Sartorial Sanctuary or Ultimate Closet

After our last blog gave you a foundation, we hope your closet is starting to look pretty good. If you are not quite there yet, no worries! The wardrobe that we are talking about might take you a while to complete. It is quite a process indeed, but the most exhilarating part of when we are working on something is clearly knowing the steps ahead.

Let’s now imagine, for those who are not there yet, that your sartorial foundation is there, and that better yet, it is a solid, strong foundation. Remember, we told you all about the clearly important step of having the right items in your closet, but we also said that placing and maintaining those clothes are just as important. In this blog, we will give you some great tips to keep your sartorial Mecca running as smoothly as possible.

The very first step is to place your clothes appropriately. For this, you will need the right tools and the proper space (if you don’t have that, get working on it). There are plenty of great custom closet companies in major cities, and they all work with similar materials, although the price varies slightly. Connecting with your designer is what really makes the difference here, so be very specific as to what you want (maximize space, organizing, et cetera). Also, request to have more than one option (a sketch or picture of what the final job will look like would be optimal).

If you happen to take this on as your own personal project instead, because you’re feeling crafty and creative, needless to say, make some good use of those new tools you got from Santa. Adding shelves and drawers and extra racks will be a good idea to start with, and if you already have everything you need and just need to organize (and please keep it that way, we are not in college anymore!), then here is what you need to do.

Suits and overcoats.

Hang them in one side of the closet about 3 inches apart from each other, as this will minimize crushing. Keep the most expensive garments in a garment bag when it’s not being worn.

Primary shirts and trousers.

Hang at the other end of your closet 2 inches apart to reduce creasing. Pants, preferably, should be hung by the hem on trouser hangers.

If you are building/remodeling your closet, in the middle of your closet there should be a space with shelves and drawers. Please arrange for the bottom drawer to be a deeper one. Now we will tell you what goes in each.

Extra shirts.

Those that you do not wear as often should be neatly folded and placed on the top shelf. Do not hang everything you own, this just congests your space.

Sweaters.

Fold in piles and place on the shelves, as this will prevent stretching out the shape and will make them last much longer.

Socks, underwear and t-shirts.

Fold neatly and place in smaller drawers.

Thick knits and sweatshirts.

Remember that deeper drawer? Place those in here.

On the side where your shirts and trousers are hanging, there should be plenty of room to build at least two longer, shallow drawers. In there, place:

Ties.

The best way to store them is by folding them in half and then rolling them. Use this drawer to place pocket squares and other accessories.

Athletic clothes.

All in one place, and that remaining drawer is that place.

Below those shallow, longer drawers, there is still room for sloping shelves, and here you will place:

Shoes.

Keep them on shoe trees to help keep their shape. This will triple their life span. Cedar shoe trees are a great choice, as they absorb moisture and leave a fresh scent (remember to give shoes a day off and to polish them at least every third wear).

Extra Pointers.

  • Proper hangers: general purpose, sports coat only, trousers only and suits.
  • Wooden hangers will add a very elegant and appealing look to your closet.
  • Remove dry cleaned items from bags and hang them on proper hangers as soon as you get home. Keep a lint roller and a cloth brush with your suits. They will become your suits’ best friends!
  • Keep a closet or designated space to storage off-season items. Moths off!
  • Use garment bags to store off-season suits, as this keeps them away from dust, insects and fading.
  • Please, please dry clean or wash all-wool items before storing them away for the off-season. Space bags/other tight-sealing containers are perfect for that.
  • Emptying and airing the contents of your wardrobe regularly is a great habit.
  • Vacuum your closet regularly.
  • Add some cedar blocks or chips to keep your sartorial sanctuary smelling fresh.

Voila!

One more thing… We hope there is plenty of room left over to keep adding great pieces to your amazing wardrobe!

Your Sartorial Foundation

“Dear Santa, thanks for the fabulous presents.  Cashmere sweaters, shirts, ties and accessories…  You sure know how to make me happy!”

But before you put those new clothes…  Well, wherever there is room, we’d like to do something super-important for a sartorial guy like you.

Your closet, my friend, should be as sartorial as you.  This means it should always be impeccable, and when we say impeccable, we don’t mean just nice and tidy.  We mean clothes in it are properly hung and folded neatly, properly placed as to be more productive when it comes time to pick an outfit.  There’s nothing worse than needing to get out the door but instead finding yourself buried in your closet looking for clothes.

