Yes, the decision to place a monogram on your clothing, plus font and thread color, can be viewed as a stamp of personality. But what might the placement of your monogram say about you? We have (very broadly) generalized how a few common monogram locations might shine a little light on what makes their wearer tick.Read More
One of the things that makes a monogram so charming is discretion. Placing your initials inside a part of your clothing that others won’t see, like the lining of your suit jacket or inside of your shirt’s collar, can be an enjoyable way to remind yourself that the clothing was made specifically for you.Read More
Tailored clothing is less susceptible to trends than other aspects of the male wardrobe, but there are still details that wax and wane with time.Read More
The traditional rules for selecting a wedding suit are simple enough: navy or grey, perhaps black or white if it’s a formal affair. While there’s nothing wrong with adhering to these classics, it’s worth noting that there are other, more modern colors you can choose to add an extra bit of personality to your own big day, whether you’re committed to going casual or dressing way up.Read More
Kids can be cruel. A select few possess a preternatural gift for it. In hindsight, the first revelation of this truth was when a student entered the classroom with newly prescribed glasses. In the early 90s, few things could be as socially damning to a prepubescent as a prescription for corrective lenses.Read More
What is a broken suit?
Fortunately, it’s not a suit that’s “broken” in a torn or distressed sense. The term just refers to wearing a jacket from one suit with a pair of pants from another. In essence, you’re breaking up an existing suit into a new combination, extending the versatility of your wardrobe and finding some fun new combinations while you’re at it.
Think of madras as a more colorful, warm-weather cousin of tartan. In fact, its roots go back to that aforementioned pattern. During the days of Colonial India, artisans in the city of Madras imitated the tartan clothing worn by Scottish soldiers by dyeing cotton with vegetable dyes. The result was a similar pattern of overlaid checks and stripes, but in bright, bold colors that sometimes “bled” together (modern fabrics don’t have the same tendency).Read More
In some ways, linen is the “third fabric.” Men are familiar with cotton from their button-downs, tees, and pants, and know wool because it’s spun into their work suits and winter sweaters. Though it’s is one of the oldest known textiles, we’re not so familiar with how to wear linen or take care of linen as our toga or tunic-wearing ancestors once wore.Read More
The appeal of the French bistro is eternal. From the pages of A Moveable Feast to that semester abroad, we relish those homey dining rooms where the steak comes rare (or raw, in the case of the tartare) and the roast chicken is never a compromise. New York is blessed with an institution that upholds those same culinary traditions alongside a history that could only have occurred in a very specific time and place.Read More
With Father’s Day around the corner, the team at Blank Label shares some of the style memories they associate with their fathers.
The idea of writing—not to mention reading—a printed book of manners feels almost self-consciously anachronistic in this day and age, like an Oberlin freshman devising an independent field of study around blacksmithing. Leave it to David Coggins, the author of Men and Style, to produce a slim volume of “essays, advice and considerations” that not only feels of the moment but beyond it. If we’re all following his wisdom on smartphones and social media in five years, modern society would be a much more pleasant place.Read More