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NEW! AW Custom Ties

October 23rd, 2014 Comments off
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 Comments off
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 Comments off
"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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June 27th, 2014 Comments off
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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The Formal Shirt: An Integral Part of Your Formal Wardrobe

June 26th, 2014 Comments off
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 Comments off
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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Suit: Low Button Stance Jacket

December 17th, 2013 Comments off
"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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Layering It On

November 7th, 2013 Comments off
"I got a new job and now I have to wear a suit to work but can't figure out how to wear a striped suit with my favorite check (pattern) shirts .  Blogs I read have too much info and I don't want to stand out like that. How do I wear my shirts to the office with a suit and tie?" - MN, Manhattan
Putting a suit, shirt, and tie together can seem like an opportunity to make a wardrobe mistake, but if you read along with last month's entry about pairing pattern and color, this will be easy. There's a formula to putting together a good match - "2+1 and you're Done." Repeat: 2+1 and you're DONE.  You will work with (a) two solid fabrics and one patterned fabric, or (2) two patterned fabrics and 1 solid fabric. a. 1 patterned suit + 1 patterned tie + 1 solid shirt or b. 1 solid suit + 1 solid shirt + 1 patterned tie or c. 1 patterned suit + 1 patterned shirt + 1 solid tie. The keys to this formula are:
a. Making sure that when you're working with two patterns, one of those patterns is significantly larger than the other
b. The colors you're pairing are similar (but they don't have to match exactly).
Take a look at some of the examples below:
1 Patterned Suit + 1 Patterned Tie + 1 Solid Shirt
EXAMPLE B: 1 Solid Suit + 1 Solid Shirt + 1 Patterned Tie
EXAMPLE C: 1 Patterned Suit + 1 Patterned Shirt + 1 Solid Tie
EXAMPLE D: 1 Solid Suit + 1 Patterned Shirt + 1 Patterned Tie
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Pair It and Wear It Too!

October 8th, 2013 Comments off
"What are the rules for pairing shirts and ties? I always feel like I'm going to make a mistake and look bad at work" - TPM, Manhattan 
Building on last month's entry of pairing shirts and ties of different scales, this month we're going to focus on highlighting different colors in a shirt so you get more use from the same shirt. We will use shirts with a small pattern and a tie with a larger pattern or a solid color. All the information here will apply to striped shirts.
Helpful hint: DON'T worry if the colors aren't an exact match. They should be close, but don't stress out about it. The human eye adjusts to see the colors as the same.
Take a look at some of the examples below:
EXAMPLE 1:  This shirt has a dominant burgundy check with a grey check underneath. The solid burgundy tie highlights the burgundy check (light shirt and dark tie).
EXAMPLE 2: Same shirt as above, but paired with a navy tie that has a similar (but not exact) burgundy color stripe. The 2 burgundy colors in the shirt and tie make this pair a good match.  The thick navy stripe is a nice offset to the small check pattern and once again, tie is dark and the shirt is light.
EXAMPLE 3: A light red check shirt paired with a burgundy tie. Light red and burgundy are both shades of the color red. Two shades of the same color are a good match. 
This also applies to shades of blue and purple/lavender.   Once again, light patterned shirt and a solid, dark tie. 
EXAMPLE 4: This shirt has both a blue check and a pink check. The dark navy blue tie highlights the light blue in the shirt.  Also, the scale of the stripe in the tie is larger than the small check, making this a good match.  Again, light shirt and dark tie (we are emphasizing this point here.)
EXAMPLE 5: Same shirt as above, but paired with a pink tie. The pink in the shirt is highlighted. The large pattern tie and small pattern shirt make this a good match.  
EXAMPLE 6: STOP! TOO MUCH! - This is an example of a good color match, but the pair is too graphic and not appropriate for work. The 2 patterns don't create an elegant match even though the colors are paired nicely.  It is too "busy."
Let's review our tips again. 
1. SCALE: Shirt or tie should have a larger pattern.  Easy route is to pair a small patterned shirt with a larger scale tie.
2. Light Shirt and Dark Tie: Generally, you should opt for light colored dress shirts and pair them with dark ties.
3. Highlighting a Shirt Color: Use the tie color to match with one of the colors from the shirt.
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Pair it and Wear it!

