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Archive for March, 2010

Press: & Kempt

March 17th, 2010 Comments off
One Eight Nine, or commonly known as OEN or 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. is well rounded editorial blog covering fashion, design, media and all things creative., 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.

Press: Made to Measure

March 15th, 2010 Comments off

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.

Click here to read the post.

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.

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Press: University Press Club

March 4th, 2010 Comments off

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.


March 3rd, 2010 Comments off
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.

March 1st, 2010 Comments off
The modern dress shirt has come a long way, after it took shape and developed at the end of the nineteenth century, during Victorian times. Throughout history the dress shirt has been modernized with different details; the breast pocket introduced last. The standard modern shirt can be as diverse as choice and taste, and its style can be altered to ones liking. There are many elements that make up the dress shirt anatomy, but every classic dress shirt includes: a back, yoke, a front, plackets, cuffs, a collar, and hem. It is imperative to know the anatomy of a dress shirt (both terms and definitions) and not just something you simply pull on and off your head. Collar Base: (or collar stand) is the band of fabric sewn into the neckline of a dress shirt, which the collar attaches to. Collar Leaf: the outside fabric of the collar, located at the front sides, which is folded over the collar base. Collar Point Length: the distance between the collar point and the top of the collar leaf. Collar Front Band: the area on the base that sits between the collar points. Collar Point Spread: the distance between the collar points. Collar: the part of a shirt that encompasses the neckline of the garment, often so as to fold or roll over. Comes in various shapes, depending on the face shape and occasion. Yoke: a shaped piece fabric in a garment, fitted about or below the neck and shoulders, from which the rest of the garment hangs. It can be split in two, called the "split-yoke." Placket Front: a standard shirt front with a  placket sewn on top of the shirt front. Plain Front: a standard shirt front with a hidden placket; usually lapped left over right for men, and vice versa for women. Fly Front: a flap of material down one side of the front opening of a garment to conceal buttons or fasteners. Armhole: the opening in a dress shirt, which the arms are sewn in to. Sleeve: the part of a garment that covers the arm and is usually cut wider than the cuffs. Most sleeve lengths fall between 32 and 36 inches. Sleeve Placket: a distinctive feature that is sewn on the sleeve; the opening of the sleeve fabric near the cuff Cuff: a fold or band serving as a trimming or finish for the bottom of a sleeve. Some cuff styles include: French Cuffs and Barrel Cuffs. Back Collar Height: the part of the collar that is folded over, at the backside of the dress shirt. Yoke: a shaped piece fabric in a garment, fitted about or below the neck and shoulders, from which the rest of the garment hangs. It can be split in two, called the "split-yoke." Hang Loop: a piece of fabric sewn into the yoke seam which allows the shirt to be hung at this point. Side Pleats: single fabric folds at the other parts of the shirt back. Box Pleat Front: a double fabric fold, with the material folded under at each side at the back center of a shirt. Armhole: the opening in a dress shirt, which the arms are sewn in to. Sleeve: the part of a garment that covers the arm and is usually cut wider than the cuffs. Most sleeve lengths fall between 32 and 36 inches. Darts: a tapered seam of fabric for adjusting the fit of a garment. Hem: the finished lower edge of the dress shirt body. Tail: the part of a shirt below the waistline. Written by Giselle Diaz