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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Super 240's Merino Wool The Worlds Finest

Coming to a customer you know soon - Super 240’s (11.7 micron) merino worsted cloth from Holland & Sherry.

Our Holland and Sherry weaving mill is delighted to share with You the exciting news of receiving 308 pounds of the finest merino wool that we have ever processed as a company.

The wool was purchased in Australia some 12 months ago from Pyrenees Park farm, located one hour inland from Melbourne, Victoria.  Pyrenees Park farm has been a partner of
Holland & Sherry and for some years and is well renowned for winning the finest wool in the world competition on multiple occasions.

The wool which we have purchased has been classified at clip (shearing) as 11.7 micron or Super 240’s.  This extraordinary merino wool has been scoured, dyed and combed. 
It is now going into spinning, followed by weaving and finishing at the Holland & Sherry mill.

Over the next 2 months the wool will be processed with great care, being moved along from machine to machine to create what we believe to be the finest and truly most luxurious
worsted wool cloth in the world.

Holland and Sherry will only yield from the 308 pounds enough cloth to make just 100 suits and blazers.   These will be sold throughout the world, with You getting the first opportunity
to sell what will truly be the ultimate in both luxury and exclusivity.  We are working on the designs now and they will be classic and so as to maximize the opportunity of the available merino wool.  

Here are some photographs to show you our progress on this wonderful project up to now.




Australian finest Merino sheep enjoying the early summer pasture.




The entrance to Pyrenees Park farm, home to the finest Merino sheep and wool in the world.






Examining the white clarity and crimp of the wool on a Pyrenees Park Merino before shearing.




The Merino sheep ready for shearing by the World Champion shearer.  It takes about five minutes to complete the shearing.




Close up of the magnificent crimp of the just sheared Merino, ultimately giving the cloth and the finished garment a natural
elasticity and memory to retain its shape and recover more quickly between each wearing.






The complete perfect Merino fleece just sheared.



The Pyrenees Park wool sack showing the details of their finest bale in the world.



Combing the Merino wool where the wool fibers are given a unidirectional flow in preparation for worsted spinning
and cloth weaving.



The combed sliver of 11.7 micron Merino wool with its remarkable luster and clarity of color, ready for two ply worsted spinning
of the yarn at the Holland & Sherry mill.


As we continue to process the unique Super 240’s merino wool and transform it into beautiful cloth we will send further
photographs and update you on our progress.


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Complete Guide To Men's Fashion 57 Rules Of Style


The Complete Guide To Men's Suits: 57 Rules Of Style 

Repost off details.com with select editing.

Everything you need to know about suits, including what to look for when buying them, how to get them tailored, and the coats, shirts, ties, shoes, and watches to wear with them.



Rule #1
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Fit is everything. (See above.) Even the world's most expensive suit will look bad if it isn't tailored to the contours of your body.
Rule #2
Some think button-down collars are for casual wear only, but they can work great with dressier looks as well.

Rule #3
Polka dots are a great way to bring energy to a suit. Make sure they're big enough to be recognizable, but not so large that they're goofy.

Rule #4
A tried-and-true pattern like herringbone or glen plaid in a muted shade makes an impression without crossing into the realm of garishness.


Rule #5
Visible stitches around the edges of your lapels (called pick-stitching) aren't necessarily a sign of a well-made garment anymore. However, they can be an attractive decorative flourish—as long as they're subtle. No contrast stitching!
Rule #6
Some say you shouldn't cut the stitching in your jacket pockets, because putting objects in them will cause your jacket to lose its shape. Don't listen. It's pointless to have nonfunctional pockets, and a concert ticket or a business-card holder certainly won't do any damage.
Rule #7
Some think three-pieces are stodgy, but when the waistcoat is cut close to the body and hemmed to the belt line, you'll look slim and modern.

Rule #8 
Your tie bar should never be wider than your tie.

Rule #9
The difference between classic and cliché is often in the material. The timeless appeal of this gray suit begins with its super-luxe cashmere wool.


Rule #10
Always unfasten your jacket buttons when you sit. No exceptions.
Rule #11
Never fasten the bottom button of a double-breasted jacket (unless it has only a single row of buttons).
Rule #12
Avoid over-accessorizing. If you're already wearing a pocket square and a tie bar, you'll want to reconsider that clever lapel pin.

Rule #13
When wearing corduroy, steer clear of fusty wide wales, but don't go so narrow that the material starts to look like velvet.

Rule #14
A dark, patterned pocket square provides a welcome visual anchor to a light-colored suit.

Rule #15
When it comes in a sandy tan rather than the usual rust or chocolate brown, this cold-weather suit gets a dose of sunny energy.



Rule #16
Save the bulky shock-resistant sports watch for the gym or your outdoor-adventure excursions. It has no place with a suit.
Rule #17
Save yourself some embarrassment: Always remove the stitching on the vents and the label on the left sleeve before wearing a new suit.
Rule #18
It's fine to flip up the collar of a casual cotton jacket, but when you're dressed more formally (say, in a black suit), you should always leave the collar down.
Rule #19
When you go without a tie, it's best to keep your shirt collar on the smaller side.

