Paul Stuart Opening in DC, Spring 2015

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Paul Stuart, the venerable Manhattan-based luxury apparel retailer, announced that it will be opening a new store in Washington, D.C.

Scheduled for early Spring 2015, the new store is set to occupy a prominent location in the heart of the District at the new CityCenterDC project, a 2.5 million square foot neighborhood development enlivened with a vibrant mix of condominiums, apartments, offices, public spaces, hotels, restaurants and shops. The new store will join the Madison Avenue flagship and two outposts in Chicago as the fourth destination for the company within the U.S. market.

CapitolNightjackmcguire Paul Stuart Opening in DC, Spring 2015The fact that such a storied menswear brand is setting up shop in DC – and a good sized shop at that – speaks to the ongoing emergence of the nation’s capital as a strong menswear and luxury goods market that appreciates quality, craftsmanship, and history.

The nearly 10,000 square foot store is being designed by Charles Sparks + Company, which created both Paul Stuart locations in Chicago. The firm boasts a client list that includes Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, the MOMA Design Store and The Art Institute of Chicago.

The new space will be executed in a clean, contemporary vernacular with an abundance of open space, glass, bronze, marble and zebrano wood.

Paul Stuart has long considered Washington, D.C. a logical location for expansion. According to President and CEO, Michael Ostrove, “D.C. makes perfect sense for us; it is a city that values style, refinement, and sophistication over the constantly shifting vagaries of fashion. We believe that our unique and definitive approach to Anglo-American menswear—and the fact that we value quality and substance in every aspect of our business—will be particularly well received in the District.”

new york style paul stuart custom 1 Paul Stuart Opening in DC, Spring 2015The primary focus of Paul Stuart’s product mix in the new store will encompass the company’s long-standing affinity for classic British-inspired fabrics and silhouettes—but viewed through a decidedly Paul Stuart prism.

Located just east of the White House (on the 10-acre footprint of Washington, D.C.’s former convention center), and close to the region’s best cultural destinations, two of the city’s busiest Metro stations and the new Convention Center, the location stands to become the undisputed centerpiece of Downtown D.C.

In addition to Paul Stuart, the center will be home to a virtual ‘who’s who’ of leading luxury brands.

For additional information please visit paulstuart.com/dc.

 

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Art of Style Invite Large Art of Style Event Recap: A Huge Success and Stylish EveningArt of Style was a big success, a ton of fun, and a chance for all of artist Samara Shuter’s DC fans to meet her in person.  The Huxley, our venue for the evening, was fantastically cool and made us all feel right at home.

The event and its omnipresent hashtag #ArtOfStyleDC, received great media coverage, including The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Friend of a Friend, Greg’s List, and numerous fashion and lifestyle bloggers.  Thanks to everyone for the support.

We could not be happier with the outcome and already the question is being thrown at us, “We need more; when’s the next one?”

We’re already working on that.

With close to 200 guests in attendance, we had a full room, a lot of conversation, and lots of eyeballs on our in-house brands.  The bar was busy, but so were the tables for Bull + Moosestubble & ‘stache, Read Wall, and the Nice Laundry crew who were roaming through the crowd.

Personally, OTC had the chance to meet many readers, chat with great industry folks, and of course hang out with Sam Shuter, our guest of honor.  With all that out of the way, let’s get down to the photos!  If you were there, maybe you’re here.  And, if you missed The Art of Style, here’s what you missed.

If we missed mentioning you in a photo, no worries.  Just leave a comment and we’ll make sure you are recognized, or email us directly at otc (at) oofthecuffdc (dot) com.

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Jose Cuervo Drink OTC x Jose Cuervo: Our Summer Drink, The Tabard Cocktail

Summer cocktails are many, varied, refreshing, and always looked forward to.  When Jose Cuervo approached us and asked that we tell you about a favorite OTC summer cocktail that included, of course, tequila, it was excellent timing.

First, what cocktail worth its salt, so to speak, doesn’t contain tequila?  Second, we had recently rediscovered a favorite drink made famous by a famous D.C. institution, the Hotel Tabard Inn.

Jose Cuervo Tradicional 750ml 214x300 OTC x Jose Cuervo: Our Summer Drink, The Tabard CocktailThe Tabard Cocktail is warmer and cozier than most other “summer” cocktails, but it fits perfectly the context of how this unique concoction plays into our day.  As prepared by OTC, the Tabard Cocktail is built on the smooth and subtle complexity of Jose Cuervo’s 100% blue agave Tradicional Reposado tequila and the deep honey-infused scotch whiskey tones of Drambuie.

