It’s sale season, gentlemen, and we don’t want you to miss it. Hugh & Crye hosts a sample sale this Saturday and Sunday, where you can get any Seneca blazer (which retail for $195) or McComb blazer (which retail for $245) on sale for $99.
Why the big discount? Hugh & Crye has been operating out of its Georgetown shop for four years, with offices at the WeWork Wonder Bread Factory in Shaw, and the owners say they’re ready to clear out and consolidate their two locations, moving into a bigger space in Navy Yard this spring.
You’ve finally decided on your New Year’s Eve plans—now, what to wear? Whether you’re spending the last night of 2014 bar-hopping with your boys, sipping wine with your main squeeze, or impressing your boss at a black-tie event, we’ve got you covered on attire with expert suggestions from menswear brand Ledbury’s retail manager Audie McDougall.
As fall settles in, it’s evident that Washington’s new sense of style has begun to change even the established uniforms of male power and privilege. Here's how to read the plumage.
The Hill Honcho
Michael Steel, 37, spokesman for House speaker John Boehner
Inspiration: Sean Connery in From Russia with Love.
On Capitol Hill, a suit telegraphs competence, conformity, and a higher purpose amid the chaos of lawmaking. Cost isn’t often spared, but a staffer’s attire shouldn’t shout its price tag. “The most important thing is to respect the institution and the people we serve,” says Steel.
1. Brooks Brothers suit, in gray or navy, with white or blue shirt.
2. Hermès tie. Rank and party are often expressed in choice of neckwear—color, material, brand, even the knot. Steel wears his in a simple four-in-hand.
3. “At work, I wear a nice watch my wife gave me for our wedding. On weekends, I wear a Timex from a Walmart in Janesville, Wisconsin, on a grosgrain band.”
4. Cuff links are a personal indulgence. These are engraved with an image of the Capitol, from Tiny Jewel Box on Connecticut Avenue.
5. Negotiating the miles of halls in the Capitol or hoofing it after the speaker from meeting to House floor to smoking break argues for a sensible oxford: “Every year or so, I get a good pair of dress shoes from Sky Valet Shoes on Wisconsin Avenue—black with gray suits, brown or cordovan with navy.”
Brandon Weight, 22, assistant events coordinator, Brightest Young Things, a web magazine and marketing company
Inspiration: “Any rapper with true street style is incredible.”
1. Creating an event in a retired embassy or throwing a dinner for a crowd is hell on clothes. “I tear things up and always have gaffer’s-tape residue on my clothes,” Weight says. “I wear H&M suits—it’s cheaper. This jacket I’ve had for a year, but I’ve already gone through two or three of the pants.”
“I’m young, so it helps to be present-able. When I came from California to Northern Virginia. I had super-long hair, highlights, I shopped at PacSun. It was really bad.”
2. How to know you’re a hipster? “I mean, I’m wearing an $8 camo shirt from Urban Outfitters.”
“I usually get off work and go to J. Crew. That whole strip [of M Street] is great—H&M, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters.”
Christopher "Gindy" Gindlesperger, 33, senior director of public affairs, American Beverage Association
Inspiration: “This is going to sound polarizing, but Kanye West is a huge influence for me.”
1. Gindy’s slick wool houndstooth communicates access and the discipline to stay on message. Like many of his suits, it’s custom, from Suitsupply: “My boy Will there helps me out. He’s amazing.”
2. Thomas Pink for shirts, or Charles Tyrwhitt, English cut. “I like a two-button barrel cuff.”
3. A pocket square is the discreet fun zone, with room for polka dots or Liberty prints or a hot color.
Lobbying has been liberated from its traditional mufti of yellow ties and pinstripes. Debonair is the new brash. “I look at fashion in Washington like people look at work: Once upon a time, work was a place you went. Now it’s something you do.”
“If you’re professional, you know what you’re talking about, and you look great. That’s the recipe.”
4. “The shoes are Ferragamo. No socks.”
Aderson B. Francois, 47, associate professor, Howard University School of Law
Inspiration: “My father would always find an excuse to wear a suit. As I got older, I got used to the idea of dressing a certain way, almost like putting on a uniform.”
“There is no dress code at Howard or any other law school—in fact, most professors tend to dress extraordinarily casual. Some don’t even bother wearing a blazer, much less a suit. Some even wear jeans. I just prefer not to do that.”
1. Gant Rugger blazer.
Perhaps nowhere is dressing to impress as important as in the classroom. “Teaching is like a performance,” Francois says. “If you don’t have a certain measure of confidence, students can detect it.”
