SMALL BATCH SEWING, BY STEDE!

What you love about your favorite whiskey (quality and scarcity) you can also find in your casual or formal wear. Stede is a family run business in Vancouver, Canada that designs and manufactures handmade shirts all under one roof. 

 Handmade Clothing for men 

Not only are we fans of small businesses that believe in quality vs. quantity, Stede also mixes classic and contemporary in their repertoire.  For instance, the durability of this “Twilight Blue” long-sleeved is strong enough for a day’s work on a naval vessel, yet light enough to endure those hot summer months. (Tip: dress it up with a tie and jacket for a cocktail party or date night).

 Dress to impress 

Initially, we were drawn to Stede when we saw this beautifully designed print called “Sandy Shores” reminding us of Cutty Sark, a historic mid 19th century clipper ship (also logoed on the classic scotch brand). This short sleeved shirt has not only pattern worthy of making any ‘captain’ exhilarated, but also the quality in its trimmed contrast linen makes it clear the shirt was not mass produced. 

 Mens Shirt 

The “Grey Dash” was perfect for a night of classic cocktails with rooftop twilight. The linen and cotton breathe nicely… and this was photographed on a July evening in Florida! 

 Men's Button Down 

Aside from the unique detail and style, its unlikely you’ll get the “how cute, you both wore the same shirt” joke at a group meeting or engagement when you know Stede manufactures in small batches, much like your whiskey. 

Check out Stede! 

Cheers, Gents. 

INN & OUT: PARIS, FRANCE

Our newest series to help you find your way on the road… to Paris

 Tips for France 
 Paris France places to go

Only have a day or two? Here are a few of our recommendations...

DINING
Le Grand Colbert: If you’re a movie buff you may recall a breakfast scene between Diane Keaton & Jack Nicholson here in “All Can Happen.” This restaurant not only resonates its history dating back to 1900 as a restaurant and building dating back to 1828… but, also has phenomenal braised beef! (Located in the 2nd Darrondissement not a far walk from Palais Royale).

 Le Grand Colbert Resturant Paris, France 

LIBATIONS
The Experimental Cocktail Club: Keep your eye out for it, its only marked by a plaque on a quiet Parisian street. Its drinks as good as any high quality speak-easy with mixologists who respect their craft, however… the vibe is what we love best! The music was a DJ actually spinning classic vinyl and barkeepers who couldn’t have been more hospitable.

 Explore France like a local 

Little Red Door: This is a personal experiment in subjective perception where your cocktails are crafted based on pictures in the menu you happen to connect with as the mixologists attempt to match a drink with your personality (Or you can cheat and reveal the ingredients, but what the hell, live a little).

 Bars In France

TO DO
Palais Royale: Should you see the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Arc de Triomphe? Sure, if you have time. But if you’re in town for a quick stop we recommend a stroll through this royal residence and its lovely architecture and gardens designed and built in the 1600’s. (If you plan on visiting the Louvre, this is right across the street). 

 France Travel Tips
 Arc De Triomphe Paris France
 Paris France 

HOTEL
The Peninsula Paris: If this luxurious and chic hotel doesn’t get you on its lobbies, rooms and bars… make your way to the roof for arguably the best views to dine and drink in Paris at L’Oiseau Blanc.  

If you happen to visit any of these spots let us know your thoughts!

Cheers, gents!

MY SCHIZOPHRENIC SHIRTS: UNVEILING ALLEN YOUNG'S COLLECTION!

There you are debating which pattern of shirt you like best… after all, you can’t buy them all! If you buy all 3, or one in each style, it’s bound to run up your tab! What to do?

Solution: Invest in Allen Young, where one shirt is three!

The unique aspect of Allen Young’s collection is the ability to not only change the collar and cuffs, but the style as well! With just a few buttons I can change an all gingham pattern to gingham with white trim on the collar and cuff.

Men's Collar Shirts
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Go from Glen Gary to Gatsby by switching not only the fabric of your collar, but the style! Executive, Gatsby, English spreads and classic gentleman styles are all available for mixing and matching. There are also four choices in cuff style (angled, rounded and French square and French angled).

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Men's ties and button down

If your motto today is “always be closing” then just button on the executive collar and matching cuffs… or if you’re quote of the day is “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” then button on that Gatsby collar with the corresponding cuff. (Tip: If you want to change the cuff and collar like a pro, take the shirt off before you change them out).

