Review Policy

At Styleforum, we work within a very subjective field, which can make objectivity seem difficult to achieve. However, as has always been the case, our focus is on providing you, the reader, with trustworthy information, whether it has been generated by our users or produced by our editorial team.

Occasionally, Styleforum conducts reviews of products or services we believe may be of interest to our members and readers. Not all products received are reviewed, and the receipt of product in no way guarantees a positive review. We take your trust seriously, and have a strict policy of being as objective as possible, given the nature of the product. As a consequence, reviews are always un-paid content.

Styleforum does publish infrequent sponsored content, which has been paid-for by advertisers and is clearly marked as such.

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Making a Handmade Wallet with Pierpont Leather

There’s a lot of work that goes into making a handmade wallet, as you might expect.  Here, Parker Pierpont of Pierpont Leather walks us through the labor-intensive steps that go into crafting luxury leather goods. Enjoy the beautiful photos!

Making a Handmade Wallet
Part 1 of 7: Clicking
Usually, there are several hours that are dedicated to developing a pattern that meets the physical or aesthetic needs of a client. Sometimes, it can take days. A truly deep understanding of patterns and design emerges from hundreds of hours that are spent designing and realizing patterns for projects. It’s the direct relation of designing, patterning, and constructing a piece from beginning to end. This iterative process allows the maker to say “Oh, that’s a bit short,” or “I want this to feel softer” – and to then take a pattern out and write notes on it to implement for the next project or final iteration of the work at hand. Once the pattern (shown above) is settled upon, the leather is painstakingly ‘clicked’ – or cut – with hand tools.

Making a Handmade Wallet
Part 2 of 7: Lining and Trimming
Lining is extremely important to the integrity of a piece. It allows for a certain rigidity, and for a final product that feels lush and luxurious in the hand. After clicking and dimensioning, we arrange pieces together with their lining. Usually all of these pieces (in the case of the wallet shown, there are about 20 individual pieces of leather at this stage) have been refined to a very specific thickness already, within a tolerance of about .1mm. After all of the pieces are sorted and checked, the parts are carefully laminated, pressed, and allowed to cure for some time before being trimmed to final size. Below, you can see how the leather looks upon completion of this process.

Making a Handmade Wallet

Part 3 of 7: Finishing Pt.1
All edges that can’t be accessed later in the process are individually creased, sanded even, dyed, waxed, and polished multiple times. This seals any exposed edges and provides a finished look. This is especially time-consuming, but incredibly important, as it prevents unwanted moisture from entering what would otherwise be the very absorbent edges of the raw leather. Pictured below is the second to last stage of the edge finishing process, before the final polish.

Making a Handmade Wallet
Part 4 of 7: Assembly
Next, the internal pockets are assembled, sealed, and stitched down one by one. (This is the stage we’re at in the photo below). Afterwards, the entire card pocket assembly is lined and stitched closed on the side that will sit on the interior of the wallet.
Final assembly consists of lining the main pieces, stitching down any full-length pockets into place so as to limit their depth to a useful amount, and carefully lining them up to be perfectly symmetrical to one another in order to prepare for the next step.

Making a Handmade Wallet

Part 5 of 7: Stitching
After the wallet has been assembled completely, holes are marked along the exterior of the wallet to prepare for saddle stitching. All holes are placed with great consideration so as to make sure that any pieces that may be under stress are held down under a well-positioned stitch. The best part of this type of assembly is the amount of control that you feel you have with the final piece. It’s generally an extremely enjoyable process, though some find it slightly tedious.

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Part 6 of 7: Finishing, pt. 2

Edge finishing is pretty straightforward – you make sure your edges are level, you seal and crease the perimeter, and then you polish with with dye and wax. In the first picture, you see a refined edge that is about halfway through the finishing process, and the final result in the photo below.

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Part 7 of 7: The Reveal
This is the final piece – thanks for working along with us!

Want to know more about Pierpont Leather? You can view their affiliate thread (and ask Parker all the questions you want) here.

Roger Moore: The 10 Best James Bond Outfits

Sir Roger George Moore, also knows as the “Gentleman’s Bond“, passed away a few hours ago in Switzerland. He was as much a style icon as he was a talented actor. Moore’s legendary safari outfits still inspire menswear aficionados and remain iconic in the James Bond series.

We are honoring his memory by sharing Roger Moore’s 10 best James Bond outfits (plus a bonus).

