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Getting Excited About Ties

A friend and coworker shared a photo with me recently—a still from a video taken several years ago, when my hair was at its longest. We laughed about it, but what I noticed was that I was wearing a tie! I posited to him that perhaps the reason my hair didn’t raise more eyebrows at work was because at that time, I was dressing more formally more often—suits during the week and ties almost every day. I basically never do either anymore. But ties still get me pumped. The allure of the  ...

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Antonio Ciongoli’s 18 East Officially Launches

Antonio Ciongoli, former creative director and founder of Eidos, officially launched his new brand 18 East last week with a party at 180 The Store in Tribeca, in New York City. In a last-minute, impulse decision, I flew out for the party to support the guy (thanks to my generous brother who paid my way with airline points). Not that he needed it, particularly (the collection is off to a very strong start), but I love his approach to menswear and wanted to be there. And, as my brother put  ...

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The Mirrorless Camera Race Is On

  I present this brief interruption of clothing posts to discuss the new Canon and Nikon mirrorless cameras. Last month, Nikon announced the Z6 and Z7—their first full-frame mirrorless cameras, with the new Z-mount lens, ZTF adapter for old lenses, and a trio of lenses for the mount (a 35mm, a 50mm and a 24-70mm). It was the first camera that gave me genuine gear lust in years. Today, Canon has announced their own full-frame mirrorless camera, the R. There is only one, and it was  ...

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Fall-Winter 2018 Preview: Turtleneck Season

I’m working on a series of posts about “life after Eidos,” with the goal to showcase brands with tailoring offerings that I see as worthy successors to Eidos’ under Antonio Ciongoli. It’s not that I think Simon Spurr’s Eidos sucks—in fact, I see some beautiful-looking outerwear and knitwear he’s got going, and actually for at least this fall season and possibly next Spring, No Man Walks Alone is still offering the Antonio-era NMWA jacket cut, rakish  ...

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