Archive for October, 2014

Tie Knot Tutorial

October 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Most of our clients are familiar with the Four-In-Hand, Half-Windsor or Full-Windsor.  Well, there are 15 other documented ways to tie your knot.  Which knot is YOU?

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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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The Look of Love: Jen + Take

October 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to introduce our lovely couple, Jen and Take!
Take has been a client of ours for five years and had this handsome three-piece light grey wool peak lapel suit made especially for his wedding day.

If you or someone you know has a wedding coming up soon, we’d be honored to help them look and feel this good on the happiest day of their lives.

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