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.

A Review of the Hall Madden Made-to-Measure Suit

Proper-suit-shoulderThe entrepreneurs behind custom suit and shirt tailor Hall Madden  (known as Proper Suit when this review was initially posted) 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.

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

Collared-Greens-Beer-CozyCollared 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.

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.

7 Made-in-America Gift Ideas for Guys

American-made-gifts-2013What 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.

Welcome to the Hat Shop, DC: An Interview with Goorin Bros. CEO Ben Goorin

Goorin-Bros-CEO-Ben-Goorin“Welcome to the hat shop!” Ben Goorin is standing at the door to his company’s new Georgetown outpost, offering a hearty greeting to a steady stream of shoppers. It has been a busy eight years for the fourth generation CEO who, since taking over the business, has opened nearly 30 retail stores selling American-made hats directly to men and women.

How Pakistan, the Peace Corps and USTR spawned Georgetown’s New Stealth Tailors

J-and-C-Suiting-John-and-Colby-Washington-DCWhile entrepreneurs often jump from business school or the corporate world to start a new business, others take a different path.  This is the improbable story of two development professionals trying to change the world through men’s clothing: Introducing J&C Suiting, Georgetown’s new stealth tailors of affordable custom menswear.

Review: VM Clothiers’ Custom Dress Shirts

VM-Clothiers-Dress-Shirt-GinghamUpdate: VM Clothiers has shuttered. 

Down the street from the White House, Vishal Mirpuri is building a solid reputation in the District of Colombia for affordable custom suits and shirts.  Over the past several months, Modern Fellows tried out and tested two of VM Clothiers’ custom dress shirts and, in the process, got a feel for Vishal’s approach to men’s clothing and customer service.