Legendary Menswear Icons: Frank Sinatra

  • April 16, 2014 |
  • Style

The world suffered an immense loss when Frank Sinatra passed in May 1998, but the swinging singer’s style left an undying imprint on the foundation of menswear forever. And although his signature look seemed effortless while he crooned for a swooning audience, Sinatra’s style was and still is nearly untouchable. His timeless allure may stem from the black and white photo documentation of his early career, but it’s also rooted in the confident ease of his tailor-made suit and tie uniform. It’s a look and aura that few modern men can pull off; we’ve seen a slight renaissance in recent pop culture with the likes of Justin Timberlake, but even on him the classic revisit almost felt like a costume. For Sinatra, however, his look always came across unforced, as if he even slept with a perfectly tied bow tie and endlessly coiffed hair. READ MORE

Carefree, Arizona

For the past three years, I’ve managed to escape my fast-paced city life and flee for a week to the mountainous outskirts just outside Phoenix, Arizona, in a quiet town called Carefree. It’s a suitable name for such a blithe community—a far cry from Chicago’s urban jungle. In the city, we’re endlessly flooded with obligations and routines—early wake up calls to beat the morning traffic, long days cooped up in high-rise offices, and hours spent clicking through an inundation of emails. In Carefree, the obligations are few, the routines entirely nonexistent. READ MORE

Become the Face of Haberdash’s Spring 2014 Campaign

  • April 7, 2014 |
  • News

In collaboration with BMG models, we’re on the hunt for the next face of our 2014 spring campaign. We’ll be hosting two casting calls on Saturday, April 19th and Saturday, April 26th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roosevelt Collection, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd. to track down the very best of Chicago’s gentlemen. Prospective models must be at least 18 years of age or older, and be between 6’0” and 6’3”. The winner will not only be offered a contract with BMG Models, but will also be featured in an editorial shot by fashion photographer Grant Legan and styled by our fashion experts. If you think you have what it takes, clear your schedules and show us what you’ve got—Remember, a three-piece suit and shined shoes never hurt anybody. READ MORE

Substance of Style: Yuketen

Designed for the man with an innate love of adventure, Yuketen has been creating unrivaled footwear for nearly three decades. Since 1985, designer Yuki Matsuda made it her mission to scour the nation seeking out beautiful examples of American heritage and tradition. Whether inspiration manifests itself in the rolling Appalachians or the high Sierras, Matsuda has found a way to let it seep naturally into the distinct look of her footwear. As effortlessly casual as they are beautifully refined, a pair of Yuketen shoes is an exemplary display of quality, American-made craftsmanship. READ MORE

Haberdash + La Colombe at The Roosevelt Collection

We value the origin of where our clothing is crafted, the quality of fabrics used and an aesthetic that adheres to classic styles with modern refinement. La Colombe Torrefaction, a world-renowned coffee-roasting company with a growing Chicago presence, abides by those same principles. They carefully consider the location where their beans are sourced, the process by which the beans are roasted and the distinct taste of a cup of coffee with traditionally well-balanced notes and exotic undertones. At our flagship store in the Roosevelt Collection, this marriage of ideals is brought to life with our in-house La Colombe Café. Stop by and shop our new spring styles with a quality cup of coffee—there’s simply no better pairing. We sat down with Chicago Retail Manager Kate Markham to learn more about La Colombe’s rich background. READ MORE

Haberdash’s Jet-Setting Essentials

Whether you’re journeying to Austin, Texas for SXSW or escaping the U.S. altogether for a tropical spring break, March is a time for blithe travel. You’ve booked your hotel room, your airplane tickets are a go, and your itinerary is stacked from morning ’til night; you’re dreaming of the warm sun, anticipating that 4 a.m. wake-up call to catch a cab to O’Hare, and already craving the cappuccino you’ll sip while waiting to board your flight—but have you thought about what you plan on bringing and how you intend to pack it all away? We’ve compiled a list of travel essentials to bring, allowing you to jet set like a pro. READ MORE

Review: ‘Blank Project’ by Neneh Cherry

Remember the Trip Hop music genre? Chances are if you do, then you remember it had a very definitive sound that morphed into a culture of the early to late 90s. It possessed the gritty drum breaks and samples that were more associated with hip hop, only slowed down to a sort of chill, opium den vibe. It had its go-to heroes who everyone tried to mimic, one of them being Neneh Cherry (pronounced Nee-Nah), who debuted her first album Raw Like Sushi in ’89. At nine years old, it blew my mind—I had heard nothing like it. It was hip hop, it was electronic, jazzy and groovy. The two albums to follow, Homebrew (1992) and Man (1996) were just as good as the first, but then she just disappeared. READ MORE

