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Summer Fabrics for Staying Cool

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Summer finally arrived last week in San Francisco, but while the rest of the Bay is baking, the city peaked in the mid-70s, which means you can still wear a jacket without breaking a sweat.  Still, you’ll want to be comfortable, and thankfully there are certain fabrics that perform well when the mercury rises.  Here’s

The Anatomy of a Formal Shirt

Alexander Kabbaz is a Alexander Kabbaz is a custom shirt maker, clothier, and haberdasher. his article originally appeared on CustomShirt1.com and has been adapted and edited for the Styleforum Journal. Over the past 40 years of dressing ladies and gentlemen, we’ve found the majority of formal events take place in the Spring, with April/May/June being the

A Guide to How Trousers Should Fit

Embdeddded photos: Peter Zottolo All slideshow photos: Dylan & Son After last week’s article, I received a couple PMs, DMs, and emails from various people asking how trousers should fit.  The short answer is that they should lay straight down and fit comfortably. The long answer is, well, longer. Getting trousers to fit correctly is not

Your Guide to Neapolitan Jacket Characteristics

The Internet has played a crucial role in introducing menswear aficionados to the visual nuances that permeate tailoring traditions – whether they come from the good old UK or the sunny shores of Naples, and the Neapolitan jacket has undeniably grown in popularity for men who shop and appreciate classic menswear. The following is a

All About Shirt Fabrics and Weaves

Editor’s Note: although this post, made by forum member and expert shirtmaker Alexander Kabbaz, dates all the way back to 2006, it’s still a great resource. It contains a wealth of information about shirts, shirt fabrics and shirt quality that’s worth reading in its entirety. We’ve re-published the article in its entirety so that you

How to Choose a Suit Fabric: Part 1

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I remember first stepping into Britex Fabrics in downtown San Francisco several years ago, when the seeds of bespoke clothing had begun to germinate in my imagination.  This landmark building, which has hosted Britex since 1952, sports walls over one hundred feet long, all lined to the ceiling with practically every shade of the rainbow in wools,

Suit Styles: American, English, Continental

First, a history. My great-grandfather hailed from the small fishing town of Mazara del Vallo, on the far southeast corner of Sicily. A little over 100 years ago he emigrated to the United States, where my grandfather was born. My grandmother was born in America as well, to parents from the same Sicilian city. Later

Erik Mannby’s 10 Rules of Style

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Erik is one of Styleforum’s best-known and best-dressed members, and you may recognize him from our Pitti Uomo coverage. Here, he breaks down his top ten sartorial rules.     Always use the four in hand knot. I’ve noticed that the false notion of the Windsor knot being more formal still lives on in some

Mastering Complex Patterns

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can play weird– that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple complicated is commonplace–making the complicated simple, awesomely simple–that’s creativity.”  – Charles Mingus In today’s post-slacker world, just wearing coat and tie is enough to turn heads in many environments.  Sadly,