirt, mix your fabrics. Try a cotton t-shirt and denim with your linen jacket.

    Suit: A linen suit is a great option for a summer wedding, especially in earth tone colors such as cream, beige, or navy. Linen blended with another material, like cotton or silk, will help keep your suit from wrinkling too much. The suit should be tailored.

    If you want these linen looks (or many more), come visit us at the showroom.

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    Suit Jackets vs. Blazers vs. Sport Coats

    April 22nd, 2016
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      A suit jacket is part of a complete suit, so pair the jacket and pants together. These two items should be the same color and fabric. I would not recommend wearing the suit jacket separately too often; the added wear will fade the garment faster than the pants, and then your suit will no longer match.

       

      A blazer is solid in color with metal buttons typically. This was a favorite of the British Navy in the early 19th century, so it is most commonly associated with the navy color. This versatile piece can be dressed up with chinos or khakis or dressed down with jeans for more informal events.

       

      A sport coat is the most casual, as the original intent of this jacket back in the 1920's was to be worn during outdoor activities. This is usually patterned or colored and can be made of varying fabrics and weights. This goes best with jeans, but any material (like corduroy or flannel) also works - just as long as it doesn't too closely resemble the jacket's material.

             

      Real Life 007

       

      James Bond in Casino Royale was the inspiration behind one of our client's wedding look. For his big day, Rakesh wanted the same peak lapel tuxedo and shirt worn by Daniel Craig in the movie, and we brought his vision to life. We finished his ensemble with a formal bowtie and white suspenders, all custom-made. Congrats, Rakesh!

       

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      Non-Traditional Tuxedos + Suits

      April 22nd, 2016
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        Recently, we have noticed a lot of our clients looking for suits/tuxedos for wedding and banquets.  We are all familiar with the classic black and white tuxes and dark suits but if you want to stand out, we have gathered some unique looks below.

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        Recently, we had the pleasure of making wedding suits for the whole groomsmen party. The groom wanted everyone to have a different colored suit, so they could be worn after the wedding. We decided on medium blue and light gray color bases so the suits would not be confused with work suits.

         

        Another one of our clients, Mark A., recently made a three-piece classic suit for his wedding in Wisconsin. Vest will definitely jazz up the ensemble. Congrats Mark!

         

        This blue tux with a shawl lapel has been popularized by the James Bond movies. Colored tuxedo with a black peak lapel is another nice twist to traditional colors.

                         

        This black tuxedo is a bit more unique due to the satin notch lapel.

         

        I really like the well coordinated ensemble of bow tie, three-piece medium blue suit, and flowers.

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        A. West : Gift Cards for Custom Experience

        January 26th, 2016
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          Here we are: December! It's the Giving and Sharing season, and Alexander West 'Shertificates' are the perfect gift to your colleagues, friends, and family. Don't think of it as giving just a shirt, you'll be giving the experience of getting treated to a shirt made exclusively for him. It's a gift that will be appreciated for years! We can ship or messenger the gift cards to your office/residnece; or you can pick them up from our showroom.
          Here's to YOU! Thank you to all the wonderful gentlemen and ladies who we've had the pleasure to advise and work with during the past year. It is because of all of you that Alexander West continues to deliver the best fitting shirts you've ever owned. We wish you all continued health, happiness and success in 2016! - Alexander West
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          Alex West : CyberMonday Offer

          January 26th, 2016
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            Greetings! Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Our CyberMonday deal is here. You will get 20% off your online shirt order; please use promotion code, PC541040, during checkout.
            Expires at 2 AM EST, Tuesday.  

            ONLINE LOG IN INSTRUCTIONS:

            If you came by our showroom and have not used our online e-commerce website, we have all of your measurement and style information saved in your online profile. Please click here to log in. (Please use the newsletter email address and if you do not know your password, please click "Forgot Your Password?") MORE DETAILS: This offer is valid only for existing AW clients. Estimated delivery is between 5 and 7 weeks for CyberMonday orders. You may change your previously saved measurement and style info. If you want to modify your order, please email order@alexander-west.com and explain the changes. Valid for 24 hours only. Offer ends at 2:00 AM EST Tuesday, December 1st, 2015. If you have any questions, please email contact@alexander-west.com. Any changes to the order must be received by 5 PM Tuesday, December 1, 2015. No Refunds and this offer does not apply to Gift Cards, AW Credits or to previous orders. Happy Holidays from Alexander West!!!
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            Alex West Thanksgiving Deal: 2 Shirts or 1 Pants FREE

            January 26th, 2016
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              Greetings! Our Thanksgiving Sale is here, and in addition to shirts, we are also adding an option for a pair of custom pants. Buy any 3 shirts this Thanksgiving Holiday (Thu 11/26 - Sun 11/29/15) and you choose 2 FREE shirts or 1 FREE custom pants.

