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We’re incredibly thankful to have sponsors supporting our work, so twice a month, we like to give them a special shoutout. With spring officially starting next week, we thought we’d run through some our sponsors’ latest deliveries and happenings.

Proper Cloth started years ago as an online made-to-measure shirtmaker. When I talked to their founder Seph Skeritt last year about how they’re able to achieve a better fit than most, he said it was a combination of starting with the right paper patterns and allowing for free adjustments on customers’ first delivery. To get the right fit, you just have to submit measurements of either your body or best fitting button-up, and they’ll deliver your custom-made shirt a few weeks later. Those who want a simpler process can also just stick with Proper Cloth’s standard ready-to-wear measurements, and then choose their stylistic details.

For a while, Proper Cloth also offered made-to-order suits, sport coats, and tailored trousers. The difference between MTO and MTM is that you can customize almost anything in MTO except the cut, which makes the process a bit more streamlined and predictable for the maker (MTM, on the other hand, allows you to customize both measurements and style details). When the company first introduced the program, Skeritt told me he wanted to be careful about doing online MTM tailoring for more complicated garments, since he knows his company has built a loyal base of customers and a solid online reputation.

This month, however, they’ve finally unveiled an online MTM program for tailored jackets and trousers. Customers can modify a base size along various dimensions, including the width given for the chest, shoulders, midsection, and hips; center back length; sleeve length, bicep width, and opening. Prices for a half-canvassed, made-to-measure sport coat starts at $ 545. “There are some nice menswear staple options are buried in there,” says Skeritt.

 

 

 

Long-time readers know Chipp supplies the most affordable grenadine neckties. They source their silks from the same Italian mills as top-end brands, but their ties start at a much more affordable $ 45 (grenadines are $ 60 and, like everything, Chipp sells, made in New York City). Paul Winston, the shop’s owner, tells me he can’t imagine charging much more because he remembers what neckties used to cost fifty years ago, back when his family’s business dressed men such ass President John F. Kennedy, Andy Warhol, and Joe DiMaggio.

If you’re looking for your first grenadine, consider three colors: black, some sort of dark blue, and silver. Black can look severe in certain contexts, which is why it’s often not recommended for suits or socks, but the color manages to be neutral for grenadines and knit ties. You can wear a black grenadine with navy suits, tobacco linen suits, and brown tweeds. Dark blue, either in a shade matching your navy suits or one shade lighter, is equally versatile (a dark blue tie can also be a good way to visually anchor a light-colored sport coat, which could otherwise float away from you). Lastly, silver grenadines are for guys who only wear ties on special occasions — weddings, fancy parties, and other formal gatherings. Silver ties look less like office-clothes than their dark blue counterparts, and the textured grenadine weave here keeps these from looking cheap and shiny.

For other versatile ties, you can try silk stripes. Dapper Classics just got a whole new shipment of them for spring. The ties are made in New York City using 100% Italian silks. Pastel colors could be good options with a white shirt and linen suit (think of the summer weddings you’ll invariably have to attend), but dark blue will be your most versatile option. Dapper Classics also just restocked some of their spring/ summer trousers. Their tailored pants have become a favorite of customers who want slim-classic trousers that are well-made, but also reasonably affordable. The pants are made in New York City at the Hertling factory, which has supplied tailored trousesrs to some of menswear’s greatest retail namess. Dustin at Dapper Classics tells us they’re planning to release some new trouser styles later this month.

 

 

Rowing Blazers, purveyors of a more irreverent prep look, just received their first shipment for spring. Included are all the sorts of things you might expect from the company — playful takes on prep classics with nods to academic life. Their sweats this season are all heavyweight reverse weaves that have been made in the USA. The crewnecks feature crossed racquet patches and hand-embroidered goldwork Naval Crown patches; the hoodies feature a hand-embroidered goldwork “Derry Bones” motif. The dad caps are emblazoned with things such as “The Archeology Club” and “Byzantine Art Club” (actual membership in these fictitious clubs is not required). Perhaps most striking is the Gordan Modern tartan suit, pictured above. Rowing Blazers founder Jack Carlson tells us: “Gordon Modern is one of my favorite tartans, and this is an incredibly beautiful cotton rendition of the pattern woven in Japan. We’ve used it for jackets, trousers, and shorts.”

Since their founding two years ago, some of Rowing Blazers’ more popular items include their rugby shirts, which can be worn with the sort of colorful prep look they promote or more discretely with blue jeans and suede Wallabees (a good outfit for listening to vinyl records). This season, the brand is adding a new collection of soccer shirts based on traditional British schoolboy styles. They’re similar to rugbys, except whereas rugby shirts are traditionally solid or horizontally striped, traditional soccer shirts are vertically striped.

“The word ‘soccer’ began as an Oxford nickname (part of what’s known as the ‘Oxford -er’ fad in the late 19th century) for ‘association football’ or ‘assoc” for short, as opposed to rugby football, or ‘rugger’” Carlson says. “Unlike traditional rugby shirts, which are super heavyweight (the nearest thing to pads ever to grace a rugby pitch) and either solid or horizontal hoop-striped, old-school soccer shirts are traditionally much lighter in weight, with a tab collar and vertical stripes. Adapting soccer shirts for fashion is nothing new, but we wanted to do what we do best, which is go back to the beginning. The result is very different from a lot of the streetwear takes on the soccer jersey, but we think it’s pretty cool and perfect for that time between rugby shirt weather and polo shirt weather.”

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Beloved KTLA news anchor Chris Burrous’ cause of death revealed

A California news anchor died after overdosing on methamphetamine during a sexual encounter with a male companion at a Days Inn two days after Christmas, an autopsy report revealed. Chris Burrous, 43 — who anchored KTLA 5’s Weekend Morning News and once worked at WPIX 11 in the Big Apple — died from “methamphetamine toxicity,”…
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Our Beloved Sponsors

Twice a month, we like to give our sponsors a special shoutout. Doing so allows us to thank them for their support, as well as update our readers on our sponsors’ latest happenings.