1) Man with the Golden Gun , 1974. If you’re a Styleforum member, your gaze will instantly shift to the left side of the image. The fit on that suit is impeccable, but the dimple-less tie is controversial.

2) Live and Let Die, 1973: A beautiful Chesterfield coat for your trips in town.

3) The Man With the Golden Gun, 1974 – Moore’s iconic tailored cream safari jacket.  You never know when you will be hunting.

4) The Man With the Golden Gun, 1974 – A plaid sport coat.  And lapels wide enough to use as weapons.

5) For Your Eyes Only, 1981 – Tailored pants on the slopes (of course.)

6) The Man With the Golden Gun, 1974 – An elegant double breasted dinner jacket in cream, Light colored tropical wool is perfect for beating the heat of a South East Asian adventure.

7) Live and Let Die, 1973 – A giraffe print tie AND no jacket?  That’s true courage.

8) Live and Let Die, 1973 – A black turtleneck. I wonder if Steve Jobs found his inspiration here.

9) The Man With the Golden Gun, 1974 – A camp safari shirt in pale green and Moore’s iconic flared pants. Gotta fit in with the locals during the seventies.

10) Moonraker, 1979 – Was this the first safari jacket to make it into space?


Bonus – Shout at the Devil, 1976 – A three-piece suit and straw panama hat for your garden parties.  Just to show that Moore’s style transcended his role as James Bond – he is just as well put together as Sebastian Oldsmith.

The Perils of Being Intentionally Underdressed

A couple years back, I flew to L.A., ostensibly to let Stanley van Buren tour me around the city, write about vintage clothing and denim stores, and attend some kind of Epaulet trunk show that Mr. and Mrs. van Buren were throwing in their loft apartment. Some of that happened, but mostly I remember sitting in the pool at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs at one in the morning wondering where our pitcher of sangria had gone – which is, incidentally, where I first met Eric, who’s gone on to do some of Styleforum’s photography. The lesson here is to never say no to anything.

One of the things that Stanley had been adamant about during the planning of said trip to L.A. was that he was going to take me to some sort of very cool whiskey bar that was really awesome but at which you weren’t allowed to wear denim. That seemed great and all, so I decided I wasn’t going to pack any trousers and to hell with stuck-up whiskey bars. Instead, I brought a pair of black jeans and forgot all about Stanley’s fancy whiskey bar until the morning of the trunk show.

Naturally, at about ten A.M., I started panicking due to the fact that I hadn’t brought any trousers to wear so that I wouldn’t get turned away at a cool bar. Completely irrational, I know; but this was one of those occasions when you start fixating on something stupid and your mind digs in with a kind of sadistic glee and refuses to let go. It’s been two years, and I can still distinctly remember pacing back and forth in the weirdly charming patchouli-smelling basement studio/room I had AirBnB’d in The Brewery, which is a kind of rambling, gated artist’s colony somewhere in L.A., wondering what the hell I was going to do about these pants.

There are many ways I could have resolved this situation. I could have stopped caring completely, gone outside, and spent the morning scratching the really soft nose of the giant rabbit that my hosts had in a cage by the front door. I could have sat and read a book and watched the chickens in the sprawling coop across from the rabbit. I could have told Stanley that I didn’t care about going to a whiskey bar at all. I could have even gone out and bought a goddamn pair of trousers. Instead, I wrote an email to Mike Kuhle of Epaulet and asked him for a pair of pants.

Mike is a pretty cool dude. The kind of cool dude that makes you maybe try to act a little cooler than you are, the way we all claim we never did in middle school, which made wording the email even harder. How do you ask to borrow a pair of pants while sounding both professional and nonchalant? I still have no idea. I guess I wrote something in a kind of blind panic, which I sent along to Mike, and never heard back.

I think the best way I can communicate the combined embarrassment of a) realizing I hadn’t brought trousers – by choice, mind you, b) freaking out for no reason over said lack of trousers (which is, I think we can all agree, not something to freak out over), and c) writing an email to a near-stranger to ask for trousers is to describe it as watching a Ben Stiller movie that you yourself are starring in. Once I’d written the damn thing I felt even more horrified, because the whole affair had snowballed so massively around me that I couldn’t extricate myself without losing a limb or my mind in the process. To this day, I haven’t a clue why I was so fixated on the absolute, howling necessity of having a pair of trousers to wear to a whiskey bar I’d never heard of.

