Bespoken Word: The ABCs of Men’s Bags

From Totes, to Briefcases to Weekenders - Guerre Divulges the ABCs of Men's Bags.

In this day and age, we constantly find ourselves armed with cell phones, tablets, keys, change, and countless other oddities, which makes stuffing one’s pockets the least ideal option for the man who doesn’t want to interrupt the well-crafted silhouette of his suit or trousers.

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The No Fuss Portfolio Bag

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In this day and age, we constantly find ourselves armed with cell phones, tablets, keys, change, and countless other oddities, which makes stuffing one’s pockets the least ideal option for the man who doesn’t want to interrupt the well-crafted silhouette of his suit or trousers.

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The No Fuss Portfolio Bag

For the most part designers have all ventured into accessories, including men’s bags and the options are vast: Totes, messenger bags, briefcases, duffle bags, weekenders, document holders, back packs, all with the same goal – being functional, stylish and manly. I personally have a preference for either the Weekender, tote, or document holder. I love their modernity and versatility as they will accessorize both casual and dressier looks.

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Portfolios – Keep Your Silhouette Intact

The portfolio has a new business feel. Important documents, the favorite magazine or newspaper and not much else. It is easy to navigate the busy downtown streets while maintaining a light load. The Spring 2014 men’s shows demonstrated that the portfolio had certainly arrived as a fashion piece. Some of the major brands, like Fendi, showcased this particular piece, while Prada and Burberry used the Spring 2015 season to highlight non-traditional envelope style bags.

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The Always Dependable Tote Bag

The Tote is perhaps the perfect every day bag. While the bag holds everything your document holder could, it obviously has room for more, including the laptop, or the spur of the moment stock from the corner store. One of its major conveniences resides in the fact you won’t need to worry about wrinkling your suit as you would with a messenger bag or backpack. The tote combines the best of the briefcase and duffle bag without the board room or gym lockers image.

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Make Your Great Escape with a Sleek Leather Weekender

When investing in the leather holdall weekender, one only needs to remember that time actually acts as your ally. The bag tends to look better with time, the nicks and distress show character and act as stamps for the world traveller or local gent around town.

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The Soft Briefcase – A Classic with a Modern Touch

Regardless to how you dress, finding the right bag consists of discovering that link between lifestyle and personal style. When it comes to this key accessory, the selection is vast enough to allow you to express your personality without sacrificing practicality. Express yourself and carry on.

 

 

Discover which men’s bag makes sense for your own lifestyle on Saks.com.


Public School Wins International Woolmark Prize

Learn More About the International Woolmark Prize's First Ever Menswear Winners.

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne are an unstoppable team. The duo behind Public School are well accustomed now to bagging fashion awards left and right; to wit, in 2014 they were the recipients of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, while last year, they won the CFDA award for menswear and were slotted in as the US finalists for the International Woolmark Prize. And today, the first day of the London Collections: Menswear, they have another trophy to add to the mantlepiece.

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Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne of Public School

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Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne are an unstoppable team. The duo behind Public School are well accustomed now to bagging fashion awards left and right; to wit, in 2014 they were the recipients of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, while last year, they won the CFDA award for menswear and were slotted in as the US finalists for the International Woolmark Prize. And today, the first day of the London Collections: Menswear, they have another trophy to add to the mantlepiece.

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Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne of Public School

For the first time in its 50 year history, the International Woolmark Prize will honor brands for both menswear and womenswear, kicking the year off by awarding their first ever menswear prize to Public School. Sir Paul Smith, Nick Wooster, GQ UK editor Dylan Jones, Tim Blanks of Style.com and our very own VP, Men’s Fashion Director – Eric Jennings, among others, were part of the esteemed judging panel.

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A Fashion’s Who’s Who Make Up This Year’s IWP Judges Panel

“Out of the 61 finalists from around the world, we picked Public School,” said Eric Jennings after adjudications. “I’ve worked closely with them because I believe in their vision.”

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Congratulations Public School! See You Next Month for New York Fashion Week!