Feeling zen? Go Mandarin and be collarless and cuffless!

Men's Button Down Inspiration

Pick from all different patterns of fabric and make three shirts turn into ten!  Quite brilliant, isn’t it?

Get your own shirt(s) here: Allen Young Collection

Cheers, Gents!

INN & OUT: LONDON, ENGLAND

Our newest series to help you find your way on the road… to London!
Here are a few spots worth stopping in…

DINING
Lobos Meat & Tapas: A small Spanish tapas gem in SoHo with the friendliest of staff and an overwhelming amount of dishes to satisfy both the adventurous foodie and the pickiest eaters alike. You know care is of the essence when you see the owner working the kitchen! Oh, and this one was quite affordable!  (Tip: Come hungry and try everything).

Berners Tavern:  Located in the London Edition, the high ceilings and detailed molding make this restaurant and bar marvelous! Traditional upscale British cuisine (you’ll need a reservation) or just enjoy the work of their mixologists at the bar!

Berners Tavern
The London Edition Hotel - Berners Tavern

LIBATIONS
Blind Spot: Who doesn’t love a speakeasy, this one can be found at the St. Martins Lane hotel. This bar is hidden behind a tea counter and once you find the door you will be greeted by a very posh atmosphere inside. This is a good spot to pop in for a nightcap, they’re open late night.

London Blind Spot Speakeasy Bar
speakeasy in London
Places to visit in London - Mixology

Searcys: If you plan to take the Eurostar to Paris or Belgium, you MUST stop at the champagne bar with a balcony-view of the magnificent St Pancras International railway station.

Searcys in London
St. Pancras international railway station

TO DO
Camden Market: This part of town reminds us of Brooklyn with buzzing streets, food vendors, bars and great shopping. (Tip: For quality menswear at a great price stop in on Camberry London)

Camden Market

HOTEL
St Martins Lane: In the heart of the Theater District, this boutique hotel has a very attentive/friendly staff, unique restaurant Asia de Cuba (Latin/Asian fusion), all footsteps away from Covent Garden and Buckingham Palace. (Tip: The tube is also just a few blocks away for quick and easy travel)

St. Martins Lane London Hotel
St.Martins Lane Hotel London

If you happen to visit any of these spots let us know your thoughts!

Cheers, gents!

HOW FITTING...

Since I was a young boy, I had a formed a genuine love for two things that would one day turn into my craft and career: dressing dapper and connecting to people.

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From an early age, I idolized Gene Kelley in the 1952 musical, “Singing in the Rain”, to the point in which my mother was compelled to buy me a bright yellow rain slicker and a grey fedora to match his look in the opening credits of the movie. He could sing, dance, and act; All the while being dressed to a T. He was an iconic Hollywood triple threat and exemplified a true gentleman.

I developed such a passion for dressing up to the extent that instead of being punished with an early bedtime or banned from video games, I would be forbidden to dress formally to family dinners out on the town (something that surely would be a reward for other kids my age at the time).

Fast forward, as I harnessed my knack for socialization throughout grade school and college, a future in the world of communication and relationships was a no brainer. After living in Rome and immersing myself in Italian culture and fashion for a summer, I found a company that trained me to be a clothier and wardrobe consultant. This opportunity allowed me to unlock access to the world’s finest fabrics and clothing used on Savile Row in London (Holland & Sherry). 

Every day, I have the privilege of making local professionals custom shirts, trousers, sport coats, suits, or even casual wear. My clients are usually busy and looking for their clothing to fit better and last longer all while having the process be more simple and convenient.

What do my clients value the most? The fact that I come right to their home or office to make lengthy, unnecessary trips to the mall, a thing of the past. 

Throughout your life you upgrade your standard of living progressively. This means nicer cars, bigger houses, more luxurious vacations but somehow many men find themselves shopping at the same department stores they were searching in high school and college.

Why is this?
More importantly, what is stopping you from breaking this habit? I'll leave you with a short but powerful quote:

"The best investment you can make is in yourself" -Warren Buffett

Gents, if you’re located in Central Florida and are interested in having me assist you with a customized piece feel free to contact me. 

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By: Craig Judy
(517) 416-2948
c.judy@tomjames.com
 

Cheers, Gents