Art of Style Invite Large 1024x699 Join us on May 16: The Art of Style With Samara Shuter

On Friday May 16, 2014, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., join OTC and some of D.C.’s coolest brands and style influencers at The Art of Style Happy Hour celebrating artist Samara Shuter.  Sam is the creator of OTC’s suit logo, and more importantly, a talent whose international reputation continues to grow as more people discover her distinctive, menswear-influenced style.

Our other partners for the event – Bull+Moose, Nice Laundry, Read Wall, and Stubble & Stache – will have their outstanding wares on display.  Share a drink with the brands’ founders and meet up with other menswear enthusiasts.  You’ll be able to meet Sam and take a look at some of her iconic images on display.  We may even raffle off a couple of prints!

We are looking forward to a great crowd and some pretty special guests – Washingtonian Magazine and DC Magazine will both be there to cover the evening.

Our venue for the evening is D.C.’s The Huxley, a seriously cool event space centrally located near DuPont Circle.  The Art of Style Happy Hour is going to be one of the hottest events of the season and a great chance to hang out with some of the most fashionable and interesting folks in the capitol city’s style scene.

We will be updating you on the event as it gets closer, so make sure to check out our Facebook page.  And, of course, make sure to RSVP today and get your free tickets!

 

OTC: What We Carry Everyday

What I Carry Picture OTC: What We Carry Everyday

OTC was recently asked to contribute a photo to the British site Everyday Carry UK showing what our editor-in-chief has in his bag and on his person any given day.  As bags and the stuff of life have always been a big part of OTC, we were happy to oblige.

While the sack may change based on need, style, and mood, what’s inside is fairly consistent.  When we tried to edit all the stuff down to a manageable representation of gear, one item inadvertently left out of the photo was a fantastic Chester Mox wallet that keeps his all-important Metro pass secure.  In addition, although out of view, the bag used that day was the Courier Messenger Bag from Frank Clegg.

This brief exercise reminded us of the many great brands, creative companies, and exceptional individuals we have met over the years.  We have linked to a few of those brands represented here.

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OTC Lauded by Refinery 29, Real Men Real Style

431C2357 OTC Lauded by Refinery 29, Real Men Real StyleWe here at OTC are honored and humbled by the fact that two top style websites, Refinery 29 and Real Men Real Style, recently selected Off the Cuff as one of the best style blogs out there.

Both of these websites are serious fashion and lifestyle authorities in their own rights, so being chosen by either as a leading site is pretty darn great.

Refinery 29, a certified style powerhouse and serious influencer, named OTC one of the “Seven Men’s Bloggers Ruling the DMV Style Scene.”  They wrote, “If you’re a fan of classic design, check out OTC, which covers everything from workout gear to suits and briefcases.  Author Chris Hogan curates a healthy mix of general news and D.C.-based fashion info, so all of your bases are covered.”

The hugely popular Real Men Real Style named OTC a Top Ten Style Blog for 2014.  Their review was incredibly thoughtful, noting that our “posts are always detailed and lengthy, and you can count on their writers to dive deep into whatever subjects they handle,” and that “their attention to detail and their exacting standards for men’s attire keep them in this year’s Top Ten.”

Our thanks go out to both websites for their votes of continued confidence and extremely kind words.  We also thank our thousands of readers around the globe – about 40 countries last time we checked.  Without all of you, the world would be a little less dandy.

OTC already has eight years under its belt, and we look forward to the next eight. Cheers.

 

OTC x ECCO

ECCO Logo OTC x ECCO

We are thrilled to be partnering with the footwear and accessories company ECCO as one of their brand ambassadors. Long before they reached out to us, we had been wearing ECCO’s comfortable and stylishly functional shoes for years. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, ECCO has expanded its offerings to include belts, bags and a host of other well-designed and well-built products.

While sporting a bespoke suit is something we enjoy as much as the next guy, in the real world, casual clothing and performance gear play a big role in getting through the day. For most of us, having a solid pair of casual shoes, a comfortable and supportive running kit, and a handy day bag is a basic necessity.  ECCO is a brand we respect and with which we are honored to be associated.  We use and wear their products and endorse them without reservation.

ECCO Fusion Moc Toe Tie OTC x ECCOUnlike many other shoe companies, ECCO is a truly global and completely vertically integrated brand. Founded in Copenhagen by Karl Toosbuy in 1963, his goal from the start was to create the best shoe company in the world – a mission his employees still take very seriously. As they like to say, “from hide to High Street,” ECCO controls the entire sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution process. Products are manufactured in one of their five company-owned factories and sold in 1,100 ECCO stores and through14,000 other points of sale in more than 90 countries. In fact, every year ECCO opens 120-150 branded stores, including relocations or refits of existing stores.

As a brand ambassador for ECCO, we will be testing and reviewing products, communicating company initiatives and offering OTC readers some exciting deals and contests. While we proudly support many outstanding brands dedicated to maintaining high standards and commitment to craft – such as Frank Clegg Leatherworks, J. Panther Luggage Co., and Ledbury – our formal relationship with ECCO is a first.

For the past month or so, we have been highlighting two particular pair of shoes via our social media platforms. The Fusion Moc Toe and BIOM running shoes we have been testing out on the road, as it were, and are some of the most comfortable shoes we have worn.  We will review those shoes in more detail later, but in the meantime, to learn more about ECCO and check out its range of products, visit the company’s website.

 

 

Complex.com Loves Off the Cuff

Certain websites have a lot of influence when it comes to measuring your impact in the somewhat hazy universe of social media and the blogoshpere.  One of the biggest heavy hitters is Complex.com, a hugely influential site for male consumers who are “style-makers and trend-spreaders.”

To help it’s readers get a handle on what menswear blogs they should be reading, Complex just released this incredibly detailed, handy, and downright witty guide to the best of the web for men.  We here at OTC are thrilled to not only be recommended by Complex, but highlighted for our unique take on making classic East Coast, Ivy League style cool enough for today’s guys.

We are also proud to be listed alongside some good friends and equally outstanding sites Ivy Style, The Trad, and Unabashedly Prep.

 

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