Winter sales are in full swing and The Hanger Project has dropped prices on select sweaters and accessories. That includes scarves from Begg, one of Scotland’s premier makers. Their cashmere scarves come in a fine, slightly looser weave in what Begg calls their Wispy model. It’s a generously sized scarf that will add drape and volume to the v-area of your overcoats. The Hanger Project also has marked-down sweaters from Inis Meain, one of the best knitwear producers on the Aran Islands. Their “Celebration” sweater is modeled after something people on the island once wore for their Sunday best. It’s made from a mix of merino wool and cashmere, has an incredibly soft hand, and features just enough visual interest that it could be worn under a casual jacket or on its own with jeans.

 

 

Proper Cloth just updated their Winter Style Guide. The guide shows some of the better ways you can dress this winter on just limited color palette of cold blues and steely grays (blue on blue combos, such as the one above, work so long as the materials and shades contrast). Proper Cloth also shows how you can make a tailored outfit more wintery with just a dark woolen tie (solid or striped), as well as how you can mix dressier items with casual clothing. Their puffer vest, for example, is specially designed to look a bit more sophisticated than the ones you might wear on a trail. Seph over at Proper Cloth also tells us their custom trouser program has been getting a lot of love lately. Their tailored trousers come in almost any size and five different fits — athletic, classic, straight, slim, and extra slim.

 

 

This past week was the Westminster Dog Show and I’m not ashamed to admit that I spent a nontrivial amount of time watching clips on YouTube and through social media. First off, I have new life coaches. The way this 3 year-old Papillion named Gabby sped through the pole obstacle course is exactly how I’m bobbing and weaving through any negativity in 2019. Secondly, this adorable bichon frise is so resolutely chill. R. Eric Thomas at Elle sums it up best: “Like my career, [the performance] will be remembered not for its competence or brilliance, but for how proud Winky was of doing the worst possible job. The agility course, a series of ramps, hurdles, and tunnels, is meant to be taken at top speed and with a gymnast’s precision. Winky looked at the course and was like, ‘Okay, see what I’m not going to do is break a sweat, though,’ and set off on a leisurely trot through some but not all of the obstacles, pausing frequently for applause breaks and to just soak it in.”

If you’re similarly so inspired, our sponsor Chipp’s Kennel Club Collection has dog-themed neckties (woven, not printed) with almost every possible breed you can think of. Like all of Chipp’s ties, these are made in New York City, come in a standard 3.25″ width, and are available for customization upon request (e.g. if you need something longer or shorter, wider or skinnier). Wear them with soft-shouldered tweeds, oxford button-down shirts, and wool flannel trousers. Then remember the important life-lessons given to us by Gabby and Winky.

 

 

If you’re looking to update your sock wardrobe, Dapper Classics is running a one-day sale today. Take 15% off any order with the checkout code 215. The promotion applies to any of their newly released spring socks, which just dropped this past week (more designs are to come). The navy pin-dotted ones, pictured above, can be worn with almost anything. Navy socks go naturally with navy trousers, but they also complement gray and tan. The pin dots here can also add visual interest if you, like me, often rely on solid-colors for your shirts, jackets, and trousers. Like all of Dapper Classics’ socks, these are made in the USA and come with hand-linked seams, which means you get a smoother fit and finish at the toes.

 

 

It feels like every week, Rowing Blazers releases a new collaboration with one of prep society’s most famous institutions. Next Thursday, they’re launching their second collab with the Hasty Pudding at Harvard. The Pudding is one of Harvard’s oldest student societies and is best known for its annual comedy musical productions that tour New York and Bermuda each spring. Five presidents have been members (John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR and JFK). More recent alums include Andy Borowitz (creator of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and Rashida Jones. Rowing Blazers tapped into their emblems and vintage illustrations — with their crocodile, sphinx, pudding pot, and drama masks motifs. The Pudding’s sense of history and tongue-in-cheek irony nicely complement Rowing Blazer’s approach to style.

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These Are Some of the Most Beloved Heroes and Villains You’d Never Know Without Stan Lee

In the wake of reports that Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95 on Monday, fans are mourning the loss of the legendary Marvel Comics creator.

Lee, who made cameos in a number of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, is credited with creating some of the most popular comic book superheroes and villains of all time, including Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.

“I think everybody loves things that are bigger than life. … I think of them as fairy tales for grown-ups,” he told The Associated Press in a 2006 interview. “We all grew up with giants and ogres and witches. Well, you get a little bit older and you’re too old to read fairy tales. But I don’t think you ever outgrow your love for those kind of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative.”

The true origin stories of some superheroes aren’t always clear. But without Stan Lee, the world of heroes and villains would be a lot smaller.

Here are some of the most beloved heroes and villains you’d never know if it wasn’t for Stan Lee.

Heroes created by Stan Lee

• Ant-Man
• Ancient One
• Avengers
• Beast
• Black Panther
• Black Widow
• Captain Marvel
• Cyclops
• Daredevil
• Doctor Strange
• Fantastic Four
• Groot
• Hawkeye
• Hulk
• Human Torch
• Iceman
• Invisible Woman
• Iron Man
• Jean Grey
• Mister Fantastic
• Nick Fury
• Professor X
• Quicksilver
• Scarlet Witch
• Spider-Man
• Thing
• Thor
• Wasp
• X-Men

Villains created by Stan Lee

• Doctor Doom
• Doctor Octopus
• Green Goblin
• Kaecilius
• Kingpin
• Loki
• Magneto
• Sandman
• Vulture
• Whiplash


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