Do you ever look back on things you’ve done or said or written, and feel yourself cringing away inwardly? I even tried to look up the email just now, just to see what I’d said, but I had to squint at the text out of the corner of my eye and I closed my mail client without reading it so I guess I’ll never know. Then I had to walk around my living room and drink a glass of water before sitting back down.


I was too mortified to ask Mike if he’d seen my email for most of the the trunk show, which involved looking at Mike’s wares, talking to Epaulet customers, and taking dumb pictures. At some point I mentioned to Stanley that I didn’t have any trousers – I may have mentioned it to him several times, in fact – and he, like a completely rational, well-balanced person, didn’t seem to think that this was a big deal. And so the evening passed, the trunk show ended, and we reached the hour at which it was time to consider our next steps – whiskey bars included – and I had to re-summon the courage to ask Mike if I could borrow a pair of pants. Middle school me was appalled.

“Pants? Sure,” he said.

He claimed he hadn’t read my email, which I assume was his way of saying that he had but that he’d tried to forget it immediately. He did let me borrow some pants, though – a shirt, too. Unfortunately, by this point I’d reached a point of exhaustion no doubt brought on by twelve straight hours of intense, trouser-based panic, and it turned out that no one else was that keen on going to the whiskey bar either. We left Stanley’s loft, intending to see where the night took us, only to end up under the harsh fluorescents of a corner taco joint where we ordered burritos approximately the size of a compact vehicle. I was wearing my borrowed shirt and trousers, feeling even dumber than I had that morning, wishing for my abandoned jeans and tee with a quiet, crushing desperation. There is no feeling worse than feeling uncomfortable in your own skin, and it seemed that evening as though my entire existence revolved around a kind of spindle of existential distress resulting entirely from an intentional packing oversight.

The next day, I returned the clothes, and I never spoke of the episode again. The rest of my time in L.A. was focused on, I think, negronis. During the enjoyment of one of these – atop the roof of a different Ace Hotel – I found myself talking to a middle school classmate who I’d forgotten existed and who I hadn’t seen since age whatever you are in 8th grade. That should give you some idea of how the trip unfolded.

Stanley did chauffeur me to some stores, which he also dutifully photographed, and he also took me to his favorite crepe restaurant, because of course he has a favorite crepe restaurant. Mike, Stanley, and Karen van Buren were kind enough to sit through my attempts at karaoke, and Stanley and I got a flat tire. Then we (Stanley, Karen, Eric, and Eric’s then-girlfriend) drove through the desert, stopping in Joshua Tree to win that week’s white jacket challenge, before landing in Palm Springs, where we drank a lot of sangria and decided it would be smart to spend the next day wandering around in the sun on top of a mountain. On our way back to L.A., we stopped at some kind of old west LARPing haven called Pioneertown, which someone must have thought would be a good idea.


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I’d intended to tie this all back to clothing and personal style somehow; perhaps offer a poetic conclusion or philosophical observation on the state of American dress codes and how it is, even now, possible to feel underdressed. Unfortunately, reliving the experience has been traumatic enough to require a glass and a half of red wine, and now I’m doubly determined to forget it ever happened. I think the moral of the story is to be comfortable in the pants you have. Or to be careful what you wish for. Or, perhaps, that the pants are always greener. Regardless, I’ll be damned if I’m ever going back to L.A.

How to Use the Styleforum Classified System

Using the Classified System in Styleforum’s New Buy & Sell Interface

  1. Seller Dashboard

    1. Overview
    2. Terms & Conditions

  2. How to Post a Classified in Styleforum’s New Buy & Sell Interface

    1. Accessing Archived Listings
    2. Creating a New Listing
      1. Categories
      2. Create & Edit
      3. Paypal
      4. Add Images
        1. Uploading Images
        2. Uploading a Cover Image
      5. Discussions / Updating your Listing

  1. How to Use (and Buy from) Styleforum’s New Buy & Sell Interface

    1. Searching Buy & Sell
    2. Asking questions
    3. Individual Sellers
    4. Watching a Listing
    5. Buying a Listing

Note that the new term for a Buy & Sell post is “Resource.”

Seller Dashboard

  1. Navigate to your Seller Dashboard from the Buy & Sell dropdown menu as show below:
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    Inside your seller dashboard, you will be able to see your listings, your terms & conditions, and – in the future – see statistics on your sales.