Why should you deal with this right now?  Well,because now is the perfect time!  You already got goodies from Santa, and this means you’ll be adding and replacing things in your closet anyway.  Which makes it a perfect time for inventory control.  Not to mention, it is the last week of the year, and it should always be in your New Year’s resolutions to be, at all times, dressed for success.  That starts in how you organize your wardrobe.  After all, you never know who you will meet or who you will run into in a given day.  You should always look your best!

Your closet should be a reflection of who you are and what you do.  For instance, if you have meetings during the day and then take clients out for drinks and to dinner, your wardrobe should make this transition with as much ease as you do.  We hope your wardrobe is where it needs to be so you will only need to reorganize it to make it functional and appealing, so that when you look at it, you feel like shopping from it, not just grabbing whatever clothes fall into your hands first.  Most definitely, you will always find the right outfit this way.  Remember, not finding one in a closet full of clothes is a huge red flag in terms of you having the right garments.  If you spend five minutes in there and see nothing you like, something is amiss!

So, on that note, we figured we’d make a list of what your wardrobe must have.  Obviously, some of us have more of a certain item than others (we’re slightly biased when it comes to accessories, we’re sure you can’t tell, *cough*), but there will always be staple sartorial foundation pieces like the navy blue suit, white dress shirt and black Oxford lace-ups.  We are not born with flawless sartorial sense, so feel free to get inspired by your best dressed contemporaries.  You probably think a wardrobe of this caliber will be very extensive, and this probably intimidates you.  Again, remember, we want you to think of the very basics.  A solid wardrobe with pieces that serve you well from the boardroom to the after hours bar.  Seamless from dressy to casual, in which every piece coordinates successfully with most of the others . A trendy but mismatched closet does not serve anyone well.

The foundation of your wardrobe:

-Suits.  7 full suits should be considered the minimum (remember, you should never wear the same suit two days in a row).

  • Black, for formal occasions.
  • Navy, the most versatile.
  • Medium grey, a versatile suit that can be worn throughout the year and paired with most colors.
  • A mix of herringbones, pinstripes, shadow stripes and solids to add versatility through the month.
  • A tan or brown suit should make its way into everyone’s closet.  A very flattering color on most men.
  • Throw a flannel or tweed suit in the mix for those cold winter months.

-Sports coats: a minimum of 4 should be in your closet at any given time, ready to go.  They can be a variety of dress-up styles for business or more casual to turn heads in a social scene (just add a pocket square).  Every man should have at least one navy sport coat, and a variety of plaids, tweeds and solids.

-Trousers.  Fill your closet with as many as you can, to make you look lush and successful.  15 is probably a good number for the well-dressed man in addition to pants that are part of a suit.  Your mix here is basic wools, flannels, and cotton.

-Jeans.  At least 2 pairs of dark jeans, and make sure they are crisp and able to be worn with a t-shirt, button down or with one of your sport coats.  Or go a step further and pair with a jacket from your suits.

-Dress shirts.  3 dozen is by far the most appropriate number.  It will give you a good rotation.  Remember that at any given time, there will be an X amount of dirty shirts and X amount of shirts at the cleaners.  No need to be running to the cleaners to get a shirt.  Build your wardrobe to have about 12 ready to wear at all times.  At least 5 whites, about 4 in the blue family (lights, mediums and darks), ivories/pale yellows, pinks, lavenders and grays.  Always have in your collection some patterned shirts: striped, checkered and plaids should have you looking sharp and switch you up from the typical solids.

-Ties.  Select them with care so that they complement your suits and shirts.  Pick fabrics and patterns that are versatile and stylish.  There are classics: plain navy, regimental stripes, subdued paisley or pattern.  10-25 is a good amount.

-Shoes.  Here you should have a great variety as well (shoes need a day off, too).  But these are some basics.  One pair of black Oxford lace-ups in calfskin are a great pick to transition from day to night.  A pair of chestnut-brown wing-tips goes well with pretty much anything.  Also, throw a camel-colored monk strap or slip-on in the mix.  This color can add flavor to any suit, especially those navies in your closet.  And don’t forget a pair of loafers and a pair of boots.  Bonus style points if you add a pair of suede bucks!  Also, don’t forget a good camel colored shoe.  An amazing touch to any suit, especially navies.  Don’t forget to coordinate a matching belt!  And to state the obvious, coordinating belts for each pair.

