A look at the history of men's fashion and style. Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, Gatsby style accessory icons. How to's and color print match up advice.
I love fashion illustration, such an artistic way to view a bit of history. Some of our favorite names in the accessories industry are: Hickok, Anson, Swank and Wembley. If you are a fan of the retro narrow tie like Shaun Evans from Endeavour, hunt for the Wembley tie.
A few examples of our special box packaging. Free with multiple item purchases!
She has absolutely amazing style! What a great eye for color, texture & design. Whether it's a casual look with just a great jacket & pants with a pocket square or full hot professional styling with tie bar, necktie & lapel pin......This ladies is how it is done. BOSS STYLE
South China Morning Post: Fashion & Beauty
With her bleached blond pixie cut and bold style sense, fashion maven Esther Quek – the editor of CitizenK Arabia – is shaking up the style scene in Dubai and beyond, but still dreams of eating wanton mee in her home country.
Much like the identity of the quarterly magazine she edits, Quek’s style is contrarian, assured and unshrinking. With her sharply tailored suits, fearless styling and gravity-defying platinum locks, she’s a paparazzi’s dream and an endless source of inspiration to her legion of Instagram followers.
A fearless lady, Esther Quek is the distinguished group fashion and beauty director of luxury publications in the Middle East, namely The Rake, Revolution and contributes frequently to Condé Nast Traveller. Hailing from Singapore, this veteran stylist and journalist has immersed herself in fashion and publishing for nearly a decade. Esther is a regular on the international fashion circuit, and has been heralded as one of the influential style icons working in fashion today. Her sense of style and undeniable charm has seen her grace the pages of many fashion titles including Vogue and Style.com. Her illustrious career has flourished as she has continually proven herself to be an integral part in shaping fashion and the images of her global followers. As well as a style expert in the realms of fashion, beauty and lifestyle, Esther is respected for her creative work and comprehensive knowledge of the luxury world. After taking the bold step to move to Dubai, she makes her exceptional taste and expertise accessible to her growing audience. When she's not in the front row at fashion shows, Esther likes to travel to beach resorts, hunt for vintage dresses and watches, or find tailors who can create a perfect suit.
While researching fashion in the professional world of attorneys, I ran across this article that really expressed our views on the subject. Inside the wardrobe of legal drama Suits
Jolie sources much of the cast’s wardrobe from vintage and department stores in Toronto, where Suits is filmed, and makes trips to New York and Los Angeles, visiting consignment stores for one-off pieces and details like ties, cufflinks, collars or shoes that make the characters feel invested, she says. “It’s harder and harder to find really great pieces but I scour those stores all the time to see what’s different, to see what I’ve missed.”
For the women on Suits, Andreatta says she uses a lot of consignments. “The clothes are recycled, which is wonderful, and they’re insanely good quality. I find Dior, Chanel—and I use a lot of it—but it’s consignment.”
Andreatta suggests scouring vintage stores and online sites to add personality and to find designer pieces at a fraction of the cost. “Never be afraid of tailoring: Don’t be afraid to take it in and cut it up. If a jacket is too long, don’t be afraid to cut 5 inches out of it. Or you could cut a lapel down” to update a look and fit, she says.
Andreatta began her career styling attorneys more than 20 years ago, when she and a friend would take racks of clothes into law firms and talent agencies. She says times have changed—the palette has expanded, allowing lawyers more license to inject fun elements into their wardrobes.
“Women lawyers I meet want to wear the items from Suits,” Andreatta says. “You want to look beautiful but not provocative. Even seven years ago, women were dressing to fit in, to challenge men—and that was their way to compete with their colleagues. Now, it’s stronger and more to their benefit to just be women.”
Female attorneys aren’t the only ones who can find areas of self-expression through fashion. On Suits, Andreatta allows the personality of the male characters to shine through in a variety of ways. She adds romanticism with a decorative pocket square; others are dressed in vintage ties or bespoke, Savile Row-style suits.
We offer a great selection of one of a kind statement cufflinks for women as well as ties and pocket squares to complete the Boss Lady look. Below some inspiration for you and some special pieces selected from our three stores.
