The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports

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The “Arlie” by Christine A. Moore Millinery

When I think of the Kentucky Derby, I think fashion. It’s hard to believe that the “Run for the Roses” is just two weeks away. I love everything about the Kentucky Derby, or should I say, “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” Every year I look forward to sipping on a Mint Julep while wearing my best custom suit and seeing all the great hats the stars show up in. Finding an outfit is one thing, but on Derby Day all eyes are on the hats.

This year I am honored to partner with the ever so talented Christine A. Moore, designer and owner of Christine A Moore Millinery. Moore, based in New York City, has been creating hats professionally for nearly twenty years. Christine designs a wide range of collections, but she is best known for her Derby collection. Christine has been on the TODAY Show for the past four years live from Churchill Downs, where NBC calls her, “the hat designer to the Triple Crown.” Her hats have been on magazine covers, television shows, news stations and at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers.

Picking out the perfect hat is an art. My motto is “Go big or go home,” which is why I think the “Arlie” is the quintessential “Derby” hat for women  You can’t go wrong with it. For men, I recommend a Fedora or Trilby. Even if you can’t be in Louisville for the race, dress like you’re at Churchill Downs. Ladies should wear a hat that is dramatic and makes a statement. Your hat will set the tone for your entire outfit. 

Stop into Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers to pick out your ‘impact hat’ for your Derby party. We carry hats for both men and women, but have a larger selection of mens hats 

 

Travel in Style

When you travel, you want to be comfortable and stylish. It’s not always an easy thing to do, but Anatomie’s travel line makes it easy to do both. Kate and Shawn Boyer are the brainchild behind Anatomie, a designer fashion brand. The collection was created with today’s travel women in mind and encompasses the areas of high-performance wear to modern designer travel wear, as well as sportswear. Kate describes her creations as sophisticated and sexy, just like the women who wear them. Anatomie’s collection draws inspiration from the most highly-regarded European fashion houses, and is designed to flatter the female form in a way that bespeaks class, elegance and style.

Anatomie’s formative period dates back nearly a decade to the time when Kate traveled from her native Hungary to the southern French town of Montpelier to pursue an MBA in International Trade. It was there that the former gymnast secured a position as a fitness instructor as a means to finance her university degree. Kate then began training a group of teenage girls for the French Aerobic Championships, which is a highly coveted title they won and held for three consecutive years. For competitions, Kate outfitted her young gymnasts in attire she had designed initially to wear herself.

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Amory Shirt

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Audrey Dress

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Abbe Leather Jacket

Kate and Shawn first met in Miami, where he was designing fashion apparel for hard-to-fit athletic men. The creative couple has since designed collections for Elite Models, Fashion Sport, Cigarette Offshore Racing, and Lamborghini just to name just a few.

Anatomie’s guiding philosophy has always been functional fashion. The foundation of their collection is high-performance designer French and Italian fabrics that are durable enough to meet the demands of extreme sports. Anatomie translates those fabrics into a sophisticated sexy silhouette that is minimalist, durable and ultra-modern.

This spring, Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers will carry Anatomie, the exclusive travel-wear line of NetJets. Anatomie was created specifically with today’s traveling women in mind. The designer travel line was founded on the principle that Anatomie’s travel clothes “travel” better than any other clothes. Made from the finest French and Italian fabrics, Anatomie’s clothes are machine washable, wrinkle free, and never fade.

“I think this line is perfect for the women of Naples who are always on the go,” says Joseph Wendt. “Whether they’re jetting off to Europe or the east coast, Anatomie offers comfortable everyday designer clothes that women can feel great wearing.”

Wendt says for the charmingly easy-going girl, the Abbe Leather Jacket (top right) is a great choice. This travel jacket offers a perforated design that goes perfect with wanderlusts who loves visiting metropolitan areas. Add this in your luggage if you’re spending Spring in New York or Paris. The leather material is lightweight, bringing you comfort in mobility and movement. Plus, it’s just a chic thing to wear on cool weather nights!

Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers will carry Anatomie’s spring and fall collections. Any additional questions can be directed to Joseph WendtCustom Clothiers by calling 239.530.0070, or by visiting their Fifth Avenue South store, located in Downtown Naples.

