Golf Club Membership Special…only 1.5 hours from NYC!

Looking for a top-notch golf course without any lines within 1.5 hours of the GW Bridge?

Spend time in Dutchess, Ulster, or Greene Counties in your summer home?

Check out this recent posting by Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston NY.

If you are under 40, check out the Preview Membership category.

If you are over 40 or just want to test the course out for a few months, check out the “Sneak Peak” category.  Pay for Aug, Sept, and Oct only!  Can’t beat this deal…

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The golf track is a Robert Trent Jones design, and is in pristine condition.  Awesome from the Black Tees…challenging from the Blues…great enjoyment from the Whites!

The club is looking to increase its membership under new management. This is a short-term opportunity. Tell them you heard about this offer on LinkedIn.


Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom

Golf Shorts Anyone?

shorts loudmouthLet’s start with the popular “loudmouth” shorts…above, this customer chose a super-charged multi-polka dot pattern from Joanne’s Fabrics.  We sent it to our manufacturer, and designed a very cool pair of “loudmouth” shorts…that I dare say are unique!

shorts linen with cargo pockets

Another very popular golf short is the “cargo” pant…but most cargo pants look too sloppy!  Here we took a 100% tan linen, and styled this short a little longer to accommodate the lower cargo pockets, added nickel buttons for a change, and eliminated the belt loops, opting instead for adjustable nickel buckles at the waist.

shorts linen with waist tabs

For a little more traditional look, how about a pair of dark navy striped linen shorts with white mother-of-pearl buttons and no belt loops?

shorts regular seersucker

For the most traditional short, this customer chose one of our terrific Barberis cotton/lycra seersucker fabrics.  Simple, trim leg, slightly shorter inseam, with traditional belt loops.  Sometimes simple IS better!


Looking for a very cool pair of golf pants?

How about our “Killer Golf Pants” with the tour V notch?

killer golf pants

Style your “Killer Golf Pants” with a western or five-pocket jean style front, or a traditional side pocket.  Jazz it up a little with a flap pocket on the side you don’t regularly stuff your glove…and pic the side stitching in a contrasting color!    Ask your tailor about a cotton/linen Barberis lightweight fabric for the most comfortable golf pant you’ve ever worn!

The beauty of these shorts and pants, aside from the unlimited design possibilities, is that you will get the fit you want.  Simply bring your favorite shorts or pants to your custom tailor and tell them you want a fit like “this”!…and you’ll have a pant or shorts you will wear over…and over…and over…

Have a great summer and enjoy your golf in your custom shorts…or Killer Golf Pants!


Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom



Beer Can Chicken on the Grill Anyone?

At a neat little novelty shop named “Mainly-New Hampshire”, I found a new rub…Spicy Jerk Rub by Flag Hill of Lee, NH.

The co-owner of the shop with his wife Deborah Bouchard-Smith, Kenneth Smith, recommended making beer can chicken on the barbecue…So…with the beautiful Mother’s Day weather…I tried it today…and it was fantastic!

Beer Can Chicken

Here’s the deal:

Take measurements of your grill…and make sure your bird isn’t too tall for your grill’s height…I bought a 4 lb. organic roaster from Cardonna’s Market in Albany.

Remove the parts…(I made a pretty solid chicken liver pate…another post…)

Coat the chicken with olive oil, then sprinkle the rub generously over the bird…all over.

Now, open your favorite 12 oz. can of beer.  Drink exactly 1/3 of the can, and stick the can in the bird’s cavity…the 1/3 is Ken’s recommendation.  I found drinking one can of  my favorite before cooking worked quite well also…well…OK…two but who’s counting?  I had some Sam’s Winter Ale leftover from my 60th birthday party…and that was my cooking steamer!

I used my new Weber 3- burner grill with two of the three burners on 2/3 power. The bird with the 2/3 can of bear went on the other side with the burner down to mininum, and down went the lid…I turned the bird 3 or 4 times just to even out the browning of the bird…my grill’s thermometer read 400 degrees for most of the cooking…and I left it in for 1 hour 45 minutes.

