Why Custom?

Custom tailoring is almost a lost art, but there’s nothing like having a suit designed to your exact specifications and body or wowing other gala goers with a one-of-a-kind suit no other man in the ballroom

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I have earned a loyal following among business leaders, executives and major NFL players whose sheer size can create additional measurement challenges. All of them realize the benefits of having their clothes custom-made.

So why custom? Naples is a small town and you don’t want to run into anyone else with the same suit, which is why I only make one suit with each fabric. If you buy a Joseph Wendt custom suit, you won’t see it on anyone else!

I think a lot of men don’t realize the tremendous power of dressing well and being unique. It’s an absolute advantage when you utilize it. I have always said, clothing is psychology. It’s a visual psychology versus a verbal psychology, but it’s totally psychology.

Plus, fit is so important, and it’s hard to get that with a department store suit. It’s so difficult to get that perfect fit with a suit you buy off the rack. That’s another reason, custom is key. I understand that young guys just starting out need a bunch of suits and maybe have to go to Men’s Wearhouse or a department store. If you do have to buy off the rack, make sure you spend time to have it properly tailored.

Joseph Wendt Custom Clothier now offers tailoring services at our Fifth Avenue South store. Tailoring services are available during business hours to assist customers with altering suits and dress shirts, resizing and hemming pants, re-lining jackets or pants, special occasion dresses and more. Customers are asked to call ahead for an appointment, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call (239) 530-0070 to make a reservation, or visit our Fifth Avenue South store, located in Downtown Naples, Florida.

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The Heat is On! How to Dress in Warmer Climates

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It is that time of year. The afternoon rain is approaching, the humidity is increasing.. well at least here in Florida it is! I’m not complaining, summer is one of my favorite times of year, but it certainly proposes some challenges for men who like and/or need to wear suits to work everyday. Just thinking of business suits and Florida’s heat can make one sweat, but summer is right around the corner and that’s the reality for Southwest Florida businessmen. Here are some tips on how to stay cool and look cool all at the same time:

The right suit? No sweat

The best choices for business suits in climates like Florida are made of breathable fabrics such as tropical wools and wool/mohair blends that are 120-gauge thread count. These suits wear well, are lightweight and keep their shape. Luxurious Italian cotton and linen suits also are great for staying cool but may require pressing from time to time.

For the evenings, opt for a sport coat made of lightweight wool or a silk-linen blend. These fabrics have a light/lofty feel with a beautiful textured look that is great in either solids or patterns. Another ultra-lightweight option would be a cashmere and silk-blend sport jacket. These jackets wear well and are very comfortable.

Cool leather

A lightweight shoe can make a big difference in keeping you cool and comfortable in tropical climates. Footwear made of Italian calfskin leather is the best choice. The construction of these shoes is lighter in weight and features either a terry cloth or ultra thin lining. In some instances, you can even purchase a shoe with no lining. Also, the structure of these shoes is soft and breathable and is available in a variety of styles, including wingtip, loafer, monk strap and cap toe.

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.