“They’ve been instrumental in what they call ‘Convergence’,” Jennings continued. “The idea of mixing high and low street-wear and haute couture with both masculine and feminine elements – all those variables coming together. It’s street, but more advanced. Looking from runway to the street. It’s just cool. It’s very functional, but casual. And they’re great at mixing tailored elements.”

Keep your eyes peeled for more from Public School this upcoming Fashion Week.


Bespoken Word: Grooming Essentials

See What Tricks Guerre Divulges From This Daily Routine.

For many men the body grooming experience generally begins and ends somewhere between brushing one’s teeth and applying deodorant after the shower. While the process of grooming focuses on multiple aspects, one of the obvious should never be overlooked – The Face.

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Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

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For many men the body grooming experience generally begins and ends somewhere between brushing one’s teeth and applying deodorant after the shower. While the process of grooming focuses on multiple aspects, one of the obvious should never be overlooked – The Face.

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Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

While electrical blades work, nothing beats a good old fashion razor. A shaving brush (badger hair brush) tends to hold the most water, thus creating more lather, which is essential for a good shave. The brush also raises the hair allowing for a closer shave. Finding the right shaving cream begins with turning away from cheaper drug store brands that foam up. The point of shaving is to lubricate, not foam, therefore quality creams and gels create rich lather leading to a soft and wet beard.

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The Grooming Essentials

Acqua Di Parma: Shaving Brush & Stand  I  Cellmen Switzerland: Face Revitalizing Treatment  I  Clarins: Super Moisture Balm  I  Bulgari: After Shave Balm  I  Penhaligon’s: Bayolea Shave Cream

Moisturizing your face is the final step of this daily routine. While cleansing removes dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria, it strips the skin of hydration. Moisturizers balance the skin. Choose one with a built-in UV filter if wrinkles are a major concern.

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Male Model Benjamin Eidem Showing You the Great Results of Considerable Grooming

While a decade ago, the term ‘metrosexual’ evoked the image of a man spending an excessive amount of time and energy to prepare himself, grooming oneself is about finding products that coincide with your skin, and taking just enough time to revitalize and counterbalance the fast pace of life. Grooming is not an issue of vanity, it’s a matter of well being and part of a lifestyle.

 

Make it a resolution to keep your grooming habit on point in 2015 with these essentials from Saks.com.


Bespoken Word: The Essential Holiday Jacket

Take the Gentleman's Approach and Integrate a Blazer into Your Everyday Wardrobe.

Wool, cashmere and tweed make up a large part of the stylish man’s winter wardrobe, without question. Regardless of the season, the rules remain the same – it’s about the right fit, good quality and finding the right statement pieces. With all the impending holiday get-togethers, parties, bashes and intimate gatherings, the question is how do you indulge in the holiday bliss without the christmassy sweater.

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A Touch Of Velvet Goes A Long Way

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Wool, cashmere and tweed make up a large part of the stylish man’s winter wardrobe, without question. Regardless of the season, the rules remain the same – it’s about the right fit, good quality and finding the right statement pieces. With all the impending holiday get-togethers, parties, bashes and intimate gatherings, the question is how do you indulge in the holiday bliss without the christmassy sweater.

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A Touch Of Velvet Goes A Long Way

This season visits rich and lush by way of fabric choice. In terms of vibe, think man of the world, worthy successor of James Bond, then visualize a sleek and sharp presentation – the statement piece coup de grace for the holiday festivities – The Velvet Blazer.

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Alexander McQueen: Velvet Blazer

The Velvet blazer has been known to be a great evening piece, not infrequently coupled with a bow tie and white shirt. It still runs the night when the tuxedo is exempt from the party (and is no slouch even when the tuxedo is present). This has become an all-day piece, not only relegated to the evening events, it may now escort you to all your activities from sun up to the last toast of the night.

