Our Aldens: A.J. Nordstrom

  • July 2, 2013 |
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Continuing the Our Aldens series is A.J. Nordstrome, one of our sales professionals here at Haberdash and a dedicated Alden wearer. A.J., or “Ace” as he referred to around the shop, had his Aldens special ordered from the factory. His looks are often a combination of dressy and casual, and these cap-toe calfskin shoes fit right into his aesthetic. As he puts it, “They are comfortable as hell. I can wear them to basically any occasion with just about any level of dress, and they only get better with more wear.” It’s true. Aldens are made to be worn, not admired. READ MORE

Haberdash at ROOF Runway

  • June 27, 2013 |
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Thank you to everyone who came out for our ROOF Runway event at theWit! Take a look at some of the looks, below, as well as a video of the amazing night, courtesy of theWit. READ MORE

25 Summer Essentials Under $100

  • June 20, 2013 |
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Blue PIMA COTTON PIQUET POLO | $68.00 $39.00

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Our Aldens: Michael Jaworowski

  • June 20, 2013 |
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Our buyer, M.J., is definitely a creature of habit—especially when it comes to his shoes: “I’ve worn my Alden 1494s nearly everyday for the past two years. I consider them part of my everyday uniform.” These suede, unlined chukkas have certainly seen their fair share, but to M.J., that’s part of the appeal. “The look of my Aldens speak for the quality and craftsmanship that go into every pair of Alden shoes,” says MJ. READ MORE

Our Aldens

Alden represents rarity, but not in a finite, limited way. The New England shoe company produces meticulous designs from materials made by companies who scoff at the notion of corner-cutting for revenue’s sake. Founded in 1884, in an area once saturated with shoemakers, Alden now stands as the very last of its kind in the region. Many of the current employees are second or third generation, using time-honored techniques passed down to them. These facts are important and should be pondered regardless of cost. For every careless hundred, there are a few keenly discerning minds desiring the extraordinary. READ MORE

Nick Horween: About My Father

The last in our series of interviews about the men who made us great is Mr. Nick Horween of Chicago’s own Horween Leathers, talking about his father, Skip. Family-owned and operated, the company was started by Nick’s great, great grandfather in 1905, when Isadore Horween moved to Chicago from the Ukraine and opened up I. Horween and Co. Today, Nick and his father continue their family tradition, creating world-renowned Shell Cordovan, Chromexcel, and more.

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Grant Legan: About My Father

Continuing our series of interviews about the men who made us great is Chicago-based freelance photographer Grant Legan. In addition to helping Haberdash look its best, the 25-year-old is a freelance photographer and one of the co-founders of The Niche, a new website dedicate to showcasing talented Chicago creatives and what makes them tick. Read on for more on Grant’s early style, his dad’s penchant for short shorts, and the fatherly advice that Grant carries with him still today.

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Seth Putnam: About My Father

You might know him as the editor of The Midwestyle, or as a freelance journalist whose work has shown up everywhere from Chicago Magazine to the Chicago Sun-Times to Details.com, and beyond. The 24-year-old also has a new project in the works, a brand new magazine called The Collective Quarterly, for which he is also the editor. As the first in a series of interviews dedicated to the men who made us great, Mr. Seth Putnam talks about his father, John, and the style and integrity he learned from his father growing up. READ MORE

Father’s Day Gift Guide

About a month ago (on Mother’s Day), you had a moment to think, “So, Father’s Day is next, I should think about—” and then brunch arrived. Well, it’s here, and you might want to think about getting a little something for the father (and/or father figure) in your life. We pulled together a collection of our favorites, available in store and online. Running out of time? Out of town for Father’s Day? A Haberdash gift card is always useful—and is available to send by email or instant download. Click here for more information. READ MORE

Introducing Rancourt & Co. + Horween

  • June 6, 2013 |
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The idea began with the leather—a rich, scotch grain Chromexcel that our buyer, Michael Jaworowski, stumbled across on a visit to Horween. Taken with the traditional, British texture and evident quality, we decided to put this scotch grain to use in classic, versatile penny loafer. “Our goal was to make a simple, beautiful, and high quality product that would challenge the aesthetic of the status quo and show our attention to detail,” says MJ. “We like working with people that care about the details just as much as we do. We have this world-renowned tannery right here in Chicago (Horween). And, Rancourt is producing really high quality footwear out of Maine.” In short, we wanted to create something distinctive but wearable, something that goes anywhere and wears well and will last a very long time. It’s as simple as that. READ MORE

Salute Your Shorts

  • June 1, 2013 |
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As you all head out to street festivals and outdoor concerts, backyard BBQs and weekends by the lake, we think this is the time for a new pair of shorts. In fact, we’re giving all of you 1/3 off all shorts, in stores and online (through Sunday, June 2 only!). Use promo code SHORTS33 at online checkout, or stop by the store. READ MORE

Memorial Day, Haberdash Style

  • May 24, 2013 |
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Memorial Day—originally known as Decoration Day—was created to honor those who had lost their lives in the Civil War. As time wore on, it was renamed to honor all of our fallen countrymen. For many, this day involves gathering with family to grill and drink beer, while others attend more elaborate affairs. Either way, it certainly marks the beginning of the outdoor party season.

With the temperature rising, dressing up comfortably can be tricky. The desire to wear a t-shirt and shorts makes total sense, but some occasions require more formal garb. The key, always, is breathable fabric. If you have to wear a sport coat, make sure it’s made of something breathable, a linen or cotton, or you’ll end up miserably hot and noticeably sweaty. Neither of which make for a good time or a good look. READ MORE

Embrace Your Inner Gatsby

When F. Scott Fitzgerald died in 1940, he considered himself a failure. His New York Times obituary recognized his talent, but noted his potential, in their opinion, was never fully reached. It’s difficult to imagine a masterwork like The Great Gatsby being considered average, but unfortunately, it often takes time for people to recognize genius.

Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby was the opposite. He knew what he wanted and cultivated his image by imagining, then bringing to life the desires of his mind. Maybe he remade himself for a girl, or for status, but one thing is for sure: he remade himself.

We should all try this. Sometimes it’s a new job or a new girl or a new blazer. Sometimes, it’s taking a risk and grabbing someone’s hand and saying “Let’s get out of here.” Take her to the beach. Take her anywhere. READ MORE

Dress to Impress Your Mom

  • May 10, 2013 |
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Once a year, we celebrate the wonderful women who brought us into this world. We fill out store-bought greeting cards, buy some fresh-cut mums, and, at the very least, call to thank them for putting up with all of our nonsense. In the words of Mark Twain, “My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”

Well, this Sunday, we think the first step to showing your gratitude is looking like the dapper guy she always knew you’d be. That, and showing up on time. READ MORE

Introducing Moore & Giles

When our first shipment of bags and accessories from Moore & Giles arrived, there was that moment of silent appreciation that comes from truly high quality leather, a caliber of leather whose beauty is as much tactile as it is aesthetic. Moore & Giles’ collection is a bona fide celebration of rich, natural leather, each piece suffused with that vintage-y look that you’d imagine your grandfather carrying.

Founder Donald Graeme Moore started the company in 1933 in the small town of Lynchburg, Virginia. At that time, their main function was as a supplier for the shoe manufacturers that dominated the region. (The company became Moore & Giles with the addition of Mr. Moore’s son-in-law in 1935.) READ MORE