  2. Terms and Conditions
    When you create a classified listing, you will be prompted to set Terms & Conditions for your sale. You can do this on an individual listing, or you can set Terms & Conditions that will apply to every listing you create from within your dashboard.

How to Post a Classified in Styleforum’s New Buy & Sell Interface

1. Accessing your archived posts

Classified posts from the old Styleforum platform were not imported into the new system. This is due not only to the limitations of the older system, but also because we wanted to build a more robust Buy & Sell system for our members.

To access your old classifieds listings, please visit the archive here:

2. Creating a New Classified Listing

  1. First, navigate to the Buy & Sell subforum (1.)from the Nav Bar. Then, click “Add Classified” (2.):

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  2. Next, from the dropdown menu that appears in the popup, select the category of garment or accessory you would like to add:

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    Please note that within the same dropdown menu, categories are separated into “Classic Menswear” (at the top) and “Streetwear and Denim” (towards the bottom). Be sure to select the most accurate category.

  3. Once you’ve selected a category for your listing, you will be able to create and edit your listing:

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    Note that you are currently required to fill out all fields

3. Paypal

You now have the option to buy and sell directly through your Paypal account. Note: Styleforum does not store your account information aside from the address – all transactions are done through Paypal.

Linking your Paypal allows buyers to purchase from you directly, without having to deal with back-and-forth messages.

4. Uploading Images

There are 4 ways to upload an image: hotlink, direct upload, and drag-and-drop. Here’s how you do each:

  • To drag-and-drop an image, simply drag your image into the reply box.
  • To post an image from your library, click here:
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  • To link to an image via URL, click here:
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  • To upload an image to Styleforum directly, click here. (RECOMMENDED)
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You can attach more than one image at once!

Which way should I do it?

If you want your picture to remain hosted on Styleforum  (you do), option 4 is your best bet. This ensures that the picture remains on the Styleforum server, even if it has been deleted from its outside host. This is the equivalent of the “Attach Image” feature from the old platform.

2. Adding a Cover Image

To add a cover image to your listing, check the “Upload Resource Icon” box at the bottom of the classified creation page:

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3. When you are finished, click the “Save” box at the bottom of the editor to post your listing.

5. Discussions / Updating Your Listing

Once you have saved your listing, you will see the option to view both “Overview” and “Discussion” tabs within the listing:

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In the discussion tab, you can post updates on your item, offer further information, or chat with interested buyers.

How to Use (and Buy from) Styleforum’s New Buy & Sell Interface

  1. Searching Buy & Sell
    1. When browsing the Buy & Sell subforum, you have the option to see the full list of current classifieds or to search for exactly what you want.
      1. To see all classifieds, click the “Buy & Sell” tab on the nav bar.
      2. To search for a specific item, hover your mouse over the “Buy & Sell” tab on the nav bar, and then select “Search Classifieds.” You will then be able to search by category within either the Classic Menswear or Streetwear and Denim selling subfora.

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  2. Individual Sellers
    1. To see all the items offered by an individual seller, click the author name. This can be accessed either from inside an individual listing, or from the main Buy & Sell page.

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    2. You can view seller feedback by clicking “View Trading Profile” within the Author tab.

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  3. Asking a Question
    Once you have selected an item, you may wish to ask the seller a question. To do so, click the “Discuss this Resource” button on the right-hand side of the page.

  4. Watching a Listing
    You can now add listings to your “Watch List.” To do so, navigate to the item you wish to watch, and then click “Watch This Resource.”

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    To see all of your watched listings, select “Watched Resources” from the Buy & Sell dropdown menu.

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  5. Buying a Listing
    1. Buy Now
      The simplest way to buy an item is through Paypal, by clicking the “Buy Now” button at the top right of the listing:

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      This will prompt you to accept the user’s Terms & Conditions. Once you have accepted, you will be redirected to Paypal to complete the transaction.

    2. Start or Contribute to a Public Discussion
      If you wish to start a discussion with the seller, whether to discuss the item or the price, you can do so buy clicking the blue “Discuss this Resource” box on the right hand side of the listing.

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      Note that all Discussions are public. Also note that You can either browse individual discussions directly from an individual listing, or you can also browse the discussions for B&S separately by going here:

    3. Start a Private Conversation
      From within the listing, click the Author name from within the “Author Details” box on the right hand side of the listing. Then, select “Start a Conversation.” This will allow you to send an offer or a question privately.

