Bespoken Word : Elevate Your Look with Pocket Squares

Simple suggestions on elegance that go a long way, with help from SFA Collection, Brunello Cucinelli and Charvet.

Perfumed pocket squares were supposedly carried by the English and French to mask the stench of the city. King Richard II of England is said to have invented the pocket square during his reign 1377 to 1399 and the legend has it that Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI King of France, had her husband decree that all pocket squares be made to measure 16″x16″.

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Pocket Squares from the Men’s Saks Fifth Avenue Collection

Regardless to the origin, one thing is sure, no suited up man today is truly and fully dressed without it. The pocket square serves not only to complete a look, but as a canvas for the personality – be it sleek, cool, in control, artsy, or nonchalant.

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Charvet - An Icon in Men’s Fashion

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Perfumed pocket squares were supposedly carried by the English and French to mask the stench of the city. King Richard II of England is said to have invented the pocket square during his reign 1377 to 1399 and the legend has it that Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI King of France, had her husband decree that all pocket squares be made to measure 16″x16″.

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Pocket Squares from the Men’s Saks Fifth Avenue Collection

Regardless to the origin, one thing is sure, no suited up man today is truly and fully dressed without it. The pocket square serves not only to complete a look, but as a canvas for the personality – be it sleek, cool, in control, artsy, or nonchalant.

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Charvet - An Icon in Men’s Fashion

Pocket squares come in different fabrics ranging from cotton and linen for spring to silk and wool for fall. Once one incorporates them into his wardrobe, the question then becomes selecting between hand rolled pocket squares and machine finished pieces. In terms of price this is generally where pocket square brands distinguish themselves.

In terms of finish, pocket squares are either made by machine or hand-rolled. While many may be fine with machine finished pocket squares, gentlemen who pride themselves on details often opt for hand-rolled pocket squares. The reason being the emotional connection to luxury. Knowing that a person took time to skillfully finish the pocket square by hand, a job that took years to hone, gives a superior result to any machine-finished product.

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Straight Fold

The most common and simple fold. This is what you see on Wall Street, very clean, the business man vibe. This also fits the Mad Men look that’s still popular.

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Can either be conservative or flamboyant, all depending on how much of the pocket square is shown. In general, this takes the less amount of work to fold, this is about having a portion of the pocket square exposed without it looking too neat or worked over. Great for that chap who wants to show confidence, but also wants to be viewed as thinking outside the box.

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Brunello Cucinelli Pocket Squares

Corners out usually fits the classic chap with an edge. It has a rebellious side yet still whispers “I am classic”. Mind you, I’m not referring to having the corners symmetrical where the pocket square looks like a jagged set of mountains. That’s trying way too hard and I have yet to find someone who pulls it off without it looking too forced.

While I am not a fan of no pocket square, I must admit that if an item is placed in the breast pocket such as a pen, or sunglasses, it actually can replace the pocket square. Ultimately it’s about filling that space that needs to be occupied.

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While there is no steadfast rule to choosing a pocket square, it should simply compliment and never match your tie (unless you want to look like you’re a novice and didn’t make any effort). When there is no tie or bow tie, simply compliment a color in the shirt and you’re good to go.

Sport your new pocket square with some Saks Men essentials.


Bespoken Word: ISAIA – Not Your Dad’s Suit

Guerre interviews Bryan Vincent, ISAIA Sales Director, on how the Italian brand got its groove back.

There are suits that you wear, and there luxury items you pamper yourself with. While women seem to have more showcasing options, men have found the luxury suit – that “piece de resistance”, the voice that whispers loudly without any need of excess. This is not just a suit, it’s a mindset.

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Stylish and Modern – The ISAIA Way to Wear Suits

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There are suits that you wear, and there luxury items you pamper yourself with. While women seem to have more showcasing options, men have found the luxury suit – that “piece de resistance”, the voice that whispers loudly without any need of excess. This is not just a suit, it’s a mindset.

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Stylish and Modern – The ISAIA Way to Wear Suits

While I’ve known of the brand ISAIA, it wasn’t until recently that the name kept coming up in the style conversation to the point that I wanted to know more.  Recently a friend who works in finance underwent a personal style makeover. His brand of choice: ISAIA. I decided to speak to Bryan Vincent, Sales Director of ISAIA and wanted to see what would draw both the artistic and corporate gentleman to the brand who seems to build around fabrics that are luxurious, but also practical.

GUERRE: Quality over fit? What does a man need to look into?

