How to Dress for Your Body Type, Part 1: Athletic Build

Like Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, many men with athletic builds have trouble selecting tailored clothing that is flattering for their body type.

Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, wearing a Hart Schaffner Marx suit.

Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, wearing a Hart Schaffner Marx suit.

Over the course of our long history of dressing American athletes (we are the Official Tailored Clothier of Major League Soccer, the Seattle Sounders, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Portland Timbers), we have picked up a few tricks that just might help. Here are a few tips for dressing an athletic build: Continue reading

Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas

Gearing up for the holiday shopping season, retailers focus on window displays. Visual teams work with major brands and department stores months in advance to unveil impeccable holiday window displays, like this year’s Disney and Barney’s collaboration.

 

But sometimes a little touch of holiday goes a long way.

A window at our Streets of Georgetown store.

This year, our VP of Creative Services, Tom Beebe, created Santa hats for in-store mannequins out of our classic Hart Schaffner Marx fabrics: Glen Plaid, Tartan, Houndstooth and Herringbone. Continue reading

Styling Advice from Mike Cohen

The luxury of Thanksgiving dinner can only be topped by personalized made to measure styling advice from one of the most knowledgeable figures on tailored menswear.

Mike Cohen, president of Hickey Freeman, will be available from 10 am to noon this Saturday, November 24, at Nordstrom at the Westchester Mall to answer questions about Hart Schaffner Marx and Hickey Freeman made to measure clothing.

Saturday, November 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Nordstrom at the Westchester Mall, 125 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, New York 10601

How to Properly Polish Dress Shoes

From now until the first day of the new year, our calendars are filled with parties and social occasions for the holiday season. Thanksgiving kicks it all off, which makes today the perfect time to break out the cool guy shoes and give them a nice polish.

There are many steps to the art of polishing shoes. We found this great video below that quickly shows you the true art form of a good shoe polishing.

Check it Out: Artifact Bag Co.

Whether it’s because of the economy or an increased focus on healthy eating, a lot of us at the Hart Schaffner Marx offices in NYC and Chicago and turned to bringing our lunch from home. But now that saving money with homemade sandwiches is increasingly popular, we’ve realized you can’t show up to the office kitchen with any old lunchbox or brown paper bag.

Bag your lunch in style. The Artifact Bag Co. No. 215 Lunch Bag, $65, available at artifactbags.com.

There is finally a solution that lets you carry your lunch to work like a grown up. The Artifact Bag Co. canvas lunch tote is a modern approach to the old brown paper bag. It is handmade from waxed canvas and American made Horween leather. The bag is handmade in Omaha Nebraska, pieced together using solid copper rivets, which give it a clean look. It comes in a variety of color combinations, from brown to olive.

Artifact Bag Co. was launched in February of 2010 by Chris Hughes, who quit his job and first used a vintage sewing machine he purchased on Craigslist to assemble the line’s first bags. Visit www.artifactbags.com.

How to Wear It: The Three Piece Suit

Once seen as staunch and overly conservative, the three piece suit has made a comeback this season. The suit gives you added value as there are multiple ways to wear it: the jacket with or without the vest, just the vest and trousers, or even with a pair of jeans.

An image of a three piece suit from the Hart Schaffner Marx archives.

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UPDATE: Where We’re Shopping: Made Collection

The December issue of Esquire magazine, now available on newsstands, features 45 “great American things” ranging from a leather football to Virginian oysters.

Some of the American products mentioned in the story can be found at MadeCollection.com, including the Hart Schaffner Marx 125th Anniversary Grey Flannel Suit. HSM is “the pride of the Windy City for 125 years and the suit maker of choice for noted Chicagoan Barack Obama,” describes Esquire. Continue reading

Fall Trend: The Fair Isle Sweater

The Fair Isle sweater, named for a small island in Scotland where the multicolored knitting technique was invented, has been a popular winter staple since King Edward VIII wore one publicly in the 1920s. The Fair Isle pattern is created row by row using a special knitting technique, and is usually made of three to five different colors. Over the years, the patterns and colors of Fair Isle have varied slightly to reflect trends, and this season the sweater has again seen a revival in popularity.

Clockwise from top left: Fair Isle Sweater, $145; Light Brown Herringbone Sportcoat, $650; Five Pocket Chino. Sportcoat available at http://www.hartschaffnermarx.com. Sweater and Trousers coming soon to http://www.hartschaffnermarx.com.

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Where We’re Shopping: Made Collection

Recently, more and more shoppers are looking for the “Made in America” label on the products they buy.

Unfortunately, that label isn’t always easy to find. Today, only 2% of the clothing we buy in the United States is also made in our country. That figure is down from 95% in 1960.

Luckily, MadeCollection.com showcases the many great products that are still made in our country. Made Collection is a flash sale website dedicated to selling American made products spanning a wide variety of categories including men’s, women’s, home, accessories, and more. Continue reading