Monthly Archives: May 2019

  • Boat shoes guide

    Boat shoes guide part 3

    Boat shoe styles, number 3:

    For those less concerned with the traditional look, boat shoes are available in an array of colors and pattern combinations which allow you to wear whatever suits your style best.

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  • Boat shoes guide

    Boat shoes guide part 2

    Characteristics of boat shoes, number 1:

    Traditionally they have mid- to dark-brown leather uppers. Today, uppers are available in both canvas and leather in various colors and patterns. Uppers are treated to repel water and to be stain-proof and they are hand-sewn and top-stitched.

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  • Boat shoes guide

    Boat shoes guide part 1

    History of boat shoes, number 1:

    Before the advent of the modern boat shoe, sailors and boatmen alike struggled to maintain a firm foothold on the slippery decks of their boats.  The shoes available to them were just not up to the task and as one can imagine this lead to frequent accidents, not to mention hilarious and embarrassing situations.

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  • The corduroy guide

    The corduroy guide part 5

    Corduroy details and characteristics, number 2:

    Corduroy is generally measured by what is referred to as the “Wale” of the cord, which is the number of ridges found in the item per inch. The term comes from the actual name of those ribs or cords that are called “Wales.” The lower the wale number, the thicker the “Wales” will be. The wale count is a rather large range and unlike other grades that often offer just a handful of choices, corduroy comes in everything from 1.5 all the way up to 21. However, in most cases, the most desirable wale number is somewhere between 10 and 12. Ideally, wider wale counts should be reserved for items below the waist, whereas a finer wale number can be chosen for items such as jackets and suits. Ultimately, of course, you pick what you like.

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  • The corduroy guide

    The corduroy guide part 4

    This material is made from cotton or a cotton blend, it is very popular for hunting apparel, trousers, jackets, suits and other cool-weather attire due to its warmth. This guide is all about this wonderful material and how you can use it in men’s apparel.

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  • The corduroy guide

    The corduroy guide part 3

    Often considered the poor man’s substitute for velvet, corduroy is actually a very wonderful fabric that is made from cotton which is woven to lie parallel to each other, so it forms individual cords that almost appear to be separate and attached. Soft and yet durable, it is a variation of velvet that is easy to maintain and clean and still keeps its shape relatively well.

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  • The corduroy guide

    The corduroy guide part 2

    How corduroy got its name, number 2:

    Some also claim the name was derived from the French “Corde du Roi” which means as much as ‘Cloth of the King’. Considering that cotton was not the fabric of kings, it seems less likely that this was, in fact, the origin of Corduroy.

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  • The corduroy guide

    The corduroy guide part 1

    The history of corduroy, number 1:

    In order to understand the history of corduroy, you must first understand its parent, Fustian. It is an umbrella term for thick cotton fabrics including moleskins and corduroys. It was first woven in Norwich, England during the reign of Edward VI, and used for jackets in the 15 century. Originally dating back as far as 200 AD, it was initially woven in Fustat, a small city near Cairo, in Egypt. At the time, Fustat was a bustling marketplace and one that was known for its use of cotton and later its exportation of cotton throughout much of Europe.

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  • Men’s underwear guide

    Quality hallmarks of men’s underwear

    Quality hallmarks, number 1: Comfort

    Comfort is crucial when it comes to underwear because we wear it all day, every day. As such, the material has a huge impact on the comfort level but that aside, the cut, the pouch and the quality and positioning of the seams make a tremendous difference. Generally, women’s underwear seems to be more advanced because women usually want thin underwear that does not show through their pants. To reduce the number of seams, 360 degree knitted underwear has been introduced to the women’s underwear market but due to the pouch needed for men, they have not been present in the men’s underwear market. However, you will find that luxury men’s underwear brands now offer back knitted or cut thigh openings that do not unravel. Traditionally, you needed a seam for it not to unravel, but new advancements in knitting technology now allow for smooth leg openings. Overall, it will be interesting to see what innovation the men’s underwear industry will produce in the next few years.

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  • Men’s underwear guide

    Men’s underwear guide part 9

    Comfort is paramount in underwear and while many men prefer one kind of underwear, it makes more sense to choose the style based on the day’s activity. When it comes to choosing underwear and materials, there are plenty of options on the market today, which makes it difficult to find underwear that is perfect for you without buying one of each kind. In this guide, you can learn about the best underwear styles for different activities, different underwear colors, and good underwear materials.

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