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Tuxedo Park Autumn Ball 2014: The Ball

November 1, 2014


Tuxedo Park was the epicentre of New York’s social calendar each fall, the highlight of which was the Tuxedo Club’s Autumn Ball. This prestigious affair marked the beginning of debutante season and the very first occurrence in 1886 is also said to have witnessed the American debut of the dinner jacket. While the date of […]

Tuxedo Park Autumn Ball 2014: The Park

October 31, 2014


After so many years of writing about the fabled American debut of the dinner jacket at the exclusive Tuxedo Park Autumn Ball it felt surreal to actually participate in the latest incarnation of this historic event this past weekend. My visit to “the Park” (as many residents call it) was a fascinating peek into the […]

Closeout Sale at Toronto’s Walter Beauchamp Tailors

September 22, 2014

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The closing of Walter Beauchamp Tailors is a real loss for Toronto sartorialists.  The company began in 1908 by making military dress uniforms and came to count many of Toronto’s social elite as its customers.  I had a bespoke suit made there by their master tailor a few years back and it’s a work of art. Sadly, […]

East Meets West: Japanese Formal Wear

August 7, 2014


I’m currently editing a new page on Japanese formal wear for the next edition of The Black Tie Guide.  Their sartorial customs are a fascinating blend of old Eastern traditions and newer Western ones.  In fact, Japan is second only to Britain in preserving the custom of morning dress.  One prestigious formalwear maker from that country prescribes […]

From the Vaults: Soviet Evening Wear

July 18, 2014


Part of a series featuring highlights of my recent research at the Library of Congress. In my youth I was always fascinated by the bizarrely Orwellian nature of life in the Soviet Union.  An article on Communist sartorial propaganda in the May 1959 issue of GQ reminded me just how perversely fascinating the USSR was. The article’s introduction sets […]

It Never Hurts to Dress Up

June 3, 2014


This drawing is by a young artist with a longing for the lost days of style and formality.  I love how it captures not just the elegance of yesteryear but also a certain youthful innocence.

The Suspender / Cummerbund Conundrum

May 20, 2014


Black Tie Guide visitors occasionally ask me if it’s okay to wear suspenders with cummerbunds. My first thought is “why don’t these people bother reading the Guide before writing?”  My second thought is “why do so many people assume these two articles are mutually exclusive?” I suspect that a general unfamiliarity with the cummerbund leads many to equate it with a belt because of […]