Three Ways to Wear Seersucker

  • April 20, 2013 |
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Originally derived from the the Hindustani “kheer aur shakkar” meaning “milk and sugar,” this thin, puckered fabric originally hit its stride during the British Colonial Period, specifically in some of Great Britain’s warmer colonies, e.g., India. Stateside it was considered a working man’s fabric until the 1930s, when Hollywood actors and Princeton graduates started to don seersucker suits in an act of reverse snobbery. Today, the fabric remains a staple for polished gents looking to keep their cool in summer. Using one seersucker suit from Southwick, we put together three distinct looks for this summer. READ MORE

Introducing Rains

No matter how sharp you look when you leave in the morning, it only takes one inopportune downpour to slow you down and leave you looking less then ideal. Enter Rains, a Danish rainwear brand that’s taking back rainy days—which makes total sense when you consider that Denmark has a yearly average of 121 days of rain. One of the founders, Philip Lotko, filled us in on Rains’ mission, ideals, and more. READ MORE

Introducing the Logan Pant

  • March 29, 2013 |
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As Haberdash continues to grow we find ourselves presenting unique opportunities to collaborate with brands we believe in. In this case, our buyer Michael Jaworowski teamed up with the famed Brooklyn manufacturer Hertling Trousers to make a new style for, as he puts it, “The modern gentleman.” The result is a versatile pant with a taper that allows you to wear it in several different scenarios. “We designed it so that you can have it sit on your hip, so it looks great with a tucked-in shirt and a blazer,” says MJ, “Or, roll up the hem and pair it with a t-shirt and some Vans for something a bit more easy and casual.” READ MORE

3 Ways to Wear New L.B.M. 1911 Jackets

  • March 19, 2013 |
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Introducing our newest arrivals from L.B.M. 1911, starting with the easy elegance of an off-white Bruno Jacket in a cotton-linen blend, brimming with easy Italian style and panache. Or, slip into the silk-linen herringbone of the Bruno Jacket in soft gray. Finally, the double breasted jacket finds new life in the Ernesto Blazer, made with enzyme-washed cotton twill for a soft-as-cashmere hand and a more casual, comfortable style. READ MORE

St. Patrick’s Day Survival Guide

A girl sits on the curb crying into her cellphone, complete with a shattered screen and Hello Kitty charm. Another consoling her, rubbing her back and repeating, “It’s okay, you can do better than him.” Both are adorned in green beads and knee socks.

A young man sings a Drake song in the background, “Started from the bottom now we HERE…” His arms hanging desperately around the necks of his slightly more sober friends, as if they were life preservers. Their shuffling feet scatter and crunch the plastic cups that litter the ground. Somewhere a siren wails…

Bear witness to the biggest day of public intoxication in Chicago: St. Patrick’s Day. Bask in all of its glory. By now you have been e-dragged into a social event. Most likely a Facebook invite named “IRISH PRIDE IN THE CHI 2013″ or “Kiss me I’m Drunk, and Irish 2013.” Your girlfriend RSVP’d yes and, being the good boyfriend that you are, you agreed to escort her through the madness. READ MORE

Made in Italy: Polo Ralph Lauren

  • March 9, 2013 |
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Our new arrivals from Polo Ralph Lauren harken back to a time when the suit made the man. Made in Italy using the finest materials, each jacket and vest is marked by a flawless fit and an eye for the subtlest of details. The Harvard Custom Fit Flax Tweed Jacket comes in a beautiful, grey silk-linen blend, making it perfectly breathable for the warmer weather right around the corner. The silk threads woven in give the jacket a luxurious hand. Then, there’s the 100% linen version in rich navy, perfect for summer nights, cut with a slightly longer body for a beautiful drape. Paired with a cream linen waistcoat (also from Polo Ralph Lauren), the look is regal and timeless, perfect for opulent summer nights. Shop in stores and online. READ MORE

The L.B.M. 1911 Roma Suit

  • March 7, 2013 |
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Your spring suiting options just got a little more serious. It’s time to set yourself apart from the newbies—the guys out buying their first navy suit at the department store, or indulging in a BOGO promotion at the local suit barn. This is the big leagues.

