Beyond the Basics – The Navy Blazer

“All the boys down at Yale wear navy blazers.” This was a variation of my mothers ongoing mantra of how the “boys at Yale” should guide one’s sartorial and cultural life. This also applied to haircuts, as Yalies apparently sported only crew cuts. Leaving aside the fact that her view of Yale life was frozen … [Read more…]

Making the College Professor Look your Own; Timeless Style that’s Always Current

If there is any one style that best defines East Coast, Ivy League, or OTC’ “house look,” for that matter, it is that of the iconic college professor. When most people think of college professors, a singular image often comes to mind: tweed and corduroy, grey flannel, well-worn leather shoes, a beat-up satchel, and some … [Read more…]

Equestrian Style from England’s Lavenham

If you love horses or just love equestrian style, Lavenham is a brand about which you either know or should know. This English company, based in the rolling fields of Sufolk, makes authentic quilted riding kit for both human and horse, and they do it better than pretty much anyone else. One reason for the … [Read more…]

Go West Coast Prep With Johnnie-O

There is little argument that the preppy ethos is grounded in East Coast, Ivy League culture. Khakis, polos, boat shoes, tote bags, and nautical gear are all foundational elements of this most American of fashions. “Classic” preppy, as it were, has spawned a variety  of equally impactful offshoots. Southern preppy, for example, is a robustly … [Read more…]

OTC x Honourmark

Here at Off the Cuff, we have the privilege of meeting some pretty extraordinary craftspeople. The one thing they all have in common is a deep-seated desire to be the best in their chosen field of expertise. Suits, shirts, khakis, denim, leather goods, footwear, handmade bags, ties, and even grooming supplies. We founded this site … [Read more…]

Boast: The Country Club Classic is Re-Born

While familiarity may breed contempt, exclusivity can engender affinity, curiosity even. To wit, where Ralph Lauren may suffer the slings and arrows of ubiquity and accusations of wannabe-classism, clothing brands known to only a few often retain genuine affection and social pull. Such is the case with American clothing label, Boast. First, a botany lesson; … [Read more…]

Aran Irish Sweaters: Did You Know?

Aran sweaters are classic winter wear for generations of Irish men and women. But do you know what makes them so special? Quill’s Woollen Market, a family run business established in 1938 and source of all things Irish, has created this handy graphic to answer all your pressing Aran questions.

The Rowing Blazers Tie, Get Yours

When Jack Carlson penned Rowing Blazers, he created a unique and elegant anthology of the hard-charging yet tradition-bound rowing culture. An instant classic, it’s a welcome edition to any gentleman’s classic style and menswear library. The book also showcases the vibrant and eccentric designs of the world’s rowing clubs’ historic and in some cases, iconic, … [Read more…]