1/11/2019 A super-interesting article from Erin Griffith at the New York Times details a movement of entrepreneurs rejecting venture capital-led hyper-growth, which quotes Seph Skerritt, CEO of one of our favorite menswear startups Proper Cloth.
11/7/2018 The Nob Hill Gazette profiles Andrew Poupart, an Apple engineer by day and Instagram account of influencer styleafter50, featuring him in a Hemrajani suit, Budd Shirtmakers shirt, and an ancient madder H.N. White tie, and bespoke shoes by Nicholas Templeman. Must be nice!
6/16/2018 Forbes contributor Steven Barr argues that the democratization of custom clothing is now, but AI and data will transform custom clothing options even more in the next 10-20 years. The article includes interesting data points on Proper Cloth, which works “with more than 500 active fabrics and color styles and “uses online sizing technology called smart sizes where shoppers submit personal data.” Proper Cloth then calls upon sizing data of “tens of thousands of customer body profiles, which helps them garner a perfect review nearly every time,” as well as complex supply chain technologies and a responsive manufacturing partner. The article also references Alton Lane, which uses the cloud and data analytics to perfect its customer experience.
2/2/18 The Tie Bar “is bucking the retail apocalypse with a massive store expansion” in Chicago, New York, elsewhere, via Fast Company. Take a look inside the Tie Bar’s store in Washington, DC.
12/4/2017 Racked lays out the battle of the button down shirts for men, comparing men’s shirt companies like Ledbury, Proper Cloth, Untuckit, Kit and Ace and Mizzen and Main, and contrasts the different growth paths each took. “If there’s a danger,” Racked says, “it’s growing too big, too fast.” Let’s remember: these companies are retail brands with physical products, not tech startups. The lesson? “Scaling back ambitions is sometimes the smartest thing to do.”
8/8/16 The Official Money Guide to Becoming a Snob on a Budget features Knot Standard, Indochino, J Crew and Everlane
2/24/16 Amazon.com has quietly launched 7 in-house clothing brands including Franklin & Freeman for men’s dress shoes and Franklin Tailored for men’s suits and accessories. Check out Modern Fellows’ Guide to Amazon Prime’s menswear brands like Goodthreads, and the differences between Amazon Fashion Brands for women like Lark & Ro.
7/14/15 Bloomberg describes How Daniel Wellington Made a $200 Million Business Out of Cheap Watches
4/16/15 SF Chronicle looks at Everlane expanding its reach
2/21/15 Sydney Morning Herald profiles 6 of the world’s leading suitmakers
2/18/15 The Atlantic on the ability of the suit to convey “conformity and mystery, seduction and menace”
12/3/14 WSJ: Is slim no longer in for mens’ suits?
“Men of the Cloth” DC Premiere Screening at West End Cinema occurs October 14, 2014.
8/16/14 Economic Times (India) explains why India’s young professionals are getting interested in made-to-measure suiting
8/8/14 WTVC on how Hardwick Clothiers, the oldest tailor-made men’s clothing manufacturer in the U.S., is keeping pace with the digital age
May-June D Magazine profiles the growth of performance workwear startup Mizzen + Main
5/10/14 Financial Post: Inside Canada’s clothing startups
5/4/14 WSJ: Continued coverage of the power sock, featuring Friskybox
2/4/14 Refinery29: 7 Men’s Style Bloggers Ruling the DMV Style Scene, featuring Image Granted, Off the Cuff DC and Modern Fellows
12/30/13 Washington Post’s Dan Zak on 3 Defense Department colleagues’ DC startup sock venture
12/13/13 WSJ on how a shoe boom driven by Allen Edmunds, Common Projects and company is expanding the shoe-niverse
11/8/13 Entrepreneur’s Jason Daley on the rise of Proper Suit’s Richard Hall and McGregor Madden
10/19/13 WSJ explains how a “new generation of menswear aficionados” is reviving the necktie
9/12/13 NYT T Magazine: Andrew Ross Sorkin on Tommy John, Spanx for men and underwear brand loyalty
7/10/13 Bloomberg Businessweek: Why online retailers like Proper Cloth are pursuing physical retail space
6/24/13 AllThingsD: Warby Parker to experiment with a unique point-of-sale payments system
5/17/13 Georgetown Patch.com: Where to buy graduation gifts for modern guys in Washington DC
5/1/13 The WSJ traces the emergence of the peak lapel suit
4/10/13 Mercury News: The trend From Schlub to Stud is accelerating
4/9/13 Yahoo News: Custom men’s suiting is on the rise in Washington DC
March 2013 Esquire: J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler on men’s suiting, the casual Friday backlash, the Liquor Store, and fine factories in China
3/19/13 Huffington Post: Shop “glocally” with Mark McNairy New Amsterdam, Han Kjobenhavn, Albam, CAMO and Union Made
2/20/13 Reuters on the renaissance of Savile Row
2/19/13 Time Magazine on the fight to save the Garment District, an incubator of American talent an innovation
1/14/13 Philadelphia Inquirer: Two entrepreneurs are working to revive American manufacturing, starting with a classic trench coat
1/4/13 Mrketplace: Pop-up menswear markets like Northern Grade are gaining traction around the country
1/3/13 WSJ: Technology entrepreneurs are stepping up their sartorial game and productivity, shocking east coast colleagues
12/14/12: Primer Magazine: This holiday season, discover innovative new retailers via Four Last-Minute Wish List Style Upgrades
12/2012 Esquire: covers American-made “craftsmanship, timeless style, and real beauty” in its December “Great American Things” feature
11/5/12 CNN: A like-minded community eager to meet the entrepreneurs behind the Made in America movement
11/2012: GQ’s critique of DC style is a decade out of date and pretty gutsy for a publication that regularly pairs suits with sneakers
10/25/12 Bloomberg Business Week: Entrepreneurs like Bonobos and Trunk Club are leading high growth in menswear e-commerce
10/22/12 Wall Street Journal: American Brands will look to increase overseas demand to keep Hickey Freeman suits Made in America
10/6/12 Boston Globe: How retailers are tailoring clothing stores to men featuring Alton Lane, Bonobos and J. Crew
10/5/12 Wall Street Journal: “A stylish and quiet resurgence” for American-made clothing
9/14/12 New York Times: Interesting profile of the entrepreneurs behind new Made in America flash sale site Made Collection
9/13/12 New York Times: “Strong gains” in sales of men’s dress shirts and suits are leading retailers to change stores, develop “man caves”
7/7/12 The Next Web: “The rise of the online-only brand“
1/1/12 Washington Post: For professionals, the “Washington area witnesses revival in menswear“
7/19/11 Marketwatch: Living Social, Astor & Black on how to start a successful business
4/14/11 Wall Street Journal: “It can cost a man a lot less to feel like a million bucks in his suit these days,” thanks to Suit Supply and J.Crew