              WHAT YOU GET: OPTION A: Two Free Shirts Buy any 3 full priced shirts on our website from Thursday, November 26th until the end of
              Sunday, November 29th, and receive 1 White Poplin "Clouds" AND 1 Light Blue End-on-End
              "Park Avenue"
              custom shirts ($320 total value) with your order.
              OPTION B: One Custom Pants If you choose the Custom Pants option, please email us at order@alexander-
              west.com when you make your order and we will put you down for the custom
              pants ($375 value), which needs to be redeemed at the Alexander West showroom
              within 1 year.

              It's that simple and it is that great!!!


              ONLINE LOG IN INSTRUCTIONS:

              If you came by our showroom and have not used our online e-commerce website, we have all of your measurement and style information saved in your online profile. Please click here to log in. (Please use the newsletter email address and if you do not know your password, please click "Forgot Your Password?" Please email order@alexander-west.com with any issues.)

              MORE DETAILS: This offer is valid only for existing AW clients. One order limit per client. FREE SHIRTS will be added to your order by Alexander West; it will not appear in your shopping cart during checkout. Please allot 7 business days to show in your order account. There will be no fabric substitution for the free gift shirts. The shirt styles will match the first full price shirt (of three) in your shopping cart. Clients will choose from over 400 pants fabrics for the free custom pants. Estimated delivery is between 6 and 8 weeks for Thanksgiving special orders. You may change your previously saved measurement and style info. If you want to modify your order, please email order@alexander-west.com and explain the changes. Any changes to the order must be received by 9 AM Monday, November 30, 2015. Offer ends at 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, November 29, 2015. If you have any questions, please email order@alexander-west.com. No Refunds and this offer does not apply to Gift Cards or to previous orders. AW vouchers will not be valid for the Thanksgiving special.
              Happy Thanksgiving from Alexander West!!!
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              Meet Alexander West Clients

              January 26th, 2016
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                Wow! The holiday season is here and we have less than 2 months until end of the year. Time is flying!!!

                This month's newsletter is a bit different, because we are profiling and introducing some of our cool and awesome AW clients. I know you are always looking for great gift ideas and new restaurants to visit and things to do with friends this time of the year, so we have profiled some of our AW clients who can make your holiday time special.

                Philip Weisner - Third Generation Jeweler Sal Rizzo - Cooking Class at De Gustibis Craig Skiptunis - Founder of Bistro 1080 Neil Kleinberg - Clinton Street Baking Company

                Diamonds and Bling Bling!

                It is all about trust and comfort. Philip Weisner of Kestenbaum & Weisner is a third generation jeweler. He has been an Alexander West client since 2011 and he has been dealing with diamonds and fine jewelry for over 35 years. If you are looking for a gift for your special person, Philip will help you. Philip's contact info is below along with a cool video talking about his philosophy and background. Kestenbaum & Weisner 580 Fifth Ave, Suite 415, NY 10036 212-921-1224 - pjw1118@gmail.com Cooking Class @ De Gustibis Cooking School Sal Rizzo, AW client since 2011, owns and operates the De Gustibus Cooking School and if you are looking for a fun idea with friends or loved ones, this is an interactive and tasty activity. The De Gustibus School brings cooking to life with an ever changing roster of chefs and classes, and some of their past chefs are household names (i.e., Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain). DeGustibus Cooking School Macy's Herald Square 151 West 34th St., 8th Floor, NY 212-239-1652 | info@degustibusnyc.com Dine in Morningside Heights @ Bistro 1080 Craig Skiptunis, an AW client since January 2010, owns and manages Bistro 1018 in the charming neighborhood of Bloomingdale near Morningside Heights. "We're more of a neighborhood restaurant.... with our fireplace and patina'd ambiance,
                we've created a casual atmosphere that where people like to come to socialize or have
                business meetings over great food. Our customer's tastes helps inform our menu, and they
                enjoy bistro style food that makes creative use of fresh local ingredients."
                Bistro 1018 1018 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, 10025 212-662-7600 | www.bistroten18.com "American Classics" at Clinton Street Baking Company Neil Kleinberg, an AW client since 2013, and DeDe Lahman opened Clinton Street Baking Company in April 2001. Their only mission at that time was to make the best baked goods in the city, hand-mixed in small batches. But soon the locals stumbled in, and murmurs of Neil's simple yet delicious omelets, sandwiches and soups moved people to cluster - then crowd - the block. New York Magazine voted Neil's blueberry pancakes best in the city (twice!). I would definitely second that opinion. I am a huge fan of the soft shell crab sandwich and fried chicken. I suggest going for dinner since you will be waiting a long time if you go during breakfast time, weekday or weekend. Clinton Street also caters. You can also purchase the Clinton Street Cookbook from Amazon. It was voted NY Times Best of 2010 Cookbook. 4 Clinton Street (btw. East Houston & Stanton) New York, NY 10002 646-602-6263 www.clintonstreetbaking.com
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                Bow Tie Primer

