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The Finishing Touches

August 4th, 2016 Comments off
Accessories are the finishing touches to a tailored look, and swapping them out can make your suit look different between wears.

Ties: If wearing a black or navy suit with a white dress shirt for a formal function, a solid tie is best. For more informal events or a day in the office, go for patterns such as dots or stripes. Keep color combinations to a max of four, and have the colors complement the suit and shirt.

Bowties: This accessory is making a comeback in popularity as a symbol of smart dressing. For formal occasions, pick a solid silk or solid velvet bowtie in a dark color. For daytime wear, go with something fun and patterned, but grounded in darker tones to avoid looking immature. As with ties, make sure the colors go well with the rest of the outfit.

Pocket squares: This is a great way to add color and character to your jacket. Go for silk or cotton, and unless it's a formal event, opt for a variety of patterns and styles. To be more casual, choose something more patterned or wear your outfit without a tie. If you do choose to wear both a pocket square and tie, make sure the colors and patterns are complementary but not matching.

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Extend the Life of your Suit

July 15th, 2016 Comments off
Here are a few tips to maintain the great look of your custom suit:

1. Hang it Up: Always hang your suit in a well-spaced area when you're not wearing it. Use a proper wooden hanger with a wide-spread contoured shape to preserve the shape - cedar wood absorbs moisture as well as act as a moth repellant. If you keep it in a suit bag, leave the zip open a bit to let air in and out.

2. Give it a Break: Try not to wear the same suit every day to avoid deterioration. The wool fibers of your suit need time to rest, so rotate your suits throughout the week. Take small, daily measures to keep your suit clean such as laying a napkin across your lap during meals or gently brushing your jacket with a suit brush.

3. Avoid the Cleaners: Dry cleaning will expose your suit to harsh chemicals that will take its toll on the fabric, so only dry clean when necessary. Fabrics of higher micron number (higher than Super 150s wool) are more fragile and more susceptible to wear and tear; frequent dry cleaning will only exacerbate the issue. Instead, care for your suit by asking the cleaners to "STEAM ONLY" or using a garment steamer to get out wrinkles and deodorize it. Avoid using an iron to press your suit as it may damage the fabric.

4. Pack it Properly: Try traveling with a garment bag if you can. If that's not practical, check out our May newsletter for instructions on how to properly fold and pack a suit. When you don't have access to a steamer during your travels, hang up your suit in the bathroom using the steam from a hot shower.

Book your next appointment for custom suits, shirts, and accessories today.

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Learn to Pack a Suit

May 25th, 2016 Comments off
If you are traveling and not carrying a garment bag, there is a proper way to fold a suit into your luggage.

Following these steps will keep the wrinkles to a minimum until you get to your next destination:

 
  1. Hold your pants upside down from the bottom hem.
  2. Lay the pants down on a surface along their natural creases and fold in half.
  3. Fold in half again.
  4. Hold the jacket up with your hands inside the shoulders and the liner facing you.
  5. Fold the jacket in half, shoulder to shoulder.
  6. Turn one shoulder inside out over the other. (with liner facing outward)
  7. Lay the jacket down on a surface and fold the pants inside the jacket.

Did you know we offer custom suits and tuxedos? Visit the showroom to get fitted.

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Ways to Wear Linen

April 22nd, 2016 Comments off

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 Comments off

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 Comments off

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.

AW in Action

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 Comments off
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 Comments off
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 Comments off
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 Comments off
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 Comments off
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 Comments off
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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Prevent Yellow Armpit Stains

June 16th, 2015 Comments off
  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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A. West CyberMonday Offer

January 28th, 2015 Comments off
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 Comments off
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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