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.
The third annual 'Pop-Up' Flea will take place this year in the Open House Gallery in Nolita. Alexander West will be one of many high-end Menswear designers showcasing their items and setting up shop. We will be there servicing your every custom shirt need!
Stop by to see our special deals!
Times and dates are as follows:
Location: 201 Mulberry Street (between Spring and Kenmare)
Friday, 11/19, 3 - 9 pm
Saturday, 11/20, 11 am - 7 pm
Sunday, 11/21: 11 am - 6 pm
Vendors include: Oak Street Bootmakers, J.W Hulme, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, L.L. Bean Signature, Smith + Butler, Tellason, Billykirk, Aether, Tanner Goods, Scout Original, Wooden Sleepers, Riviera Club, Alexander Olch, Gant, Oliver Spencer, The Hill-Side / Hickoree’s Hard Goods, Grown & Sewn, Stanley & Sons, J.Crew, Gitman Brothers Vintage, Schott NYC, Digby & Iona, Leather Head / Lemon Ball and more!
Looking forward to seeing you there! Please click here for more information.
We are thrilled to announce director Oliver Stone was caught in an Alexander West custom dress shirt during the Wall Street Movie Premiere right here in New York City. The NYSE invited the entire cast to ring the opening bell on the movie's opening day. Stay tuned for more Alexander West celebrity sightings to come.
Alexander West was mentioned in CNN Money.com today as one of the most practical and affordable options for buying a custom dress shirt! We were quoted in stressing the importance of fit most of all when surveying your dress shirt options. You can never go wrong with a custom shirt from AW!
One of New York's longest running local newspapers THE QUEENS LEDGER has written a phenomenal review about Alexander West. The paper which covers 6 neighborhoods in Queens and 2 in Brooklyn has featured AW in their 'hot local designer' spotlight for the Long Island City/Queens area. The review includes the in and outs of how to order and build your wardrobe AW style. Click here to read all about it!
Alexander West was highlighted in this month's Town and Country Magazine as one of the top places to shop in the new Limelight Marketplace. Our Limelight Showroom location has been an enormous success! We hope to bring more top quality custom dress shirts to our new, highly multiplying clientele! Pick up an issue this month to read all about it!
A Continuous Lean, a men's blog about all things fashion and style, included an Alexander West gingham shirt with the flap pocket in the beach bag for "that summer look". See what's in the 'must have' beach bag for the summer according to A Continuous Lean. Click here to read all about it!
Happy Father's Day from Alexander West! Rebel Mom, the blog for "hip" mom life after the reality of children sets in mentioned us in her Father's Day Gift Guide!
A gift card from Alexander West is a sure way to keep him looking his best! Click here to read all about it.
Alexander West has made life easier for you when ordering custom shirts. Please visit us at our new "no appointment", walk-in showroom in the recently renovated Limelight Marketplace. We're on the 1st floor in the Festival of Shops. USA Today has covered the Limelight in their Lifestyle Section. Click here to see AW in USA Today!
The Choosy Beggar gave Alexander West a glowing review and claimed that the custom dress shirt he received "Fits like a glove out of the box and unpressed — Instant confidence". The Choosy Beggar also gave us props for the "Double stitching — 18 stitches per inch — around the armholes for maximum strength" and our 2mm thick Mother-of-Pearl buttons.
He called himself a "happy camper" when testing out our custom fit dress shirt for the first time. Now, he's hooked on AW.
Pointing out a few of our many outstanding aesthetics of our quality dress shirts, TCB rated us top dog.
Click here to get the full story.
One Eight Nine, or commonly known as OEN or 189.com was so impressed with the AW Anatomy of a Shirt blog (3.1.10), that they featured it in the Fashion section of their blog. 189.com is well rounded editorial blog covering fashion, design, media and all things creative.
Kempt.com, a blog on men's style, fashion and grooming called us one of their "favorites" and encouraged their loyal readers to check out our Anatomy of A Shirt posting on the AW blog posted on 3.1.10.
We are flattered and will continue to share our shirt knowledge with the people. Thanks for helping us spread the word!
Stay tuned for more AW shirt education coming your way.
