November 7, 2013

Hello To The Fiesta Collection

Introducing Our Newest and Brightest Collection of Neckties



Feist your eyes on the Fiesta Collection! This line of neckties is fashion perfectionism at its very best. From the electric colors to the artisan polka dot texture, this collection of ties captures the ethos of statement accessorizing.  The shocking hues come in a variety of colors from Lemon Yellows to Paradise Blues to Tropical Greens. Check out all the colors that the Fiesta Collection. There’s literally a color for everyone and every occasion!


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This creative and colorful collection of ties is punchy, simple and a must have component for everyone who loves luxury menswear accessories with a modern edge. These ties are each artisan crafted and smartly fabricated from a high performance microfiber that resists the perils of everyday wear and tear. Treat yourself and your loved ones to the enthusiastic style of the Fiesta Collection from The Puccini Design Line.

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November 1, 2013

The Cheat Sheet for The Weekend Look

All You Need for A Stylishly Relaxed Weekend

Weekend Style Checklist

Simplify and stylize your weekend with this Fashion Checklist that is fusion of rugid and polished menswear essentials ranging from boots to worsted wool neckties.  This combination of fashion components is guaranteed to ensure a fashionable weekend look that is appropriate for just about anything ranging from hikes, to wine tastings, to live music shows, to errand trips to Home Depot.

1. The Classic Cardigan From Scotch & Soda
Cardigans are a savvy and polished addition to a casual ensemble and they trump the sweatshirt. Cardigans can be worn with a tee shirt or layered on a button down and paired with a tie or bow tie.

2. Worsted Wool Tie from Ties Necktie
You should have ties that are intended for suits and you should have ties that are more casual in style. Skinny ties, wool ties and knit ties are exemplary accessories for casual weekend attire that pair handsomely with denim shirts and wool cardigans.

3. Broken In Denim Jeans
Denim is a very personal decision. Everyone has their own brand of denim that they love whether it be Levi or Baldwin, but the key to great denim is breaking it in.  Wear your denim and get the perfect amount of Distress.

4. Clubmaster Sunglasses from Ray Ban
These iconic sunglasses belong in everyman’s weekend look.  No matter the dress code, these sunglasses resonate with a strong sense of cool.

5.  Chambray Button Down
Every good weekend needs a denim or chambray shirt. They go with absolutely everything and look casually refined at all times. Chambray shirts drastically vary in price from twenty dollars upward to hundreds of dollars. We suggest picking one on fit.

6. A Tweed Blazer
The key component to having a versatile Weekend Look comes down to the blazer. The blazer is potentially the most need item on the checklist because it adds a level of diversity to the other components. All men should have one weekend specific blazer in their style arsenal.

7. Leather Work Boots from Filson Workwear
Finding a durable and fashion pair of boots can be exceedingly hard but you can’t go wrong with Filson Boots. These premium grades boots are a solid investment that will last the test of time.

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October 25, 2013

To Patch or Not To Patch – The Style Behind Elbow Pads

Elbow Pads and Their Illustrious Style

Menswear Jacket Elbow Patches


To elbow patch or not to elbow patch is the question of the day around the office. The team is divided.  On one side we have those that think it looks academic with a sportsmens like bravado and on the other side, we have those that think it looks stodgy, dated and grandpa-esque.  So we ask you, our savvy fashion readers, what’s your stance on the elbow pad in menswear fashion? We look forward your feedback and in the meantime, have pulled a few looks together that we think you’ll every love or hate, depending on your elbow patch proclivities.


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Here is a casual look that incorporates army washed chinos, a braided belt, a plaid shirt, a henley, and a navy blazer with leather elbow patches.  This looks is polarizing. What do you think?  Most agreed that this was a little too much mixing and matching.  And the prevailing opinion was this:  whether you like patches or not, they should be suede and not leather.


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Elbow patchworks are typically associated to colder weather fashion months, but this Summer Seersucker look caught our eye.  We like the combination of seersucker blues, pastel yellows and light grey elbow patches.  We saw this look and thought this style would look dynamically hip with a platinum silver skinny tie.


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Elbow Pads are not for blazers only; they can be used on sweaters, cardigans and jackets.  We love the casual look of the sweaters and the denim but can’t decide if we like the elbow pads or not.  We love the color coordination of the tan elbow pads and the buttons.

One thing is for sure, elbow pads are fashion polarizers. Your either love them or hate them. Comment on our blog and let us know your opinion.

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October 17, 2013

Polka Dot Accessories That Are Spot On

Best Polka Dot Accessories For The Season


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Jump in on the sharpest, smartest and sweetest fashion trend out right now in menswear which happens to be the infamous Polka Dot. Big or small, polka dots are literally everywhere this season.  We’ve noticed a huge increase in our Polka Dot Accessories Sales and wanted to share with you a few of our most coveted pieces that are (pun intended) spot on!

Classic Polka Dot Tie

One of our hottest polka dot accessories is our Blue and Red Polka Dot Silk Tie from the Chevalier Design Group.  This dapper necktie looks gorgeously handsome with just about anything ranging from a classic single breasted navy blue suit to a cashmere cardigan and jeans combo. This dynamite designed necktie is a must have accessory for any polka dot enthusiasts.

