2013 Collection: There is more to Fit than Meets the Eye

Our Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles Bodies

Above you’ll see a comparison of our three main bodies for the Fall 2013 season.  While they’re all a Hart Schaffner Marx suit, you’ll see they each encompass a different set of values.  Differences in the shoulders, waist suppression, and length are the most obvious visual cues, but there is more to fit than meets the eye.

The Chicago body, shown far left, is an easy-fitting suit for the man looking for comfort and longevity.  While traditional in fit, the styling of the garment reflects the change in times with subtle updates. The lapel width, gorge height, and jacket length have all been carefully considered, ensuring a look that won’t look dated after a couple seasons of wear.

The New York body, shown center, carries a fair amount of updates, all done quite discriminately, but without a hint of garishness. A higher armhole & slimmer sleeve highlight the increase in waist suppression, while the slightly shorter length and narrower shoulder are contemporary without being fashion forward. Its made for the man who is always on time, and this suit speaks to that.

The Los Angeles model, shown far right, challenges the notions of how a Hart Schaffner Marx suit ought to look and fit. Following current fashion trends, the LA is a full inch and a half shorter than its Chicago predecessor, and its body-contouring lines are far more physical in nature than the New York. Unlike other slim cut and fashion suits, the LA is constructed with the same quality and know-how of what one would expect from a traditional tailor, except this is nothing you’d ever expect to find from a traditional maker.

And we’re quite pleased with that. Following posts will consider each model in much greater detail.

Made by Hand: Jeffery Diduch

Our head technical designer Jeffery Diduch is a truly impressive tailor. On his blog Made By Hand, Mr. Diduch discusses what he calls “the great sartorial debate,” inspecting bespoke and made to measure suits,  sometimes dissecting them and sometimes going into detailed instructions on how to complete certain stitches.

Rob Ventura, manager of the Chicago White Sox, and Jeffery doing a team fitting for their Hart Schaffner Marx suits.

Rob Ventura, manager of the Chicago White Sox, and Jeffery doing a team fitting for their Hart Schaffner Marx suits.

Mr. Diduch was “discovered” for his tailoring skills while making a suit for himself to wear for a meeting, as we learned on a feature interview with him on the Gentleman’s Gazette.

GG: What are the most important aspects in a suit for you? Shoulders, pattern, handwork…?

JD: Fit.  Above everything else, fit.  An inexpensive suit that fits well will always look better than a very expensive one that doesn’t fit; if the suit doesn’t fit, no amount of handwork will make it look right. Continue reading

Enter to Win a Hart Schaffner Marx Suit

What better way to honor Presidents past than by winning a suit made by the current Chief of State’s preferred brand?

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Made Movement (who’s flash sale site MadeCollection.com we wrote about in November) is giving you the chance to do just that. Submit a photo that shows why you need a menswear makeover, along with a quick caption to campaign for their vote. The winner will receive a wardrobe consultation and an American-made suit from Hart Schaffner Marx, manufacturers of luxury tailored clothing and sportswear since 1887.

You have until March 1st, so get on it! Enter here.

Richard Avedon for Hart Schaffner Marx

We came across these amazing vintage ads by the distinguished fashion photographer Richard Avedon. They date from the late 50s to the early 60s and ran with the tagline “The Worldly New Look of Hart Schaffner & Marx.” 

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A Visual Evolution: The Final Product

Yesterday, we wrote about the “lost art” of rigging mannequins, or fitting them in tailored clothing. It seems almost overnight (although in reality, it took excruciating hard work) that the showrooms have been transformed, displaying our Fall 2013 collection.

Here’s a preview below, but you’ll have to wait to see more of next fall’s product. Enjoy!

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Behind the Scenes at the Spring 2013 Photo Shoot

It is beginning to look a lot like…Spring 2013!

After all the feasting on home cooking, ringing in the New Year and cozying up near the fire, we are finally starting to look forward to the spring season — and prepare our list of must haves to get us through the spring and summer weather!

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Organized chaos. Setting up a backdrop for the shoot, left; Organizing samples to be shot as looks, right.

Rejuvenated and ready to shed some layers, everyone here at Hart Schaffner Marx got back to work to put together our Spring 2013 photo shoot. Energy was high on set, as everyone was excited to see how the images turned out. The looks we created with our beautiful new merchandise will transport you into our vision for the new season. Click through for more behind-the-scenes shots! Continue reading

American Heritage: Hart Schaffner Marx during the World Wars

Hart  Schaffner Marx twice “went to war,” converting our factories from fashion to army and navy officers’ uniform contracts. Read on to learn about the manufacturing of the uniforms and the influence of the wars on  men’s fashion.

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