Made to Measure, a menswear/photography blog with advice on how men can look their best while remaining budget conscious has raved about our Spring line up. They featured some of their favorite prints and fabrics as they called us a "wise investment".
Also in their article there are links to order from us online and information on how to make an appointment to be measured by our sales consultants.
The University Press Club of Princeton University has caught us promoting Princeton spirit!
Our infamous Tiger gingham shirt from our esteemed Thomas Mason collection has made the news at Princeton University.
Their glorious review from The Ink revealed the comfort, style and quality of ordering an Alexander West custom Dress Shirt. We are happy to now be a part of the Princeton family and show our Tiger pride. Go Tigers!
Click here to see what all the fuss is about.
Prepidemic Magazine, an online magazine for the contemporary gentleman has let their world know about our expanded Thomas Mason elite fabric selection.
They gave us a rave review about our price, quality and ease of ordering online. What can we say other than they are 100% correct.
We are happy to keep the Preidemics up to their potential preppiness.
Click here to read the article.
The crew at Cool Hunting asked us to measure and shirt up their product tester employee. As you see, we passed and exceeded their expectations by a long shot.
Cool Hunting is a daily update on ideas and products in the intersection of art, design, culture and technology, and features weekly videos that get an inside look at the people who create them.
The content of the site is editorially based using the standard of "stuff they like." We're glad they like us. Thanks Cool Hunting! We like you too.
Click here to read the full story.
We're getting hotter and hotter as we have stretched our style all the way to the West Coast. Click here to see the video news segment of 2010 Fashion Trends from KCAL9/CBS Los Angeles. How exciting! Thank you CBS Los Angeles!
Follow up article: Finding The Best And Coolest Clothes For 2010:
Click here to read the article on www.cbs2.com.
What a tremendous response we have received from our customers! Our bins are overflowing with clothing for those affected in Haiti by the recent earthquakes.
We have decided to extend the clothing drive until the end of this month. All those who donate will be entitled to a credit to their next Alexander West purchase.
Keep the donations coming and thank you!
Since our new e-makeover we have made significant progress in the bespoke world. We have more gifts ideas, fabrics, promos and great deals than ever before!
Our hearts and prayers are with the earthquake victims/survivors of Haiti. Alexander West will be sponsoring a local clothing drive for men, women and children. Each article of clothing donated gets you a credit with us towards your next custom shirt purchase. We encourage all to come forward to help us show support to those in need. Click here for details.
New edition of the AW Style Guide has been published. It reviews what you should consider when picking out patterns.
We have received national and local press coverage including CNNmoney, Gear Patrol, Nylon Guys, Details Magazine and many more.
Special Note: We apologize for those of you who experienced longer than normal delivery times with your holiday order. We strive for continuing improvements as we grow.
We Got an E-Makeover!
Alexander West has launched a new, remodeled, refurbished and more convenient website. It is easier to design your shirts and we have many more gift options.
Whether you're the Groom, the Best Man or a #1 Dad this Father's Day, click here to find more information.
Our fabric library is spilling over with new colors, textures and patterns for Spring 2010. We have more choices than ever before with over 200 fabrics for your online browsing pleasure.
Click here to request an appointment to browse our fabrics in person as we currently carry over 1,000 cotton and linen fabrics in our SoHo showroom.
Alexander West Style Guide: Stripes or Checks?
A few fabric pattern guidelines to keep in mind when choosing stripe and check shirts:
1. Shirts become more CASUAL as the number of colors increase
2. Small checks and thin stripes will be more FORMAL compared to big checks and thick stripes
Click here to view our online fabrics.
Alexander West: Press Coverage CNNMoney's Frugal Connoisseur reviewed AW as being "the good life for good value." Known for giving tips on how to spend your money economically, CNNmoney voted us one of the most affordable bespoke tailors in New York City. Click here to see the video.
Details.com Featured AW in their "Rules of Style" Fashion-Three Way" Post on January 6th. Gently updating a lucky Detail's Man giving him a quick fine tuning from shirt to shoe. Check it out here.Gear Patrol showered us with praises as they mentioned us as a "Bespoke Shirt for an Off the Rack Price". The Gear Guys were quite impressed - especially with our cuff to accomodate your oversized watch. Check it out here.Nylon Guys January 2010 mentions Alexander West in it's Ready-to-Wear feature. NYLON Guys Magazine focuses on the new trends and new technology; click here to check it out!