2. Buddhist prayer-bead bracelet.
Academics avoid trends in favor of eternal truths. “I shop at Billy Reid, Gant, sometimes Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus. I buy very few things but wear them for a long time—so much that they’ve literally fallen apart. But I’d still be sad if I lost them.”
His look defines a precise line between youthful panache and crisp authority. “I tend to wear Dunhill or Gian-franco Ferre, but I like a slimmer cut and al-most always end up having it tailored.”
3. “The shoes? They’re Lidfort. I got them a few years back at Barneys, I think.”
This article appears in the November 2014 issue of Washingtonian.
When I think of Canadian fashion, the first thing that comes to mind is a Canadian tuxedo (think: the now-infamous look that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wore oh so well at the 2001 American Music Awards). But when I met up with Canadian-born hockey players Braden Holtby and Mike Green of the Washington Capitals at their practicing rink in Ballston, Virginia, the day before their home opener game, I saw a very different style of denim. Neither one consulted with the other before the interview, and both turned up in denim shirts half tucked in, their sleeves rolled up to reveal tattooed forearms.
In separate interviews, each player professed to be "more of a boot guy" than a sneakerhead, and insisted their styles are very much their own with little to no outside influence from, say, their wives. Read on to find out what stores they rely on to find their favorite brands and how they like to spend their limited free time in Washington.
Where do you like to shop in Washington?
Mike Green: I do a lot of my shopping online at Mr Porter and Gilt. Gilt has great deals. I've also gotten really into Billy Reid in Georgetown, but other than that I rely on Neiman Marcus—they have a good variety of clothes.
What about favorite brands?
BH: Hugo Boss fits us hockey players really well. For standard suits, I usually go there. I like black and blue suits. On the more casual side, Best Made has cool woodsy-style clothes that I like, and the Canadian brand Roots has changed a lot. They make great leather clothes and bags now.
Are you into any of the shopping services that exist now, like Trunk Club?
BH: My wife and I like to shop, so not really. We enjoy picking out everything ourselves.
On that note, do your wives influence your style at all?
BH: We have similar styles, actually. We have since we met each other. Fashion was one of the things that sort of brought us together, believe it or not.
MG: My style has definitely picked up since getting married but for the most part, it hasn't changed much. My wife's an artist, though, so she sees certain things she thinks look good on me.
So if you were to sum up your personal style in just a few words, what would you say?
BH: My style reflects my personality so I kind of just throw on whatever I'm feeling that day. I really don't have one basic style or specific look; it changes all the time. But if I were to use one word, I'd say retro. Some people joke that I look more like an artist than a hockey player.
MG: You represent yourself through your clothing. Hockey players struggle with fashion the most because we're in a rink wearing suits since we're young kids.
Your beard has also become such a signature part of your look, Braden.
BH: Yeah I've always had a beard. I can't stand being clean shaven. Right now it's the shortest it's been in awhile. I actually grew it out this summer, and it was huge. No one would recgonize me back home, so it worked perfectly.
When you're not on the ice, what restaurants do you frequent?
BH: My family and I live in Old Town, so we love Virtue Feed & Grain because it's close to our house. Founding Farmers is one of our favorites also; we go there for brunch sometimes. We used to live in Shirlington, where we'd go to Busboys and Poets a lot, so we try and stop by there when we can. When our parents are in town, Vermilion in Old Town is a good spot for a nice supper.
MG: I live in McLean, but I thoroughly enjoy the restaurants in DC. When we can, we eat out as much as possible—we like Le Diplomate and the restaurants along 14th Street. When I first came to the US I lived in Annapolis, so that turned me on to seafood, and Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab is great for that. When we have time for a drink I really like Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons; it's low-key and quiet. My local watering hole is Thirsty Bernie's, a sports bar by my house.
Is there anything people don't know about you that they may be surprised to learn?
BH: I like bookstores, so I'm always trying to find as many of those as I can.
MG: In the offseason I build and customize motorcycles. I started doing this about three years ago. I learned how to weld, and once I learned that, I would cut apart the bikes, redesign them, and build them again. I do it as a hobby with five of my buddies.
Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.
Barber of Hell’s Bottom
818 Rhode Island Ave., NW; 202-332-0200
Founded by Mike Thomas and Kelly Gorsuch of the 14th Street hair salon Immortal Beloved, this shop perfects a fusion of low-key cool and high-style sophistication, all in the booming Shaw neighborhood—a place once unseemly enough to be dubbed Hell’s Bottom.
