Coolest Service Ever: Take Your Favorite Jeans to Commonwealth Proper and They Will Make You Another Pair


Behind the scenes. | Photo via Instagram.

We all have our favorite pair of jeans — mine were inky waxed-denim Rag & Bone skinnies with a zipper at the ankle. I had to remove them from my (admittedly paltry) denim rotation after they suffered an irreparable rip in the crotch area. It was a sad day, and I still miss them terribly one year later. Now, though, guys can break the cycle, thanks to Commonwealth Proper‘s new Denim Service.

The Rittenhouse-based custom menswear studio, which is known for its impeccable bespoke suiting, is dipping its toe into casual wear with the service. How it works: Bring in a pair of your favorite jeans and they’ll make you an exact duplicate. Don’t have a go-to pair? You can work with the team to create a bespoke pattern. And there’s no shortage of denim: They source everything from Japanese selvedge to two-percent stretch. Make an appointment hereRead more »

Indochino Menswear Shop Opens a Temporary Store After Electrical Fire


Indochino’s Chestnut Street location, temporarily closed. | Photo courtesy of Indochino.

After an electrical fire broke out in the basement of Indochino last Tuesday, the Chestnut Street store has plans to reopen at a temporary location. The custom menswear showroom will reopen at 128 South 17th Street tomorrow at 10am.

“We have a fantastic team who have been working around the clock to get the showroom back up and running with minimal disruption for our guys,” said Shontae Parham, Indochino’s Philadelphia showroom manager, in a release sent out this morning. “We may be in a different location for a while but we promise that the customer experience and exceptional service will remain the same.”  Click here for hours and more details.

The Edit: 10 Men’s Spring Jackets to Buy Before It Gets Any Warmer

mensjackets_withslugThe easiest way to dapper-ize an outfit is with great outerwear. A crisp waxed-canvas jacket or trim bomber elevates a worn pair of jeans, and a denim jacket instantly adds style cred when layered under a blazer. (See how to pull this off here.) Instead of investing in an entire new wardrobe for spring, consider buying one great jacket. We’ve found 10 of the best out there now. Consider it your shopping list. (Psst: Check out our lineup of the most stylish spring jackets for women here, and see our roundup of the must-know men’s spring trends here.)

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Electrical Fire at Indochino Yesterday; Store Closed Until Further Notice


An electrical fire broke out at 1pm yesterday afternoon in the basement of Indochino, a custom menswear showroom that opened on Chestnut Street in January. The staff was quickly evacuated and no one was hurt.

A rep from the company confirmed that the showroom suffered smoke damage, and they are currently looking for a temporary location. “We are planning to take the showroom to the streets to ensure our staff continue to offer a great customer experience. We will be providing further information as we have it,” rep Sarah Mayer said in an email.

For now, customers looking to follow up on orders or appointments should call 855-334-0788.

Market Report: 7 Tricky Men’s Style Questions Answered

  • Is rolling up chinos okay? Can you ever leave a dress shirt untucked? Is going sockless uncouth? Here are the answers to 7 burning men’s style dilemmas. [The Wall Street Journal]
  • For those who really, really love their dogs, there’s this: the new “Dream Doghouse,” a $31,000 dog kennel by Samsung. [Today]
  • This is what Kanye looks like in a onesie. (Thank you, Internet.) [Styleite]

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Meet the Man Behind Villanova Basketball Coach Jay Wright’s Impeccable Suits


Gabriele and Coach Wright. | Screenshot from CBS Sports.

Full disclosure: I only know about the Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball team because my husband is an alum and an obsessed avid fan. This is also the only reason I know about #SuitWatch, the hilarious thread on a VU Hoops message board where fans dissect and rate what head coach Jay Wright wears to each game.

Wright’s carefully dapper, much-lauded look — he’s been voted the best-dressed men’s basketball coach by the NCAA, GQ and, well, me (but mostly because I don’t know any other ones) — proves the adage spouted by well-dressed people everywhere: Fit is everything.

CBS Sports profiled Jay Wright last Saturday in its NCAA Men of March series, and while the majority of the episode was about the Villanova basketball program and Wright’s coaching techniques (yada yada yada), the real highlight was the quick segment on Wright’s suits and the friendly, white-haired Italian tailor and suit-maker who sparked his rise to sartorial dominance.

See behind-the-scenes video of Gabe and Jay here.

9 Best-Dressed at Indochino’s Opening Party

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All photos by HughE Dillon.

Last week, Philly Mag’s resident pap HughE Dillon went to the grand opening party of Indochino, a Canadian custom menswear store that has opened a brick-and-mortar showroom at 1606 Chestnut Street.

Dillon’s pics included plenty of well-dressed guests, but a few partygoers stood out to me for various sartorial reasons (clockwise from left):

Best Neckwear: Brandon Wycha and Al Lee. (I also give them props for use of pockets. Who really knows what to do with your hands when someone takes a picture of you? Anyone? And Al wins for best adorably cheesy grin.)

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