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Having technical problems? Please email us at Note that this is not the address to use for submitting opinions or requests.

The New Styleforum Interface Help: Basic FAQs (Part One)

New Styleforum Interface: Frequently Asked Questions

Thanks for reading! While we’re sure this won’t cover every question you may have about Xenforo, the new platform used to host Styleforum, it should help you with some basic questions. Here’s what we’ll cover in this article:

  1. General questions
    1. 1.1 Basic Changes
    2. 1.2 Nomenclature changes
    3. 1.3 Forum locations
  2. Managing Notifications
    1. 2.1 Alert Preferences
    2. 2.2 Email Preferences
  3. Replying to a post
    1. 3.1 Quoting a post
    2. 3.2 Uploading images
  4. Account Privacy
    1. 4.1 Managing your privacy
    2. 4.2 Appearing “Offline”

1. General Questions

1.1 Basic Changes

Why did you change the site? The old one was perfect!

First and foremost, Huddler, the former platform, was being phased out by the developer. In other words, remaining on the same platform was not an option. We did a lot of research into other potential platforms, and ultimately Xenforo was the most appealing and gave us the most power, flexibility, and potential.

While we understand that change is always hard, after the initial hiccups that always accompany a move, we feel very confident that the new platform will be better for everyone – including you, dear reader – in both the short and long run.

If you are experiencing issues with site features, please email us at Note that this is not the address to use for submitting opinions on the change.

Also note that Styleforum has added a mouse-hover feature. When you’re looking at the nav-bar of Styleforum, you can hover your mouse over a topic to see a full list of subtopics. You can either click on a topic, click on a subtopic, or click on a blank space on the page to close the menu.

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I don’t recognize anything! What does it all mean?

Good question! While the interface looks pretty close to what you remember, some things have changed. First of all, there are some differences in nomenclature.

Nomenclature Changes:

What it Was Called

What It’s Called Now

What it Means

1. Subscriptions

“Watched threads”

Threads you’ve decided you like and want to follow along with.

2. Notifications


The notifications receive from various activities, such as activities in watched threads, and new conversations. These can be managed from within.

3. Private Messages


Your private conversations with other users.

B&S Posts


Classified listings in Styleforum’s “Buy & Sell” subforum



The content on which Styleforum runs!

Where is all this stuff?

You’ll notice that the “Front Page” of Styleforum no longer directs to your “Subscriptions” page. To find that list, click on the blue box labeled “watched threads” at the top of the forum.

  • To see your notifications, hover your mouse over (or click) the lightning bolt icon in the upper right corner.
  • To see your conversations hover your mouse over (or click) the envelope icon in the right corner.

In the image below, you can see where to find items 1-3 of the table (we’ll cover B&S in a later article!):

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2. How do I manage my alerts?

2.1 Alert Preferences

If you would like to change when you receive alerts, open the “Alerts” menu and select “Alert Preferences”:

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You will then be able to select when you would like to receive alerts.

2.2 Email Alerts

To edit your email alerts, navigate to your “Contact Details”:

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There, you will be able to see your email preferences, which you can select and deselect as desired:

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Note that “site mailings” include emails such as Styleforum’s weekly newsletters and other forum updates.

3. Replying to a post

3.1 How do I quote a post?

You can quote a post by clicking the “Reply” button at the bottom right corner of the post you wish to quote. This will quote the text and place it in Xenforo’s text editor.

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To quote multiple posts in one reply, simply scroll up to the next post you would like to quote, and hit “Reply” once more.

How big an image can I import?

Currently, the size limit for all images uploaded to Styleforum is 10MB

3.2 How to I upload an image? I want to show off my sweet outfit.

There are 4 ways to upload an image: hotlink, direct upload, and drag-and-drop. Here’s how you do each:

  • To drag-and-drop an image, simply drag your image into the reply box.
  • To post an image from your library, click here:
    New styleforum interface help FAQ Xenforo
  • To link to an image via URL, click here:
    New styleforum interface help FAQ Xenforo
  • To upload an image to Styleforum directly, click here:
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Once you’ve added your image to your post, click the box that says “Full Image”Keep in mind that you can attach more than one image at once!

Which way should I do it?

If you want your picture to remain hosted on Styleforum, option 4 (Attach file or images) is your best bet. This ensures that the picture remains on the Styleforum server, even if it has been deleted from its outside host. This is the equivalent of the “Attach Image” feature from the old platform.