Polka Dot Tie in Wine

This boldly designed Polka Dot Tie in Wine and Blue is a popular accessory for contemporary dressers who like graphic and brazen accessories that make or break an ensemble.  We love to see this popular accessory teamed up with a chambray button down, blue suspenders and navy blue trousers.  This cultured shade of burgundy also shines when it is teamed with grays and charcoals.


With the rise in casual workwear ensembles, we’ve seen an outrageous increase in the popularity of our patterned pocket squares.   It seems that a lot of business professionals are opting to skip on the tie and instead wear a button down with a blazer and a pocket square. We love this Vintage Burgundy Polka Dot Pocket Square paired with absolutely everything.

You can’t go wrong with the simplicity and charm associate with Polka Dots no matter how you incorporate them into your daily ensemble. These are just a few of our most popular designs but feel free to browse around and find your favorite polka dot pieces.

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October 11, 2013

How To Look Smashing In A Tuxedo

How To Look Your Very Best In a Tuxedo


The Black Tie Attire basics come down to a few simple components – a black tuxedo, a white shirt, and a black bow tie. From there, you can creatively put your own stamp of style on the tuxedo in a number of ways ranging from clever socks, to boutonnieres to clever footwear. We’ve picked out a few our favorite ways to look smashing and authentically you in a tuxedo.



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The Bow Tie 

When it comes to standard Black Tie Attire, it is typical to opt for a solid black bow and it can be self tie or pre-tied depending on your bow tie capabilities. Some of us are more adept at tying a bow tie than others no matter how many YouTube tutorials we watch.  You can deviate from the norm and experiment with textured black ties as well as patterned bow ties.  For example, a ribbed black bow can add a subtle dose of individuality to your look when you’re in a room full of other dapper dudes in tuxedos and black bow ties.



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Most tuxedo wearers default to solid black dress socks but that doesn’t have to be the case.  You can add a personalized touch to your black dress attire by wearing colorful and patterned socks. We love seeing solid red socks, polka dot socks and patterned black and white socks.




It is very common for most men to think that all boutonnieres and flower lapels are the same but they are not.  Boutonnieres can run the gamut from super simple to uber complex and can vary in flower, color and size.  Experiment with adding a flower or boutonniere to your tuxedo and hit it out of the part by utilizing a flower that happens to be your dates favorite one.

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September 27, 2013

Fall Fashion At Its Very Best

Embracing Fall’s Hottest Trends


Autumn Fashion trends are simply amazing this season from the saturated color palettes, to the utilitarian footwear to the patterned tweeds.  We’ve combed the designer look books to break down the top trends that you need to know about for Fall Fashion.


Get ready to embrace dark merlot reds, cultured olive greens, textured charcoals and dark navy blues.  Autumn trends are leaning towards dark and overly saturated hues that have an old world quality and allure.


Prepare to see plenty of checks, plaids, tweeds and pinstripes this season. Designers are taking wool suiting and making it astonishingly graphic. We loved the use of color and scale to make these traditional patterns contemporary and fresh.


Accessorize! Accessorize!  Accessorize!  Fall Fashion is all about layering and that includes patterned ties, bow ties, scarfs, ascots and pocket squares.   Mix and match your wool suits and blazers with autumn hued accessories in classic patterns like stripes and polka dots.


Invest in a pair of rugged leather boots and a pair of simple oxford wingtips.  These two quintessential Fall shoes will have you sorted for the entire Fall Season.


For this Autumn Season, make a conscious effort to diversify your fabrics. Invest in a few cashmere pieces, a few wool pieces and some waxed cotton outwear.  These items will instantly compliment your menswear basics such as patterned dress shirts, denim jeans and sweaters.

Invest in some key Fall pieces and always remember to Layer!  Fall is all about heavy fabrics, saturated colors and staying cozy.

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September 10, 2013

Hello Yellow – Accessorize With Color

Punch Up Your Basics With the Color Yellow

Yellow can be a wildly sensational color to accessorize with when it comes to your menswear basics. It’s brazenly unconventional, yet surprisingly versatile and complimentary to neutral color palettes.   It makes a fresh and enthusiastic statement about your fashion sense!   As much as we love the color yellow,  we recommend using it in small, effective doses.  Here are a variety of ways to successfully say hello to yellow with menswear.


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Hints of yellow can make or beak an outfit!  This simple combination of a white tee and blue chinos is brought to life by the yellow leather loafers.  The head to toe combination is innovative, fresh and individualized by the simple addition of the unexpected yellow loafers.


Yellow Neckwear is a brilliant way to add chicness to your nine-to-five business wear.  Solid and patterned yellow neckties mix well with white dress shirts and dark toned suits in navy blues, heathered grays and charcoals.  This is graphic striped tie in lemon is one of our seasonal favorites and it goes superbly well with a dark grey suit.


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The look of yellow suspenders with a dark grey suit is fabulously polished and creatively paired.  This ensemble was created for a wedding but with a few minor changes,  could be perfect for a cocktail hour or an office meeting.  We would love to see yellow suspenders teamed up with a charcoal blazer and a patterned yellow pocket square.