Rule #20
Call attention to special suit material—like this marled wool—by keeping your accessories to a minimum.

Rule #21
Tailoring your pants a little bit short will add distinctiveness to your simple look.





Rule #22
Get a Uniform
"Men do well when they find something that works for them and stick to it, rather than continually try to reinvent the wheel—one of our customers must have 20 double-breasted jackets in the same cut. If you establish your own sense of style, you don't subject yourself to the vagaries of fashion."

Rule #23
You Can't Beat English Tailoring
"I definitely have friends who wear Italian-style suits, which are softer and have less structure. But I prefer English tailoring, which gives suits more shape and a well-defined shoulder. To me, it just looks sharper."

Rule #24
Mind Your Silhouette
"You can tell a good handmade suit by looking at it from 50 yards off—it's about overall harmony and balance. The trousers should be slim, the shoulders narrow, the waist nipped."
Rule #25
Don't Go Too Short
"A suit jacket should come down to the first knuckle on your thumb. Too many people are cutting short jackets now, and they just make men look too heavy in the middle."
Rule #26
Keep Your Cuff Buttons Buttoned
"I think undoing the button on your cuff looks kind of naff. It doesn't signify quality anymore because there are plenty of working buttonholes done by machines."
Rule #27
Go For Side Vents
"Most of the suits being made on Savile Row have two vents because it's considered almost cheap work to do fewer. A jacket with one vent or no vents uses much less cloth, and it's much less sewing."
Rule #28
Gray-Flannel Suits Always Look Good
"They just work brilliantly with everything. They're elegant without being stuffy and look beautifully luxurious."
• • •
PLUS: WHAT TO LOOK FOR BEFORE YOU BUY
Rule #29
 When your jacket is buttoned, you should be able to fit a fist between your chest and the fabric—no more, no less.
Rule #30
 Before buying a suit online, try it on in a store first to make sure the shoulders fit, as sizing varies widely among brands.
Rule #31
 Your jacket sleeves should reveal about half an inch of shirt cuff. If they don't, try a short size instead—you could save yourself a trip to the tailor later on.
Rule #32
 Choose fabric according to how often you'll wear the suit. The most versatile option is a soft but durable wool like super 120 (a measure of yarn fineness; any higher is too delicate for daily use).
Rule #33
 Your pants should sit at your waist (not your hips). You should be able to fit one finger into the waistband comfortably.
Coats 
Rule #25
Don't Go Too Short
"A suit jacket should come down to the first knuckle on your thumb. Too many people are cutting short jackets now, and they just make men look too heavy in the middle."
Rule #26
Keep Your Cuff Buttons Buttoned
"I think undoing the button on your cuff looks kind of naff. It doesn't signify quality anymore because there are plenty of working buttonholes done by machines."
Rule #27
Go For Side Vents
"Most of the suits being made on Savile Row have two vents because it's considered almost cheap work to do fewer. A jacket with one vent or no vents uses much less cloth, and it's much less sewing."
Rule #28
Gray-Flannel Suits Always Look Good
"They just work brilliantly with everything. They're elegant without being stuffy and look beautifully luxurious."
Remember, people see your coat before they see your suit. If you've gone to the trouble of putting together the perfect ensemble, you owe it to yourself to finish the look with the right top layer. Whether you want single- or double-breasted, a classic or a bold color, a solid shade or a pattern, there's a well-cut coat to suit you.
Rule #34
A double-breasted overcoat should be slim so it doesn't billow when open.

Rule #35
A slightly cropped overcoat will elongate your silhouette.

Rule #36
A pattern is a great complement to a neutral suit.

Rule #37
Like a gray suit, a gray overcoat is always in fashion.

Rule #38
Navy goes with any suit in your wardrobe—including black.

Rule #39
Camel will give you the ultimate luxe look.


SHIRT-AND-TIE COMBOS >>

Show some personality by mixing and matching patterns and shades—the contrast is what you're after.
Rule #40
Offset a bold tie with a subdued shirt.

Rule #41
Modernize your winter knit tie by wearing it with a trim, shortened collar.

Rule #42
Two variations of the same color always look good together.

Rule #43
When you feel creative, pair dark chambray with a bright, spirited tie.

Rule #44
The pattern-on-pattern look is office-appropriate without being predictable.



SHOES

With these updated styles, your biggest problem won't be figuring out how to wear them—it'll be deciding which gorgeous pair to choose.

Rule #45
An unexpected color like mossy green will bring out a new dimension in a navy suit.
Rule #46
The Chelsea boot pairs perfectly with tapered trousers.
Rule #47
Worn with a black suit, a black suede captoe delivers a tonal match that will add some texture to your outfit.


Rule #48
The black single-monk is the sleekest, most sophisticated, most versatile shoe around.
Rule #49
For a bit of Euro flair, wear a tasseled loafer with pants that graze the middle of your ankle.
Rule #50
A dark-oxblood shoe is a beautiful complement to a charcoal-gray suit.
Rule #51
Brogue boots add the perfect rugged touch to your favorite casual suit.


