Dubbed the “lost episode,” we recorded this show on GQ’s “Best New Designers in America” program roughly five months ago, but decided that it just wasn’t the right time for us to hit publish. Now, with an announcement of the next crop of designers on the horizon, we’ve decided to finally unleash the episode. So listen in as we analyze GQ’s picks past and present, and try to get a better sense of what it means to be young and talented in America. We might not be the best podcast you’ve ever heard, but bear with us as we explore what it means to be the “best” in America in 2013.
Hi ... Love your blog... Looking for tips of what to wear combine with a black blazer which is semi casual... Should is stick to the B&W rule? Thanks in advance.
Ah, Mad Dog, the preferred drink of fraternity hazing.
Seriously though, people like to jump on the “no black suit” thing but it can look flattering in certain people. I’m not one of them so I always suggest charcoal, but if you’re going to wear black then I’d suggest sticking to high contrast (B&W) or murdered out.
Whether you’ve been waiting with bated breath for a new episode, or you didn’t even realize we were gone, the Menswear House team finally returns after a three month hiatus to discuss New York Fashion Week. We evaluate the triumphs and missteps of this season’s edition of NYFW and speculate on where exactly this bi-yearly event goes from here. In between we touch upon our favorite shows, what we’ve been up to these past few months, and our opinions on how to make a dedicated men’s fashion week work in NYC.
if i had a one beige trench coat, what do you recommend? when i saw your trench coat shot, i'm jealous of you. ;)
Don’t be jealous of my beige trench coat, be jealous of my devastatingly good looks.
Just kidding I’m skinny fat.
For TC’s you should decide double or single breasted, epaulets or no epaulets, knee length or longer, belted or no belt. The one thing I’d say is go for beige/tan. You’ll get more wear than you expect out of it.
2 questions, 1) how much break should there be in dress pants? i've been told no more than one break should show when tailoring classic pants, 2) what is the best way to clean suede shoes? Cheers.
We’re still on the break question?
The best way to clean suede shoes is to brush them after they have dried with a wire brush. If you have deep creases where your shoe bends, sometimes a suede eraser works well.
If they are extremely dirty you can use suede cleaner (saphir sells it), but the one caveat with this is that it will take some of the color out. You can use colored suede protectant spray to get some of that color back.
Hello Guv'nor, I recently bought a vintage tweed sport coat that is in need of a bit of dry cleaning. Can you recommend anyone in NYC? Cheers.
A lot of a jacket’s shape can be a result of pressing. When you hang your jacket up in the shower to steam or take it to a sub standard dry cleaner (which is 98% of dry cleaners) you’re removing part of the process that jacket went through to retain its shape.
Experienced tailors can actually “shape” fabric with heat (an iron). It’s the reason one piece back jackets are so impressive if done correctly. It takes tailors years to learn this. Do you think Dry Cleaners care to learn? Not many.
So, if you’re jacket’s not really expensive I’d suggest two things.
1) Don’t dry clean it. Decent wool will release wrinkles and odors over time. Hang it on a cedar hanger and brush it. Sponge clean it if you must. After it’s clean use an iron with very little steam and a pressing cloth and press it with the lapels open.
2) If you have to dry clean it and it’s not bespoke it really doesn’t matter where you go. Just take it to a place that you’re confident won’t make major mistakes like discoloration, tearing the lining, blowing out stitches.
On Episode Nine of the Menswear House Podcast we invite a special guest to join us in our talks about Japanese clothing culture and what makes personal style. You’ve all asked for him and we finally persuaded Jeremy Kirkland to come on the show.
In this episode, we discuss the ingenuity and attention to detail that the Japanese bring to men’s clothing as well as what attracted each of us to it. Jeremy also talks about the way he sees clothing now and how that’s changed over time. As usual Jeff nerds out about shoemaking, Jake gets philosophical, and Kyle just wants a Salmon people coat.
A big thank you to Jeremy Kirkland for coming on the show and dropping gems, this certainly won’t be his last time on the show. And as always, please hit us up with any comments or questions at MenswearHousePodcast@gmail.com
Turning Japanese I think I’m turning Japanese I really think so.