-Tuxedo and accoutrements.  Here is where you should get the best quality you can afford.  This, my friend, is a life investment, because one should know…  You always get what you pay for.

-Tuxedo shirts. Please have at least 2 different styles to add variety.  Always be prepared for formal occasions.

-Knitwear.  Cashmere and merino wool are great additions.  A mix of crew necks, v-necks, vests and cardigans should help you look tres chic even on weekends.

-Casual shirts. At least 5 (think of Friday nights!).

-Over coat.  At least one, and invest in a fine one.  Navy or camel colored wool, cashmere, camel hair, or a blend of these.

-White, gray and black t-shirts.  Great for a timeless casual look paired with jeans, or to wear under shirts, sweaters or even a jacket.

As to how to place these items?  This is as important as how to properly maintain them so that they always look crisp and ready to be worn.  We’ll have another blog just on that very soon.

We hope this was helpful.  Always remember, classic, simple and understated equals timeless, long-lasting and recession-proof.  Whatever the item, it should be made of fine-quality fabrics and materials with superior manufacturing construction and techniques.  And, most importantly, it should fit you as perfectly as possible (we will tell you this a million times more).  No amount of fine cloths or material will make up for an ill-fitted garment, advice that every man should live by.  Last, but not least, being the stylish man you are, you shouldn’t be afraid to add occasional zing to your closet (à la Italian, Sprezzatura).  With a sensible wardrobe like this as a base, adding to it is not rocket science.

A Guide to New Year’s Eve Parties

So many parties to attend, so many dress codes to follow.  In a highly fashionably city like our home base of New York, the question of what to wear is always in the back of our heads.  We thought about it in-depth because, well, fashion is sort of what we do!  We’ve come up with some essential party looks, and we’d like to share why we love them and how someone can make them work.

BLACK TIE

Here is your chance to look like the gentleman you are!  For many, wearing a tux does not come often enough in a year.  So, if you get an invitation requesting for such, go for it all-out!  For those of you who wear it often, you know there are great fabrics and tone-on-tone patterns that everyone knows about.  And even our favorite, 100% super 210s wool can get a little safe and uninspiring.  If turning heads is in your agenda for the night, we suggest upgrading the black tux for a midnight blue one.  Very elegant, understated and yet highly fashionable.  Or, if you want to stay classic in black for this, the last ball of the year, opt for something like in the picture up above, a contrasting but complimentary color combination in the tie and lapel.  You will look like someone pulled you off the runway.

Keep the shirt fly front with stubble studs so that your lapel takes center stage.  For a last-minute outfit, spice up your black tux by adding a coordinating cummerbund and bow tie set.

As for why we love it?  It’s a classic look with just enough party attitude.

VELVET DINNER JACKET

Thanks goodness this piece makes an appearance every year, and most definitely every time we think “fantastic parties in cold weather.”  Our pick, a single-breasted jacket with a shawl lapel.  Remember that the color palette for this is best left to rich red wine burgundies, navy blues, eggplant purples, jet black and any variety of gray.  Simple single-breasted jackets with a shawl lapel and welted pockets seem to polish off the cut beautifully.  You simply must pick a great pocket square (this, of all nights, is not the one to hold back on).  And a fly front studded shirt will keep you on that très chic line of thinking.  And don’t forget the bow tie, the icing on the cake!  Keep the pants a clean, straight cut and enjoy all the compliments you get.

ROCK STAR

Now, for those of you with more of a club scene in mind (remember, it is New Year’s Eve and you must look superb no matter what type of party you’ll be rocking), for this we love a fun dinner jacket with beaded lapels like the ones on this dinner jacket in the above picture.  Since this is a more irreverent look, ditch the dress shirt for a contrasting T-shirt instead.

TROPICAL CELEBRATION

Now there are some lucky ones out there who skipped the cold weather and opted for a tropical resort celebration (kudos to you, by the way).  For you, the timeless nautical look could not be more appropriate.  And why?  Because in boiling hot weather, white is just great at deflecting the heat while glowing in the sunshine.  And the navy jacket gives it a more late night kind of look, while a silk blend will give the last sophisticated touches to this pairing.

A very nice pair of loafers will complement the look.  Think about those Fratelli Rossetti shoes that have a terry cloth lining and are good for hot weather!

At any rate, no matter what you wear, we hope you enjoy the parties, the good company and the compliments.  And above all, have a joyous 2012!

The Art of Shaving

Nips and cuts.  Irritated skin.  Bad blades.  Yet another chore to take care of in the morning, as if with our busy, fast-paced life we need yet another task, much less one that involves a blade and, if you do it wrong, pain and bleeding.

We don’t even know who to thank for such a genius idea.  No one knows exactly where or how the miracle of wet shaving originated.  It is generally believed that during the 18th Century, certain members of the French aristocracy began cutting their beards into various shapes and configurations using hot water and a straight edge.  Further adaptations to this crude process soon followed.  In London, at about the same time, barbers began giving shaves to wealthy patrons.  This worked well, for barbers were the only ones permitted to perform medical surgeries(!), thus enabling them to develop a very lucrative side business shaving beards, an easy addition to their regular surgical duties, as they already possessed the scalpels, cutting and shaping utensils required to efficiently cut hair.

During that time, several shaving salons arose, including one of our favorites, Truefitt & Hill, listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest barber shop in the world. Over 200 years in business, thanks to the greatness of their luxurious shaves plus the fact that, simply put, every man must shave.  Demand for their business is, likely, eternal.  Unfortunately, for many, the task of shaving has been reduced to the tedium of a daily misery.

Well, not to worry.  The art of wet shaving has been revived with all of its former glory, and is now more pompous than ever.

We cannot stress this enough: shaving should not be a skin-irritating time consumer that’s keeping you from your coffee in the morning.  So, you could either treat yourself to letting a true master of the craft work its magic at your nearest wet shaving salon, or you can get the right tools and put a little time and patience in it yourself and see magnificent results.  Whichever path you take, better skin and less ingrown beard hair plus a fantastic sense of well-being and relaxation await you.

So, here are a few of our observations in regards to this fascinating subject.  Remember, we mention it will take time, definitely repetition, and lots of attention to detail.  It’s just like the extra 5 minutes you put into finding the perfect tie to compliment your outfit, which you already know pays off all day.  Embrace shaving, too!  After all, it is something you have to do nearly every day.

Arm yourself with the best tools.  Customize, get the right tools plus the right products for your skin type for a terrific combination.  Also, keep educating yourself in the subject if you are interested in changing your shaving method.  We suggest you find a shaving clinic in your area.  Think of it as your Shaving 101 class.  A bit late, maybe, but it is always a great time to learn.

Ready to go?

First and most important: hot water.  This is going to be the first prepping step for your perfect shave.  Why hot water?  First, hot water helps in the removal of excess skin cells.  Second, hot water softens the beard hair, enabling it to be more easily cut.  Right after your shower is the best time to shave.

Next, remember to never rush your shave.  There are crucial steps for a perfect shave, and rushing to get out of the bathroom in the morning is the reason why many of us fail in the attempt.  Brush, cut, moisturize, all three are essential!

Brush.  Our favorite is a badger hair brush.  It’s softer and absorbs water quicker (always allow up to a minute to soak in your hot water; for a boar hair brush, allow up to 3 minutes).  The brush generates a rich and warm lather that will soften the beard and open the pores.  It also brings a wealth of water to the skin and is a gentle exfoliator.

Cut.  The razor is used to remove the beard, obviously.  For this stage to proceed correctly, the use of the razor must also be combined with the application of large volumes of water to the face throughout the entire cutting process.  This washing and cutting process is fundamental to mastering a great beard cutting power.

Aftershave (moisturizing).  Please refer to this as a process, not a product.  Aftershave is the phase in which the skin is thoroughly irrigated with very large volumes of water to cool, soften and condition in the most efficacious manner possible.  It does not solely refer to the application of “aftershave.”  However, it is important to remember that the use of extremely high quality colognes, aftershaves and shaving balms is very much a part of the overall pleasure of wet shaving.  Stay away from anything produced by a designer; hence shave creams found in department stores should be avoided.  Such “fashion-forward” shaving products are typically overpriced, in addition to being overly fragranced and full of alcohol.  Many also use various synthetic silicates that can create serious blemishes and exacerbate preexisting skin problems.

Whether you want and need to be pampered or just want to take the challenge and do it yourself, you will soon see the benefits and will not stop telling everyone about it.

Here what you need to get started on your own:

  • The Art of Shaving, Full Size Kit Unscented.
  • Pure Badger Black Brush.
  • Double blade or straight razor, your pick.