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Salvatore Ferragamo: Cotton Velvet Blazer I True Religion: Geno Five-Pocket Camo Print Jeans

Think velvet jacket with jeans  and white shirt for a casual, effortlessly cool look.
For those in an playful mood, the same jacket could be paired with (camouflage) cargo pants and sneakers. Because style is also about combining a classic piece with something modern and hip, also known as mastering the rules and the art of breaking them.

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Play Around With Patterns And Textures

Auspiciously, both alternatives work during the day and also well into the late night for more casual events.

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 Burberry London: Formal Velvet Sportcoat I Joe’s: Savile Row Tailored-Fit Jeans

The velvet jacket and white shirt can be paired with tuxedo pants, velvet pants, or a dressy wool pant. Add the bow tie and you’ll be ready for a formal event, without compromising on creativity. After all, style is also about expressing yourself and in this case possibilities are endless.

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On The Go In Style

The velvet jacket is nothing new, however, brands have tweaked it and refined it to make sure it remains current, modern and relevant. This is a piece that will certainly find a place in the most discerning gentlemen’s closets.

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J Lindenberg: Lalle Velvet Bow Tie I Polo Ralph Lauren: Slim-Fit Velvet Hudson Pants

Check out the Men’s Shop to find more sophisticated jackets for your next holiday party.


Bespoken Word: The Best Men’s Holiday Gift Ideas

Dress to Impress and Get the Best Men's Items for the Holiday Season.

The holidays are upon us and it’s time to replace everyday items with pieces that are guaranteed to spark a conversation. Be it for the spiked punch at the office festivities or the late night party, Saks has the details that will be sure to be the statement piece for the holidays.

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The holidays are upon us and it’s time to replace everyday items with pieces that are guaranteed to spark a conversation. Be it for the spiked punch at the office festivities or the late night party, Saks has the details that will be sure to be the statement piece for the holidays.

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hook + Albert’s Whimsical and Elegant Metallic Pins

After the pocket square, there’s always room for one more piece on the suit – the lapel pin. Known for their socks and shoe laces, hook + Albert has certainly scored big this season with their lapel flower pins. These black, gold, white metallic pins have a grown-up feel, while maintaining a festive spirit and adding a touch of sophisticated charm to an outfit.

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Etro’s “Appetizing” Pocket Scarves

No suit is complete without a pocket square. Try exchanging your habitual pocket square with one of these from Etro and let the conversations begin. This season, Etro, known for it’s colorful prints and great Italian quality, created still-life inspired silk pocket squares that feature images of clams, pasta, and fish to add sartorial flair to your wardrobe.

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No One Melds Color and Patterns Quite Like Paul Smith

When it comes to the accessories, few brands can master color combinations like Paul Smith. This season, the British house reiterates with a luxury socks collection that not only look, but feel great and most likely will remain a favorite long after the holidays are just a smile-inducing memory.

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Bruno Cucinelli’s Handsome Leather Carrier

Bruno Cucinelli’s buffed leather and cotton garment case not only serves as the perfect carrier for your stylish wears, it exemplifies high luxury, Italian craftsmanship and beautiful details. Brunello Cucinelli shows that looking good not only means how you dress, but how you carry it.

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Men’s Luxe Gifts for the Holidays

If you’re in search of a gift for the fashion-forward man, some great ideas are guaranteed to both illicit a smile and score fashion points. Fendi Monster wallets, Comme des Garcon crewneck tees, Alexander McQueen paint splattered Oxfords, exclusive Salvatore Ferragamo shearling high tops, and SFAMC silk and wool bowtie lapel pins marry style and playfulness brilliantly. This Holiday keep the season cheerful with some great ideas that are sure to be conversation pieces and remember to keep looking good while doing it.

 

 

Need more inspiration? Peruse our extensive holiday gift guide for more great seasonal ideas.


How To Tie a Bow Tie

See How We Demystify the Elusive Evening-wear Staple with Seven Easy Steps.

Never feel like you have to go for the clip-on or the pre-knotted bow tie ever again. You’ll impress with your ability to add this sophisticated accessory on your own. Don’t over-think it and follow these seven easy steps to make the perfect bow tie, whether you’re prepping for a day at the office, wedding, or a formal night out on the town.