Who We’re Following on Instagram

In the sea of menswear enthusiasts on Instagram, we’ve narrowed down our picks for the top five accounts whose daily photos show impeccable taste and willingness to take risks with their personal style. These guys are the experts; the accounts to religiously refresh while you eat breakfast, skim through during your lunch break and take notes from before you go to bed. (Don’t forget to follow @haberdashmen while you’re at it!) READ MORE

Substance of Style: Camouflage

  • March 1, 2014 |
  • Style

A print once was worn to blend in on the battlefield now ensures that you’ll stand out on the street. Camouflage, which has its roots in the military, has now fully transcended into a staple for the modern man’s wardrobe. Although it’s a bit of a daring look, we’ve broken down its history and provided a few tips on how to style your camouflage in hopes to pick up a few more recruits. We promise that this trend can work for you, too. READ MORE

Seven Questions: Topo Designs

2013 was a hell of a year for Topo Designs. In the last twelve months, cofounders Jedd Rose and Mark Hansen have more than doubled their label’s product line-up with the addition of a wide range of men’s apparel and accessories. They’ve also participated in a handful of high-profile collaborations, launched a second label, OYO Mountain, and opened their first brick and mortar storefront. Though still primarily known for tough yet affordable, retro-inspired portage, Topo is officially becoming a full-fledged outdoor company, and a great one at that. READ MORE

Review: ‘Dunes’ by Gardens & Villa

If you’re unfamiliar with Gardens & Villa, now would be a good time to become acquainted with them. They came together in 2008, but did not release anything until the debut of their first self-titled LP in 2011. Dunes is the band’s second album on the Secretly Canadian record label; it is rife with the same west coast feel of their first album, despite being recorded away from the coast, in the Midwest. READ MORE

A Story of Stubbornness

When others took their manufacturing operations overseas, we bid them farewell and went back to work here in Seattle, the city where we’ve made our goods for more than 100 years, and where we’ve opened a second factory.

A short distance apart, our two facilities allow us to keep an ever-watchful eye on quality, and give us the capacity to manufacture even more of our products in the United States.

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Introducing Save Khaki

  • February 21, 2014 |
  • Style

This spring, your wardrobe should maintain a certain level of ease, leaving you free to fully let loose when the snow finally melts. Whether you’re dusting off your bike to ride along the Lakefront Trail or walking your dog through Grant Park, quality basics are an effortless way to look the part without thinking too hard. Let go of your fussy winter essentials, and give a warm welcome to simplicity.

Since first launching in 2006, New York-based clothing label Save Khaki United has worked to create quality basics with an emphasis on smart design and impeccable fit. Their classic sportswear is confident without submitting to fleeting trends. For optimal comfort, SKU’s fabrics are all carefully washed and dyed until they feel distinctively soft and broken-in. With a refined color palette of natural khakis, washed out blues and effortless greys, their everyday essentials are a perfect foundation for building your wardrobe. READ MORE

Escaping with Filson

With this treacherous winter nearing an end, our cabin fever is beginning to burn like fire. Luckily, the long days of bundling by your heater are fading away. Below-zero temperatures have forced us inside, completely devoid of fresh air and natural light. We’re craving fresh greenery, wide vistas, an escape from the the city’s slushy sidewalks, incessant horns, and raging sirens. READ MORE

Haberdash + Peter Field Fine Tailoring

Rounding out our newly expanded Haberdash experience is fine tailoring by Haberdash + Peter Field, in addition to Haberdash Barbers and La Colombe coffee. Founded in 2010 by Nicholas Peter Monterotti, Chicago’s own Peter Field was built from the ground up with the notion that all clothes should fit perfectly. It’s a simple mission, but one backed with untouchable talent and a careful eye.

After launching a successful Kickstarter in 2013, Peter Field presold more than 17,500 ties, bowties and pocket squares, and soon after moved into their studio on Wells and Van Buren. Now, backed by a gifted team of seamstresses with impressive backgrounds in costume design, Peter Field has grown into an local menswear staple whose impeccable craftsmanship pairs brilliantly with our tailored suiting. It takes a special set of hands to work with our line of quality Italian fabrics, and Peter Field is the ultimate expert. We sat down with Monterotti to discuss rules regarding wrinkles, sleeve and pant lengths and the power of tailoring in menswear. READ MORE