We’re very pleased to introduce two brand new arrivals from L.B.M. 1911: the Roma Sharkskin Suit and the Roma Pinstripe Suit. These sharply tailored, two-button suits each have a lot going for them. With our new pinstripe suit, no tie is necessary. This classic pattern does all the work for you. Finish it with a white pocket square and a crisp white shirt. The result is a clean, polished look. Pure suit envy. READ MORE

Substance of Style: The Goodyear Welt

Above: Alden Shoe Co. All Weather Walker | $478

Every now and then, innovation goes beyond a single stroke of genius and becomes an all-out family legacy. So goes the story for the Goodyear family, beginning with Charles Goodyear, Sr. in 1841. Though not widely recognized during his lifetime, he was the man behind vulcanized rubber. Thankfully, in one of the better post-humous comebacks we’ve heard of, he received his due credit thirty years after his death with the creation of Goodyear Tire, a company named for him despite his having no connection with the company or its founders. (Incidentally, they also have a fairly comprehensive history for him on their website.) READ MORE

New England Shirt Co., Four Ways

  • March 2, 2013 |
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To better utilize the arrival of several new button downs from New England Shirt Co., our Creative Director, Alex Maier, pulled together four distinct looks—from the businessman’s contrast collar to the casual man’s overdyed oxford. Shop in stores and online. READ MORE

The Essential Wool Crepe Suit

  • February 9, 2013 |
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Over the last 100 years, the designers at Lubiam and L.B.M. 1911 have perfected the art of the Italian suit. This two-button suit epitomizes casual elegance, now in a 100% virgin wool crepe that is as breathable as it is sturdy. The flawless drape, unstructured shoulders and L.B.M. 1911′s signature perfect fit make this one of our classic essentials. READ MORE

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Fellow men: go ahead and send this list along to your girlfriend, your wife, your significant other – whatever you’d like to call them. Make their life easier, send them a list. To the rest of you, take heed. Creative Director Alex Maier and Lifestyle Editor Tom Gavin got together to come up with their favorite picks, from skincare to small accessories, light reading to finely made knitwear. Read on for their list – and a bit of commentary. Shop in stores and online. READ MORE

Introducing RRL

  • January 25, 2013 |
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With his Double RL brand, Ralph Lauren departs from the East Coast preppy and classic European models. Instead, he finds inspiration in the American west – specifically, his own working ranch in Colorado. With extreme attention to detail, Double RL consciously aims for iconic status with its collection of denims, chinos, workshirts, sweaters, outerwear and accessories. Shop in stores or by phone. READ MORE

S.N.S. Herning

  • January 18, 2013 |
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Right off the boat from Denmark, so to speak, our latest arrivals from S.N.S. Herning are easily layered, incredibly lightweight, and undeniably cool. For SS13, the folks at S.N.S. Herning took the same amazing techniques developed over the last century to create something a little lighter, using a blend of cotton and merino wool. Shop in stores and online. READ MORE

Flip the Bird to Winter

  • January 14, 2013 |
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When the temperature drops into single digits and a half block feels like an arctic expedition one can easily become discouraged. Or, you can totally flip the bird to winter by zipping up a Canada Goose jacket and going about your day in what feels like fuzzy heated blanket. I’m serious. It’s 10 degrees today and I didn’t even notice. Hell, I didn’t even have to button it. READ MORE

Welcome to the Time Machine

There were once over forty leather tanneries in Chicago. With stockyards providing ample material, the city easily sustained these businesses until it became much cheaper to outsource to companies who weren’t hell-bent on making the most spectacular leather you’ll ever see. In 2006, Horween Leather Co. became the only leather tannery in Illinois. Today, there are less than a dozen in the U.S.A.

I have to admit, when you see the block-long factory, with barely any markings, there is an old-world credibility. The sort of place where you’d walk in and meet a man in an expertly-tailored three-piece suit, smoking an unfiltered Lucky Strike… And he’d say something about how he just met, “The best dame I ever saw.” READ MORE