Louis Purple made to measure a groom’s new addiction

Forget the notion that made-to-measure garments are an expensive indulgence.  Louis Purple is a welcome company to this growing market of men who want a uniquely tailored one-of-a-kind suit for their wedding or if you have to wear a suit for work.

You can choose from their extensive range of fabrics: Dormeuil, Holland & Sherry, Cerrutti, Loro Piana, and Vitale Barberis.  With Louis Purple, making clothing more personalized is an art form.  You can add your own personal style, by choosing different silhouettes, pockets, vents, contrast buttonholes, hand-stitching and so many more options.  They even have a virtual Creator that will help you visualize what the final suit will look like.  SWEET!!

So get measured by their consultant (just 20 min of your time) and pick your fabrics.  In 3-weeks, you have a custom-made suit fit for a king.  What’s more impressive is the price.  $700-$1,100 for a suit – in some instances that includes a vest and shirt.  WOWZA!

Louis Purple – 323 Lafayette NY 646-321-4621 | 212-219-8559

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Spain: Fuentecapala Groom’s wear Spring 2012

Founded in 1963, Fuentecapala is now headed by the third generation of the Vargas family. Since it launched its men’s ceremonial range in 1998, the label has become a global name in top-end prêt-à-porter. Original design, perfect finish, premium quality fabrics are the hallmarks of this men’s wear producer. The Madrid-based firm exports its products all over the world, primarily to Japan, the USA, Canada and Scandinavia. In 1994, it launched a highly successful women’s collection in a bid for diversification. It currently presents its men’s wear at the Gaudí Bridal Wear Catwalk in Barcelona and is a regular at top global trade fairs including CPD in Düsselforf and SIMM in Madrid.

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Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort 10/10/10 deal

In honor of October 10, 2010 (10/10/10), guests who stay at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort for two nights will receive their third night for just $10*! Act fast – the booking period is only 10 days, October 4 through October 13, 2010. The rate is good for travel October 4 through December 23, 2010. Guests must book a min/max of three nights, with the first two nights at a rate of $199 per night.

Duckie Brown brings color to menswear 2011 collection

This season I made a concerted effort to see as many men’s fashion shows as I could. Personally I found the men that catered to men made equal an effort to show fashions that were wearable, yet grown-up casual chic.  I know that’s a big mouth full, but one designer that I loved was Duckie Brown.  It was a combination of surfer dude goes to Wall Street casual.

This was the best of both worlds: runway and then presentation.  You could actually see the clothing and not just blurs racing down the runway.  The looks were pretty minimalist given the fabric and style but it worked.  The surprise for men in men’s wear is they also used sheer fabrics and some draping techniques in their cardigans.  Color, pattern, and the clash of them all worked in this collection. “Like the boys had dressed in the dark,” said Silver. “Or like a rave, building to a frenzy in the end,” added Cox. There was a smooth sharing from Eastern to Western and it left us in the audience with an optimistic feeling that men could and would embrace color in the spring.  That once we get through this cold grey winter, there would be warmth in the arms and on the backs of the men in our lives.

So gentlemen, take it from me, wearing all black, faded blue jeans or those t-shirts from your high school days are SO over.  Duckie Brown has created a new kind of grown up cool for you to wear.

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Color Trends: Grey, Dune, Dirty White, Dark Grey, Olive, Black, White, Raspberry, Grey Melange, Pink Silver, Turquoise, Chrome, Chili, Cerise And Camouflage

Fabric Trends: Canvas, Nylon, Distressed, Washed Leather, Wonky Cardigan, Knit, Gingham, Silk, Chiffon,

Style Trends: Bulky Sweaters, Tartan, Wrap Shirt and Two-Button Jacket.

Men have your own Fashion’s Night Out

Guys.  Fashion Night Out has some great opportunities for you to get your shopping on as well.

Let’s start with things that are really important…liquid libations:

While I can appreciate beer, you can have it anytime.  Why not try something that you may want to have served with your groomsmen or perhaps your new Father In Law:

Ralph Lauren downtown will have lots of shopping opportunities along with Champagne, and Jessica Alba will be helping guests pick out fabulous clothes.

Ralph Lauren – 379 West Broadway

Ben Sherman is known for (96 Spring St.; 212-680-0160) where Glenmorangie Scotch and Newcastle Kegs will quench your thirst

Ben Sherman – 96 Spring St

Potent pink Belvedere IX drinks will be poured to wash down complimentary chocolate truffles at Molton Brown.

Molton Brown -128 Spring St.

Andaz 5th Avenue and Downtown at Inven.tory owners Whitney Singer, Mike Townsend and Kat Berkery will serve whiskey from 400-year-old distillery Bushmills.
Andaz 5th Avenue – 485 Fifth Ave
Inven.tory -232 Lafayette St

Billy Reid’s store at 54 Bond Street for a night of Southern Hospitality with refreshments and spirits, and an exclusive band playing live in the store.

Billy Reid – 54 Bond Street

I’m really lovin’ the suits and great casual wear at Against Nature Atelier who are actually celebrating their first anniversary tonight. Guys, you really have to check them out and with Hendrick’s Gin as a sponsor, you’ll at the very least have a great cocktail.

Bloomingdale’s SoHo during Fashion’s Night Out. You’ll peruse chalk-striped suits, brogue shoes, club-collared dress shirts and everything else you’ll need for that daring moonlight liquor run you’ve been planning.

Bloomingdales Men’s Department (Soho) – 504 Broadway

Guys, no matter where you and check out your favorite stores in NYC and Brooklyn.  It’s a great night to have fun and give back to the economy.

Happy Fashion’s Night to all.