New Baseball Fashions

It’s spring, which means it’s baseball season!  Sports fans and fashion fans that we are, we always keep an eye on changing uniform designs, making certain to keep track of the kinds of changes, good or bad, that appear in those erstwhile duds.  After all, a team’s entire character can be truly defined by the look they sport.  And while some…  Recent changes haven’t…  Been very positive (*cough*2012 Miami Marlins uniforms*cough cough!*)…  And baseball as a whole, unlike football, rarely changes their looks, there were still a few changes to make note of as the season opened on Sunday.  Let’s take a quick look, ignoring extremely minor changes, like the Cleveland Indians changing what they identify as their primary logo, but not actually changing their uniforms.  We’re only looking at the major new uniforms, pretty much all of which are new “alternate” uniforms.

 

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta-Braves-NewThis is the new Braves alternate uniform, called the “military appreciation” jersey.  Red has always been part of the Braves color scheme, but this one is unique because it ditches the iconic tomahawk from the Braves logo, and adds a patriotic flourish of stars inside the logo script.  We like it!  It’s a bit garish for our tastes, but not too much (*cough*2012 Miami Marlins uniforms*cough cough!*), and in such a staid and old fashioned league like MLB, a splash of color is appreciated.  Salute!

 

Chicago Cubs

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The Cubs actually introduced a ridiculous ten alternate jerseys to be used this season, but this one is out favorite, the “main” alternate road jersey.  It’s a total throwback to the Cubs’ looks from the 1920s, a golden age for baseball, and just reeks of the history and American-ness of Major League Baseball.  Just wonderful.

 

Kansas City Royals

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The Kansas City Royals rolled this beauty out recently, and we really love it.  It makes great use of the Royals’ colors, and features the team’s “KC” logo for the first time on the actual uniform.  Unlike a lot of alternate jerseys, which try their hardest to look “weird,” this one looks like it could have been the actual Royals uniform in another timeline.  The blues and piping just look perfect.

 

San Francisco Giants

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Another winner, this alternate jersey uses the Giants’ orange color to good effect, but the real winner here is the throwback script and black piping, which haven’t been seen in a Giants uniform since 1982.  A great combination of modern and classic, exactly what an alternate uniform should be.

 

Stylish in the NFL

Our own intrepid leader, Joey Wendt, attended the 2014 NFL Owners’ meetings in Orlando this week, where all of the NFL’s coaches, managers, GMs and owners were putting their heads together to discuss the future of the League.  We’ve dressed a lot of NFL players and personnel in our time, and Joey is always out there making sure that the NFL’s finest are looking their best!

In honor of the occasion, let’s take a look back at some of the NFL’s most stylishly sartorial men from over the League’s long history.  Let’s be honest, being stylish and in the NFL is a relatively recent development (which we’d like to think we had something to do with! :D), so most of these guys are of a recent vintage.

CAM NEWTON

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VICTOR CRUZ

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DAN MARINO

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TOM BRADY

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REGGIE BUSH

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HANK STRAM

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JOE NAMATH

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ADRIAN PETERSON

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TIKI BARBER

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BRAYLON EDWARDS

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TOM LANDRY

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JIM BROWN

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Trends for Spring and Summer

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If you know the strange, wonderful world of fashion, you know that trends are an extremely odd animal.  They’re partly organic, arising on their own as people start dressing differently over time.  But they’re also deliberate, with designers chosing a look to start pushing, hoping to angle the public zeitgeist in that direction.  And, even more strangely, that pushing starts a year in advance.  The trends for spring and summer 2017, for instance, will be displayed and start being pushed by designers in the spring and summer of 2016!

So, now that spring and summer of 2014 is actually upon us, how did the fashion world do?  How close to reality were the fashionistas when they started their push last summer?  Let’s jump in the Wayback Machine, and take a look at GQ‘s reporting on just that last year.  You be the judge!

Head-to-Toe White

If you’re prone to spilling, you’ve got until about May to brush up on your hand-eye coordination: head-to-toe white was the most noticeable trend to come off the catwalks this season. Trust us, a bright white suit is going to be essential to your summer wardrobe this time next year – we suggest you add in an accent color for interest, as seen at Jil Sander.