BRYAN VINCENT: Look into quality, it will sustain the life of the garment, how it’s made. You can always tailor it to fit a better way than how you bought it, but you can never remake the construction of the garment.

How does ISAIA stay fresh in terms of men’s wear?

BRYAN: There are many factors that make the brand. We take inspiration from youth: what they are wearing, how they are wearing it, how they want to wear it. We find characteristics and details from which we pull from. Each season we have a design team that creates exclusive collections; we have things developed exclusively for us, the finishes, the weaves, the colors, the dyes, all that is exclusive and keeps us one step ahead of our competitors.

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What is the common point in the collection and who is the ISAIA man?
BRYAN: Spring in Naples is all about life and color. It exudes brightness; no one does color the way we do. We try to offer something the consumer doesn’t see anywhere else. Our client is a traveler, he’s looking for pieces for his lifestyle not just his work environment. Our guy is the new gent, he likes things made well, traditional but contemporary.

What are the key things to keep in mind when buying a suit? What should a man look for?

BRYAN: Make sure to invest in something that’s going to last. As your wardrobe expands, the rotation gets a little deeper. You can start buying seasonable components (cotton linens for summer, heavy flannels or double face cashmere for fall) then you start rounding off the wardrobe. The next level would be event-driven – looking for specific pieces for specific events, parties, weddings.

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Why the basic Navy suit?

BRYAN: It transitions from day to evening. Black can be a little stark for day, and gray depends on the guy. Gray is just as interchangeable as navy, the perfect charcoal gray suit is also a staple.

What makes ISAIA stand out?

BRYAN: Soft, natural, slopped shoulder is what makes ISAIA’s Neapolitan tailoring stand out. Three generations of heritage is seeped in the tradition of hand tailoring. Not only do you get the craftsmanship of something that’s beautifully made, you also get the natural slopped shoulder that accentuates your form. When you look at Roman shoulders (English inspired clothing) it’s more structured, there’s roping – you’re adding to a silhouette versus a sloped shoulder, which just compliments your frame and is a more universal fit to everyone. Whether you’re big and athletic or thin and narrow, sloped shoulder naturally wears easier. We stand apart based on the silhouette and Neapolitan shoulder, it’s something that’s really identifiable.

ISAIA is much more than just suits. Discover what Neapolitan style is all about.


Wanelo: A Saks Curated Shopping Guide for Men

The Perfect Way to Get Front-Row Style Ready in Time for Fashion Week.

It’s a common, universal dismay that women have many more options than men in the fashion department. But it’s hard not to notice how much menswear has finally exploded on the scene in the past couple of seasons, gaining some real fashion “muscle”, if you will. That old-timey complaint about variety and lack of options doesn’t hold much water these days. And with Fashion Week fast approaching, it was high time to let our savvy male Saks shoppers know about their new secret weapon for getting street-style ready for this Spring 2015 season at the shows. Meet Wanelo (Want, Need, Love) - a fun and easy online/mobile shopping platform that we’ve curated specifically just for the guys.

 The Look of the Saks Wanelo Page for Men

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It’s a common, universal dismay that women have many more options than men in the fashion department. But it’s hard not to notice how much menswear has finally exploded on the scene in the past couple of seasons, gaining some real fashion “muscle”, if you will. That old-timey complaint about variety and lack of options doesn’t hold much water these days. And with Fashion Week fast approaching, it was high time to let our savvy male Saks shoppers know about their new secret weapon for getting street-style ready for this Spring 2015 season at the shows. Meet Wanelo (Want, Need, Love) - a fun and easy online/mobile shopping platform that we’ve curated specifically just for the guys.

 The Look of the Saks Wanelo Page for Men

If you’re new to the Wanelo experience, here’s how it works: Download the Wanelo app on your phone, or go to Wanelo.com/Saks and start following us. There you will see curated boards, each with their own angle, aimed for all different kinds of male shoppers. At Rebel Rebel you’ll find all the newest chic Perfecto/motorcycle leather jackets at Saks (because the leather jacket is as totemic to a fully-fledged men’s closet as you can get), while at Sneak Attack you’ll find our favorite designer sneakers. Our Team Captain board is made for the sporty types to who like to feel comfortable and fashionable, while keeping their inherent sporty edge. And okay, so maybe we represented the ladies a little bit with Gifts for Your Leading Lady because, hey, sometimes some guys need a little help in the sweet surprise department. But what you’re really going to want to hunt through this week is our Front-Row Style board. It’s the easiest way to become a member of the fashion elite in no time.

 

Follow us on Wanelo.com/Saks and start prepping your A-game looks for Fashion Week.