September 9th, 2013 Comments off
"What are the rules for pairing shirts and ties? I always feel like I'm going to make a mistake and look bad at work" - TPM, Manhattan 
Rule #1: It is all about the scale.  Either the shirt or the tie should have a larger pattern. The easy route is to pair a small patterned shirt with a large scale tie.   
Rule #2: Pair a light colored shirt with a dark colored tie.  When wearing a tie in a conservative office setting, you should opt for light colored dress shirts: white, blue, light pink, and light lavender and match it with a more saturated or darker colored tie.
Take a look at some of the examples below:
EXAMPLE 1:  Rule #1 - Shirt has thin stripes and tie has larger stripes.  Rule #2 - Shirt is lighter than the tie.
EXAMPLE 2: Rule #1 - Shirt has thin stripes and tie has a larger pattern. Rule #2 - Shirt is lighter than the tie.
EXAMPLE 3: Rule #1 - Shirt has a small scale check pattern and tie has larger stripes. Rule #2 - Shirt is lighter than the tie. Pretty simple! Tie pattern should be larger and darker than the shirt pattern and color. If the patterns are too close in scale and color, people will have a tough time looking at you. Next month, we will review some classic color combinations between shirts and ties.  Also, please send us your style and fit questions and we will do our best to answer them.
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Creating Your Casual Custom Shirt

August 13th, 2013 Comments off
"I've been having my office shirts made with you for a few years, and I wanted to know if you would do my casual shirts too. The body fits great but the shirt is way too long to wear untucked (my girlfriend laughs at it, seriously). Can you tell me what would have to change on my shirts so I could make this happen? And, what kind of casual fabrics do you have, I always look for office shirts. Thanks, let me know."   - AJ, Manhattan 
AJ, we will adjust the back length if you are planning to untuck your shirt.  We have found that taking 1.5 to 2.5 inches off the back length will give you a good length for untucking, but we'll work with you to determine the exact length decrease.  One major issue with untucking your "office" shirt is that a longer shirt makes your torso look longer and your legs shorter - it throws off the vertical balance. 
We can also lower the bottom curve height (aka "hip rise" - see illustration). This helps the sides of the shirt from exposing your skin when you are moving and/or bending over.  We also recommend making the waist measurement larger for a more subtle torso silhouette.
Some other changes and features related to a casual cut shirt are below: - Add back side pleats for more comfort - Adjust the collar point length.  Shorter collar points give off a more casual feel, and this subtle detail may add a needed punch to your wardrobe. Also, button-down collars are always casual. - Choose a fabric with two or more colors, because increase in color count will make the shirt more casual.  Also, checks are more casual than stripes and bigger and bolder patterns are more casual than subtle and thin patterns.
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February 6th, 2013 Comments off
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.
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Timeless Blues

April 11th, 2011 Comments off

Levi Strauss & Co. has been around since the late 1800’s. The distinctive red tab generations of people are familiar with, continues to reach people of varied age groups and personal style. The Original 501’s remain their best seller thanks to its timeless fit. This is the jean your dad wore growing up, it’s reliable, durable and will surely out live your iphone. Button fly, straight through the seat, thigh and leg, this jean becomes a closet staple. One can’t go wrong with a classic straight leg. The 501 is suitable for casual Friday’s. Modest, but never frumpy, not too skinny so no one will mistake you for an intern. This is the reliable jean to pack for any trip, to wine and dine friends, to running weekend errands while cruising all over town. It’s classic proportions pairs well with oxfords, sweaters, t-shirts, and throw on a sports jacket, and you’re well on your way to meet the parents. Go to
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Pop-Up Flea November 19-21

November 18th, 2010 Comments off
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.