                January 26th, 2016
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                  We found a great primer on bow ties. Remember, we make custom box ties now!
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                  Alexander West Suiting News

                  January 21st, 2016
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                    Hope you are enjoying the Fall weather. We have some new Italian suiting fabrics in stock and want to share them with you. DRAGO Drago is an Italian textile mill. They were founded by the Drago family in 1973 and operate two mills in Lessona and Verrona. Company produces quality fabrics for masculine elegance and they value the Italian tradition but in a modern and innovative way. www.dragobiella.it/en More Italian Sport Coat Fabrics We just received 200 unique and fun sport coat fabrics for the fall and winter. You will not find these designs at the local department stores. These fabrics will distinguish you from all the other boring sport coats
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                    Alex West: Protect Your Tie Investment

                    January 20th, 2016
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                      Ahhh, the summer is almost over!! Only two more weeks to the official end of Summer, September 23. Now that you will be getting back to "work" mode, picking out your morning ties will be necessary. We have prepared a brief tip-sheet on how to take care of your neckwear investment. Also, we are officially introducing our custom bow tie and tie collection - more info on that below... PROTECT YOUR TIES Wrinkles form for a few reasons: incorrect untying of knot, too tight of a knot and/or improper storage. 1. Untying - To take off a tie, just reverse the steps of putting it on. Spend a few extra seconds to patiently untie it. 2. Tight Knot - You are not tying a boat to the dock. Keep the tie knot loose and gentle. 3. Storage - When storing a necktie, you need to consider the tie's fabric. Silk - If it's silk, hang it up. Gravity will allow silk to relax and smooth itself out. An example of tie rack is below. Cotton, Wool and Knit - For these fabrics, it is best to roll them up and store them away in a drawer or a box (picture below). Unlike silk ties, gravity may actually damage the ties, making them lose their fresh, crisp look. NEW - CUSTOM TIES AND BOW TIES How many times have you had to re-do your tie in the morning bc it was either too short or too long? You will save a lot of headache and time by having the correct length. We now offer three main knot styles. Milano is more appropriate with full Windsor or half windsor tie knots and Nouveau and Classic is more appropriate if you want a simple four-hand tie know. All ties can be adjusted for length and width. We have 5 different bowtie styles to choose. We call the "A" bowtie, the Tom Ford for its dramatic affair. "E" bowtie is modern and simple. We have over 200 silk fabrics in stock. All neckwear and pocket squares are made in New York city.
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                      Prevent Yellow Armpit Stains

                      June 16th, 2015
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                          It is starting to warm up in New York and we know what that means - humidity and sweat! Recently we received a question from one of our clients and he asked how to get rid of armpit stains.  After some research, we wrote a quick summary on preventing and zapping away the yellow annoyance. 1. PREVENTION Contrary to popular beliefs, it's not your sweat itself that causes yellow stains. Most experts agree that aluminum ingredient used in antiperspirants in combination with sweat cause the yellow stains.  So, it is important to choose a deodorant that does not contain aluminum.  From our research, following brands do not contain aluminum and they are all under $5. a. Arm and Hammer Natural
                         
