Tuesday, January 29, 2008

More Choices than ever in the New Year

These days when you buy a suit from J.T. Vinson Co. you have more choices than ever. For example, you might want to try our made-to-measure suits from $500-$1,000 each. This suit is made by machine and will compare favorably to suits purchased for MORE off the rack. Next, we have custom clothing from the classic American tailoring houses, which have been making the best clothing in the United States for nearly 100 years. I have built my business, and my name quite literally on these finely made garments. This range of suits sell for $900-$2,400 and include the fabrics from brand name mills such as Zegna, Holland and Sherry, Loro Piana, and others. And finally, we also make a “Hand Sewn” garment. This is a suit that is custom made for you and sewn completely by hand. You could not find a superior garment for less than $4,000 in a retail store. Brands such as Brioni and Kiton come to mind, however I would put a “Hand-Sewn” from JT Vinson up against a Brioni any day. Our “Hand-Sewn” suits start at $2,500 each and go up from there depending on the fabric. These are reserved for gentlemen who desire the very best the world has to offer when it comes to their garments.

In the tie department we still offer all the latest choices from old favorites like Vineyard Vines, Peter Blair, Thatcher Spring, as well as our own JT Vinson private label ties. Plus I am always on the lookout for up and coming tie designers that are “breaking out”, so you’ll always be able to see some things that are really starting to catch on before they do. If I do say so myself our own private label collection just keeps getting better. In this line you’re always guaranteed to find a great assortment of high quality ties from $55 - $75 each, and I know you’ll love the way they tie.

With custom shirts, we are adding new swatches constantly. There are always new and interesting variations on white and blue shirts that will add some variety to your staple colors. Striped and checked shirtings are always present in interesting variations of color and pattern. Shirts like these are great for making more interesting dress shirts or sport shirts. I highly recommend an order of 6-8 new custom shirts at a minimum each year to add freshness and life to the clothes you already have, and JT Vinson will always have plenty of great options to choose from when it comes to beautiful shirts!

With all of these choices, and a professional planner to help guide you in your personal decision making, you simply cannot do better than J.T. Vinson Clothiers when it comes to looking your best with the utmost conveneience, quality and value added. As a small family owned business, we certainly appreciate your business, and look forward to each and every opportunity we have to serve you. We wish you every success in the new year and beyond!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Recent Wardrobe tips

Use Brass Collar Stays in Your Shirts
It's not good to send your shirts to the cleaner with the stays in. Over time, the collars will not look as good as if they are removed each and every time. We've all had the drycleaner melt them into the collars of the shirts before, and it seems that you always run out of fresh collar stays for your shirts. You might try a set of the brass stays for a better overall looking collar and to change your routine a bit. I liken it to having a better pair of sunglasses. You seem to care more about them, and therefore take greater care with the brass stays. That has certainly been the case for me. I have found that the brass collar stays for your shirts look better in the shirts than the plastic ones. They definitely keep the collar looking proper and the added weight seems to give the collar a more impressive look all day long. I have also noticed that I am far less likely to leave them in my shirts, instead I tend to be more careful in removing them from my shirts at the end of the day. Or if they are still in the shirt from the previous day, I get them out when I am dressing the next day because I am looking for a specific set of collar stays rather than getting more (disposable) plastic ones from a large supply to put in my next shirt.
If you would like a set of brass stays just let me know. They come in a very nice little box and are very inexpensive for a nice set of 6 in various lengths. OR I have plenty of the plastic ones, They're free; just ask and we can send you out a dozen or two anytime you like.

Drycleaning Tips
Here is a quick tip on the care of your better dress shirts. Tell your cleaner that you would like your shirts “hand finished”. Also, if you are prone to getting dirty collars, then ask them to “treat the collars” (for stains) every time. These days almost all shirts are done entirely by machine (operators) and the best way to make sure that the shirts look well-pressed every time is to "hand finish" them. Now this is different than asking to have them “hand pressed”. Hand pressed means that the shirts are done entirely by hand rather than just touched up by hand after coming off the line. Most cleaners will charge you twice the price if you want your shirts “hand pressed” but only a negligible amout more (if at all) to “hand finish” your shirts. Any wrinkles that might normally be visible in the shirt are smoothed out while the shirt is still "warm". As far as “treating the collars” goes, don't assume that your cleaner will treat your collars for stains just because you hand him your nice shirts. This is a case of “If you don't ask, you don't get it”. I now have a standing order with my cleaner: “hand finish – treat the collars – no starch”.
If you follow this advice your shirts will come back looking much better, and will last quite a bit longer, as starch isn't great for the life of your shirts. As far as cost, it shouldn't be any extra to have the collars treated every time they do your shirts. They may or may not charge you extra for the hand finishing. If you are a good consistent customer with some decent volume every month, your cleaner should have no problem making sure your shirts receive this extra step when they come off the machines, but be prepared to possibly pay an extra 20 or 30 cents per shirt for the hand finishing. You should see a dramatic difference though in the way the shirts look when they come back. If they tell you they can't do it, or that they don't know what you mean - you may want to look for another cleaner.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What is a good mix of Sport coats and Blazers?

Any professional clothier will tell you there are five basic sportcoats that everyone should have:

A navy blazer with blazer buttons. This is used for the most formal of your business casual events, i.e. dinner with that major account at the club etc ...

Tan camel hair or cashmere blazer for the fall/winter, as well as its equivalent in the summer, a tan plain weave or linen blazer.

Black blazer with a contrasting brown crushed horn button, or antique silver/pewter buttons. This is a great garment to travel with, as it does everything. You can wear it with everything from blue jeans to a nice pair of wool trousers and a silk shirt or a shirt and tie.

An earthtone houndstooth or glen plaid, your choice. This can be worn with a variety of tans, olives, and taupe colored trousers.

A black and white houndstooth, Prince O' Wales glen plaid or herringbone, your choice. Wear it with black or grey trousers.