Style Guide: Color Psychology

September 7th, 2010 Comments off
Color is an important element when choosing the right shirt. According to color theory, every color sends different messages; therefore if you are aiming for a certain message we suggest that you wear a specific color.  Colors can also affect your mood and your energy, so it will impact how others view you.  Below, you will find meanings behind some popular colors. Red represents power, passion, and authority. Red is demanding, exciting and energetic; it portrays confidence and control. Firefighters wear red, projecting power and control. If attention is what you seek, red is the color for you.  In business, red is best utilized as a tie with a white or blue shirt. Blue resonates honesty, dependability and organization. You will note many bankers and lawyers wear blue shirts as it represents order and efficiency.  Policemen wear blue uniforms as it represents law and order.  Blue is and always will be most popular color next to white and it is common to have many different shades of blue in the closet. Black portrays authority, wealth, and professionalism.  Judges wear black as it commands respect and authority.  Black looks good on most people but people with fair skin and light hair should avoid black as it can overwhelm their face. White represents purity and cleanliness. Nurses and doctors wear white to give a sense of stability and safety.  Brides wear white to express their purity and faithfulness. It is also the ideal color in hot climates as it deflects light and heat. Yellow symbolizes relaxation, wisdom, learning and happiness.  Strong or saturated yellow will grab the viewer's attention, thus it is used for hazardous and warning-signs.  It also symbolizes hope and it works best as a companion to another color. Purple demonstrates creativity, royalty and extravagance. It is a mysterious color that is both masculine and feminine.  Many people in the creative field seek out purple or lavender colors. Green represents tranquility, reassurance, life  and nature. It is also said that time moves faster in a green room. Pink represents interest, fun and compassion. Though not the most powerful color when standing alone, it does give authority when combined with another. Darker shades of pink add more strength.  A man in pink is a confident man! Gray signifies sincerity, respect, conservatism and balance. It is also a sophisticated color and often worn as a uniform for business. Soldiers usually wear this color to show strength and for camouflage.

Bespoke Dress Up: Volume 6

March 9th, 2010 Comments off

Bespoke Dress Up

Volume 6:  March 9, 2010 Happy Spring! As we welcome the sun back to New York City, we are introducing more fabrics, colors and patterns. We have had an incredibel response to our Haiti Clothing Drive!  Our loyal customers have donated hundreds of bags of clothing for men, women and children in response to our Haiti Clothing Drive. We are so grateful to have such giving clients willing to help others during this desperate time of need. A new edition of the AW Style Guide has been published-The Shirt Style Anatomy. We have received national and local press coverage including The Golden Globe Awards, KCAL9 CBS/Los Angeles, Cool Hunting, MBA Odyssey and many more!

Alexander West Fabric Guide:  Thomas Mason Collection

Visit our website to browse our new Thomas Mason Collection. You will love the bold and sophisticated color combinations! Click here to view our online fabrics.

Alexander West Style Guide:  Shirt Anatomy

In this month's Style Guide, AW covers the anatomy of a classic dress shirt; complete with a fashion glossary of terms.  Do you know the difference between back neck height and collar point length?  If you want to find out, please click here.

Alexander West: Press Coverage

The Golden Globe Awards: Alexander West was chosen out of 100's of companies around the country to be one of the leading brands in the Men's Golden Globe gift bag.  Click here to read all about it! Cool Hunting: Cool Hunting, the lifestyle blog put Alexander West on their official "stuff they like" list.  Click here to check us out. Career Gear: Two lucky winners will be walking away with two Alexander West custom dress shirt at the Career Gear Gala.  We will be sponsoring Career Gear, the non-profit organization that supplies men coming back into the work force with business clothes.   We are honored to be part of such a worthy cause! MBA Odyssey: Alexander West was a sponsor this year in MBA Odyssey: The Premier Global MBA and Networking Event at Columbia Business School.  We are proud to be an esteemed supported in such a prestigious competition. Click here to see all of Alexander West's press.

Alexander West strives for the best custom fit, craftsmanship, style and sophistication.  We're here to make it happen for you.

Striving to be the best custom shirtmaker,


Alexander West LLC

Press: Cool Hunting

February 24th, 2010 Comments off
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.

Bespoke Dress Up: Volume 5, January 20, 2010

January 20th, 2010 Comments off

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Volume 5: January 20, 2010

Happy New Year!

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. 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!
Click here to see all of Alexander West's Press.
Alexander West strives for the best custom fit, craftmanship, style and sophistication. We're here to make it happen for you. Striving to be the best custom shirtmaker, Holly Alexander West LLC

Press: Mathew Hoffman of

January 14th, 2010 Comments off

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!

