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Why is there a button hole on your lapel?

Originally, the button hole on a lapel had a functional purpose. That purpose was for the button on the underside of the opposing lapel, which was used to button the coat up all the way to protect against cold weather. The function has evolved over the years and has been used in various ways. The Milanese button hole, or the Asola Lucinda, is iconic and typically the most easily recognized type of button hole. This type is whip-stitched, which is why tailors rarely make the effort to include them on suits of today. They are more expensive to sew and require more effort, as they present a tight and clean appearance on the suit. The silk thread for these is...

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What is the proper size and structure for your lapel?

In case you aren't aware, being properly dressed it more than throwing on a suit and tie. You need to have the appropriate appearance of your lapel and the right size lapel to match your build. First, however, it is important to know what the lapel is.   A Lapel Explained   A lapel is the folded flaps on the front of a jacket or coat. Did you know they are important to giving the right impression at an event or a job interview? There are different styles, and the different appearance of your lapel says something to the people you meet.   Lapel Basics: Size and Type   A slim lapel is for those who have a chest size...

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The History of Bespoke Tailoring

The Oxford English Dictionary defines bespoke as “made-to-order”, but it is so much more than that. It is fine men’s clothing custom made by a master tailor to an individual’s specifications. With bespoke clothing, gentlemen have control over the statement that their clothing makes to potential clients and coworkers, with choice of fabric, cut, style and details left to the buyer. By its very nature, bespoke tailoring includes a high degree of individual customization, resulting in truly one-of-a-kind pieces for the discerning gentlemen.   The History of Bespoke and the Rise of the Gentleman   Bespoke tailoring is a centuries old craft and art form that elevated men’s clothing to new levels of design and function. Only the most skilled...

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