The Ultimate Menswear Name Drop

jay-z-tom-ford-650-430Fashion has always been an important part of the celebrity world. At every type of A-list event, the recurring interview question is always, “who are you wearing?” Some celebs have a certain designer they favor and wear to almost every event, while others constantly switch it up.

Some celebrities want the world to know who dresses them. Name drops on the red carpet or in magazine spreads are one way. Some music artists, mostly in the rap genre, give a shout out in their songs. But how about writing a whole song? That’s exactly what Jay- Z has done on his newest album. Designer Tom Ford is featured on the song titled… Well, “Tom Ford.”

Not surprisingly, Ford is flattered. In this interview from E! News Online, Ford states, “who would not be flattered to have an entire Jay-Z track named after them? I mean, come on, it’s pretty rare that something like that happens.”  Going deeper, he added, “it’s a kind of validation of one’s work, as it means that one has really penetrated and made an impact on popular culture.”  But best of all, he also said, “ I have to say, I think he looks great in my clothes.”  That’s the highest compliment a designer can make, so be proud, Jay-Z!

We appreciate this blend of fashion with the music and celebrity world, as we believe how you dress plays an important part on how you feel. Now we are just waiting for the hit song “Joey Wendt” to come out!

Winter Advice

Ian-McKellan-and-Patrick-Stewart-Portrait-SmallStraight out of the UK!  Over at the Samuel Windsor blog, there was a recent post that featured a fantastic set of advice points for the sartorial man heading into this winter.  A choice example:

“For an elegant and timeless look for the season, invest in a double breasted blazer. Worn the right way, it can be incredibly flattering and fashion forward. Worn with smart denim and with a T shirt as opposed to a shirt, makes it a versatile and rakish addition to your winter wardrobe.”

Find the rest of the great suggestions and European style RIGHT HERE.

 

Virtual Tours!

We told everyone yesterday that we’re currently working with our friends at MARKIT Group to put together a Google Virtual Tour, as we showed you…

20131114_115425But what is a Virtual Tour?  Glad you asked!  It’s a new part of Google Maps that was implemented not too long ago.  It lets businesses show off the kind of experience customers will have in their stores by extending Google Street View directly into businesses along a street.  What we mean is…

…If you bring up Street View on a Google Map, like, say, of Manhattan’s Upper West Side…

sv1…You’ll notice a bunch of orange dots alongside the blue lines of Street View.  Just hover the little “man” icon on one of the dots…

sv2…And you’ll see that it’s a business, in this case, a restaurant called “Nice Matin.”  Let go of the cursor…

sv3And you’re inside the business, as if you were standing there!  And it’s not static.  Just as in Street View proper, you can virtually walk around and look around…

sv4…Giving you a true 360-degree view of the place before you ever set foot in it!  Even cooler, the Virtual Tour acts as an extension of Street View, so that you can “walk” right off the Street View into the Virtual Tour!

sv5It’s an incredibly fun and useful bit of technology, and we can’t wait to share the Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers Virtual Tour with all of you soon!

Living Far From Sports

As we’ve said many times in the past (especially when it’s football season, but then, we’re biased), we’re big fans of sports.  But being in two locations, one of which is in the largest metro area in the United States, makes us very lucky.  We have so many teams to choose from!  Our Huntington showroom is well within “fan territory” of 9 New York-based and 1 New Jersey-based major league sports teams, and our Naples office is inside the fan range of both the 3 Tampa-area teams and the 4 Miami-area teams.  Throw in an Orlando team for good measure!  The point is, we have an embarrassment of sports riches, but not everyone is so lucky.  The folks over at Deadspin put together a great little study that shows exactly what we mean.  They ran calculations to figure out the range at which two-thirds of all Americans live from a particular member of the “Big Five’s” major league sports teams.  Here’s what they came up with, in map form:

Smallest metro with team: Columbus (2.3 million, 28th-largest) Largest metro without team: Miami (6.4 million, ninth-largest)

Smallest metro with team: Columbus (2.3 million, 28th-largest)
Largest metro without team: Miami (6.4 million, ninth-largest)

Smallest metro with team: Buffalo (1.2 million, 50th-largest) Largest metro without team: Houston (6.4 million, 10th-largest)

Smallest metro with team: Buffalo (1.2 million, 50th-largest)
Largest metro without team: Houston (6.4 million, 10th-largest)

Smallest metro with team: Milwaukee (2 million, 33rd-largest) Largest metro without team: Portland (3 million, 19th-largest)

Smallest metro with team: Milwaukee (2 million, 33rd-largest)
Largest metro without team: Portland (3 million, 19th-largest)

Smallest metro with team: Oklahoma City (1.4 million, 46th-largest) Largest metro without team: Seattle (4.4 million, 13th-largest)

Smallest metro with team: Oklahoma City (1.4 million, 46th-largest)
Largest metro without team: Seattle (4.4 million, 13th-largest)

Smallest metro with team: Green Bay (population 357,000, 103rd-largest metro area) Largest metro without team: Los Angeles (18.2 million, second-largest)

Smallest metro with team: Green Bay (population 357,000, 103rd-largest metro area)
Largest metro without team: Los Angeles (18.2 million, second-largest)

In short, if you’re a football fan or basketball fan, odds are good you’re not TOO far from a team.  Soccer fans and hockey fans aren’t so lucky.  Check out the full article for some more insights, and happy cheering!

Favorite Menswear Quotes

Let’s hear what figures in history have to say about menswear.  Here are some of our favorite quotes.

“I’ve never wanted to be in fashion. Because if you’re in fashion, you’re going to be out of fashion.”
– Ralph Lauren

“The man who, as is often said, can get away with wearing a trench coat over his dinner jacket, or an old school tie for a belt, is the one who in fact understands best the rules of proper dress and can bend them to suit his own personality and requirements.”
– G. Bruce Boyer

“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”
– Oscar Wilde

“Being perfectly well-dressed gives one a tranquility that no religion can bestow.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To attain style in dress, you must look perfectly happy and relaxed in your clothes which must appear part of you rather than a wardrobe you have just donned.”
– Hardy Amies

“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“I can go all over the world with just three outfits: a blue blazer and gray flannel pants, a gray flannel suit, and black tie.”
– Pierre Cardin

“Putting on a beautifully designed suit elevates my spirit, extols my sense of self, and helps define me as a man to whom details matter.”
– Gay Talese

“Style is when they’re running you out of town and you make it look like you’re leading the parade.”
– William Battie

“Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.”
– Charles Hix

“Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.”
– Arthur Ashe

“Do the clothes suit you? Do the clothes suit the occasion? Do the clothes suit each other?”
– Richard Plourde

“The boor covers himself, the rich man or the fool adorns himself, and the elegant man gets dressed.”
– Honoré de Balzac

“To adapt a phrase from Le Corbusier, the suit is a machine for living in, close-fitting but comfortable armour, constantly revised and reinvented to be, literally, well suited for modern daily life.”
– Cally Blackman

“A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.”
– Hardy Amies

“Menswear is about subtlety. It’s about good style and good taste.”
– Alexander McQueen