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.
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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.
As the male half of Bluemercury’s founding duo, it’s not too surprising that Barry Beck (also known as CEO Marla Malcolm Beck’s husband) ends up the Y-chromosomed test subject for sampling new potential stock for the Georgetown-based beauty chain. Not many men are as well-versed in the language of product as this one—so naturally we had to find out what his top picks are for day-to-day. Read on for the scoop.
1) Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream ($16)
“I have used this shaving cream daily for over a decade. It’s perfect for a close shave.”
2) SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50 ($40)
“I think the most important product any man can use is a good sunscreen. I got in the habit of using it on my face every morning when I get out of the shower.”
3) Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Scrub Bar ($22) and Re-Charge Black Pepper Anti-Perspirant Stick ($22)
“Madagascar black pepper is my favorite scent. This is a great pick-me-up to start the day.”
4) M-61 Vitablast C Hand ($19)
“I’m outside a lot visiting our stores during construction, so my hands get rough and dry, especially in the winter. This hand cream hydrates without feeling greasy—I swear Marla created it with me in mind.”
5) Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub ($30)
“Every man should use a scrub; it’s just a matter of how often. This cleans without being overly abrasive—I use it once a week.”
In the spirit of the season, let’s take a moment to give thanks for the major uptick in awesome menswear options that have flooded Georgetown in recent years. These days, there’s pretty much no excuse for our guys to still be donning ill-fitting suits and balloon-like shirts—and for that we are grateful.
Doing their part to help the cause is Ledbury, a menswear e-shop based out of Richmond and open today for a monthlong seasonal pop-up on Wisconsin Avenue. At the showroom-style store, customers can try Ledbury’s shirting, blazers, and dresswear accessories, and the shop’s team will help place orders to be filled through the website. Expect the brand’s signature classic styles reworked with modern silhouettes, high-quality construction, and luxe fabrics. We snagged a sneak peek at the 1,000-square-foot shop this week, and among the highlights we spotted were the brand’s limited-run seasonal collection (like shirts in a super-soft brushed cotton herringbone), necessity-turned-luxe cashmere socks, and refined blazers, plus a solid selection of silk and knit ties in perfectly restrained patterns. And that’s not all: Beyond the clothes, the showroom nails a rugged-meets-dapper modern masculinity, complete with on-message taxidermy, a bourbon-stocked bar cart, and vintage midcentury furnishings provided by a Richmond antiques dealer (and available to buy, too). Read on to see more of the space and hear more about the brand straight from cofounder Paul Trible.
Who: Kevin Gray, 29
Industry relations representative for a music rights organization
What I do: “Do you ever listen to internet radio? Of course you do. Well, we’re the US performance rights organization that collects and distributes the royalties to your favorite recording artists when you hear their songs on non-interactive digital radio stations. From local acts like Rex Riot and W. Ellington Felton to global superstars like Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder, we deal with artists on every level.
“I educate artists, their managers, label owners, and lawyers on what the organization does and the various ways we assist artists from paying out royalties to fighting on Capitol Hill for musicians’ rights. Imagine getting an e-mail from Santa in early June telling you he has money for you that you never knew existed. I’m Kris Kringle, and I come bearing gifts.”
My work style: “Our office dress code is on the looser side, so that gives me the opportunity to have some fun with my outfits on a day-to-day basis. When most of my coworkers are wearing jeans and tees, I’ll be in a blazer and brogues. The music industry has many different looks to it, so I try to merge the backstage and the boardroom with a little bit of dandy in the mix.”
“I fell in love with the blazer-and-tee look a few years back when it departed from the Miami Vice look. The tee takes the edge off when I’m dealing with artists who don’t take well to ‘suits.’”
Zara blazer and loafers, L.Y. 1981 tee, Uniqlo chinos, Timex with J.Crew strap, Converse glasses, L-Men pocket square.
The wane of summer means afternoons spent sailing the Potomac are slowly being replaced by hikes on local trails. And naturally, as leisure activities traverse the seasons, a guy’s footwear should march in line as well. Translation: Bye-bye, boat shoes; hello, boots.
While über-functional rain and snow boots fall squarely on the “necessities” list for coming months, style creed dictates that you also need a solid pair of casual boots. Think durability with some flair. Once you’ve found the perfect pair, don’t forget to work different techniques to incorporate them into your personal style. Try wrapping longer laces around the ankle or tucking in your jeans (tailored, straight fits work best here to avoid bunching), which will show off the flaps and give you a more casual, relaxed look. Need a few ideas? Head to the gallery to shop ten of our favorite styles.
Dubbed the collaboration to revive collaborations, 3.1 Philip Lim for Target may be just what we need to restore our faith in designers going cheap (let’s not even talk about that Neiman Marcus holiday collection). The Chinese designer, praised for his perfectly tailored womenswear and blogger-beloved totes, creates a refreshing mix of sleek blouses, blazers, structured pants, and more—all of which, in true Philip Lim fashion, are minimalist yet incorporate stunning details that offer just the right dose of edge—like the barely there embellishment on the collar of this crewneck. Coveting Lim’s leather handbags but cringe at the pricetags? You’ll appreciate that the collection, which launches September 15 and starts at a cool $19.99, includes some stunning handbags that are nearly identical to the real deal. Now, mark your calendars, and peek at our faves here.