Monthly Archives: April 2009

What type of Hats are there? – part II of III

As part of our 3 part series in talking about hats, we wrote briefly about the different parts of hats (i.e. hat nomenclature) in our last post. This week, we are going to talk about the different types of hats there are. The following are some of the more common hats:

Baseball Cap:

Starting at the top of the list is the casual baseball cap. Most people are already familiar with this type of hat and so we won’t spend much time on it. The unique identifying characteristic here is the long, stiff, and sometimes slightly rounded peak. The following is a picture of Ashton Kutcher wearing a baseball cap.

Beret:

The beret usually has a soft round cap made of felt wool. The hat in itself is a french phenomenon and comes with a flat crown. One of the most common questions asked about a beret is which side it should be pushed to when wearing it. The answer is that it depends on local custom. For this reason, for the casual wear, which side you tip it towards does not matter. The beret in itself is interesting in terms of societal suggestions. It is worn as part of military uniform in many countries across the world. At the same time, it is also somewhat of revolutionary symbol. One of Che Guevara’s most famous pictures was taken while wearing a beret.

Boater:

This type of hat is also known as a basher, katie, skimmer, and even sennit. The hat was commonly worn by sailors and those who, as the name dictates, went boating. The hat itself is usually made of sennit straw and is known to be a summer hat. The expression, “It’s a straw hat day” exemplifies the context in which the hat would become appropriate accessory in earlier years. Nowadays the hat is still part of school uniforms (sometimes officially and other times not) in places like New Zealand and Australia. In modern day, in North America, the hat is still mostly worn while going sailing on a summer day. The following are some boater hats from a Marc Jacob’s collection:

Bowler Hat:

Also known as a coke hat, a name that comes from its inventor – Edward Coke, the bowler hat is a hard felt hat with a rounded crown (some also call it a billycock). The hat in itself peaked in popularity towards the ends of the 19th century. It was essentially a compromise between a top hat (worn by the wealthy) and flat caps worn by the working class. The following is a picture of Fergie wearing a bowler hat.

Bucket Hat:

Worn by men and women, the bucket hat has a downward sloping brim and is usually made of cotton. In the UK, it is also known as a fishing hat. In American Popular culture, the hat is famous for being exemplified in Gilligan’s Island and Indiana Jones (worn by Professor Henry Jones, Sr). In modern day, some famous rappers such as LL Cool J have also been known to tout this accessory.

Cowboy Hat:

More commonly Worn in the Western United States, the hat is a common wear for a ranch worker. It is not uncommon for folks from the Western United States to wear the hat even with a suit when they are not in the West. The hat itself brings with it the connotation of the cowboy culture and attitude. Former President George W. Bush was often seen wearing a cowboy hat.

Fedora:

A more popular hat, it has a length wise crease and it is made of soft felt. There was a period in the 70’s and 80’s where the hat fell out of fashion amongst the young crowd; however, Hollywood is definitely bringing it back into style. The following is a picture of Hugh Jackman wearing a Fedora:

Panama:

A Panama is a straw hat originally made in Ecuador. This hat was made popular in movies such as Casablanca and works quite well with white linen suits.

Top Hat:

The top hat is a tall flat crowned hat with a broad brim that was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In modern North American culture, this type of hat is commonly worn by doormen at Hotels. With that said, the hat in itself is also much of a symbol in Rock Culture. The following picture shows Angus Stone wearing a top hat:

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Hugo Boss Black Label – Grey Pasolini Movie Suit

 

Hugo Boss Black Label – Grey Pasolini Movie Suit

Fabric
Super 150 – 100% Virgin Wool
Color
Grey | 100% Grey Rayon Lining
Style
Pasolini Movie | 2-Button Notch Lapel | Side Vents | Flat Front Pants
Cut
European Fit
Jacket
Two-button notch lapel, side vents, 2 interior welt pockets, Inside Boss label, Front flap, chest pocket, 4 button cuff.
Pants
Flat front trousers, zip fly, side seam pockets, unfinished hem.Trousers with 6″ size diff. (i.e. 40 suit comes with 34″ waist)

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Different types of Men’s Hats and How to Wear Them – Part I of III

Hats. They were so popular decades ago and then it all stopped. Times change as they say. The good news is that they are definitely back. You’ll see them touted around in Hollywood by the likes of Johny Depp. The question, though, is what type of hats are there and which one would work for you? We’re going to break this post up into three parts:

1) Hat Nomenclature
2) Different Types of Hats
3) What type of hat works best for you?

Before going into the different types of hats there are and which ones would work best for you, we should first talk about hat nomenclature. In order to truly understand how to shop for a hat, you have to learn about the different parts of a hat so you can converse in the same language of the sales merchant at an upscale hat store.

Crown: This is the top part of the hat that covers the top of the head.

Puggarree: The word Puggarree is something that you will hear more in Britain. In North America, it’ll likely be referred to as a sweatband or even hatband. This is typically a band or ribbon that runs around the bottom torso of the hat. This band can typically be adjusted with a cord on the inside of the hat. The hat shown above has a 6 pleat puggarree.

Peak(British) or Visor (American): This is the stiff projection at the front of the hat that shields the eyes from the sun and rain.

Brim: This is the stiff portion of the hat at the bottom of the crown and all around the circumfrance horizontally.

In the next part of this 3 part series, we’ll talk about the different types of hats that there are and use the terminology explained in this post to describe the hats.