4. Account Privacy

4.1 Managing Account Privacy

To manage your account privacy settings, navigate to “Privacy” here:

From within this menu, you can adjust your Privacy settings as desired.

4.2 Appearing Offline

To appear offline, deselect the “Appear Online” check-box from within your Privacy settings. Please note that you will always appear online to yourself, as well as to Styleforum administrators.

We will discuss posting in the Buy & Sell forums in a later article. For now, if you have specific questions, you can post them below, but we encourage you to also ask them in the “New SF User Interface Thread,” where they may have already been answered. We will continue to update this article as necessary.

Shopping Menswear Consciously


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When you dine at a hip restaurant, they love telling you about the plate and what went into it – the provenance of the meat, the endangered heirloom vegetables, and the hand-harvested produce fresh from the restaurants garden. But it doesn’t stop there. We often can’t help but learn about the goods we buy, especially when buying high quality products. Oftentimes, companies are putting faces to the makers, showering us with images of their workers, the designers, and their facilities. In response, we buy into it–we care that we receive quality food, or that we are having skilled workers make quality, sturdy products.

So is there any reason why we can’t know about our clothing as well? Sometimes we know about who made our clothes or the materials that went into them, but that oftentimes isn’t a factor for why we buy it. Much of the time, we choose clothes because they suit us, because they are a bargain, or because we need it for a certain circumstance. Sometimes we make a choice because of who makes it–but we oftentimes choose it because it’s a specific brand that makes it, not a person.

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Ask your favorite brands: “Who Made My Clothes?”

The Fashion Revolution week was born in the UK to commemorate the disaster of Rana Plaza, in which 3639 workers lost their life when the building they were working in collapsed. These people were working in extremely unsafe conditions to produce garments for brands like Primark, Walmart, JC Penney, and Benetton.

The founders of the movement want to raise awareness among consumers and invite them to ask “Who Made My Clothes?” to the brands that they support. You probably came across a few pictures of friends on social media who wore their clothes inside out to expose the label and tagged the brand to ask who made their clothes.

The aim of the Fashion Revolution is to address and raise awareness of consumers shopping at big box stores and “fast fashion” brands. For us clothing enthusiasts, these stores do not make up the bulk of our wardrobe, and rarely make it into our dressers. But sometimes we buy our disposables (underwear, t-shirts, lounge pants) from these stores or places like them. We want to feel like we made a good purchase and to know what we are buying.

With regards to consumption, two questions come to mind: First, how much of the information that we receive about a product is accurate? Second, should we really care about who is making our stuff?

To answer the first question: part of the problem is most of what we consume is the marketing that brands churn out, urging us to buy their products. And brands pick up on that fact, thereby developing more and more marketing campaigns around their producers. They sell to us that they have family providers or old factories. But it doesn’t mean that this information is not misleading; we see products made in Italy that are just “finished” in Italy. We see pictures of excellent working conditions when they are terrible. We hear that the product is “full grain” but in reality the marketing team picked up on the word and doesn’t know what that means. As consumers, we have to be more particular, more critically-minded, and more informed in order to pick apart these marketing campaigns and really determine just how accurate the PR is.

Whatever happened to “union made goods”? There are still plenty of these products, but we don’t seem to care as much anymore. That is in itself a shame. We should realize that economically it makes sense to compensate people accordingly for their time, so that they in turn can contribute to the economy.

This returns us to the second question; the answer to which is yes, we should care. We oftentimes look at small producers and decide that we want to buy from that small producer because we like the quality of their goods; we know that what we are going to get the person stands by their work. Similarly, when we choose to buy from larger brands, we have the power and the right to ask who makes the clothes. By asking this question, we show that we are invested in their product and perhaps these brands will invest more in their labor.

It is important that we become more conscientious consumers. Obviously we should buy goods if we like them, but perhaps we should change our criteria. Instead of buying something because it is the cheapest option, we should budget and buy what is the best option for within our budget. By doing so, we are likely to get better quality goods. Instead of buying something because it’s on sale, we should save and buy things that are more likely to be worn. Instead of buying from a giant chain store and disposing of our apparel when it wears out, we should buy more clothing (or anything at all) of high quality and treat it well. Instead of buying new shoddy crap that falls out of fashion quickly, we can (and many Styleforum members do) find stylish gently used garments that have a long lifespan both in durability and in aesthetic.