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Step One: Place bow tie around neck, with A longer than B.

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Never feel like you have to go for the clip-on or the pre-knotted bow tie ever again. You’ll impress with your ability to add this sophisticated accessory on your own. Don’t over-think it and follow these seven easy steps to make the perfect bow tie, whether you’re prepping for a day at the office, wedding, or a formal night out on the town.

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Step One: Place bow tie around neck, with A longer than B.

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Step Two: Cross A over B.

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Step Three: Loop A under B, pull upward and tighten.

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Step Four: Form half the bow by folding B back on itself and pinching in place.

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Step Five: Place A over center of B bow.

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Step Six: Fold A and pass it through the loop formed behind B bow.

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Step Seven: Adjust by pulling at sides alternately to tighten, and wear with pride.

Now that you’re a master at the bow tie, shop and stock up on Saks’ diverse and deluxe assortment of this evening wear staple.


Bespoken Word: An Introduction to Saks Made to Measure

Guerre Breaks Down the Process to Finding the Perfect Tailored Suit at Saks.

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Saks Tailors are Ready to Measure

Walk into Saks and you’ll find some of the greatest, most recognizable brands in the world. Brands that have heritage, that lead in terms of innovation and mirror the overall mindset of those who are immersed in style and fashion.

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Saks Tailors are Ready to Measure

Walk into Saks and you’ll find some of the greatest, most recognizable brands in the world. Brands that have heritage, that lead in terms of innovation and mirror the overall mindset of those who are immersed in style and fashion.

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Finest Shirting Swatch Fabrics 

One of the not-so-hidden gems in the Saks Fifth Avenue Collection department is the Made-to-Measure section, nestled in the corner of the Saks Mens Collection on the 6th floor. While ready to wear gives a glimpse of the wearer, Made-to-Measure without question speaks volumes.

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Bespoken Tailored to Perfection

It is here that the person can truly customize and tweak details to suit their specific needs, moods and whims. It is here that the ideas are not only put into motion, but they take shape and become that ‘killer suit‘ that has all eyes on you when you enter the room.

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The Italian Heritage Suiting by Castangia 

The process begins with a sit-down with a qualified Saks representative and a discussion on where and when the garment is being created for (i.e. work, leisure, party, summer, winter, etc.)

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Personal Fitting

Afterwards, it’s all about finding the right fabric among volumes of possibilities. Then come the measurements where each detail is taken into account from your stance, posture, even to what you carry in your pockets. Ultimately, those little details determine how the suit will drape your body.

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Choose Your Smart Jacket Fabric

Saks offers some fabrics from Dormeuil, Scabal, Holland and Sherry and Loro Piana, to name a few. The Made-to-Measure pieces are created from a standard size pattern and altered to fit the wearer, which requires less fittings than bespoke, resulting in a shorter wait between customer measurement and the garment delivery. The Made-to-Measure service is without a doubt what every stylish man must experience.

 

Spruce up your new Made-to-Measure suit with top-notch findings from our Holiday Gift Guide.


DeMario Davis’ Sartorial Turn in Episode 3 of Fashion Blitz

Watch as DeMario Davis' Style Comes Full Circle in Fashion Blitz' Final Episode

It’s all been leading up to this. In this last episode ofFashion Blitz, New York Jets linebacker DeMario Davis puts all his new sartorial tools to the test for the Taste of the NFL event.

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A Detailed Look at DeMario Davis’ Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Made-to-Measure Suit

Watch as DeMario puts all his newfound menswear knowledge out on the runway for all his fans and stylish teammates to see.

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It’s all been leading up to this. In this last episode ofFashion Blitz, New York Jets linebacker DeMario Davis puts all his new sartorial tools to the test for the Taste of the NFL event.

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A Detailed Look at DeMario Davis’ Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Made-to-Measure Suit

Watch as DeMario puts all his newfound menswear knowledge out on the runway for all his fans and stylish teammates to see.