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April ’09: Tie Girl of the Month


Fashion Blog Directory

Ladies and Gents,

We’ve been getting more and more demand for designer ties on our website and so we decided to kick things off by offering a large collection of ties for sale. More importantly, though, we are going to have a “Tie Girl of the Month” pick her favorite tie and pose with it. The tie that is chosen by the tie girl will be on sale for that month. This month, we are featuring a Hugo Boss Tie as shown in the picture above for only $39. Great price, great tie!

Enjoy!

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How to Repair Your Suit – Reweaving

Reweaving

Reweaving

Recently, we received a great question from one of our readers about repairing his suit:  “I have a beautiful Canali suit that has suffered minor damage. The local tailor/cleaner said he’d just patch it (cut a small block, stitch the same fabric, kind of like patching drywall…) It will be slightly noticable, but will work. That doesn’t work for me and I started to look for a reweaver, but they don’t seem to exist anymore. Any suggestions in NYC area? Did this art vanish due to throw-away culture?”

First, for those that don’t know, “Reweaving is the process of restoring damage in woven garments. There is no reweaving machine! All work must be done  by hand with special needles, one thread at a time. A state-of-the-art microscope allows Phyllis Brown, our reweaver, to view the threads close-up and repair finely woven fabrics.” This definition was derived from Reweave.com which, incidentally, also offers reweaving services.

When considering repair of clothing, the two important questions are:

1) How big is the damaged area
2) Where is the damage located?

If the damaged area is small or if the damaged area is close to a seem, then weaving/re-weaving is definitely an option. If this is not the case, weaving would be difficult. The whole weaving model of fixing suits has become scarce as of late. For example, there was a time in Montreal (Canada) that some tailors used Nuns at Convents to do this kind of work during their spare time. In return for their services, tailors would make donations.

It is a fact that reweavers have definitely declined in population – although, there are still a few left. Here is an intersting article about a reweaver in NY that gets business from all over the US: http://www.nysun.com/on-the-town/reweaver-spins-his-yarns/9832/

Some research also pointed us to an interesting company that helps you repair damages on your clothing. We’ve never tried it out at SuitUpp, but it might be worth a look.

http://www.withoutatrace.com/ – Just Send your suit by mail and they’ll fix it up and send it back.

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Some Men’s Fashion Blogs

We like to think that we do an awesome job of keeping our readers informed about what they should know when it comes to men’s fashion. As you may already know, this is a mission that is shared by many blogs out there (i.e. we’re not alone). We thought it would be appropriate to give a shout out to some of the other blogs there are out there. If there are any that we miss, please do let us know in the comments area.

I Luw Fashion: http://iluwfashion.blogspot.com/
General Men’s Fashion.

The Urban Gentleman: http://theurbangent.blogspot.com/
The Urban Gentleman is the modern gentleman. He is a man of style, class, culture, and of course he has a bit of swag.

French Tuckers: http://www.frenchtruckers.com/
French Truckers is a collective weblog about Fashion, Beauty, Health and Seduction for Men. It’s the English version of the famous French website “Comme un camion” (“Like a truck”) taken from the French expression “to be handsome as a truck”.

Metro Style Men: http://www.metrostylemen.com/
The stylish opinion and advice from a Metro Man! Helping men look good.

She Knows Best: http://www.sheknowsbest.com/
Every man needs a little fashion help. Get lifestyle tips for guys and be hot!

Ask Men: http://askmen.com/fashion/
All Aspects of Men’s Fashion.

Mark Simpson: http://www.marksimpson.com/
The Father of Metrosexuality, Mark Simpson, blogs about trends and fashion for men, the self-proclaimed “lesbosexual father of metrosexuality” offers all sorts of advice for men.

The Poste Office: http://leposte.blogspot.com/
A woman’s perspective on men’s clothing.

UndiesDrawer: http://www.undiesdrawer.com/
The essential men’s underwear blog.

Mode Male: http://male-mode.blogspot.com/
Fashion for me. News, pictures, reviews, and the next big thing.

Gear Patrol: http://www.gearpatrol.com/
Gear Patrol. Men’s source for the best gear, grooming, style, electronics, entertainment, women, outdoor, sports, fitness, games and insider tips. We’re in the business of showing you why being a man has never been so good. Updated daily.

Diary of a LabelLover: http://diaryofalabellover.typepad.com/
A.Fashionista ponders about the fashion ecosystem, dishes the dirty details on the shows, designer consignment and most of all how to develop personal style.

See Jack Shop: http://www.seejackshop.com/
Men’s fashion and style on a budget.

Men’s Flair: http://www.mensflair.com/
Men’s style as seen by those living it.

Finally, there is actually a pretty good directory of all the fashion blogs out there (again, this list may miss some): http://www.blogged.com/directory/shopping/clothing/fashion/mens-fashion

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Sean John Light Grey Stripe 2 Piece Suit

Sean John Light Grey Stripe 2 Piece Suit

Fashion Season
Spring 2009 | Limited Availability
Fabric
100% Superfine Wool
Color
Light Grey Stripe | Purple Lining
Cut
Regular Fit
Jacket
Light Grey Stripe | 2-Button Notch Lapel | Side Vents | Pick Stitching Lapel (welt, flat pocket and lapel) | Flat Pocket | Inside Pocket Button Loop | 4 Button Cuff
Pants
Light Grey Stripe | Flat Front Pants | Side Seam Pockets | Unfinished Hem | Zip Fly (40″ Jacket comes with 34″ Pants)

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