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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.

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Quixotic’s Movement to Bring Back Chilvary

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Now here is a brand that understands the importance of detail! Quixotic is a brand that sells 6 pocket squares, yes, SIX. There is one available for every workday and extra one for good luck or also known as the classic.

Although we do appreciate the good ol’ classic look, why does this brand have people talking? Similar to the previous brands we have been discussing, Quixotic has found something they can contribute to.

Not only do they give 10 percent of their sales to a U.S based organization striving to end domestic violence but they also have a square for square program. If you loose or damage your Quixotic pocket square in “some gentlemanly act of kindness” you will be given another free of charge.

Their only requirement is to tell them you’re story of how you offered your pocket in an act of kindness. In their words, “Gentlemanly valor is not limited to once-in-a-lifetime needs. In fact, the smaller the need, the more extravagantly chivalrous your act will seem. “ Here are some things they suggest you to doScreen Shot 2014-07-25 at 1.21.41 PM

Quixotic might give hope to the millennial generation. Maybe they will learn a thing or too about chivalry, but then again how many of these kids are wearing pocket squares anyway.

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and Quixotic.com

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

 

 

Wimbledon’s Best Dressed of All Time

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René Lacoste
Jean René Lacoste was nothing less of extraordinary. Not only was Lacoste one of the most fashionable men in sports but he made a huge impact on the fashion industry. His last name may be one you recognize, as he was the first to introduce the world’s short-sleeved knit shirt (also known as the polo shirt.) Lacoste disliked the conventional long-sleeved dress shirt at the time, so he debuted the short-sleeve shirt at the US Open in 1926 with the crocodile logo embroidered upon the chest, an appropriate mascot after earning his nickname, “The Crocodile”, in 1923. In 1933, when Lacoste retired from tennis he launched his global brand with Andre Gillier. Not only did he introduce the revolutionary polo but he was also one of the first to show of the external branding on a piece of clothing with the ever so famous crocodile logo.


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Fred Perry
One of the most successful British tennis players of all time, Fred Perry took place of René Lacoste after he had retired. Not only known for his tennis excellence, Perry’s and his all-white attire eventually led to the development of a sweatband with his name on it. Adopting the laurel wreath as a logo, Fred Perry Sportswear was launched in 1952 with its most famous product, to this day, being the honeycomb cotton polo shirt, bearing the instantly recognizable Fred Perry logo on the chest He also influenced countless generations with his innovative and elegant clothing line, which endures to this day.


 

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Björn Borg
Bjorn Borg is not only considered one of the best tennis players of all time but one of the biggest fashion icons. Known for striped headbands, colour-coordinated socks and ultra-short white shorts, he definitely wasn’t just hitting tennis balls. Memory of the tennis legend Björn Borg’s are not lonely just a memory they are now represented in the Bjorn Borg brand.

The Wall of Dolls: Questions to the Meaning Behind the Display

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As the buzz about Milan’s fashion week for men’s wear continues, there are more then just next year’s collections being displayed.

Intervita has teamed up with many fashion designers, celebrities, journalists and writers from Italy, as well other non-profit organizations to increase awareness of the violence against women.

Intervita, is a non-profit organization that supports children, women and local communities in the fight against poverty and inequality and to promote sustainable development

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The display consists of various dolls from numerous designers and organizations on the wall of the Cultural Center in Via de Amicis in Milan. The display’s purpose is to increase awareness of the violence against women and more importantly increase the subject to men.

This collection of dolls does not only have a philanthropic meaning but creates a work of art. However, what does this display really say about violence against women or women’s rights? There hasn’t really been much discussion as to what each doll represents.

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Each doll is displayed with a very unique character, showing the beauty and individuality of women around the world. However, the connection almost seems like it may be oblivious to the public. Yes, these dolls are well represented but what about them allows you to relate to violence against women? What do you see when you look at this display?

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.