 

Don’t spoil the ending! Catch the first two episodes of Fashion Blitz!


DeMario Davis Suits Up for Episode 2 of Fashion Blitz

The New York Jets Linebacker Heads to Saks to Get Outfitted for the Taste of NFL Event.

It’s time for another episode of Fashion Blitz, our menswear series featuring New York Jets linebacker DeMario Davis, where he chronicle his transition into a Saks sartorial superstar in preparation for the Taste of the NFL event, with help from our VP, Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings.

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DeMario Davis Looking Like a Million Bucks at Saks’ Fifth Avenue Clue

In this latest installment, we head from DeMario’s closet to Saks’ incomparable menswear racks, where we primp him with stylish new arrivals from Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana and Y-3, among others. Look out for DeMario’s teammate D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who makes a cameo appearance and gives his Jets buddy some sound man-to-man fashion advice.
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It’s time for another episode of Fashion Blitz, our menswear series featuring New York Jets linebacker DeMario Davis, where he chronicle his transition into a Saks sartorial superstar in preparation for the Taste of the NFL event, with help from our VP, Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings.

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DeMario Davis Looking Like a Million Bucks at Saks’ Fifth Avenue Clue

In this latest installment, we head from DeMario’s closet to Saks’ incomparable menswear racks, where we primp him with stylish new arrivals from Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana and Y-3, among others. Look out for DeMario’s teammate D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who makes a cameo appearance and gives his Jets buddy some sound man-to-man fashion advice.

 

Keep your eyes pealed for the last installment of Fashion Blitz.


Bespoken Word: Get To Know Boglioli’s Classic K Jacket

Our Menswear Contributor Guerre Discusses with David Newlove of Boglioli What It Is That Makes the K Jacket a Traveler's Best-Friend

As a company specializing in tailoring, Boglioli started manufacturing in the early 1900′s in Gambara, a small village nestled somewhere between Venice and Milan, Italy. Some 12 to 14 years ago, Boglioli started experimenting with garment dyeing (“tinto in capo”), a process that wasn’t new in menswear, but at the time was limited mainly to denim.

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“No one had really pursued it in terms of men’s tailored clothing,” said David Newlove, Managing Director of Boglioli, with a proud and confident smile on his face, “especially with luxury fabrics such as those Boglioli uses.”

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As a company specializing in tailoring, Boglioli started manufacturing in the early 1900′s in Gambara, a small village nestled somewhere between Venice and Milan, Italy. Some 12 to 14 years ago, Boglioli started experimenting with garment dyeing (“tinto in capo”), a process that wasn’t new in menswear, but at the time was limited mainly to denim.

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“No one had really pursued it in terms of men’s tailored clothing,” said David Newlove, Managing Director of Boglioli, with a proud and confident smile on his face, “especially with luxury fabrics such as those Boglioli uses.”

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Twelve years ago, the brand introduced it’s iconic piece: The K Jacket – known in sartorial circles as the traveling man’s best friend; something you can use on both short or long trips, that won’t lose its shape as the day wears on. The brand oversees each process of the jacket making, starting with the limited number of mills it works with (half a dozen which are English, Scottish and two from Italy).

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Boglioli is not your standard business jacket; there is no construction, no shoulder padding (“senza spallina”), no canvas, no chest piece. The jackets are light, feel luxurious, but most importantly, drape on the body and fits with noticeable panache. The customer that understands the beauty behind the brand is the creative type, the discerning gentleman and world traveler. This is the add-on to the man who understands dressing for success, but also lives the lifestyle associated with successful living. Even if you have to wear a traditional suit during the week, these pieces become the weekend favorites (and for a select few their weekday go-to pieces).

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Two biggest revolutions in men’s tailoring include garment dyeing and deconstruction. While neither of these two things are new, Boglioli is a pioneer and a master in terms of bringing the two together in men’s luxury tailoring. This is not just a suit, it’s wearable art.

 

For more information on Boglioli, please email service@s5a.com.