Haiti Earthquake Clothing Drive

January 13th, 2010 Comments off
We need your help in sending essential clothing to Haiti.  Alexander West will be providing AW credits for donations.  Details are below. 1. Clothing Items accepted – Women, Men and Children’s a.Shirts b.T-shirts c.Long Pants d.Shoes e.Cash donations 2.Following Alexander West Credits will be given - All items need to be clean and in good condition a.Shirts ($AW 4.00) b.T-shirts ($AW 1.50) c.Long Pants ($AW 4.00) d.Shoes ($AW 6.00) Must be clean and wearable. e.Maximum credit for individual - $AW 100.00 3.Please send your goods or drop off at: Alexander West Attn: Haiti Earthquake Clothing Drive 45-50 30th Street, Suite 12 Long Island City, New York, 11101 (Located inside LaGuardia Community College. Cross Street 30th Street and 47th Avenue) Please Call 866-647-1740 and we can arrange a time. 4.Your Alexander West credits will be sent to you within 20 days of receiving your donations. a.Donations need to be received by January 31, 2010 b.Alexander West Credits will expire June 30, 2010 c.Alexander West credits will not be transferable between individuals

Press: Selectism

January 8th, 2010 Comments off

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.

Bespoke Dress-Up, Vol.3 June 2009

June 1st, 2009 Comments off
Happy Flag Day! Happy Father's Day! Summer is officially knocking on your door. AW encourages you to embrace the humidity and enjoy your 4th of July.  Bespoke Dress Up, the Alexander West Newsletter, has great news -  we have added new cuff links and linen fabrics for the summer, and our tuxedo shirt debuted at Cannes.  We also have another issue of our Style Guide entitled "Know Your Fabric Weaves" and an excellent gift idea from John Allan's for Father's Day. New:Cuff Links and Summer Linen Fabrics Alexander West is offering a new selection of cuff links and linen fabrics for Summer 2009.  The beautiful glass, semi-precious stones and distinctive metal finishes make this new cuff link  collection is the most beautiful we have had at Alexander West. Our Kaleidoscope cuff links are made of Dichroic "Firestone" Glass, which combines luminous colors and otherworldly textures into a landscape of unexpected mystery.Our new linen collection has 41 beautiful fabrics in checks, stripes and solids.  True linen has always been a labor intensive fabric made from the fibers of the flax plant. It is a staple in hot climates because of its exceptional cool and fresh effect.  Now it is a staple at Alexander West. Alexander West Style Guide: Know Your Fabric Weaves Of all the shirting fabrics that are used in the world, the mighty cotton is King.  Cotton is most commonly used because of its breathability, texture, absorbency, and durability but not all cotton fabrics are the same.  The appearance and feel of fabric is affected by the quality of the cotton as well as the weave. Do you know the difference between a poplin and a twill weave?  For descriptions and recommendations to help you navigate your choices, click on the image. Alexander West's Latest Celebrity Sighting In May 2009, actor BJ Novak, aka Ryan from "The Office", wore an Alexander West Tuxedo Shirt to the premier of his new movie "Inglourious Basterds" at the Cannes International Film Festival. Happy Father's Day- Celebrate at John Allan's Celebrate Father's Day with their signature "Full Service"  treatment from John Allan's, an exclusive men's salon in New York City and Chicago.  Both of you can go and have a scalp massaging shampoo, conditioning treatment, hot towel, haircut, manicure, shoe shine and a beverage.  Friends of Alexander West will receive the "Full Service" package for a special introductory rate of $38, regularly $65.  Click on  the image to read more about John Allan's. Alexander West Gift Cards are also great gift ideas. As summer swings into gear do not forget that you need to dress to impress at all the barbecues (and weddings) of your friends, family and frenemies alike. Once again you will be the best dressed guy and the most knowledgeable on random bits of shirt trivia.  All we ask is that you restrain yourself from approaching others to discuss the superiority of your shirt to his. Humility is best! Sincerely, Keisha Alexander West LLC

Bespoke Dress-Up, Vol. 2 March 2009

March 23rd, 2009 Comments off

Happy Mardi Gras! Happy St. Patrick's Day! Happy March Madness! Happy Spring Training! AW wishes all of you a safe and happy Spring Break! Bespoke Dress Up, the Alexander West Newsletter, has more exciting news for you: the launch of the new tuxedo line, first edition of the AW Style Guide - "Choose Your Shirt Style", and of course, AW's recent press coverage.

