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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
1 Solid Suit + 1 Solid Shirt + 1 Patterned Tie

Patterned Suit + 1 Patterned Shirt + 1 Solid Tie


1 Solid Suit + 1 Patterned Shirt + 1 Patterned Tie


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November 7th, 2013 Comments off

I sat down with Philip Weisner of Kestenbaum & Weisner to learn about his jewelry business.  He is a third generation jeweler and he has been in the business for more than 30 years.

I first met Philip in 2011 at John Allan’s when I had a pop-up shop there.  He was originally an Ascot Chang client but I was able to convince him to give Alexander West a try.   Philip’s natural preference was for white and blue solid shirts only, but I nudged him to branch out to lavender, yellow and other more interesting patterns.   Naturally, they looked great on him!

There are many choices for buying diamond rings and jewelry in New York.   What separates Phil from the rest is that he is a relaxed, friendly and trusted jeweler.  He has a hard working, traditional work ethic, and believes that if you make a customer happy, you’ll have that customer for life.   In fact he has many stories of multiple generations of the same family purchasing engagement rings from him!

Mention that you are an Alexander West client and Phil promised me that he would welcome you with the same outstanding service that he would give me.  Click on the video link below to learn more about him, and to hear some sage advice on purchasing jewelry.

Kestenbaum and Weisner is located right on 5th Ave. and 47th Street, near Rockerfeller Center and the diamond district.


Kestenbaum & Weisner
582 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY  10036
T: 212.921.1224
M: 914.772.5687
* Video was produced by an AW Client, Daniel Kwak.  If you need any video work, you can email him at   Please mention AW for special pricing.
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