                         
                        b. Tom's of Maine Original Care Natural
                         
                         
                        c. Old Spice High Endurance
                        2. GET RID OF IT! Top method to ridding armpit stains is a combination of hydrogen peroxide, water and baking soda. Please do not use bleach or hot water. Bleach will actually darken the stains because it reacts with the proteins in sweat and the hot water or heat from the dryer will set the stains. Video below uses OxiClean, which is basically hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and water. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFioRHiLNpw&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Video below shows a combination of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, water and Palmolive. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KczXd6d5sXE&feature=youtu.be[/embed] If you don't have hydrogen peroxide and baking soda in your kitchen, it is probably easier to purchase OxiClean.
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                        Do Not Dry Clean + Summer Suits

                        April 14th, 2015
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                          How to Clean a Suit Most common cleaning mistake is taking your suit to the Dry Cleaners too many times. It is advised that you do not dry-clean your suit unless you really need to. The chemicals will over time damage the wool and they will weaken and breakdown. We recommend asking the cleaners to "steam press only" and not dry clean - price should be half the dry cleaning price. We also noticed that "organic" cleaning has a tendency to shrink the lining, which will distort the suit. Wool is stain resistant in that it does not absorb liquid readily. However, you must wipe up stains immediately or else it will be absorbed. A proper clothes brush (below) will help remove stains or marks. Other Tips: Storing - When storing your garment, it is imperative to prevent from moths. Make sure your suit is clean and store with moth balls and cedar chips to both kill and repel any insects. Make sure the moth balls do not come in direct contact with the wool. Shine - If you do get a shiny spot from ironing wool, spray it with a little distilled white vinegar. This should remove the shine. Rinse with cool water to get rid of any vinegar smell. Wrinkles - Wool will shed wrinkles naturally, if given the chance. For a wool item that is wrinkled, hang the suit up and place in a steamy bathroom (easily done by running the hot shower for a few moments), and wrinkles should fall out easily. However, it is not the same as getting it pressed from the cleaners.   Summer Suit - Seersucker Seersucker is a thin, puckered, all-cotton fabric, commonly striped or checked, used to make clothing for spring and summer wear. Seersucker is woven in such a way that some threads bunch together, giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. During the British colonial period, seersucker was a popular material in Britain's warm weather colonies like British India. When seersucker was first introduced in the United States, the material was considered a mainstay of the summer wardrobe of gentlemen, especially in the South, who favored the light fabric in the high heat and humidity of the summer. In time for Spring/Summer, We have nine different colors for you.
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                          Favorite Suit Looks + New Partnership

                          February 17th, 2015
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                            New Partnership - Savile Row Society 16360099627_00bd43d4fd_o.png (600×300) At Savile Row Society (SRS) you work with a stylist to get the look you want! Their professional stylists create outfits that match your style perfectly. There is no cost for their styling services, just the cost of the clothes you buy. SRS is offering friends of Alexander West $50 off their first purchase of $250 or more once you create an account.  CLICK HERE to get started! * Alexander West will be making custom suits and shirts for SRS clients. Wedding Suit Ideas Do you have a wedding coming up or know someone who does? We put together some wedding suit ideas that are a bit different from the norm. Remember, if you like any of the below ideas or find inspirations from magazines, email or contact us and we will work with you to create your ideal suit. 15910685743_7754a8a9ce_o.jpg (427×640) This ensemble reminds me of a british debonair in the countryside during the fall. - I am a fan of the subtle dark brown and light blue check pattern on a brown glen plaid fabric. - Love the matching bow tie as it exudes a fun and friendly personality - Light blue check pattern on the suit complements well with the light blue shirt. - Usually, the white collar on a blue shirt is very "banker" like, but on this occasion, the suit pattern and bow tie goes well with the white shirt collar. - The polka dot pocket square exudes fun and the light tan color doesn't stand out from rest of the suit. There are a lot of different patterns here, so it is important that all the elements work together and do not clash.   16343412220_fb5286226e_b.jpg (515×797) This is a three-piece gray suit with a tint of brown. - Well fitting three-piece suit is a classic ensemble. - Note that he is not wearing a belt, so there is no bulky accessory in the middle - Love the dark brown shoes There are two things that I would change: - One, I would change to plain bottom cuff - Two, on the vest, you can see a little bit of the white shirt right below the last vest button. I see this in many magazine spreads and it is just wrong. My theory for this common mistake is that pants have a lower rise these days and the general pattern on the vest hasn't caught up with the times.   16344956847_6c00abe93c_b.jpg (600×800) This would be a great summer wedding suit. - He is wearing a three piece suit - The groom's blue eyes pair very nicely with the royal blue suit. He also has light colored hair, so it is better to pick a light colored suit than a dark suit. - There are minimal colors at work here. Royal blue on the suit and navy/white tie. White on the flower, shirt and pocket square. That is it. Simple and classic. - I like the peak lapels as they are more distinct and more fashion forward than the notch lapel. - The suit is a bit tight on him on the waist and sleeves. It is pulling a bit too much.   16530890605_c31cf4bb03_o.jpg (427×640) What is not to like about this suit? Love the combination of blue and grey vest. - Important point here is the shade of blue, which has a shade of gray, so it matches very well with the light grey. - Fan of the peak lapel and ticket pocket - Matching vest, pocket square and bow tie - Bow tie adds flair and classic vibe to any wardrobe At Alexander West, we make custom shirts, suits, tuxedos, ties and pocket squares. Only custom!
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                            Black Tie vs White Tie?

