OTC x ECCO

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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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We here at OTC wish to offer up a big, sincere “Thank You,” to everyone who voted and supported our nomination!  OTC’s founder and editor-in-chief, Chris Hogan, made it to the winner’s circle and was crowned “Dandiest at the Derby” by Brooks Brothers’ fans!

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Thanks are also due to our photographer par excellence, Mr. Steven Ritchie, and Mrs. OTC for her invaluable guidance when it comes to ties and choice of image entries (and, frankly, everything else).

Brooks Brothers is an American institution when it comes to classic Ivy League and American preppy styles, but it also leads the way in connecting with a new generation of customers fluent in Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and mobile e-commerce.  While we celebrate and promote the many outstanding start-up and boutique brands helping to redefine the best in menswear and American style, historic and invaluable brands like Brooks Brothers continue to set important benchmarks towards which we all race.

Last year, OTC ran a series of in-depth articles on the history and importance of Brooks Brothers.  Please take a moment and have a read:

Brooks Brothers: American Icon (Part I)
Brooks Brothers: American Icon (Part II)
Brooks Brothers: American Icon (Part III)
Brooks Brothers: American Icon (Part IV)

 

OTC in Brooks Brothers Contest Finale

We are thrilled to have made it to the final stretch of Brooks Brothers’ “Dandiest at the Derby 2012″ contest!  While we have received some great support from OTC’s family, friends, readers, and supporters, we aren’t taking anything for granted!

And neither are our friends.  Keep reading to learn how you can win too – your very own Frank Clegg coin wallet just for supporting the effort!

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Even though our support has been strong, there is still one more day of voting on Brooks Brothers’ site, so please make sure to like our photo!

As an added bonus, our good friend master leather designer Frank Clegg is giving away a handmade coin wallet to one lucky winner of his own contest.  To enter, just like our “Dandiest at the Derby 2012″ photo.

So, help OTC take home the brass ring and get yourself a handmade treasure from Frank Clegg!

 

 

An Evening of Cocktails & Classic Style

Last week, Off the Cuff teamed up with One Medical to host an OTC Live event, An Evening of Cocktails & Classic Style.  It was a chance for OTC readers and local style aficionados to gather, celebrate, network, and learn about some of the outstanding brands which have been highlighted on OTC.

Joining us at the private club-like Clyde’s at Gallery Place, in the heart of Washington, DC, were Hugh & Crye shirt makers, Proper Suit, Lotuff Leather, and Image Granted style consultants.  Guests were able to meet with the owners of these outstanding companies, chat about their brands, learn about the beautiful products and, in some case, put in orders right on the spot!

The crowd arrived early and stayed throughout the night.  Manhattans and martinis were mixed at the bar and the constant din of conversation and story-telling filled the room.

Thanks to all who joined us and made the night a huge success; and keep an eye for future events and collaborations.

Below are a selection of images from the evening – enjoy!  All photos by Joy Asico.

 

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