Also, become a fan of the official AW Facebook page to receive exclusive specials throughout the year.

NEW Alexander West Tuxedo Shirt CollectionAlexander West Tuxedo Shirt

Alexander West is now offering bespoke (custom) tuxedo shirts for those ultra special occasions that always require you to R.S.V.P. The Alexander West Tuxedo Shirt Collection has seven distinct styles that cater to the full range of black-tie, white-tie, formal and semi-formal events.

AW also offers exclusive wedding packages to outfit those handsome groomsmen. Brides or grooms have the ability to personally design custom tuxedo and dress shirts the groomsmen will wear.AW encourages its customers to design their own custom shirts. However, you should be aware how each chosen shirt style impacts your overall image. Due to high demand, AW has created its first style guide - "Choose Your Shirt Style".

Alex Says: Buttons can be removed and can be replaced with studs - very, very useful!

Click on the shirt to browse Tuxedo Shirt Styles. AW tuxedo shirts are currently only available by email, phone or at AW Showroom.

Alexander West Style Guide: Choose Your Shirt Style

This edition will discuss what you should be aware of when you pick collars, cuffs, pockets, plackets, etc.

Alex Says: It is not about what you like or the latest trend. It is about complementing your face and body shapes to enhance your image.

Click on the Image to read the Alexander West Style Guide.

Alexander West in the News

In the February 2009 issue of Manhattan Magazine, Alexander West was mentioned in the Best of the City of '09 for Custom Shirts.

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There will be galas, balls, fancy dinners and weddings to celebrate in the coming months and a custom tuxedo shirt will add a touch of panache to your wardrobe and to the events you attend as well.

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Bespoke Dress-Up, Vol 1. January 2009

January 30th, 2009 Comments off
Happy New Year, Happy Inaguration Day, and Happy Valentine's Day!  Please enjoy the first issue of Bespoke Dress Up, the newsletter from Alexander West.  Check out the latest press, product and a promotion.  Enjoy! NEW Alexander West Ties! (designed by Thatcher Spring) - 20% Discount Alexander West is now offering exquisite silk ties designed by Thatcher Spring. These ties embody the easy elegance and sophistication of those who seek fun and originality.  These witty and sophisticated designs are created and printed in Italy on the highest quality silk and each tie is hand-sewn in New York City.  Perfect for a casual night out or a day at the office, you are sure to leave a great impression wherever you go. Alex says: "These ties will not disappoint you.  Just like our shirts, they are very high quality.  Designs are more young than Hermès ties and better quality than Ferragamo ties." Click the tie to browse! Alexander West's Latest Celebrity Sighting Vincent Kartheiser ("Pete Campbell" of Mad Men) is wearing an Alexander West Tuxedo shirt at the SAG Awards (January 2009).  Mad Men later won the award for Outstanding Performance by an ensemble. Our Tuxedo shirts are available to the public yet, but stay tuned for more news. Click Vincent for the Alexander West Press page. Alexander West in the News Alexander West made a big splash in 2008. We had a magazine cover: Will Smith is wearing an Alexander West shirt on the December 2008 cover of Essence Magazine in addition to the full page spread on page 140. We had our FIRST celebrity client: Will Smith wore an Alexander West shirt on his press junket for his movie "Seven Pounds". We had an Editorial Review: In the December 2008 issue of Details Alexander West is mentioned in the style feature entitled The Virtual Tailor. We were mentioned on TV: An Alexander West shirt was featured on a Good Morning America Now segment with Thrillist. Click the picture for to see all the Alexander West Press for 2008. On Inaugural Day, January 20, 2009 the most powerful man in the world wore his red power tie, so in honor of that event and in planning for Valentine's Day it is time for you to add to your collection of ties. Sincerely, Keisha Alexander West