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New Deliveries from The Cloth Club | Die Workwear

Just last week, I received a couple of the deliveries from The Cloth Club. The Cloth Club, for those who may not know, is a subsection of The London Lounge…

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

There comes a point in your sartorial journey where you start to get more interested in the fabric that makes up your clothing.  For me, this started when I was stationed in Korea in 2007 and had ready access to relatively inexpensive, yet decent quality, tailors.

I had a few suits made up and quickly realized that fabric quality made a huge difference in how the suit fit, how it draped, and how it looked.

I then discovered a source for good quality British fabrics on eBay.  So, I ordered a few yards and had those made up.

Big difference.

After that, I began to be even more discriminating and moved on other brands such as Holland and Sherry, Harrison’s, Wain Shiell, Dormeuil, and Zegna, but only if I could get a deal on them.

The next evolution was the discerning search for vintage fabrics which make for excellent suits with exquisite drape and character.

I also found my way to the London Lounge and its cloth club, the brain child of Mr. Michael Alden, an ex-pat financier living in Europe.  The idea is to recreate the fabrics of the past for the members of the club.

The cloth is not exactly cheap, but it’s not off the charts expensive either.  Without a doubt the fabric is of the utmost quality.  And since I have an arrangement with my tailor that he will make my jackets and pants from the fabric I bring in, I’m now wearing some pretty stylish suits with classic patterns from the golden age of men’s style.

This piece from Die Workwear gives a closer look at some of the Cloth Club fabric.  You can see some pretty choice examples in the post.

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled Writer


Article publié pour la première fois le 11/08/2013

17 Tailoring Terms You Need to Know | Berluti

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

Berluti is a high-end shoemaker in France known for its unique leather finishing. The company also makes bespoke garments.

I came across this nifty illustrated list of tailoring terms and thought I’d share it with you…but you’re going to have to go to the site to see the illustrations and the definitions.

1. Tailor

2. Bespoke

3. Pattern

4. Bundle

5. Cutter

6. Trouser maker

7. Basting

8. Stitching

9. Canvassing

10. Notch

11. French seam

12. Facing

13. Buckram

14. Buttonhole finisher

15. Front buttoning

16. Milanese buttonhole

17. Drape

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled

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Article publié pour la première fois le 10/02/2014

Well Dressed vs. Elegant–A Fine Line | Easy and Elegant Life

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Well-dressed vs. elegant. It is very possible for a man to be well-dressed, but not at all elegant.”

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

For the man who dresses with classic style, there are gradations of excellence.

Chris Cox of Easy and Elegant life provides a distinction between two of these gradations:  well-dressed and elegant.

He says that you can be well-dressed but not be elegant.  On the other hand, it is very difficult to be elegant and not well-dressed.

So if one is elegant, taken here to mean someone of genteel demeanor and comportment, being well dressed will enhance and amplify that elegance.

If one is not elegant, but well-dressed, there is really no opportunity for enhancement.  The most being well-dressed will do is “cover up” one’s lack of elegance.  For some, that may be just fine.

For me, the main observation here is that being well-dress has distinct benefits for men who exhibit character and virtue.

Which is exactly in line with the Tailored and Styled philosophy,

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled


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Article publié pour la première fois le 25/09/2013

Gareth Mallory: Blue Pinstripe Suit

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To contrast Daniel Craig’s fashion-forward suits, Ralph Fiennes’ government official Gareth Mallory in Skyfall dresses in timeless Savile Row style.


Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

Excellent post by Matt Spaiser over at Suits of James Bond with a lively comment thread.


Bottom line:  Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory way outdresses Daniel Craig as Bond.  Classic style trumps fashion!

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Article publié pour la première fois le 23/02/2013

How to Wear an Ascot and Make it Work | A Suitable Wardrobe

When I began wearing neckerchiefs on holidays and weekends years ago I was influenced by the late Philippe Noiret who wore them outside of his shirt. I have since evolved to the style in the photo, where only the knot is visible.

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

The ascot or neckerchief has acquired somewhat of a bad rap in recent times.  Think about it, when you see someone wearing one (which is rarely), what comes to mind?

Chances are, it’s probably not flattering.

This is unfortuante, because the ascot can be a great substitute for a tie and add just a that little extra dash of color and refinement to your casual look, but without going over the top.

The article provides what might be the solution to making the ascot viable again:

-> Wear it in the way shown in the photo–with just the knot showing.

This approach gets the result you want in a subtle, understated way.

It’s elegant, it’s refined, and it’s classic.

Keep this one in mind as summer starts to turn into fall.

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled Writer


Article publié pour la première fois le 08/08/2013