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.
Skinny knit ties? Been there, done that. Bow ties? We have a drawer’s worth. That silk pocket square collection? Well, that could use some love.
Understandably, the art of square folding can be somewhat intimidating as you try and try again to achieve the right balance between crisp lines and organic, unfussy creases. But those attempts will all pay off when the right fold of fabric boosts your suit game to a level a cropped tie can’t. (Actually, you could even ditch the tie entirely.)
These sleek squares cover the spectrum of style suitable for everything from client meetings to happy hour—check out the gallery to find one that best fits your pocket.
It’s not that IT professionals and part-time bloggers Sadiki Harriott and Tony Gyepi-Garbrah don’t appreciate Washington’s conservative fashion sense—it’s that they ignore it.
“I like to push past my comfort zone in terms of how I dress,” says Gyepi-Garbrah, far right, whose vintage checkered suit was passed down from his father. “DC is very structured, and I like to break structure.”
Harriott and Gyepi-Garbrah’s blog, Gentlemen’s Brim, is a seemingly disparate blend of their love for custom motorcycles and eclectic, dapper style, but the duo make the topics mingle in a fashionable way, much as they do the colors, textures, and bold prints in their wardrobes.
“Once I got over the fear of what people might think about what I wear, my style became fluid,” says Harriott, shown wearing his own Zara pants and jacket, Thomas Pink shirt, and Prada shoes. He says his mix-and-match aesthetic is often inspired by interior design: “Start with the print you want to be the focus and complement it.
“If you’re new to wearing patterned pants, opt for a solid shirt,” says Harriott, who also suggests starting with the colorful plaids at J. Crew—and wearing them with confidence. “You will ooze ‘what the heck did I wear?’ if you do not sell the look to yourself prior to going out.”
Hey, DC guys: Need a work wardrobe update? Now’s your big chance. This weekend, awesome homegrown menswear label Hugh & Crye hosts its once-a-year sample sale at its Georgetown studio, offering local shoppers first dibs on discounted styles two days before the sale launches online. More than 50 of the line’s semi-custom tailored shirt styles will be marked down up to 60 percent. That means the brand’s $85 to $120 shirts will go for just $35 to $45. Not too shabby. Our suggestion: Clear some weekend time ASAP.
Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5. RSVP online. 3212 O St., NW.
If the layers of Save the Date postcards decorating the fridge have you sweating bullets, you’re not alone. As plane tickets and gift registry requests pile up, there’s barely room in our shopping budget to get a new outfit, too. But repurpose an old standby in the wrong fabric, and that celebratory afternoon on the lawn will feel like an eternity in the sauna.
For the official word on how to reach the reception with minimal sweat stains, we called up the CEOs of two brands well versed in the suit game—Alton Lane’s Colin Hunter and Hugh & Crye’s Pranav Vora. Here’s their advice on how to make it through the summer wedding season in style.
We imagine living on a bay-docked houseboat would have its advantages. Like the excuse to dress exclusively in boat attire. And no pickup line tops “Let’s do brunch down the coast in the morning.”
While most of us aren’t buying up sailing vessels, that doesn’t mean you can’t snag the look with anchors and stripes galore on your shorts, ties, and accessories. We scoured the seven seas (okay, our favorite stores) for the best catches. Click through the gallery to see a few of our favorite ways to rock the boat look on dry land.
Washington’s men are known for their suit collections. And indeed, the pairing of slim-fit slacks and a sharp blazer make for a successful office wardrobe—but that’s not the only place to rock the perfect jacket. After hours, this workhorse piece can also lend extra polish to more casual staples such as polos, hoodies, denim, and shorts, whether you’re dashing down the terminal at Reagan or kicking back at a rooftop happy hour.
First and foremost: how to choose the blazer itself. Lightweight fabrics such as linen or cotton keep you cool on humid days and help with the high-low transition, thanks to a looser, more relaxed structure. Look for a subtle pattern to add detail. The rest of the ensemble should follow suit in fabric and color; keep the blazer the focal point by sticking to solids.
We put together three looks to help you transition your blazer from the office to your summer adventures.