By doing this, we not only contribute to slowing down the pace of our apparel consumption, but we also avoid wastefulness. In return, we fill our lives with clothes that we are going to enjoy for a long time, and that will see a lot of use, providing us with satisfaction.

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Bowties from Vanda Fine Clothing: each one is handmade in their workshop in Singapore.

Harkening back to days gone by, in which we had tailors make us this or that–we never really had to think about who made our clothes. And for some of us today, we don’t have to do that either, especially those of us buying suiting or classic menswear from smaller makers or tailors. We know that the work is happening on site, we can and oftentimes meet the cutters or the tailors. Even having a garment altered, we see who is working on our clothing. And just think, how much happier you are when you get that garment made just for you, when you see how well it fits. We should still be in awe, seeing a swatch of cloth and seeing the finished product. It’s like magic: that joy in the hearts of both the maker and the recipient should be enough to remind us that from where we choose to buy our clothes matters.

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Styleforum x Carmina Shoes GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]

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Styleforum x Carmina GIVEAWAY

To celebrate Styleforum’s new home on the Internet, we’ve partnered with Carmina to give away two (yes, two) pairs of shoes on Instagram for you and a friend! Here’s what you gotta do:

  • First, from your Instagram account, follow @styleforum and @carminashoemaker, if you are not a follower already. You can search for “@styleforum” and “@carminashoemaker” in the Instagram application or visit or in an internet browser to locate and follow the accounts.
  • Next, tag one (1) friend in the comments under this picture.

That’s it!

Do that, and you’ll be entered to win one pair of shoes for yourself, and one pair for the friend you tagged in the comments. You’ll be able to pick from any of Carmina’s standard offerings (MTO, shell cordovan, special orders, limited editions, and exotic leather are excluded), which means that your feet are going to be looking fine this spring.

The contest closes on April 28, 2017, at 11:59 PM EST. So make sure to enter before then for your chance to win a fantastic pair of shoes for you and a friend!

Be sure to visit Carmina’s new store in New York City, opening this June. 

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The Fine Print

Entries must be received by April 28 2017 at 11:59PM EST

Sponsor: Carmina Shoemaker, Berenguer d’Anoia, 60 2º 07300 Inca, Mallorca Spain (“Carmina Shoemaker” or “Sponsor”).
Administrator: Styleforum, Styleforumnet LLC 205 N Monroe St. Moscow, Id 83843 (“Administrator”)

1. Eligibility: Styleforum X Carmina Giveaway (the “Giveaway”) is open only to natural persons who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of Styleforum, Administrator, and their respective parent companies, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and immediate family members (spouse, parents, children, siblings, and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) or household members (whether or not related) of each are not eligible. All United States federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

2. How to Enter: The Giveaway starts at 9 EST, April 20 and ends April 28, 2017 at 11:59PM EST (the “Giveaway Entry Period”). To enter the Giveaway, during the Giveaway Entry Period use your web-enabled mobile device with a camera, and launch the Instagram application for free at An Instagram account is required to enter this Giveaway. All terms and conditions of apply. From your Instagram account, follow @styleforum and @carminashoemaker, if you are not a follower already. You can search for “@styleforum” and “@carminashoemaker” in the Instagram application or visit or in an internet browser to locate and follow the accounts. Accurately tag one (1) friend in the comments.

By entering this Giveaway, entrants accept these Official Rules and agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Limit one (1) Entry per person during the Giveaway Entry Period. Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same Instagram account. Any attempt by an entrant to obtain more than one (1) Entry by using multiple/different Instagram accounts/usernames, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods, will void that entrant’s Entries and that entrant may be disqualified. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the authorized account holder of the Instagram account used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an Instagram account by Instagram. Entries made by bots or other automated devices are ineligible.

You must have a data service plan with your wireless service provider or wireless internet service for your web-enabled mobile device and a device that supports the Instagram application to enter. By entering this Giveaway, you understand that data rates may apply. See your wireless provider for pricing plan details and mobile device capabilities.

3. Prize(s)
-Two (2) pairs of shoes or boots by Carmina Shoemaker, one for the enterer, one for the friend tagged in the comments.
MTO, shell cordovan, and exotic leather are excluded from the Giveaway, as well as special orders and limited editions. Carmina Shoemaker reserves the right to inform the winner of the Giveaway whether his/her item of choice is eligible or not.
Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of the prize is $800 USD. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Entries.

