Christopher’s Delivers Another Final Four Blazer!

Here is Kevin Ollie’s Final Four Coaches Club blazer, earned for his team’s outstanding 2014 run!  Who can forget Shabazz Napier’s March Madness performance?  This year the Huskies are rebuilding, but who knows?

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Again, I am honored to have earned the right to design the blazers each coach who makes it to the Final Four receives!  This year, Indianapolis awaits and it should be another great tournament!

Contact the custom clothier nearest you to learn more about the benefits of Custom Clothing!  Find out why so many college coaches choose custom over off-the-rack for thier game-time wardrobes!

Sincerely,

 

Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom

New Formalwear Conundrum

 Here is a question for my fellow custom clothiers, fashion-forward retailers, and guys who just care about how they look.  If you or a customer are wearing their tuxedo pants slimmer and lower on the hips, choose to not wear a vest, and choose to wear a bow tie…how would you deal with the two regular buttons that will invariably be exposed below your studs?

I could not find an image of anyone’s tuxedo from last night’s Oscar Ceremonies with a jacket on…every photo featured a jacket neatly buttoned!  But…Fortunately Adam Levine took his tuxedo jacket off when performing at the Oscars and gave us this very clear abs shot of his shirt front.  (I can attest to the fact that most, if not all, attendees wore bow ties without cummerbunds…and when they were moving about on the Red Carpet, had two regular buttons exposed.  If they wore silver or mother-of-pearl studs, the issue was masked somewhat…but those who chose larger or black-toned studs…had a visible issue between their bottom stud and pant waist band.)

 Cummerbunds are pretty much a standard size, but one solution could be to have a cummerbund made with an extra horizontal pleat or two…not sure who would accomodate this request…but it’s one idea.

Another idea would be to have the shirt custom made with a full length removable placket…i.e. stud holes all the way down.  This would require either finding a stud set with individual studs…or more likely, purchasing a second stud set.

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What would you do if you wore this outfit?

Regards,

Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom

Oscars 2015- The Best… And Worst

It was a welcome return to black tie dress for the Oscars…for the most part. I have not been able to find any direct quote as to what the dress code is, but I’ve found excerpts from past Oscars that indicate that black tie is expected. In 1960, in fact, an alleged note sent to invitees read “The Academy feels that the dignity of this traditional affair on our 40th Anniversary deserves formal dress. Men are expected to wear white tie with conventional formal evening accessories.”

It does, appear, moreover, that most who have researched this subject have concluded that “black tie” is the expected mode of attire for men. This means that those being honored may express themselves somewhat…since they are the “peacocks” of the evening…all others should defer to them…and essentially look like penguins…dark tuxedos or dinner jackets, white shirts, black ties or bow ties.

Having said that, here are my selections for the evening.

BEST DRESSED MALE:

Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne stood out in his blue tux, peak lapels, textured plain front shirt and studs.  Velvet shoes completed his elegant look!  His tux fit perfectly…just a perfect outfit.  His choice of midnight navy was appropriate since he was nominated for Best Actor.  He is allowed to look the Peacock part…and deserved it!

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HONORABLE MENTION- MEN:

imageBest Actor Nominee Benedict Cumberbath deserves some some props for  his choice of a white shawl dinner jacket.  Why is he allowed to deviate from the black uniform?  He was a nominee!
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Who is going to argue with J.K. Sommers once he was holding that Oscar for Best Supporting Male Actor anyway?  He gets the nod for very stylishly adding a pop of color to his outfit to match his wife’s gown.

WORST DRESSED MEN OF THE NIGHT:
imageJared Leto, a presenter to-boot, looked like he fell out of an old wedding photo in his powder blue tuxedo with white shoes.  Can it be that he did this himself?  Doesn’t he have any fashion advisors?  Just inappropriate.  He should have worn a black tux.
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Kevin Hart needs some help showing up in a white tuxedo with black lapels, black shirt, black tie!  Another wholly inappropriate outfit…especially for a guest to the ceremonies.image

A returning star to the worst-dressed list is non other than John Travolta who seems stuck in a Pulp Fiction Warp!  He was even a presenter! What is with the dog chain around his neck? Just bad taste and inexcusable!

TRENDS NOTICED

Tuxedo styles were just about evenly split between Peak and Notch lapel.  Each were worn by about 40% of male attendees.  20% of the guys chose shawl collars, with literally just a few choosing a double breasted model.

Bow ties have definitely re-gained their popularity.  Ties were not even close in popularity.

Interestingly, and a fashion conundrum to ponder as I end this blog, is with most guys wearing their trousers slimmer and lower on their waists, and opting for no cummerbund to transition from trouser waist to stud set, almost every guy had two exposed white buttons below their stud set.  Should they have worn a cummerbund, or had their shirts custom-made with two extra stud holes, and purchased an extra two studs?  #Oscars #fashion #thestyleleader

Regards,

Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom

March Madness Approaches!

Christopher’s is proud to have just finished designing NABC’s Final Four Coaches’ Club custom blazer for Bo Ryan, Head Coach of Wisconsin. Ranked First in the Big Ten, Fifth in the Country, with Kaminsky in the middle, Bo is poised for another run!  Go Wisconsin!

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I am honored to have been chosen as the designer of the blazers each coach who makes it to the Final Four is awarded!  This year, Bo could be there on Easter Sunday awaiting Monday’s showdown!  Indianapolis should be another great tournament!

Contact a custom clothier near you to learn more about the benefits of custom clothing and why so many of our college coaches prefer custom over off-the-rack! #finalfour #marchmadness #fashion

Sincerely,

 

Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom

 

Cabin Fever Blues?

OK…what is one way to rid yourself of those Cabin Fever Blues?  How about purchasing that new suit you need for Spring now, during my Cabin Fever Blues Sale!

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 Glen Plaids are back!  And this charcoal with blue overlay is all business!  Paired with a gray micro striped shirt- our pewter/navy micro patterned hand-made five-fold tie pulls it all together.  Perfect for any business occasion!

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 For a navy suit, why not try a bolder chalk stripe!  Paired with an equally bold royal exploded check shirt, it comes together nicely with our navy micro patterned hand-made tie.

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 Finally…sharkskins continue to dominate the suit landscape and none are hotter than our mid-navy.  Paired with our herringbone performance white shirt, and red power tie…this rocks!

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CABIN FEVER SALE?

Well…these beauties are regularly $1195 per custom suit.  No extras for any detailing…but…for this sale, I’m offering these great suits with a custom shirt (the one I chose or any other you choose…nothing held back)…and a hand-made tie (again…the one I chose or one of your choosing…nothing held back)…all for the price of the suit or $1195.  But if you say you heard about this sale from LinkedIn, I’ll give you another $100 credit towards future purchases!

Email me to set up an appointment.  I will be in Albany beginning the week of February 23 on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Tuesdays I’m in the Hudson Valley; Thursdays and Fridays are floaters!

Regards,

Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom