Reader Role Models: Natty in New York

Posted on April 10, 2013

(nataschia wielink photo + cinema)

(nataschia wielink photo + cinema)

Joe from New York used The Black Tie Guide to assemble a black-tie outfit for his wedding and was so pleased with the results he wrote to share them with me.  I think he did such a great job that I asked if I could share them with my readers. The midnight-blue three-piece tuxedo and the shirt, bow tie and pocket square were all designed by Amber Doyle at Against Nature Atelier in New York City to Joe’s specifications. The rest of the outfit was ready-to-wear.

  • Jacket: One-button, single-breasted jacket with peak lapels faced in black grosgrain, functional buttonhole (Joe wore a single white bloom through the buttonhole for the wedding and reception), side vents.
  • Waistcoat: Backless, low-cut single-breasted matching vest with black grosgrain shawl collar lapels, and removable buttons to allow use of waistcoat studs.
  • Shirt: Turn-down collar, fly-front, plain bib, French cuffs.
  • Tie: Black grosgrain pointed thistle self-tie bow tie.
  • Pocket Square: Hand-rolled white Irish linen.
  • Braces: Albert Thurston white moiré with nickel fittings. (The braces are normally sold with brass fittings but Thurston’s made Joe a custom pair upon request at no extra charge.)
  • Socks: Silk midnight-blue Bresciani over-the-calf dress hose.
  • Shoes: Barneys black patent-leather wholecut balmorals.
  • Cufflinks: Krementz vintage white gold and abalone double-sided chain cufflinks.

Regarding the links, Joe adds:

These are actually part of an amazing vintage dress set I got at The Missing Link in NYC. The set is from the late 1910’s and it has matching cufflinks, 4 shirt studs and 4 waistcoat studs. I highly recommend the Missing Link if you’re ever in NYC, as they have tens of thousands of cufflinks and an amazing selection of vintage dress sets. They sell to Tiffany, Barneys and Bergdorf at a big markup, so you can save a lot of money going directly to the source. The owner of the shop is also extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

Congratulations on the outfit, Joe.  (Ditto for the wedding.)


This post is part of an ongoing series showing real-life examples of how to successfully execute black tie. If you’d like to share your own success story please drop me a line.