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