Smart Style: Shoe Recrafting

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One of the true hallmarks of that storied East Coast Ivy League lifestyle known as “preppy” is its practitioners’ predilection for thrift. The longevity of a shirt, sweater, favorite pair of khakis, or treasured sport coat is in many ways more prized than anything else.  While those committed to mere preppy fashion may stuff their … [Read more…]

American Made. Global Market.

Frank Clegg has become the face of American leather craftsmanship.  Seemingly overnight, he has surged in the consciousness of high-end customers, style bloggers, Madison Avenue editors, Fifth Avenue retailers, and Made-in-America aficionados. His brand, Frank Clegg Leatherworks, is built around the fact that he is more than just a name, he is also a maker. … [Read more…]

From Ready-Made to Bespoke

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Jon Green is a celebrated New York-based bespoke clothier well-known to readers of Forbes, The Financial Times, and American Express’ ‘Departures’ magazine. He is also a good friend of OTC and occasional contributor. Here, Jon provides us with a useful breakdown of the various forms that tailored clothing can take, from ready-made to bespoke. Bespoke … [Read more…]

Luxury Clothier Jon Green Talks ‘Bespoke’

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Jon Green is a celebrated New York-based bespoke clothier well-known to readers of Forbes, The Financial Times, and American Express’ ‘Departures’ magazine. His loyal and exclusive customers who typically operate in a rarefied air of luxury and quality, can demand, and receive, the best. Jon, a true gentleman and passionate craftsman, is a good friend … [Read more…]

35 Years Perfect: The Frank Clegg English Briefcase

English Briefcase, Rear, Cognac

What makes something a classic? For starters, it helps to have timeless design and durable quality. Also important is the intangible ability to remain stylish, relevant, and useful year after year. With the recent resurgence interest in handcrafted menswear and heritage brands, the role of the simple bag has been elevated to something akin to … [Read more…]

Behind the Scenes at Barbour

A Barbour jacket is perhaps one of the most iconic garments around today.  Even at a distance, they are immediately recognizable.  The Barbour  brand itself is synonymous with country living, horses, rolling estates, a stiff drink and, more than anything else, heritage. Your classic Beaufort or Bedale coat is meant to be with you for … [Read more…]