Block Stripes Everywhere

Last season it was big squares, this season it’s big stripes. While the horizontal patterns at Moschino and Miharayasuhiro were certainly the boldest way to wear this trend, it was the block color stripes on suiting really caught our attention (exhibits A and B: the surprisingly wearable tailoring at Wooyoungmi and Valentino).

Long, Loose Summer Coats

The designers in Milan realize that some countries – like our own – are not blessed with a dry, Mediterranean climate all season long; sometimes a coat is essential even on the hottest days. This season thin belted trench coats are the solution. Look for one that hits between the ankle and the thigh and opt into an ultra-light fabric as well as a bright color if you’re feeling as brave as our brothers on the continent.

Anything in Pink

Rose gold emerged as one of the strongest men’s watch trends at Baselworld, so it perhaps comes as no surprise that pink was also all-over the catwalks. However, what was surprising was the sheer variety of colors for the new season. Whether you’re more partial to the pastels at Richard James or the highlighter pink at Paul Smith, prep your wardrobe with at least one shade for spring.

See the rest of the trends, and a million pictures of them, RIGHT HERE on GQ.  And let us know what you think of the trend predictions, accurate or not?

All the Necktie Tips (Infographic)

We’ve gone over all of the little things you have to get right when wearing a tie before.  The pattern, the color, the style, the knot…  Well, there’s a lot.  So why not get a nice cheat sheet so you can have all the basic tips all in one place at once?  This infographic on neckties has you covered!

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#100

It’s our 100th post!  …Sort of.  There were two posts there that were lost to time, so this is our 98th completed post, but, you know what?  Whatever, let’s celebrate early!  When we started this blog back in October 2011, we had two stores, one on Long Island and one in Manhattan, we were called “Joseph’s Custom Clothiers,” our colors were red and white, and we had never written a single blog entry before.  What a difference two and a half years makes!  Now we have two stores, on in a different part of Long Island and one in Naples, FL, we’re called “Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers,” our colors are dark blue and gold, and we’ve written 100 of these things!  Let’s take a look back at 100 entries, and pick out some of our favorite, as we look forward to the next 100!

Your Sartorial Foundation – December 28, 2011

A look at the perfect base for your menswear wardrobe.

Halftime?! – February 8, 2012

A comical look at how far the Super Bowl Halftime Show has come over the years.

Weddings 101: The Ring – February 22, 2012

The first part in our comprehensive three-part series on preparing for the big day!

Perception is Power - March 14, 2012

A look at how what you wear can influence everything everyone is thinking about you.

Fashion of the Future! – April 14, 2012

A look at what people, past and present, thought the future would be wearing.

Shoes: From Ugly to Outstanding – May 16, 2012

A history and overview of that oft overlooked part of the men’s wardrobe: the shoe.

The Happiest Place on Earth: The DMV! – May 30, 2012

An overview on making that license picture better than it usually turns out!

Expansion, Contraction and Relocation (Not of Waistlines!) – September 25, 2012

An in-depth, absurdest look at the strange history and future of NFL teams on the move.

Bond, James Bond, Part 1: The Ian Fleming Novels (1953-1962) – October 5, 2012

The first part of our 4-part James Bond fashion introspective, this part covered the pre-film novelized Bond, and tastes of his deeply sartorial creator, Ian Fleming.

Ties, Ties, and More Ties! – December 7, 2012

All about ties, from top to bottom.

Revenge of the English Shooting Jacket – March 25, 2013

Full coverage of the history and usages of the English shooting jacket.

Starfleet Fashions: Semper Exploro! – May 23, 2013

We went super nerdy here, with a full look at Starfleet uniforms from the “Star Trek” franchise in celebration of the 2013 release of “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

The Four Major Tie Knots (Plus One) – June 28, 2013

A look at the four most common necktie knots, and when and where to wear them.

Women’s Menswear – July 26, 2013

A look at the history and current trend of fashionable women wearing clothing styles traditionally worn by men.

Best and Worst NFL Uniforms – August 20, 2013

A humorous look at the best and worst of the usually stolid and sometimes insane NFL uniform.

Bow Ties 101 – February 27, 2014

A look at the always overlooked bow tie, and how to wear it.

Here’s to 100 more, everyone!