Or, if you’re here in the New York area and want the full-service experience, here’s some top spots in the city:

  • New York Shaving Company
  • Esquire of Wall Street
  • The Art of Shaving

 

Luxury Edition

Just in time for the holiday season, what has been one of the best compliments to our bespoke suits for many years: Tino Cosma ties!  Characterized by high-quality silk and a perfect manufacturing process, the Luxury Edition is limited, handmade and a perfect gift for the man who appreciates exceptional quality.  These are, by far, the most fashionable stocking stuffers we can think of.

Why are we obsessed with these ties?  Because they are understated luxury at its finest.  The Luxury Edition is a collection of silk ties woven in sixteen & eight-ply (if you don’t know what it is, the best way to describe ply is that they are the individual strands that are woven together to make a strand of yarn). The unusually high thread count adds to the exceptional richness and the invaluable high quality of the fabric.  We are thinking double Windsor knots all the way with these.  And with this Luxury Edition, the buyer can easily see the red thread that is sewn along the back of the tie, as well as a gold medallion fixed on the back; always a nice touch.  Tino Cosma goes even further to acknowledge the craftsmanship of the person who handmade that particular tie.  So don’t forget, when you buy your Tino Cosma Luxury Edition from Joseph’s, be sure to take a look at the tag on the back and thank Mrs. Fiorella, or whomever that person may be, for their handiwork.

The new Tino Cosma Collection interprets the very essence of “made in Italy.” Tino Cosma is the expression of tradition, the innovator of impeccable elegance, quality and detail.  The precious fabrics and exclusive designs have been Tino Cosma marks of distinction and Italian luxury since 1946.

The story of the Tino Cosma Company began in 1946 in a workshop in Motta di Livenza, where the founder Vittorio Cosma laid the creative groundwork for the future.  In 1969, Tino Cosma launched his first innovative collection of ties and implemented the transformation of his quaint space from workshop into fashion industry.  The Tino Cosma label started growing in reputation and spread worldwide quickly.  In the ’80s, the company’s great successes in America allows the opening of the Fifth Avenue boutique in New York City.  Tino Cosma ties are today retailed all over the world to men of style.  These men know the quality tie that Tino Cosma produces, and this is why when their Fifth Avenue boutique closed not so long ago, the company knew they would have to find a retailer who embodied their same work ethic when it came to the products they produced.  This is where we come in.

Joseph’s has been carrying Tino Cosma neckwear since the Spring of 2010, and so far, it has proven to be a great pairing.  Symbols of style and quality, handmade with precious silks in exclusive designs, they help to spread “made in Italy” worldwide.

Here are some of our favorite Tino Cosma neckwear that are currently in our Fall/Winter collection.  They make great stocking stuffers and gifts to any sophisticated father, brother, friend, boyfriend, fiancée, husband or grandfather that may be in your life.

You’re Going to Look Great in Your Tux…

So, we’ve been spotting a nice, slick hairdo reminiscent of the 1930s a lot lately, from catwalks to our fashionable New York streets.  Just in time for you to look wholesome and handsome in the holiday family portrait.  Even grannie will pinch your cheek and tell you that you look amazing!  So, if you’re ready to cause some buzz of your own out there this, here is what you need to know:

There is one very simple way to describe the typical 1930s hairstyle, and that is SHORT and SHARP!  In the ’30s, hair was a very important and integral part of your style as a gentleman.  Only a vagabond would walk around with long, uncombed hair (we’re looking at you, Williamsburg).  Going to the barber would be an important and often frequent event; you would have a shave, a wash and a trim.  Hair in those days had to be short.  Very short.  If your hair got too long, people would start raising their eyebrows at you in a most disapproving manner, and you certainly wouldn’t want that!  This particular era was obsessed with no less than perfect hair.  Hopefully we won’t get quite so extreme about hair length as our ’30s predecessors were.  After all, they thought if your hair was touching the back of your collar, it was too long, and one had to rush to the barber immediately!

We guess this bit of higher maintenance is what, in earlier revivals of the look, made it a favorite of older stylish gents, like George Clooney.  But for sure, one of the biggest comebacks of this classic male hairdo we owe to Mr. Don Draper, who officially gave it the man’s man connotation that has opened the door for a younger crowd to enjoy it without self-doubt.  Which is why this time around the ‘do can be seen on the younger fashionistas from the Village all the way through to our dear Midtown East neighborhood’s next generation of corporate CEOs, sporting them as the latest accessory to their bespoke suits.

