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Review: Indochino Tuxedo

August 6, 2014


Overall Rating: Price: good Style & Options: good Ordering & Customer Service: excellent Fit: very good Quality: very good Vancouver-based, Shanghai-made online tailors Indochino have been in business since 2007, making them veterans in this relatively young industry.  They were founded by two university classmates frustrated at the lack of quality suits available at affordable prices.  The fact that […]

Toronto Tuxedo Tailors

April 24, 2014


Recently I’ve received a number of enquiries about where to buy custom-tailored tuxedos in my hometown of Toronto.  As I have never had a tuxedo made here I figured this was a good excuse to visit some local providers to find out what they offer and how much they charge.  Considering the vast number of custom […]

Going Classic on a Budget

April 9, 2014


Reader Jay from San Jose, California shares the challenges and discoveries encountered during his quest to assemble a classic formal kit at an affordable cost. While many in the world associate Californians with surfing and a laid back liberal culture, my wife and I enjoy dressing up just as much as anyone else. For those rare […]

Advanced Cravatology

March 25, 2014


Despite being such a simple accessory – or perhaps because of it – the bow tie is offered in a dizzying array of options.  I describe the various shapes, models, and materials on the Black Tie Guide’s Classic Neckwear page but there are a few more interesting insights I’ve gleaned since then. Fabric Having recently purchased […]

Spotlight: The Marcella Shirt

March 19, 2014


The Marcella shirt is a uniquely British compromise between the formality of the traditional full-dress shirt and the comfort of the American black-tie shirt. The term evolves from Marseilles in reference to that city’s production of quilts with distinctive raised patterns beginning in the early 18th century.  In the latter part of the century, Lancashire […]

Spotlight: The Albert Slipper

February 21, 2014


The Albert slipper aka Prince Albert slipper aka house shoe  is a luxe slipper typically defined by velvet uppers that often have an embroidered design on the vamp, quilted linings, and leather soles.  (It is also sometimes called a Churchill slipper but that term is more commonly applied to leather casual slippers.) Variations include an unadorned […]

Review: Black Lapel Tuxedo

February 17, 2014


Overall Rating: Price: very good Style & Options: excellent Ordering & Customer Service: excellent Fit: very good Quality: very good (later downgraded to unsatisfactory – see Postscript below) Black Lapel is a New York-based China-made online tailor founded in 2011 by, appropriately, two Chinese-American men.  The philosophy of owners Derek Tian and Warren Liao is […]