WATCHES

Don't drag down your outfit with a substandard timepiece—find one that shows you're fully invested in every last detail of your appearance.
Rule #52
White face, gold indices, brown leather strap—you can't go wrong.
Rule #53
Oversize, elegantly designed numerals add some panache.
Rule #54
A tank watch, marked by its rectangular shape, spells refinement.
Rule #55
An all-black timepiece is a great match for a solid-black or gray suit.
Rule #56
A watch your grandfather could have worn will look just as great on you.
Rule #57
You can wear a chronograph with a suit if it's simple.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Secrets of Tampa Bay Business Travelers




Secrets of Savvy Business Travelers 

Re-post off corporate Blog (click here)

Travel, especially business travel, presents a myriad of challenges, not the least of which relate to clothing. In that respect three of the biggest obstacles are:
1. Packing the right clothes.
2. Packing enough, but not too much.
3. Dealing with wrinkles (or, better yet, trying to prevent wrinkled clothing.)
Knowing what to pack depends mostly on how well you know your destination or destinations (culture, weather, etc.) and the extent to which you can anticipate what you will be doing and who you will be doing it with. The less experienced among us, more often than not, end up packing more than we need, presumably to be prepared for anything. Maybe that’s the Boy Scout in each of us. Be prepared.
But the good Boy Scout also knows that if you’re going on a 50-mile hike, you want the pack on your back to be as light as possible. So you carefully plan ahead of time and bring only what you need. The time honored motto “be prepared” is no more appropriate than when applied to the business traveler.
With regard to the issue of wrinkled clothing, the answer both to how you pack and what you pack. We all know that some fabrics travel better than others. Fiber content, how a cloth is woven, and many other factors contribute to wrinkle resistance. Wool is more wrinkle resistant than cotton as is cloth that is more tightly woven rather than a loose weave. Most synthetic fibers are particularly wrinkle resistant as are some natural fiber fabrics that have been treated to be either no-iron or “easy care.”
Navy microfiberReport shirt
For business casual, resort wear, and golf, the new microfiber pants from Tom James provide a wrinkle-free, easy care, and very comfortable option  for those who can wear a ready-made size. For a modern, tailored-fit, dress casual shirt option, consider easy-care shirts by Report.
Packing Tips to prevent/reduce wrinkled clothing:
  • Packing any jackets or shirts on hangers? Try covering each piece with plastic garment cover that you get from the dry-cleaner.
  • Roll clothing, instead of folding whenever possible.
  • Make use of packing sleeves, cubes, sweater bags, etc.
  • Pack and use a handheld/travel size steamer.
One of my favorite bits of travel advice comes from frequent international traveler Jim H. who said, “I like to bring items attached to good memories. A hand-made linen pocket square with embroidery from a trip to Sestri Levante, Italy. A pair of Celtic cuff links my wife returned from Dublin with. Keepsakes that have fond memories attached to them.” If you have to be away from home so much, at least you can bring a little bit of home or the ones you love most with you.
More advice from Jim:
  • Carry a pair of cuff links or silk knots as well as a small handful of collar stays in your briefcase. “The case never leaves my side and you never know whose day you might save besides your own.”
  • When you think you have packed enough, remove something. You’d be surprised what you don’t need.
  • Wear part of an outfit when you travel rather than pack it.
Joe B. is particularly fond of his black suede lace-up shoes for travel because they look smart with everything from jeans to formal wear.  He also told me that his Global Entry TSA Pre Check card is a must for frequent travelers. “It saves me hours, days and weeks over the course of a year,” said Joe.
More travel tips that will make packing easier and simpler,  save you time and may even save the day:
  •  Keep the variety of color and patterns of your clothing to a minimum.  Choose clothing for ease of coordination and versatility.
  •  Put your passport in a shoe you plan to wear, then into the safe in your hotel room. On a recent trip to Scandinavia my sister-in-law left her passport in the hotel room safe. (She must not have known about the shoe idea.) Fortunately we had left the hotel only minutes earlier so it was easy to retrieve.  Imagine the problem it might have been had she discovered the error two days later when trying to leave the country?  Which leads to the next point…..
  • Make a photo copy of your passport/driver’s license and keep the copies in a different bag than the originals.
  •  Put a business card on the inside of your bags.
  • Stash an extra credit card somewhere other than your primary wallet/card holder.
  •  Put a colorful ribbon or some similarly unique identifier on any checked luggage, especially if it’s a black bag that looks like so many others – to make it more easily recognizable.
  • Stick to your travel routine (where you put your license, etc.).  Keep things in the same pockets, etc.
  • It’s best not to check anything that you might need for the next day.  Try to keep those things, including the next day’s clothing, in your carry-on.
  • Last but not least, pack everything in a great piece of luggage, like the TUMI Alpha Two-wheeled Carry-on.
TUMI Alpha 2 carry on

Incorporate these ideas and featured products and take the hassle out of travel, whether for business or pleasure.
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