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Color Color Color/ Solid Solid Solid

Just a sample of solid colors from Faconnable’s Spring 2012 Collection.

Why a solid tie? Solid ties enters a splash of color and easily blend with striped or pattern shirts and are easily taken in by the observer as being tasteful and clean with a pop. Throw in a pocket square and stop some traffic. the ties can have a satin finish, slight texture, or a tightly woven grenandine. While many people know of Faconnable brand from many various pronunciations, correct or incorrect, that which is always correct is the superb color palette Faconnable’s neck wear has to offer the well dressed gentleman. Season after season, year after year. Let’s look a a few combinations featuring myself, with a few colors.

Red Solid tie with pocket square and striped shirt from Faconnable. Suit by Domenico Spano Custom.

Solid green tie and blue Gingham check shirt with navy two button suit from Faconnable.

Solid Orange Tie with Blue Striped Suit from Faconnable. Grey Flannel Chalk Striped Suit from Hickey Freeman.

Sean Connery with a more monochromatic look wearing solid grenadine ties during his tenure as James Bond.
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Bruschetta ala Francis

In between my business endeavors I love to eat, and eat well. After I made some Bruschetta one evening, in my haste I apparently did not distribute the ingredients evenly across the toast.

“Dad it’s not mixed right, this piece has more olives, this one too many shallots” 

 Well, you get the idea. Dad not being one to take criticism well, young Francis landed himself a new job as The Bruschetta Plater.  I also decided to make him mix the arugula salad as well.

Slow down on the grated Pecorino, boy!”. 

Bruschetta Puttanesca.

Our Recipe.

Basically the ingredients are those in a ‘”puttanesca” sauce.

  1. One large shallot diced.
  2. A dozen Kalamata olives chopped coarsely.two
  3. Two tablespoons of capers.
  4. One seeded Jalapeno pepper diced.
  5. Four anchovies chopped coarsely.
  6. One Tablespoon of lemon or lime juice.
  7. Three Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  8. Most importantly we love Campari tomatoes right from the vine. Dice about six tomatoes, remove the seeds and add to the mixing bowl and let sit for up to 20 minutes. This bowl stays at room temperature, please please please do not put that bowl in the refrigerator or it will be terrible. Tomatoes hate refrigerators and will ruin themselves if you chill them, spiteful little fruit they are.
  9. Then toast some Semolina bread slices, plate it evenly, and spoon the remaining olive oil and juice over the plate.

Pour yourself a nice glass of Cannonau and watch the Bruschetta disappear. Delicioso!

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Monochromatic Icons, Keeping it Clean

When we think of monochromatic dressing, what comes to mind, Black and White, shades of Gray between? Boring or clean and chic? Let’s take a look as some of  the most well known monochromatic dressers and a few friends.

On screen and off George can be seen in solid dark suits with a white shirt and solid dark tie.

Cary Grant shows us a blue/grey monochromatic combination.

Now let’s look at spicing the monochromatic look with accents of color.

Simple Shade of grey and blue with a splash of color in the tie and bow tie.

Keeping it clean is relatively easy and adds a look of seriousness to your wardrobe and your personal Brand.It also creates variety as when you wear something more colorful at a different time there is more impact. What you wear is the initial perception others receive well before you even speak. Monochromatic looks speak of chic and clean  and define a sense of masculine self confidence.

Grey Double Breasted nail head suit by Domenico Spano Custom. Striped tie ala Fred Astaire.

Go Gingham Go!

A lovely assortment of Gingham shirts with spread collars by Faconnable.

Gingham fabric makes a versatile shirt as it looks great with or without a tie, with or without a jacket and provides the opportunity to show colors cleanly with the white/color checks. The fabrics are light for year round use and are a classic part of the wardrobe.

Sources claim two origins of the word “gingham”, firstly from 1615, from Dutch “gingang” traders’ rendering of a Malay word said to be ginggang “striped,” used as a noun with the sense of “striped cotton. Secondly named after Guingamp, in Brittany, where the fabric was originally manufactured.

Teach the Children “Well Dressed”

It’s never too early to start your children in the right direction of style and taste. If they learn from your example of dressing well, and you help guide them in how/why you are dressing it will instill something in them to carry them forward in future success and confidence. If they can dress themselves in the morning  their decision making skills get more focused and empower their confidence and self esteem at the beginning of their self consciousness.

Well Dressed at 6 years old with a Three Button Ralph Lauren Suit, Brooks Brothers French Blue French cuff shirt, tie and pocket square by Domenico Spano, suspenders from Aldo and brown suede laceups

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So you bought a Striped Suit, Now what? Can I wear Stripes and Stripes?

The first question someone asks when buying their first (or tenth) striped suit is, “What shirts and ties can I wear with it?”  Over the course of the last decade the so-called rules have loosened into reality not dogma. If it looks good, then it’s good. What this means is that if you look good in what you are wearing, and are comfortable wearing it, then this is your style and the process of your journey in taste (not just fleeting fashion- not that you can’t pull that off as well.)

Of course, you can wear solid shirts to start especially if they accentuate the color of the stripe in the suit. If you have a beaded stripe in most cases you can blend it to variety of colors. Once we add a tie or shirt with a pattern, what is critical is to think in terms of scale. If the suit stripes are an inch wide any patterns should using be contained within the stripes and how his simple patterned tie enhances the look.

 We will work from busier tasteful combinations to more conservative examples.

Domenico Spano wearing his double breasted striped suit with a horizontal striped shirt and crisp polka dot bow tie with Gigi Francis Cuff Links.

Our next example shows Prince Charles.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales gives a speech during a visit to St Mellitus College on February 12, 2010 in London, England. St Mellitus College is The Church of England?s newest theological training college, founded by the Bishops of London and Chelmsford as a resource for London and Essex. The Prince?s visit was an opportunity for him to meet people connected with the College, as well as members of the community who use St Paul?s, including youth workers and school children and members of other organisations associated with the Church of England within the Diocese of London.

Prince Charles with a double breasted striped suit and verticle blue striped suit. Notice how the scale of the stripes in the suit differs from the suit and once again a simple pattern tie simplifies the look.

Finally the most simple look, classic, crisp, and clean.

Ralph Lauren demonstrates the striped suit in its most conservative fashion, with a white shirt and solid tie.

Tired of the Same Two Buttons

Everywhere you look you can see the same suit with a different label. The only real thing different besides the label is the fabric and of course quality of construction, but you can buy a suit from almost any clothing store in New York and they end up looking the same. You can spend from $360 to $8,000 with Tom Ford and unless you are slim and look like a runway model you will most likely look like a sausage or braciole. This is not very comfortable for the majority of  men, leaving them running home to shed their suit leaving most distasteful feeling that dressing well is not for them. This should not be the case, the suit should suit (fit) the individual.

In the past most clothing manufacturers as diverse as Oxxford, Hickey Freeman, Giorgio Armani, Brioni, Canali etc. knew their customer base and worked with retail merchants and buyers to provide their own classic fits and trimmer models for fashion (and those who could wear them.) For the past decade after business casual virtually destroyed the creative market in clothing the resulting damage has become one of universal sameness. While at a major New York Store last month I saw a floor of 2 button dark suits discounted at 75% off , no visible or invisible customers , and half a dozen of sales people left working their clients on the phone/emailing them to sell them what, the same suit they have one, two or three of already.

Tom Ford suit $3,000 (+)

or Mark Anthony $360 (-)

I’m by no means knocking Tom Ford but his look isn’t for everyone. Tom looks great in it, but this a limited fit  and I can do without the squeezed sausage feeling. Also the last time I checked there was a great array of fabric available underutilized by most designers.  Seasonal fabrics that comprised a Man’s wardrobe for Nature’s Seasons, Fabric with a purpose. Fits for for a full chest, shoulders, and waist including Double Breasted Suits, Peaked and Notched Lapels, Vests, One Two and Three Buttons for variety, whether they be conservative, flamboyant, dandy or rugged.

Style Icons, Domenico Spano, Michele Savoia, and Albert Goldberg.

Master Tailor Michele Savoia.

Creative force behind Faconnable Albert Goldberg.