What’s the number one reason Axel’s has begun offering Made to Measure shirts? Flexibility. There are a lot of good things about Made to Measure shirts—custom design, personalized measurements, competitive price—but when we consider all of the advantages MTM ordering offers, flexibility is the recurring theme.
The name Attolini may not be instantly recognizable in the U.S., but in Italy it is synonymous with Neapolitan tailoring. Vincenzo Attolini, grandfather of the Vincenzo Attolini who founded Stile Latino, is credited with ushering in the distinctive style of modern Neapolitan suits and jackets—soft unstructured shoulders, unlined or minimally lined body, trim fit and easygoing air.
It’s no wonder half-zip sweaters are some of our most popular knitted pieces. What’s better than a thick, warm, luxuriantly soft wool or cashmere sweater on a crisp fall day or a cold winter evening by the fire? Sweaters are so enjoyable to wear, and they simply exude classic fall and winter style. Half-zip sweaters in particular have an extremely versatile look. They dress up nicely with a dress shirt or even a sport coat for a formal look with a slight edge, while the collar makes for a more ‘finished’ look than a crewneck when worn casually with a t-shirt (also it’s nice to have some extra warmth on the neck on cold days!).
Fall is a great time to favor casually rugged looks—thick flannels, well-worn jeans, luxuriant shearlings…they radiate character and complexity in an elegant, welcoming style. For the fourth installment of our ongoing Look Series, we’ve chosen a selection of recent arrivals that we envision as go-to pieces for any man’s fall wardrobe.
When James Stegman asked for his father’s blessing to branch off from the family-owned Comstock Silversmiths and re-christen the Comstock Heritage brand, he had one thing in mind.
Or rather he had several things in mind, and one goal—giving form to the swarm of creative visions in his head. The way he tells it, he landed on silversmithing as his medium simply because it was accessible. His family has worked in the trade for generations, so he had access to the tools and materials of a silversmith. Simple as that.
The cross-country, blue-collar-romantic style that arose around Beat Generation figures like Dean and Jack Kerouac—the originators of cool—had a defining influence on the Americana tradition. In contrast to the more mainstream recreational look that came out of the luxury automobile boom (driving shoes, long scarves, and car coats), the early Americana style reflected a unique blend of ruggedness and romance—a certain softness and earnestness underscoring a rough exterior.
American mythology has a westward gaze. So often we look to the symbols of the Western frontier in order to communicate our values and yearnings. Big skies, wide ranges, wild ponies, the open road… they resonate in the human spirit because of what they represent—freedom, adventure, a sense of openness and possibility.
Our sport coat collection could be a tale of two cities—virtually all of our jackets come from Naples and Milan.
Perhaps in some ways that isn’t so surprising. Italy’s twin cities of fashion are leading figures in the international fashion industry. But what makes their stories interesting is how they are at once so different and so similar.
MAC Jeans USA, the American branch of the German-based MAC Jeans company, are some of our favorite jeans around today. It seems that they simply do everything right—from style to quality to price-point, MACs are the ultimate luxury basics.