                            January 28th, 2015
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                              What is the difference between a black and white tie event?  Well, below are the rules!
                               
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                              A. West CyberMonday Offer

                              January 28th, 2015
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                                Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving spending time with your family and friends. Our CyberMonday deal is here. You will get 25% off your order; please use promotion code, PC360822, during checkout. Valid for 24 hours. Expires at 11 AM EST, Tuesday. ONLINE LOG IN INSTRUCTIONS: If you came by our showroom and have not used our online e-commerce website, we have all of your measurement and style information saved in your online profile. Please click here to log in. (Please use the newsletter email address and if you do not know your password, please click "Forgot Your Password?") MORE DETAILS: This offer is valid only for existing AW clients. One order limit per AW client. Estimated delivery is between 5 and 7 weeks for CyberMonday Sale orders. You may change your previously saved measurement and style info. If you want to modify your order, please email order@alexander-west.com and explain the changes. Valid for 24 hours only. Offer ends at 11:00 AM EST Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014. If you have any questions, please email contact@alexander-west.com. Any changes to the order must be received by 5 PM Tuesday, December 2, 2014. No Refunds and this offer does not apply to Gift Cards or to previous orders. Happy Holidays from Alexander West!!!
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                                A. West Black Friday: 2 Shirts or 1 Pants for $0.0

                                January 28th, 2015
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                                  Our Black Friday Sale is here, and in addition to shirts, we are including pants this year. Buy any 3 shirts this Black Friday Weekend (Fri 11/28 - Sun 11/30/14) and you will get either 2 FREE shirts or 1 custom pants. WHAT YOU GET: OPTION A - 2 Free Shirts Buy any 3 full price shirts on our website from Friday, November 28th until the end of Sunday, November 30th, and receive 1 White Pinpoint "Milk" AND 1 Light Blue End-on-End "Park Avenue" custom shirts ($290 total value) with your order. OPTION B - 1 Custom Pants If you choose the Custom Pants option, please email us at order@alexander-west.com when you make your order and we will send you the custom pants voucher ($375 value), which needs to be redeemed at the Alexander West showroom. It's that simple and it is that great!!!
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                                  Tie Knot Tutorial

                                  October 23rd, 2014
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                                    Most of our clients are familiar with the Four-In-Hand, Half-Windsor or Full-Windsor.  Well, there are 15 other documented ways to tie your knot.  Which knot is YOU?
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                                    NEW! AW Custom Ties