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Solid and patterned yellow socks are great and feasible way of adding a spot of brightness to your basics without looking overpowered or over thought.  Yellow socks work well with denim, chinos and menswear suiting.

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September 5, 2013

Finding The Perfect Black Blazer

Wearing The Perfect Black Blazer Can Make All the DifferenceMens_Black_Blazer

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The perfect black blazer is one of the most coveted pieces of fashion in menswear.  It’s a quintessential fundamental that every man most own.  However, as essential as a well tailored black blazer is, it’s extremely difficult to find one that simple, sharp and tailored.  There are a few renowned designers who have perfected the blazer like Salvatore Ferragmo, Tom Ford and Hugo Boss but sadly, they are much out of our price range.  Here are a few our favorite blazers at a feasible price point.

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JCrew is a great resource for menswear suiting. They have an assortment of well tailored, classic blazers and sportscoats that will compliment your frame and your aesthetic.  This simple black blazer is a phenomenal alternative to a suit for the office.  And for those days that require a suit, you can pair it with the trousers. This blazer also looks sharp with a bright red tie.

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Punctuate on your style by treating yourself to this John Varvatos Star Usa Red Label Black Blazer.  This jacket is smartly and feasibly priced at $199 and is a part of Varvatos’ more affordable lines. Typically, his blazers run the gamut between $500 to $1000.

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This Alfani RED Jacket in Black Wool is a very modern and clean slim cut blazer that will impress you with its streamlined fit and craftsmanship. We love this designer blazer paired with a skinny black knit tie and a patterned pocket square.

When it comes to selecting your perfect black blazer, remember, you only need one and you will wear it for years. While some are obscenely priced at 2,000 or more, some are priced as low as $29.90. We advise finding one that is in the range of $150 to $300 hundred dollars. Try a bunch on, and you’ll know when you found the one for you.

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August 29, 2013

Three Perfect Weekender Bags For Labor Day

Travel In Style This Holiday Season

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The countdown to the three day weekend has begun and we can’t wait! We’ve been on a quest to find the perfect travel bag / weekender bag that is stylish, refined, masculine and isn’t a gym bag. We weeded through a large assortment of styles and came up with our top three picks that hold just the right amount of stuff without being too small or too cumbersome.

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We came across this streamlined duffel called the Novel from the Herschel Supply Co and fell in love with its effortless simplicity and utilitarian design.  This bag comes with a few essential bells and whistles you can’t do without like the signature shoe compartment and the removable padded shoulder strap.  This bag comes in an array of colors but the rust with suede straps really caught our eye. Simple, streamlined and stylish;  you can’t go wrong with a getaway weekend with this bag over your shoulder.

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This No. 166 Large Carryall from Billy Kirk is trademark weekender that anyone and everyone is sure to swoon over.  This military inspired bag is hand burnished and is made from US Sourced Black Water Repellent Canvas with Black Leather from the Horween Leather Co.   This bag in all black is one of the most impressive weekenders we have ever seen. And the best feature, it ages beautifully with each and every trip. This is surely a bag you will own the rest of your life.

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This Abingdon Weekender from JCrew is the quintessential mens bag that combines a rugged aesthetic with a top quality craftsmanship and design. This bag is made from a premium waxed canvas with brass and leather finishes. This bag was inspired by vintage hunting gear and makes for the best weekender bag a man could ask for. It comes in four stellar colors: navy, khaki, slate grey and dark navy.

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August 27, 2013

Must Have Style Staples: The Vintage Tweed Jacket


Tweed is no longer a fabric reserved for British countrymen! In fact this traditional wool fabric has seen quite the migration into the modern man’s wardrobe. Certainly you can spend many hundreds, or even thousands of dollars for a classic herringbone tweed jacket, but I think that $40-$60 will create a look just as nice. My tip: Take a trip to a vintage clothing store or antique market and I guarantee that you will find dozens of pieces for under $50. In fact, I think that you might find even nicer quality than you would browsing the racks of many ready-to-wear retailers. Personally, I found my favorite tweed jacket at an antique flea market in San Francisco for $40. It is made from genuine Harris Tweed. I can’t tell you how many compliment I have received.


When buying a vintage jacket, make sure the jacket fits at the shoulders. The sleeve length and waist can be altered for another $20 (just make sure that sleeves are not too short as adding fabric is not an option). When it comes to accessorizing, I am a big fan of mixing the old with the new. Adding a trendy knit tie (as shown above by our friend Taylor from TheTieGuy) or bold colored floral necktie does a perfect job here. Tie bars, patterned pocket squares, as well as interesting footwear are some other of my favorite ways to pair my tweed jacket. For all the fans of the gray herringbone tweed jacket (as shown above), here are three of my favorite neckties for it:

tweed-necktiesTies as shown above from left to right: Floral Tie in Navy & Orange by CANTUCCI, Modern Plaid Tie in Persimmon Orange & Grey by Parsley Luxury Neckwear, Retro Stripe Skinny Tie by BLACKBIRD

Thanks for reading!