Around DC

Believe it or not, Washington, DC has become a destination for professional men’s clothing in recent years, from  high-profile retailers Bonobos and Dutch-based Suit Supply (and the HMX Group’s regrettably short-lived Streets of Georgetown) to custom tailors Michael Andrews Bespoke and Alton Lane.  Add to that home-grown talent from the likes of Hugh & Crye, VM Clothiers and Lost Boys, and you have an emerging community catering to modern professional men.  This new energy builds on a rich history of style in the District, including tailors and retail professionals such as Geoffrey Lewis who have been in the business for decades and who are also well-worth getting to know better, as Modern Fellows intends to do over time.

Behind the Scenes at Trunk Club in DC

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Around DC, Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Behind the Scenes at Trunk Club in DC

Menswear styling service Trunk Club has been quietly building out a physical presence across the United States to complement its online subscription offering. Their expansion includes a clubhouse in Washington, DC, where Modern Fellows recently caught up with their team. Founded in 2009 by Bonobos co-founder Brian Spaly and acquired by Nordstrom in the summer of 2014, the company began opening studios with their home base in Chicago. Trunk Club arrived in DC in March...

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Trading Snow Boots and Parkas for Oxfords and Unlined Blazers

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Around DC, Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs | 0 comments

Trading Snow Boots and Parkas for Oxfords and Unlined Blazers

The calendar says spring and it is finally starting to feel like it. Time to trade heavy winter jackets and functional snow boots for new shoes and clothes. Here is what Modern Fellows is looking forward to as the weather brightens. The thing about winter is the weather often necessitates function over form. Who in their right mind would put on an unlined, patch pocket blazer (above) courtesy of Knot Standard’s new DC showroom when the thermometer is hovering...

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Getting to Know the New Knot Standard

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Around DC, Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows | 1 comment

Getting to Know the New Knot Standard

Knot Standard feels like a classic tailor updated for the digital age. After evolving several times since it began five years ago, founders John Ballay and Matt Mueller seem to have found their groove, offering a seamless experience and quality product online and across an expanding series of showrooms scattered throughout the United States and Dubai. The company offers two entry points for customers. Online, the company offers made-to-measure suiting via processes...

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Not Just Another Tie: 6 Stylish Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Advice & Resources, Around DC, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Not Just Another Tie: 6 Stylish Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

For a unique, thoughtful present, reach beyond the mall. Modern Fellows offers its 2014 menswear gift guide. 1. Uncover an interesting accessory There are a range of startups poised to help fill a guy’s stocking this year.  Beltology features funky herringbone belts that pair well with jeans; Jay Butler sports crocodile money clips and ostrich billfolds; and the Gentleman’s Gazette shop can set you up with retro-inspired handmade boutonniere silk flowers,...

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A Review of the PROPERSUIT Made-to-Measure Suit

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Around DC, Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

A Review of the PROPERSUIT Made-to-Measure Suit

The entrepreneurs behind Chicago-based Proper Suit put a premium on customer service, having evolved their business model from online made-to-measure to an in-person only approach that aims to guarantee a perfect fit and inviting experience.

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DC-Based Boldfoot Socks Launches Via Kickstarter

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Around DC, Entrepreneurs, Made in America, Modern Fellows | 1 comment

DC-Based Boldfoot Socks Launches Via Kickstarter

Modern Fellows caught up with entrepreneur Brad Christmann, who took his Washington, DC-based sock venture Boldfoot live this week and quickly surpassed his initial fundraising target. Brad, a District-area native – he grew up in Silver Spring – has been fine-tuning the concept and construction of his line of colorful men’s socks for the past year and a half.

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Behind Collared Greens’ Refreshing American-Made Menswear Line, a Focus on Sustainability

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Around DC, Entrepreneurs, Made in America, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Behind Collared Greens’ Refreshing American-Made Menswear Line, a Focus on Sustainability

Collared Greens ain’t subtle.  The young company is cranking out a bright and bold line of American-made neck and bow ties, polos, pocket squares, and other takes on classic menswear staples.  It is also on the move, recently transferring its headquarters to up-and-coming fashion destination Richmond and expanding its presence online and through menswear shops nationally and internationally. Their story dates back to 2008, when co-founder Randy Ashton convinced...

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Getting to Know Nice Laundry and Their Exceptionally Nice Socks

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Around DC, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Getting to Know Nice Laundry and Their Exceptionally Nice Socks

It has been a whirlwind couple of months for Ricky Choi and Phil Moldavski, the Living Social alumni behind the Washington, DC-based menswear staples startup Nice Laundry. Since launching their company on Kickstarter in August 2013, the two have nearly sold out of their initial production run — a lot sooner than they thought — following a strong crowd-funding drive that raised more than three times its target goal. Modern Fellows sat down with Phil and...

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Inside Ledbury and Read Wall DC Christmas Pop-Up Stores

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Around DC, Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Made in America, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Inside Ledbury and Read Wall DC Christmas Pop-Up Stores

Several online retailers set up shop in Georgetown this holiday season, offering DC residents an opportunity to touch fabrics, try on clothes and get to know their brands offline.  Modern Fellows toured pop ups put on by Richmond-based Ledbury and Washington, DC’s Read Wall this week and captured some photos of what’s on offer. Read Wall Read Wall grew up in Washington, DC and stuck around to found an evolving and extraordinarily interesting line of...

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7 Made-in-America Gift Ideas for Guys

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Around DC, Entrepreneurs, Made in America, Modern Fellows | 1 comment

7 Made-in-America Gift Ideas for Guys

What better time than Cyber Monday to trot out a gift guide?  From head-to-toe, below are seven ideas for stylish American-made gifts for men. One nice thing about the options below, and others you might discover via directories from the likes of American Made Matters, retailers such as William Rogue and Co or Made Collection, or Modern Fellows’ roundup of Northern Grade Richmond, is that they offer opportunities to make a gift a little bit more meaningful by...

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