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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Turd top. | Photo via Betabrand.
Back in June, we wrote about our photo director Jess Webster’s shoes. They are dusky blue velvet smoking slippers—a very dapper sort of shoe, one that could be taken quite seriously (I envision them on the feet of some sort of European noble, who wears them while lounging in his library, smoking a cigar and buying small countries). The only thing separating Jess’s pair with the very serious royal pair is the fact that hers are embroidered with the emoji for a smiling pile of poo.
Jess’s shoes got rave reviews on Instagram. People loved them. And I can see why: They’re the perfect combination of luxury and silliness, a shoe that telegraphs the fact that you don’t take yourself too seriously. (It also telegraphs the fact that you have $340 to spend on a pair of whimsical poop shoes. You do you, Jess.)
But what about a poo shirt?
Indochino comes to Philly.
Good news on the menswear front: National menswear retailer Indochino is opening up a Center City outpost in two weeks. The menswear brand—which has a devoted online following—offers custom suits and shirts at very reasonable prices. (Think: Suits for $449 and shirts for $79.)
The brand tested the waters with a pop-up shop last May, and it was a hit with Philly shoppers. The Center City showroom will be Indochino’s fifth brick-and-mortar and only its third in the US. The Chestnut Street store is a 2,300-square-foot open concept space, with 10 “Style Guides”—associates trained to help you sift through measurements and design options. It’s made-to-measure without the steep price tag, but it looks far from cheap.
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Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!
I know, I know: Ties are such an obvious gift choice for guys, but Forage Haberdashery’s hand-crafted versions are anything but blah. The Philly-based company has a cult following for its limited-edition neckwear, especially its just-released ‘black tie’ line. My pick: the unfussy—but still just-dressy-enough—black dot necktie, a dark chambray with white pinpricks. In other news, I have my gift-wrapping inspiration for this year.
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Now that we’ve gotten a harsh introduction to winter (have you looked at it out there?), it’s time to talk layering. For an extra layer of warmth, opt for a down filling (check out the Canada Goose option above). For style purposes, a thinner wool or cashmere waistcoat instantly upgrades the look of a button-down. Here are 10 top picks—available locally and online—to help you welcome winter in smart sartorial fashion. (Psst: For our women’s picks, go here.)
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The interior of Timberland on Walnut Street.
When I heard that Timberland was coming to Walnut Street, I was less than excited. I wasn’t even moved when the press reps referred to the store with words like ‘lifestyle,’ ‘concept,’ ‘revamped,’ ‘luxe.’ Luxe, I scoffed. Timberland is the tan work boots that J.Lo wore. Timberland is not luxe.
And then I went to the opening party and ate my words (along with very good hors d’eouvres butlered by handsome woodsy-looking guys).
The rugged, industrial store, sandwiched between Bluemercury and Stuart Weitzman, is packed with shoes (mostly in the back of the store), clothes (men and women, though there are more men’s things here), and accessories. (Who knew Timberland made cute little bags? They do!)
I shopped around, and here’s what I found that you should add to your shopping lists now. (Psst: It includes a $1,000 men’s leather jacket, from their “Premium Collection.” Timberland makes $1,000 leather jackets!)
See the best fashion buys here.
There are a few things we can borrow from the boys: their button-downs, oversized sweaters and chunky belts. Add scarves to this list, especially if these scarves are by Ikiré Jones.
I’ve written about Walé Oyéjidé’s Philly-based menswear line before (remember that gorgeous linen jacket?), and I’m still coveting it now. How I plan to indulge—without racking up a sky-high alteration bill? One of his wool/silk tapestry scarves, which are really more like art than accessories.
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Here’s a great way to kick off your weekend: beer, boots and a sale.
It goes down at Benjamin Lovell Shoes‘s Rittenhouse location (119 South 18th Street) and it starts right now. So close up shop and head over there. Hey, it’s a long weekend. Might as well kick it off early.
Here are the details: From 4pm to 7pm tonight, you’ll get free beer and 20 percent off all men’s shoes and boots. Sounds pretty good, right? We’ll see you there.
Years ago, my dad came down the stairs in a pair of jeans. I wasn’t there, but my mom swears they were as close to acid-wash as you could get. And they were baggy.
“They were $9.99 at Walmart,” my dad said in feeble protest when I called him to demand an explanation for the offending pants. My dad is a man who does not see the benefit in spending lots of money on clothes. If $3.99 jeans existed, he’d buy them. (I don’t need to tell you that I did not inherit my shopping habits from him.)
My husband is of the same mindset. It was all I could do to drag him into Banana Republic a few years ago and get him into a pair of slim-cut jeans; he balked at the price (“$79? For jeans?” It was charming. And also a reminder to hide the receipt for my latest pair of bell-bottoms, which were most certainly more than $79).
But for the guys out there who understand cost-per-wear analysis (men, I applaud you) and who are desperately seeking the perfect pair of jeans, I’ve found them.
Guys, click here for the best pair of jeans ever.
The luxe collection of neckwear debuts this fall. | Photo via Armstrong & Wilson.
It’s one of the many brands that makes me wish—if only for a second—that I was a guy, or that I was a girl who could pull off wearing a pocket square. Armstrong & Wilson‘s collection of bow ties, tie-ties and pocket squares is like a garden party in a box, all pastel plaids and rainbow paisleys—for summer at least. (Oh, and speaking of their summer squares, you can get them all for 40 percent off here. But I digress…)
A peek at A&W’s Instagram reveals a star fan base: LeBron James, Al Roker, The Roots’s Black Thought, Derrick Brooks, London Fletcher, Michael Smith, Chris Bosh. And Bosh is such a fan that he’s collaborating on a tie collection with them.
More details below.