                                    October 23rd, 2014
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                                      Were you ever frustrated with the tie being too short or too long? Did you look everywhere for the perfect slim navy matte tie? Search no further, Alexander West is launching our custom tie collection. In addition to choosing your tie fabric, you can also specify: 1. Length - off the rack ties usually range between 58 and 60 inches. 2. Width - 1.75" modern slim tie to the traditional 3.5" width ties 3. Your initials on a metal link  
                                      How Do I Determine the Correct Tie Size?
                                      Tie length will depend on your torso length and not necessarily on your height. There are three main factors to focus on, your personal style preference, body type and suit lapel width.   Personal Preference   1.75" - Considered to be more fashion forward.  It is difficult to justify a tie less than 1.75" since it can look out of place  2.25" to 2.75" - Modern men who appreciate slim fitting (aka European cut) suits and shirts 3" to 3.25" - Modern and elegant, yet not conservative 3.5"-3.75" -  Traditional / Conservative   Matching Your Suit Lapel         A rule of thumb if you are after a classic business style, is that the tie should be as wide as the lapel of the suit you are wearing it with.   At Alexander West, we can easily match your tie width with your suit lapel width.        Body Type Tie width should also consider your body type.  For example, an ultra skinny tie on a person with a 18" neck and 48" chest throws off the correct proportion by over emphasizing the head and upper torso.
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                                      Rules on Jacket and Pants Fitting Issues

                                      October 23rd, 2014
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                                        We found a great illustration below that shows correct as well as ill-fitting jackets and pants.  We take great care and attention to make sure all of our clients have well tailored clothes. On the length of the jacket. Since people have different torso and arm lengths, it is better to look at the person's height minus the head and neck for a proper balance.  Also, pants length is determined by shoes type, width of the pants cuff and your ideal style.
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                                        What is a Sport Coat?

                                        October 23rd, 2014
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                                          "Sport coat may be worn on less formal occasions than a suit would be. Also, it is designed to be worn on its own, without matching trousers, and does not come as part of a suit. Styles, fabrics, colours and patterns are also more varied than in most suits; sturdier and thicker fabrics may be used, such as corduroysuededenimleather, and tweed.
                                          Originally, sports coats were worn as casual attire for hunting and other outdoor sports (hence the name). With time, they came to be used on more formal occasions, sometimes being used in school uniforms as at Summer Fields School in England." - Wikipedia
                                          Be creative with pairing. For example, famous UK IT guy Andrew Collins pairs sport coat with jeans and orange GUNNAR glasses. May seem like an odd combination, but it looks unusual and catches attention.
                                          Also, we just received a set of beautiful sport coat fabrics from Europe.  You know where to find us!
                                           
                                           
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                                          The Look of Love: Jen + Take

                                          October 23rd, 2014
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                                            Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to introduce our lovely couple, Jen and Take!
                                            Take has been a client of ours for five years and had this handsome three-piece light grey wool peak lapel suit made especially for his wedding day. If you or someone you know has a wedding coming up soon, we'd be honored to help them look and feel this good on the happiest day of their lives.
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                                            BUSINESS ON THE OUTISDE- FUN ON IN THE INSIDE

                                            June 27th, 2014
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                                              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!
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                                              BRIEFCASE RE-IMAGINED: CONTANGO GOODS’ AXTON

                                              June 27th, 2014
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                                                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. If you are interested in seeing other cool fashion items I suggest you to take a look at Instyle.com and GadgetHit Fashion Gadgets for more fashion-tech things. There are also several fashion blogs to get inspiration from.
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                                                The Formal Shirt: An Integral Part of Your Formal Wardrobe

                                                June 26th, 2014
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                                                  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). If you are a current client, we would use your most recent measurement profile to create your shirt, with new formal style details. Lastly, we ask that you give us 5-7 weeks ahead of your event date so we deliver you a perfect finished shirt in a timely manner.
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                                                  The Tuxedo Guide

                                                  June 26th, 2014
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                                                    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:
                                                    Let's start with the jacket lapels. Because the notch lapel is closely associated with business suits, we suggest choosing a peak lapel or a shawl collar for your tuxedo. This will automatically distinguish the jacket from regular business attire. We suggest the traditional 1-button single-breasted style. It is customary to exclude pocket flaps at the waist on a tuxedo jacket, leaving the welt detail only, and trimmed in the same silk as the lapel. There will be no vent opening at the back of the jacket for a more polished appearance, but if a vent is necessary a double (side) vent is more appropriate. Buttons on the front of the jacket and at the sleeve are covered in the same silk as the lapels. A chest pocket is customary with a tuxedo jacket. The major style difference for tuxedo pants is the elegant silk stripe (or "braid") covering the side seam. This stripe is made from the same silk as the jacket lapel. The waistband only includes side tabs, and not beltloops, so fitting the waistband very closely is important*. The hem of the pants are plain and without cuffs for an elegant finish. The fabric for the pants should match the fabric of the jacket. If you're considering a white tuxedo jacket for warm weather occasions, we suggest darkest navy blue pants to pair with your jacket. You have the option of including a vest with your tuxedo design. The purpose of the vest is the same as a cumberbund, to cover the waistband and keep you from exposing a bit of shirt above the waistband.
                                                     