The nine-chair shop offers haircuts and straight-razor shaves with an easygoing vibe and a reclaimed-meets-artful aesthetic that includes whitewashed brick, vintage mirrors, rustic wood, and one very special find: an antique barber chair salvaged from a New Jersey shop once frequented by Hollywood’s Rat Pack.
Wise Owl Club
2010 18th St., NW; 202-705-9425
A cross between classic barber and modern hipster, this Adams Morgan shop may be itsy-bitsy—and no, it doesn’t take appointments—but it attracts a big crowd. Owned by a woman who calls herself Lauren the Lady Barber, the Wise Owl Club addresses all your barbershop needs, such as straight-razor shaves and hair services, but part of the draw is thanks to the stylish-cool atmosphere.
The setup includes five 1930s barber chairs and a pop-up with products curated by DC’s Mutiny, plus a taxidermy buffalo head on the wall—naturally.
1745 L St., NW, 202-466-8900
2001 International Dr., McLean, 703-288-0355
Mike Gilman opened his first Grooming Lounge—arguably the granddaddy of today’s luxury barbershops—in downtown DC 12 years ago, followed by a second store in Tysons Galleria four years later.
Known for top-notch service in a boys’-club atmosphere—including flat-screen TVs and mahogany walls—the two locations tackle services ranging from the expected hot-lather shaves, haircuts, and color to spa treatments such as “business manicures,” hot-stone massages, and facial peels. The Grooming Lounge offers its own line of products, too.
Roosters Men’s Grooming Center
1815-C Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-625-5112
Though the first Washington location of this 70-strong nationwide chain is in an unassuming shopping center in upper Georgetown, inside is a haven of old-school masculinity, complete with seven oversize black-leather barber chairs tucked into handsome, semiprivate hardwood stations—all set to a soundtrack of vintage jazz and classic rock.
The barbers at Roosters are certified in straight-razor shaving, and you can expect such luxuries as hot-towel service and scalp massages with your cut.
The Gentlemen’s Quarters
105 S. Union St., Alexandria; 703-836-7330
Open more than a decade in Old Town, The Gentlemen's Quarters looks the part—rich red walls, handsome wooden accents, black leather barber chairs—and acts it, too. Pour a stiff drink from the bar before settling into your service, whether a standard haircut and hot-lather shave or a dude-friendly take on everything from back facials to pedicures.
Need a shoeshine? They do that, too.
This article appears in the September 2014 issue of Washingtonian.
DC-based menswear label Hugh & Crye launched in 2009 with a simple objective: to create dress shirts carefully tailored to an individual using a 12-size matrix. This unique sizing system, which was developed by founders Pranav Vora and Philip Soriano, has proven successful, and the duo has since expanded to include blazers, ties, pocket squares, and more. And now, they want to add the perfect T-shirt to the mix.
Through a Kickstarter campaign, which launched Tuesday, the brand is raising funds to produce a T-shirt following the same sizing strategy. And at just $20, they're as economically conscious as the rest of the brand’s gear. So far, the campaign has upward of 150 backers who have contributed more than $8,000 to the $30,000 goal; the deadline to donate is September 4.
Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.
It’s been well-established that Shinola is a frontrunner in men’s accessories these days. Its distinctive watches made major waves last year when they landed a glitzy Vanity Fair spread, catapulting the brand from humble hometown startup to upscale industry leader. (We even snagged one for our annual holiday gift guide.) A tipster tells Shop Around that the brand's American-made goods—which also include bicycles, journals, and wallets, primarily in luxurious leathers—will soon be a lot easier for Washingtonians to get their hands on. A Shinola boutique is rumored to be headed to the District.
We first heard the news in December, when the Michigan label announced plans for expansion not only to DC, but also to Minneapolis, Chicago, and London. Currently, the only standalone Shinola store that exists outside of its Detroit home base is in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, though a selection of the brand’s products are sold nationwide at high-end retailers such as Neiman Marcus.
Our suspicions were furthered when a DC-based job posting popped up on Shinola’s website. Our tipster says 14th Street is the top of the list for its location, though Shinola reps did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation of the rumor. We’ll update as we hear from them.
If the rumor proves true, the shop would sit alongside other neighborhood fashion favorites such as Federal, Mutiny, and Redeem. Where would you like to see the store open? Let us know in the comments.