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Click here to see the coverage. Click here for the Haiti Clothing Drive information.
Alexander West and Brooklyn's Bird are focused on getting relief to Haiti as quickly and efficiently as possible. A local NYC blog about shopping, neighborhood stores and retail, www.racked.com, has covered AW's intentions of getting our customers to donate their gently used unwanted clothing to the Alexander West/Haiti Relief Effort.
Each article of clothing is worth credit towards your next Alexander West purchase. A win/win situation for all.
We were covered on "the cut" section of New York Magazine Online. If you donate used clothing to our cause, we've got your back. Or at least we'll put a custom dress shirt on your back. $100 in credit toward a custom-made Alexander West dress shirt when donating gently used clothing for men, women and kids.
Click here for details.
Pictured above: Mathew Hoffman caught wearing an Alexander West custom dress shirt on the set of Hollyscoop's broadcast show. Hoffman is part of the Hollyscoop cast, an online magazine focused on fashion and up-to-minute entertainment news. Our celebrity client list is growing by leaps and bounds!
You have now officially been elected the President of the AlexanderWest "Shirt of the Month Club".....Well, actually Selectism- A Men's Online Daily Magazine for Fashion, Footwear, Lifestyle and Design Culture has just elected you.
The fashion tab of the Titel Media Sites, Selectism, regarded the suave membership benefits of being a member of our club. The bottom line? 12 CUSTOM shirts per year. Click here to view the "Shirt of the Month" page. Each custom quality dress shirt knocking on your door giving you new style and fit confidence each month. Click here to see the article.
Put on your shirt in the morning as a VIP member of our Shirt of the Month Club here at Alexander West. Only smart, savvy, fashion forward men need apply.
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If finding a great fitting dress shirt consists of more drama than a daytime soap, then boy are you lucky you found us.
If you have a big neck or big guns, our custom fit contours your shape with sleek, slimming lines and a collar that frames your face to priceless perfection.
We're getting more play by the day, like from "SwipeLife"- A Men's Lifestyle Magazine for fashion, gadgets, cars, gears, design and culture.
Alexander West was featured as the "best fitting dress shirt" by the SwipeLife Staff and Crew. Click here to view the article. Hey thanks guys--it's our duty to keep you at the top of your game.
Last week Details.com was hot on the street doing "tweak" make-overs. "Sunday" was seriously hooked up from shirt to shoe by Details; with yours truly, Alexander West featured as the the shirt upgrade. Check it out here.
Out with the vintage print tee and in with the Alexander West dress shirt under the blazer. A minor tweak for you could be a something as subtle as a vintage belt buckle, a new bag or stylish new eyeglass frames.
Being that we all need some minor adjustments in our overall day to day look, you won't have to look far with Details and Alexander West on your side. Think of yourself or someone you know as the star that needs a minor polishing. Before you know it; you're outshining everyone else.
Alexander West was recently in the spotlight on Gear Patrol-The definitive resource for the ever-evolving man. This online magazine features tips and tools of the trade for the hip, sophisticated man of the 21st century.
The Gear Guys quizzed us last month on what separates us from all the rest. They came to their initial measurement consultation with with their shoulders back, arms out and a skeptical eye ready to be measured.
Floating in the bespoke sea of custom dress shirts, they fished us out with an outstanding review for quality, style and affordable pricing. Click here to see our Gear Guy review on Gear Patrol. Alexander West: Gear Patrol officially approved AW in its "hot list" of all things manly.
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Brian Corsetti is an Alexander West Fan! On the set of Hollyscoop's news show set, Corsetti sported an Alexander West shirt. Corsetti is part of the Hollyscoop cast, an online magazine focused on fashion and up-to-minute entertainment news.
Check out NYLON Guys Magazine January 2010 issue! In it NYLON mentions new clothing available on its nylonguysmag.com website; including Alexander West shirts! NYLON Guys Magazine focuses on the new trends and new technology; click here to check it out!