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Rememeber: 1 Detail, 3 styles, a Better Fit

Next time you get dressed for work take a look at the details on the back of your shirt. What you may be looking is called the pleat. A pleat is usually located where the seams of your shirt meet. Pleats are usually designed to give the best fit for you body type. Your back has a natural curve and wearing the wrong shirt can cause discomfort throughout the day, restricting your movements. Pleats were created to give comfort for your body type. Simply by looking at pleats on a dress shirt, people can determine if it was store bought, tailored, or well tailored to fit the man. There are 3 types of pleats you can choose from

Box Pleat

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The box pleat is the most common. The box pleat creates a rectangular fold of fabric that runs along the middle of the back. If you have slope shoulders this is a better fit for you. However, this style is very universal because the design offers the most movement. Therefore, making it the most popular.

Knife Pleats

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Knife pleats, also known as side pleats, are known to be cleaner and even a little more stylish then the box pleat. This allows the fit of your shirt to better take to the shape of your back. It’s a great option for someone who is constantly bending over or reaching for things.

No Pleat  

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 No pleats are much more of the modern style. However, it gives the shirt more of a fitted look. It’s more of a rare to find one in stores, but it’s the easiest to iron! You can get it tailored made to your liking.

Be You Be Philanthropic

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I always thought the holiday season was the time for giving. However it’s summer, and yet another brand is found giving back to the world.

Kate Spade and Company has recently released their new line of hand made products called “On Purpose.” On Purpose teaches a group of 150 women in Marsoro, Rwanda to become a profitable supplier to all Kate Spade and Company brands.These women are giving a road leading them of poverty by providing them with a monthly salary, enough money to support their family and even enough to send their children to school.

Kate Spade’s goal isn’t just to help just the women of Rwanda but women in poverty all over the world. Once the ENTIRE community (yes not just the women working) is economically stable they will move to another community in the world and so on and so forth.

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These beautiful handmade pieces are not just, scarfs, bracelets and bags but a movement leaving positive impacts to an endless amount of places.

These brands impacting the world beyond fashion are giving fashion a different meaning. Although style is expressing yourself, you can now begin to feel a little more philanthropic as well! I am looking forward to how far Kate Spade takes this

Know any other companies you hear who are working on something philanthropic like this? Let us know! We’d love to hear what you find!

Photos taken from http://www.katespade.com/on-purpose/ks-shops-on-purpose,en_US,sc.html

The Impact of Street Art is Going Beyond Just a Canvas

TOMS shoes have been around since 2006 and if you don’t have a pair of your own then I’m sure you know someone who does. For those of you who are not aware of the TOMS epidemic, TOMS shoes is very well known for their “One for One” program. The One for One allows you to give back to those who are in need all over the world. With every product you purchase, TOMS will help someone in need. Whether it be clean water for a week, a new pair of shoes or restoring someones eye sight, Toms is the god of shoe makers.

Just when you thought TOMS couldn’t be more generous, they have just recently come out with a limited addition shoe collection. TOMS Haiti Artist Collective offers men and women shoes with hand-painted designs from Haitian artists. In a country with one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, TOMS commissioned 30 artists to create these limited edition shoes. Allowing the Haitian artists to express the beauty in their culture to the rest of the world.

However, a new company has taken TOMS Haiti Artist to the next level. Bucketfeet, celebrates self-expression and connect people through art. Painters, graffiti artists, writers, illustrators, tattoists and many more original creators are a part of the movement. The BucketFeet Artist Network consists of 2000+ artists in more than 35 countries. Bucketfeet hopes this art movement uses the power of art to unite people and break down barriers, and through their products.

Both of these companies do not only have great products but purchasing their products have more meaning then the average.  You’re experience with these brands is everlasting beyond just the “successful purchase” page.

Check out some of our favorites from both of these collections :

Bucketfeet:

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Artist: Richer Poorer’s Joe Tornatzky

Designed in: California

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Artist: Jayson Atienza
Designed in: New York, New York

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Artist: Sukio

Designed in: Hiroshima, Japan

TOMS:

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Natural Jean’s Surfer

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Chocolate Carlene’s Sunset

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Black Romuald Romuald’s Fields

 

 

London Collection: Men’s Fashion Week 2014 Shows off a New Era of Men’s Fashion

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London’s 3 day Collection: Men’s fashion “week” took place last week, showing off designs off various designer’s lines for SS15. Most runway shoes are known for their one of a kind looks that would not normally be worn by the average person. However this year’s show has taken an entirely new direction. How many of these styles would you try?


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Yes, that is a dress. Men, never thought you’d ever wear a dress? Well it is 2014, it was bound to happen eventually.


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Shine bright like a diamond. Glitter, I know… but try it out, it may bring out the Mick Jagger in you!


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For those of you who find a hard time trying to match, this may be in your favor! You only have to match your shoes with one other item! Quick and easy for those early Monday mornings.


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Yes, it is what you think. Crop tops and tube tops.


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Bring out the wild side in you with some lace.