                                                    A tuxedo is both a luxury and a necessity for a gentleman. We will help you get your gentleman on when you come in for a fitting.
                                                    *Even though you wont be able to wear a belt, you can always opt for braces/suspenders to wear with your tuxedo.
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                                                    MEET AN AW CLIENT: CRAIG SKIPTUNIS

                                                    March 19th, 2014
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                                                      Craig Skiptunis, an AW client since January 2010, owns and manages Bistro 1018 in the charming neighborhood of Bloomingdale in uptown Manhattan. Craig began working in kitchens and restaurants at a young age and realized that he had a talent for restaurant management and love of food.  In 2001, he opened Bistro 1018 (named for its street address on 1018 Amsterdam Avenue).
                                                      "We're more of a neighborhood restaurant.... with our fireplace and patina'd ambiance, we've created a casual atmosphere that where people like to come to socialize or have business meetings over great food. Our customer's tastes helps inform our menu, and they enjoy bistro style food that makes creative use of fresh local ingredients."
                                                      As a benefit to our esteemed AW clients, Craig is generously offering a 20% discount on your next visit to Bistro 1018 - simply mention Alexander West when you arrive. Craig suggests trying their Braised Berkshire Pork Shoulder, served au jus with rosemary gremolata and black eyed peas. Bistro 1018 1018 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, 10025 212-662-7600  |  www.bistroten18.com
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                                                      Suit: Long vs Short

                                                      March 19th, 2014
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                                                        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.
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                                                        Meet an AW Client: Sal Rizzo of DeGustibus Cooking School

                                                        February 18th, 2014
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                                                          Sal Rizzo had been a custom shirt client of ours for years, before we designed a custom shirt for his wedding. Sal owns and operates the DeGustibus Cooking School (if you've been inside Macy's Herald Square, you may have seen it), and has been in the culinary world for over 25 years. His passion involves promoting the culinary arts and creating an environment where people can come together and share incredible experiences centered around food and wine, which Sal does with gusto. The DeGustibus School brings cooking to life with an ever changing roster of chefs and classes, and some of their past chefs are household names (ie Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain). Meet Sal at DeGustibus and tell him we sent you!
                                                          DeGustibus Cooking School
                                                          Macy's Herald Square
                                                          151 West 34th St., 8th Floor
                                                          New York, NY
                                                           
                                                          212-239-1652
                                                          info@degustibusnyc.com
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                                                          Armando & Matt: A Brooklyn Wedding in 2 AW Suits

                                                          January 13th, 2014
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                                                            Our new clients, Armando and Matt, came to us via a client referral after unsuccessfully shopping at department stores for their wedding in Nov 2013. They came to us with their vision for their big day and the suits they wanted, more "classy than flashy" but with a fun twist - Armando's 3-piece suit would have 2 lining colors: a dark polka dot to match the jacket and a contrasting pink panel on the vest. It is this kind of creative detail that makes a beautiful suit truly "yours". We wish them a lifetime of happiness and looking great!
                                                            Envisioning a special style for your wedding or need a new perfect fitting suit?  Let's set your appointment! 
                                                            Note: For the first AW suit, we are averaging 3 fittings.  It is the refinement process after the first fitting that will distinguish an Alexander West suit from others. Please allow appropriate lead time for special events orders.
                                                             
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                                                            Suit: Low Button Stance Jacket

                                                            December 17th, 2013
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                                                              "DEAR ALEX" "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   When tailoring a jacket (or "coat", which is the proper term), we suggest a low button stance as shown on the right (in addition to proper fitting waist). The depth of the button stance creates a deep "V" shape which broadens the shoulders and chest and narrows the waist. Conversely, a high button stance doesn't create the deep "V" shape, and broadens the mid section of the coat - giving the illusion of a larger body underneath. During your fitting we will work with you to place that top button in order to create the shape that will best enhance your body shape.
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