It’s perfect for sitting back in your leather club chair, or gathering with friends at the end of the week, and slowing down a bit to appreciate life.  It’s a sipping cocktail and a thoughtful drink.

Created by Chantal Tseng, the Hotel Tabard Inn’s head mixologist, the Tabard Cocktail feels like a throwback to the age of classic cocktails like the Sidecar or the Manhattan.  Tseng, a certified sommelier and founding member of the D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild, says she is inspired by seasonal ingredients from the kitchen and garden as well as old cocktail books and forgotten recipes.

The Tabard Cocktail

1 1/2 oz. Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz. Amontillado sherry
1/2 oz. Drambuie
Dash of orange bitters
Ice cubes
Orange Peel
Fresh Thyme Sprig

You will need a mixing glass and strainer or a shaker with a straining top.  The drink is served in a cocktail glass.

Add the ice cubes into the mixing glass and stir the tequila, sherry, Drambuie, and bitters.  Strain into a cocktail glass. Twist orange peel over the drink to release its oils, float it on top, then top with a sprig of fresh thyme.

To help tell the story of Jose Cuervo’s “History in a Bottle” campaign, watch this great tongue-in-cheek take on the company’s impact on some of history’s most iconic moments from the last 219 years.

For example, did you know Jose Cuervo invented the Margarita (yet another timeless cocktail) and even inspired beach volleyball?  Are either of those claims true? Eh, who knows – sit back and have another sip.

Thanks to Jose Cuervo for sponsoring this post.

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First Take on Summer Style

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What often works best for men’s warm weather fashion is simplicity and classic style.  Basics can make almost any guy look and feel that much more polished, put together, and comfortable. Think of it as updated Ivy League or modern preppy without all the gimmicky noise.

Summer style – even though it’s technically Spring, it sure has felt like July recently – does not have to mean old shorts, a tee shirt, and worn out sneakers.  While all those things all have their place, looking nice when it is hot is actually pretty simple.

Here we have an easy, go-to look that is both straight-forward and sharp, in a casual and comfortable way.  While polished, this outfit is neither too dressy nor overly casual.  Instead, it strikes a nice balance between formal and informal.  It’s the kind of look that works very well when meeting friends for drinks, heading out to a nice brunch or dinner, or just Friday at the office.

To add some easy polish to this look, just toss on a blue blazer or lightweight sweater and swap out the driving loafers for cordovan slip-ins.

The components of this functionally classic ensemble are basics that every guy’s wardrobe should contain.

The checked button down shirt is from Richmond, VA, maker, Ledbury.  It is actually a super lightweight linen/cotton blend that is fantastic in warm weather.  The shirt shown here is a short run from 2013 and may not currently be available.  We are big fans of Ledbury and their decidedly American take on British shirtmaking.  The construction is excellent and their fabric selections are always impressive.  Regardless of where you get yours, a few blue, purple, and red checked button downs are invaluable to your wardrobe.

OTC Spring 2014 3 300x225 First Take on Summer StyleSeveral pair of well-fitting and properly hemmed khakis should also be a core staple of any guy’s closet.  These slim fit Daltons from Jack Donnelly are a great option.  This small brand has created an updated version of the classic tailored khaki.  That does not mean “dress pant,” although they do iron up quite nicely.  They are light, comfortable, nicely finished, and can handle almost any scenario short of needing a suit.  These pants have the construction and detail of dressier trousers, but the fit and feel of classic wear-whenever khakis.  And, they are sourced and handmade in America.

A great pair of driving loafers can serve you well all day long.  While Tod’s iconic Gomminos may have created the driving moccasin/loafer category, we also love these Austen Heller Kingston loafers.  OTC has written about this brand before and their new collection only reinforces our appreciation of their comfortable, fun, and easy to wear footwear.  Opt for classic brown if you want to keep it low key, or try out some of the more adventurous color combinations.

Warm weather dressing is also the time to have some fun with your accessories.  Belts from Tucker Blair are a great way to impart some personality and Ivy League needlepoint into you look.  Other than that, strive to pare down and use more color as the day only get warmer from here.

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History in a Bottle? Fun With Tequila

While it won’t hold up in history class, this new commercial / web video from the folks at Jose Cuervo Tradicional make timelines, and the history of this mixologist’s staple,  a bit more fun.

OTC is partnering with the iconic maker of world class tequila to bring you our favorite cocktail. Stay tuned for that upcoming article; as you might expect, it has a decidedly urbane bent to it.  So, while we work away in our stylishly secret private lounge, imbibe in this tongue-in-cheek take on some of history’s most iconic moments from the last 219 years.

 History in a Bottle? Fun With Tequila