Needless to say, we  like it!  It’s that “man’s man connotation” that makes it a winner every time it comes back.

This is going to be a very graceful and fashion-savvy holiday this year, so just remember this:

This style is all about the cut, styled neat and tidy.  The rule-of-thumb for this look is having a clean side part, with shorter sides and relatively longer hair towards the center.  Your hairdresser must cut the fine hair around the ears, above the neck and around the hairline.  There’s no space for casual untidiness.  When you’re checking your haircut before paying, double-check these areas – they must be cleanly cut.  A razor can be used to trim the hair at the base of your head for an even more refined and tailored look.

Once you have the ‘do, keep the parting straight.  For a wet, slicked look, apply hair gel before parting the hair, and then work the product with a comb all the way through the hair strands.  For a natural matte finish look, part the hair first, spray some hairspray on a brush, and gently comb through the top layers of the hair.  This will keep away flyaway strands.  If you’re after the classic finish to the look popular in both the 1930s and again today courtesy of Mr. Draper, then your product of choice will be Brylcreem.

The 125th Anniversary of the Tuxedo, or Is It?

How many people, do you think, know that the Fall of 2011 marked the 125th anniversary of the tuxedo? Furthermore, how many people know that part of the history of the tuxedo is linked back to an area only 40 miles outside of Manhattan?  We think it’s safe to say this would be news to many readers across the world, but it’s true.  However, there’s more to the story than meets the eye, and unfortunately, even after 125 years, the exact origins of the tuxedo remain unconfirmed.  The story behind it all is quite intriguing.  Here are tidbits and facts that help account for the origin and first appearance of this avant-garde dress coat.  We’ll let you be the judge as to who should be the one credited for this amazing and timeless addition to men’s formalwear.

-It is said that in 1886, a “tailless dress coat” was first introduced into American society.  However, a pattern for this coat is found in the archives of the family run bespoke business, Henry Poole & Co, located in London, England.  The relic precedes the American appearance of the tuxedo, dating back to 1865.

-The tuxedo seems to implicitly be a combination of the long-tailed dress coat and shorter lounge jackets popular in the period, probably to allow for dressing for formal occasions while retaining the greater comfort of the shorter jacket.

-Prince Edward VII, future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, is believed to be the first to have ordered this glorified formal jacket from Henry Poole & Co. in 1865.  The Prince, in turn, encouraged an American, Mr. James Brown Potter, to order one himself upon visiting him in Wales in 1886.  Potter did just that, and began to regularly wear the jacket to events at a new, exclusive country club in the then remote Orange County of New York.  The country club’s name?  Tuxedo Park.

-The tuxedo’s true coming out party occurred not long after, when Potter and his Tuxedo Park friends wore them one evening to a bachelor’s dinner at the famed Delmonico’s restaurant in Lower Manhattan, the only public dining restaurant in New York at the time.  The other patrons paid attention, and a legend was born, taking the name of the country club where it first found popularity.

-According to some advertisements dated back to the early 1900s, a tuxedo jacket AND a coordinating vest was a whopping $22.50!  What a steal!

-Traditional formalwear for men in the 19th century was a black tailcoat, paired with a white dress shirt and bow tie.  When the tailless tuxedo jacket made its debut, it was considered taboo and frowned upon for wearing to formal events.  The tux did not gain true acceptance among bluebloods until it was adopted in the 1920s by the dashing, young Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII.

-The colloquial phrase “black tie” actually comes from the summer versions of the tux that became popular in the 1930s, which caused the distinguishing of the tux from the more traditional long coat more obvious.  Long coats are worn with white bow ties, while tuxes were always worn with black.

-The tuxedo made its way out of the upper echelons and into the middle class in the 1950s.  Since then, it’s become a common sight at everything from dinners for foreign Heads of State at the White House to high school proms in rural Alabama and everything in-between.

Whether it’s 165 years or 125 years, we think it’s safe to say that the addition of the tuxedo into Western menswear is one of the greatest occurrences in fashion history.  The little details and overall style of the jacket have evolved over time, but it can still be said today that every man should have one hanging in his closet for the right time.

Here are a few of our own personal favorites.  We’re probably a little biased!