Fashion-forward men often express their style with a signature, colorful accessory. For D. Wayne Robinson, president and CEO of Student Veterans of America, that’s a bow tie. “I wore a military uniform for more than 20 years, so I had time to think about what I’d dress like once I transitioned. These days, I’m biased towards bow ties,” says Robinson, who finds ties everywhere from Brooks Brothers and Andrew’s Ties to Bull & Moose and Sean John. “I enjoy a bow tie that speaks to how I’m feeling that day. Only those who pay attention can see it’s matching the color of something else I’m wearing.”
1. Silk Road: Silk tie, $69.50 at Massimo Dutti (1220 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-944-8780)
2. Cash In: “Hampshire” bifold leather wallet, $125 at Rag & Bone (3067 M St.,NW; 202-295-9072)
3. Up Your Sleeve: Silver cuff links, $35.50 at Massimo Dutti
4. Buckle Up: Suede buckle loafers, $298 at Brooks Brothers
5. Time Will Tell: “Runwell” Contrast Chrono watch, $900 at shinola.com
6. Geometry Lesson: “Coleco” cotton pocket square, $20 at Hugh & Crye (3212 O St., NW, Suite 5; 202-250-3807)
7. Carry All: “Dorilton” slim-flap briefcase by Tumi, $795 at Saks Fifth Avenue
1. Paisley Perfect: “Isabel” cotton pocket square, $20 at Hugh & Crye
2. Clock In: Movado “ESQ One” watch, $150 at Saks Fifth Avenue
3. Fold and Hold: “Astern” leather trifold; $50 similar styles at nautica.com
4. Take Cover: Acetate sunglasses with metal temples, $98 at Kenneth Cole (Pentagon City)
5. Mellow Yellow: Suede oxfords, $140 at Banana Republic
6. Connect the Dots: Handmade “Grover” silk tie, $35 at bullandmoose.com
7. Sock It to Me: Lavender socks, part of a “Prepster” pack of six in assorted designs, $39 at nicelaundry.com
1. Top It Off: Block Headwear straw fedora, $60 at Saks Fifth Avenue
2. Sunny Skies Ahead: “Rez” sunglasses, $100 at eynack.com
3. Greener Pastures: Sperry Top-Sider canvas boat shoes, $90 at the Lucky Knot (103 King St., Alexandria; 703-549-1797)
4. Tighten Up: Suede belt, $59.50 at Johnston & Murphy
5. Ride the Wave: Surfer silk pocket square, $70 at Thomas Pink (1127 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-223-5390)
6. Code Blue: Salvatore Ferragamo card holder, $195 at Saks Fifth Avenue (Tysons Galleria)
7. Flower Power: Cotton bow tie, $58 at Bonobos (Bethesda and Georgetown)
This article appears in the May 2014 issue of Washingtonian.
We’re suckers for great menswear here at Shop Around—and thanks to a growing number of indie brands and local boutiques specializing in guys’ fashion, Washington has become a great fashion source for the dapper man. That’s why we’re sad to report that one of the city’s longest-standing menswear shops, Lost Boys, is soon closing its doors for good.
Owner Kelly Muccio—the blonde bombshell known for her impeccable styling skills—announced via e-mail today that the store will close in two weeks due to “an opportunity that has come along that [she] couldn’t refuse.” Her store, which offers a breezy shopping experience involving beer and plenty of personal attention, has been a Georgetown staple for six years, and was one of the first to bring a high-end, rugged edge to Washington’s now rapidly expanding menswear scene. Band of Outsiders, Theory, and Rogan are just a few of the breakout labels carried in the exposed-brick space; its Black Room, a luxurious personal shopping service that offers cocktails and exclusive clothing options, is sure to be missed.
There’s no word yet on what Muccio’s big opportunity might entail, but we, for one, are hoping she sticks around town.
Lost Boys. 1033 31st St., NW.
In search of a custom suit for less? Here’s how you can get one: Starting next Thursday, the affordable made-to-measure suiting brand Indochino returns for another ten-day pop-up shop at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street venue.
Experts from the Canadian-born brand will be on site from 8 to 8 each day to take guests’ measurements and style full looks using pieces from Indochino’s new spring line, which includes 11 new suits with lighter fabrics and tons of new color, monogram, lapel, and vent options. Casual pieces, such as the brand’s best-selling chambray (in seven shades!), will also be available at the pop-up. Suits start at the comparatively low price of $449 and arrive at your doorstep within six weeks of ordering.
Appointments are available in 15-minute intervals, and anyone who books online will score a free dress shirt with any suit purchase.
Indochino. 8 to 8, March 6-16. 918 F St., NW.