4. General Rules: An Entry into the Giveaway may not contain any content that is lewd, obscene, sexually explicit, pornographic or contains nudity, disparaging, defamatory, derogatory toward any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group, libelous, obscene, or that otherwise contains inappropriate content or objectionable material as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. An Entry must not promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), promote any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous or promote any particular political agenda or message. An entry must not defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about Sponsor, other people or companies. Any content submission must be your original work, created solely by you, and must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other intellectual rights of any person or entity, including, without limitation, trademarks and copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media). If Giveaway entry requires submission of a photo, you must have permission of the photographer. If individuals are included in your photo, you must provide all signed releases and consents necessary (if requested by Sponsor) to permit the exhibition and use of the entry by Sponsor as set forth in these Official Rules. If any person appearing in your entry is under the age of majority in his/her state, the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on the release (if requested by Sponsor).

An Entry must not contain the name, likeness, voice or other indicia of any person, including celebrities, without the consent of that person. An Entry must not contain any personally identifiable information such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses. An Entry may not identify any commercial content, including, without limitation, any trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, which must be used in compliance with these Official Rules. An Entry must not communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill of Sponsor. An Entry must not violate any law. An Entry may not have been previously published or submitted for any other promotion, and may not have won previous awards.

By submitting your Entry, you agree that your Entry conforms to these Official Rules and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may disqualify your Entry for any reason at any time if it determines, in its sole discretion, that your Entry fails to conform to these Official Rules or otherwise contains unacceptable content. You agree that you will not use the Entry for anything other than personal use after Entry submission, including no use of the Entry for commercial or professional purposes, sweepstakes or contest entry, without the express consent of Sponsor in each instance.

By submitting an Entry, each entrant grants, and represents and warrants that the entrant has the rights and authority necessary to grant Sponsor and the Released Parties (as defined below) an irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully sublicensable license and right to exploit, edit, modify, adapt, copyright, publish, transfer, use and distribute the Entry and all elements of such Entry, including, without limitation, the likenesses of any locations and individuals embodied therein, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third party. Although Sponsor is under no obligation to post or feature your Entry, you hereby grant permission for the Entry to be displayed or featured on Sponsor’s or Styleforum’s social media or digital sites, and by others promoting Sponsor’s or Styleforum’s sites, and in other promotions and/or advertisements at any time without your prior approval or consent, and without compensation to you or any third party. You agree that Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Entries by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting or featuring of any Entry and reserve the right to remove any posted or featured Entry at any time and/or for any reason.

5. Administration: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, garbled, inaccurate, incomplete, misdirected or stolen Entries, uploads, photos, hashtags or @mentions, or transmissions, or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic, including to your device. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel or suspend part or all of this Giveaway, including if virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Giveaway. In such event, Sponsor may select Potential Winners in a random drawing from all eligible Entries received up to the date of cancellation or suspension. If for any reason your Entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, your sole remedy is another Entry in the Giveaway during the Giveaway Entry Period.

Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Giveaway or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Giveaway by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, or threaten any other entrants or Sponsor representatives.


6. Release: Sponsor, Administrator, Instagram and each of their respective promotion and advertising agencies, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support and all respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, “Released Parties”) shall have no liability, are hereby completely released, and shall be held harmless by entrants for any damage, loss, rights, claims or liability to person or property, due in whole or part, directly or indirectly, by reason of participation in this Giveaway or the award, acceptance, use, or misuse of any prize (or portion thereof) , including without limitation personal injury, death, and/or property damage, as well as claims based on publicity rights, defamation, and/or invasion of privacy. Entrants will indemnify, defend and hold harmless Released Parties from any claims, liability, damage, loss, injury or death to persons or property caused or claimed to be caused, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in connection with participation in the Giveaway (or any activity related thereto); acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize; use of entrant’s name or city/state to announce the winners of the Giveaway; or use of winner’s name, city/state, voice, likeness, biographical information, entry, statements attributed to winner (if true) or city of residence, for publication, advertising and promotional purposes.
7. Disputes: Except where prohibited, you agree that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Giveaway or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Giveaway, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will you be permitted to obtain awards for, and you hereby waive all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Giveaway, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Idaho without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Idaho or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Idaho.
8. Copy of Rules and Winners’ List: These Official Rules and the Winners’ List will be posted on the original Giveaway announcement post on
9. This Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. By entering, you understand that you are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Instagram.