The above slideshow is provided as inspiration highlighting the varied beautiful styling of french cuffs with cufflinks adorning them.
Shop Woman's Renaissance for the latest french cuff shirt listings!
Just a quick, fun look at some looks that never go out of style.....in my opinion
If you are the type of person that has honed in on your personal style, you should seriously consider stocking your accessories wardrobe with vintage or gently used items. When you shop on line at the big box stores, you are limiting your style options. Their focus is on the new trends only. If you have a good sense of what style you like and look good in, there is no better option for you than vintage as well as gently used. Not only does it lend itself to helping you achieve your personal style but you can save money while doing your part to recycle.
As you can see we cover all seasons year round. We offer a huge selection of Nordstrom ties of the highest quality with customer service to match. Also, order several items and we will package your items all together in a unique vintage gift box.
So there is Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Mad Men and movies like Casino providing great inspiration for style design. I love the fact that you can just add a few little elements into your look to get the vibe that you are looking for without having to go full tilt costume. That is the fun of accessorizing your outfit. It's Friday, you feel a bit Mad Men. Just toss on a mod scarf with a vintage Mag TAK. Maybe you are heading out on a date and feeling a bit romantic, Go with Downton Abbey with some delicate roses or a cameo.
True confession: I could do this all day. Feel free to reach out to us in our stores if you are interested in putting together a Theme gift. We save beautiful vintage boxes that we pick up while on our hunting expeditions for special projects.
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Vintage is a solution to the eco issues surrounding the apparel industry, while also allowing individuality through creativity. For people who are constantly marketed individuality it is truly ironic the lack of individuality in fashion. Most people who consider themselves “fashion forward” fit themselves into prescribed style. A vintage shopper, however, is able to discover her personality through the clothes she picks throughout the periods of our history without having to fit into the fashion trends today. Apparel that is accessible now is not trendsetting but rather trendy for today and “so yesterday” tomorrow. This is partially because clothing has become disposable but also because fashion has slowed in creativity and instead become a pastiche of past trends.
A true fashionista finds originality in the sea of redundancy. It is a myth that in order to be considered fashion forward, you have to fit yourself into a certain look and style. Fashion is not a dictatorship, be brave and bold with your style and find what flatters you! Every fashionista is also an artist, her body is her canvas, and she paints her emotions and wears them literally on her sleeve. Her style exudes her direction in life, her dreams, her emotions, and makes a lifestyle statement. By adding vintage to her closet, she is introducing a whole new realm of originality, while also making a statement about her eco-lifestyle.
By Dow-Yung Kou, LuxEco Editorial
Here are a few more articles on the subject of Fashion Waste:
In the case of our three stores, not only do you support recycling fashion, save pieces of fashion history, celebrate individual creativity and craftsmanship, but directly enable a homegrown husband and wife business that survives and flourishes with your support.
We appreciate our customers and enjoy earning their business with every order placed.
Mike & Tracy
Just in the mood to share some of my favorite classic fashion images, Glamour & Dapper at it's best.
We have always had a soft spot for fun lapel pins & brooches. What fun to be able to wear a little accessories as a conversation starter and to show your personality. We hunt shop estate sales and have seen some amazing pieces of art. Unfortunately we can't purchase them all but below are a few that we have listed on our Etsy stores: Modern Renaissance Man & Woman's Renaissance.
All three of our stores offer a very unique take on things. We have found a way to combine our love for accessories and our fascination with creative vintage boxes. While we are out on our accessory hunts, we run across the coolest boxes and just can't resist. These wonderful finds let us to put together a very unique shopping opportunity. When you purchase a few items from our stores, we package them all together in a matched up box to create a very special gift presentation for someone or yourself. These little trinket and stash boxes can also be purchased for single pieces as well. Little porcelain boxes for our Mag TAKs, carved wooden boxes for a set of special cufflinks or a neat vintage tin for a silk scarf and "Chick Magnet". Below we have put together some examples to get the ball rolling. Please reach out to us in any of our three stores if you would like for us to put a gift package together for you.
Below are a few examples of match ups and samples of some of the beautiful boxes that we have available.