It was served with a peasant arugula and tomato salad…I cut 4-5 grape tomatoes into quarters, add salt and pepper to the cut up tomatoes, and toss with an extra virgin olive oil.  We let that stand for 5-20 minutes…until ready to eat…and add the arugula and toss…maybe a wedge of lemon squeezed over the salad…and mangia!

Let me know if you try this!

Now…if you don’t  like your food too spicy…the skin of the chicken is not for you…the meat should be deliciously tender and flavored…but not too spicy.  If you’d prefer a milder rub, I recommend the Santa Maria rub I have previously recommended…just scroll through my posts and you’ll see the one featuring this rub.  I’d say this rub is spicy…not over the top…but definitely has a little kick…a few cold brews and all is well in barbecue land!

Please share your barbecue tips with us!

FINAL FOUR…See Our Winning Picks!

OK… Your brackets are busted…cheer up by reviewing our Final Four Picks!

GQ’s photo shoot of actor/icon Liam Neeson provides plenty of great guidance for Spring!

First, a gray/blue 2button, notch lapel suit, subtle mini stripe shirt, and solid navy tie is perfect for any occasionimage

Next, the charcoal gray sharkskin suit, we’ve been touting since our visit to the NYC Fashion Shows in January!  Check out the fun…but professional-looking pocket square….worn folded in a perfect  “Hollywood Square”.


Next up in our Final Four Selection…a marine blue suit worn exquisitely by Liam, in a peak lapel model.


GQ claims he went into this shoot a 46L and came out a 44R!  The point being that you should start to slim down those looser-fitting suit silouhettes.  Ask your custom clothier to advise you on how trim you can go with your pant knee and bottom…my advice for older customers…experiment. If your thigh measurement is 20-22″, start with a 20″ knee/17″ bottom.  Adjust upwards/downwards accordingly.

Your custom tailor can also trim up your jacket easily…and shorten the length 1″ vs your regular length!  (For more fashion-forward guys, shorten your jacket a little more…but be careful…err on the side of longer here!  You can always shorten your jacket…can’t lengthen it!)

Finally, a blue sharkskin…worn by none other than LeBron James!  I like his exploded blue gingham shirt with solid blue tie…and white pocket square with blue trim…very nice LeBron!

imageCall after the Final Four to find out about our Final Four specials on each of these outfits being offered to coaches who attend the NABC Final Four Convention.  We are extending these great offers to hoops fans after the Final Four for orders placed during April.

Enjoy the games…we will!


Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom

Oscars-2014 and Formal Faux Pas

If you didn’t catch my tweets and instragrams during the recent Oscars…here is a good refresher on what to wear when an invitation states “forma wear or black tie required or requested”.

Oscars- ellen 2014Oscar Hostess, Ellen DeGeneres, is dressed wholly appropriately in a black tux, white shirt, and black bow tie as this year’s Hostess!

This blog will focus on what not to wear!  Sorry John…but you just blew it this year…and not for forgetting the name of the singer you were to announce…that can happen to anyone…but for not showing proper respect at this event by wearing a black jacket, black shirt, and black tie!

oscars-travolta 2014Some have commented on my previous Instagram and Twitter posts about Travolta and said “but he’s an actor…he’s creative…this shows his creativity and individuality”…

I think GQ’s Glenn O’Brien…the “Style Guy”…did a great job in his column in explaining the propriety of a white shirt for a formal event:

formal-gq white shirtIn my words, “black tie” or “formal attire” means that any/all individuals who are getting recognized for their contributions to a cause/industry/etc. or getting married…may wear whatever FORMAL clothing they choose…for example, they may wear a white dinner jacket (as Best Actor and Supporting Actors, McConaughey and Leto did so eloquently as this year’s Oscars),  white tie (as many grooms do at their weddings), or a funky colored formal jacket…as some winners at the Oscars chose.  In other words, to allow the nominee or honored guest to revel in being the “peacock” at this event, all other men are to look like penguins…simple concept…one would think…

John Travolta certainly has enough experience with the Academy and life to have known proper etiquette.  I realize that at his age (aka my age), one can forget things…but there really is no excuse for John’s lapse in judgement this year.

Hope this helps as you navigate the “formal attire” required gauntlet!


Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom