The Perfect Summer Jacket – Canali Kei Blazers

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Señores!

It’s hot!

Like, so hot that the devil had to take a day off!

Nonetheless, me espero (I hope) that you are enjoying your summer!

Travel, fun, & sun is what it’s all about.

But if you live in a climate like mine, verano (summer) can wreak havoc on your wardrobe.

Sweaty back, armpit stains, and  a wet chest will ruin an outfit. The ladies don’t like it and it can really hurt a gent’s confidence.

So how do you stay cool, yet remain stylish, during the warm summer days/nights…especially when wearing a blazer? After all, it is a staple in a man’s wardrobe.

1.  It’s All About the Quality

When shopping for a dope blazer/jacket, you want to focus on the quality of the brand. FullSizeRender (7)Quality is not always synonymous with price but the amount that you paga (pay) can be an indicator. Since 1934, Canali has been creating timeless and superbly crafted menswear pieces that are worth every penny. Canali has pieces that fit into any aesthetic and wardrobe.

When making a determination of quality, you want to look at details such as thread count, button types (horn not plastic), stitching, and weight of the fabric. Your jacket should not be shinny, frilling, or pill.

2. It’s All About the Fabric

You’ve heard me say it time and time again that fabric is what makes or breaks an item of clothing. The construction, design, and fit are secondary to the type of textile that being used. The most breathable fabrics are

  • Linen – coolest of all clothing fabrics. Lightweight and doesn’t hold moisture. Wrinkles easily and keeps the wrinkles.
  • Cotton – breathable & holds moisture; most durable and versatile textile.
  • Linen/cotton blend
  • Chambray – durable, durable, durable! Can be hot but the gauge of the fabric can determine how much heat is retained
  • Synthetic dry fit textiles – moisture wicking. This means that the fabric will pull the sweat away from the body and keeps the muggy feeling at bay. Most jerseys and athletic wear are made from this material

3. Construction is Key

For purposes of this article, construccion simply defined. It’s how the jacket is made. In blazers the construction comes in three different forms.

When a jacket is made, it has an interlining that’s known as a canvas. This interlining is usualmente made from horsehair or a horehair combined with cotton or a sythetic material. It’s found between the outer layer of the jacket and the lining. Canali Craftsmanship

It’s purpose is to help the chaqueta  to drape smoothly over the chest. The canvass gives additional support which will allow the garment to be worn properly and fall over the chest and shoulders with ease and style.

The two warm weather constructions are:

Unconstructed

These jackets are unlined and do not have the canvas in them except in the sleeve. Additionally, unconstructed jackets don’t have any roping and have common features such asUnconctructed DB

  • exposed seams
  • working cuffs
  • patch pockets

The major fabric is the outer layer. You will find these in linen, 100% cotton,and cotton blend jackets. The lack of lining allows the jacket to vent well and remains breathable.

I am especially fond of the Kei Jacket. It’s an  icon of Canali blazers and features a soft silhouette for a relaxed and refined look. It’s lightweight construction and varied colorways offer a great selection that every gent should have in their closet. 

FullSizeRender (3)When sporting this type of jacket, they are best worn with casual outfits. Pair them with some jeans and chinos. If you’re really feeling frisky, you can add some simple silhouette sneakers that will give the entire look an edge.

Half Canvas
The canvas in the lining is found throughout the top half of the jacket. This allows for a Half Canvas well-shaped shoulder structure – a very important part of a well-fitting jacket, and ensures the jacket tapers towards the waist. It’s important to remember that a half canvas jacket does have some layering but there are plenty of areas where ventilation can happen. Half Canvas jackets do not lay as flat and  do not move as much as a full canvas construction but are the most popular because they still look sturdy and are very comfortable. They are also, generalmente speaking, less expensive than full canvas pieces.

Generally, you would pair a half canvas jacket with trousers or chinos. They can, however, look great with well fitting pair of jeans.

Keep these facts in mind when searching for the perfect summer blazer or summer suit.

**Editor’s Picks

If you’re reading this blog, then you know that when it comes to style,  I am a fan of the non-traditional and lover of printed fabrics. I really don’t believe in looking like the next gent. There is an intelligent way to break the style rules or have a differentiated look that everyone else.  Canali has a Seersucker Line Seer - Jacketthat does it for me! The lightweight, fresh, and breathable details of the line are remarkable thanks to its characteristic puckering. Seersucker is the perfect fabric for blazers and casual pants for warm weather seasons.Seer - Trousers The microcheck print is different in that the blue is closer to a navy than a cobalt – which is what you would find in a traditional seersucker pattern. Additionally, the line has complete navy options and a collarless water resistant jacket for those pesky evening yacht parties in Miami harbor. The line allows you to mix and match different components seamlessly.

I also fell in love with their footwear. More especificamente, Canali’s sneakers are timeless. The simple design and rich colors allow them to be worn with casual or sporty looks. For the perfect summer chic look, the style savvy gent would team the sneakers with the Seersucker Line, a white shirt (oxford or tee), a bold pocket square, and a well made straw fedora for flare! You would be the talk of the harbor!!

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Remember, stay fly my friends!!!!!! It’s easy to do so in Canali!

-SG

This post is sponsored by Canali

 

 

 

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Style Matters…to EVERYONE

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Señores,

Yo tengo a question.

Why does style matter?

They’re  just clothes…

Who really cares?

The answer: EVERYONE!

Even those who think they don’t care about style are deeply affected by it. 

Let me show you how…

  • Work uniforms
  • School dress code
  • Sports uniforms 

These are just tres ways that fashion and style have touched us all. 

It matters to companies…they want you to representar them well. 

It matters to schools…they want you to dress in such a way that it encourages learning.
It matters to teams…they want all to know who you play for. 

IT MATTERS! 

So, yo quiero deviate from the the typical post with this one?

Recently, I had the privilege to speak to a group of young men (middle – high school age boys) about looking your best. It was titled The Passport to Style: Your Ticket to Confidence. 


I was able to conectar with these young men so that they would understand the benefits of looking great. It was my goal to give them reasons beyond what they’ve probably heard a kazillion times already. 


I called out some of the young guys to ask the to give me their business card or identificación

Most of them looked at me like I was crazy. They didn’t have cars so they didn’t have a license. The young gents weren’t business owners so they didn’t have business cards. 

My next question was, “How am I going to know who you are?”


Crickets was the response.

I told them that they’d already presented me their ID based on their appearance. Naturally the dialogue progressed into the importance of looking well put together because people are making assumptions and judgements about you based on what they see. 


After our chat, it was time for a demonstración. It’s shocking to know how many young guys don’t know how to tie a necktie. This was the day that the lads who didn’t know would learn!


The necktie is like the keystone for a man’s wardrobe. It communicates strength, professionalism, and refinement for its wearer. 


So one by one we start to show the guys how it’s done. We focused on the single Windsor knot. It’s classicism can’t be overstated. Especíal attention was paid to the dimple. After all, the dimple is the cherry on top!

The beauty of this event was the support by other men. Rallying behind the boys to be an example was a high point during the session. Many of the young lads don’t have this kind of positive one-on-one interaction with an adult male, so it’s needed.

The end result was a $50 gift card for the best knot.


Pero this chico wasn’t the only winner if the day. All the guys walked out of the session with a new tie and dress shirt!

It is my sincere desire that the young men left with a new perspective and appreciation for how they present themselves. 

-SG 

5 Reasons to Buy Bespoke 

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¡Señores!

Me espero todo bien (I hope all is well).

Una pregunta…

Are you taller than 6’4″; or maybe you’re shorter than 5’5″. Whether you’re a gigante or a microgent, one thing you share is that it’s hard to find clothes with el correcto fit.

The same is true for mis grandes amigos y atleticos!! When you’re sizes are beyond the norm shopping can be difícil.

So what do you do when your measurements just aren’t found in the stores?

Photo |www.dangerouslee.biz

The obvious answer is get your clothes tailored, to which I wholeheartedly agree. Regardless of your size, your tailor should be as much a part of your wardrobe as your favorite pair of jeans!
Pero, let me offer another opción: Bespoke!

Bespoke is just a fancy word for custom and I want to give you 5 reasons you should treat yourself to bespoke clothing!

1. Stellar Experience 

When you go bespoke you are met with customer service beyond belief. They wine and dine you.

I recently had my first bespoke experience with Knot Standard

and Sons of Savile

Boy was it amazing!!!

Imediamente both companies took an interest in me. They were getting a feel for who I was as we were about to embark on the journey of selecting fabric, getting every inch of me measured, and customizations.

Sons of Savile was particularly interesting because they are an exclusive digital community that caters to your bespoke needs. They have a dope concept that’s really worth checking out. You don’t have to leave su casa to get a dope custom camisa (shirt)! Simply send your measurements in and your shirt will be mailed out to you! 

Bespoke shirt by Sons Of Savile


2. One Of A Kind Piece

Custom means just that…CUSTOM. You can design a tailor made piece that reflects your specific estilo. You don’t have to worry about having a piece that looks like any other garment out. The details are what matter. Every unc is hand picked by you! You chose the following:

  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Buttons
  • Button holes
  • Types of pockets
  • Lining
  • Collars
  • Lapels
  • Waist bands
  • Pleats or flat front
  • Sleeve cuffs
  • Cuff or no cuff in pants
  • Number of buttons
  • Fun personalized details

Hashtag personalizations and impeccable stitching



3. Hand Stitched 

The quality of hand stitched is unsurpassed. There’s a level of care for each detail and each specification that’s put into the garment’s construction. A tailor can see any imperfections or mistakes before the item is finished and correct them immediately.

Jacket by Knot Standard

4. Premium Fabric

Style is about fit and fabric! Cuando going to a bespoke tailor the offerings of fabric are endless. They are rich in

  • Texture
  • Weight
  • Breathability
  • Color
  • Durability
  • Patterns/design

Most times the mills that produce the fabrics are European and have been in business for decades or longer. They know the tricks of the trade to produce el mejor (the best) fabric available.

El nuemero uno benefit of such quality fabrics is that it will last. You won’t have to worry about pilling.

Shirt by Knot Standard


5. Perfect Fit
I say again, style is about fabric and FIT! When you compra (buy) a bespoke item, it is crafted specifically for you.

A series of intricate measurements are taken to ensure that the fit is perfecto. Movement and comfort are taken into consideration, but an impeccable fit is the ultimate objectivo!

Bespoke shirt by Sons of Savile


Regardless of the type of movement, bespoke items are made to move with you! Wherever su vida takes you will be prepared in the most dapper of ways when dressed in bespoke.
So go ahead and invest in yourself. You won’t be disappointed! The experience will make you jump for joy!

F L O R A L S . . . 

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Señores,

There comes a time in la vida de cada hombre when he should be celebrated. He should receive his just due. As men, estamos (we are) often times overlooked and forgetten when it comes to receiving gifts. 

I remember, as a niño, travailing and toiling about the present that I was going to get my madre pero not putting the same effort and thought into what I was going to get mom. As a married man and padre nuevo, I can only imagine how that made my dad feel. (Lo siento papa)

Pero ahora, I have a suggestion. Get you dad, esposo, uncle, cousin, hermano, and/or any other caballero imporante in your life some flowers!

YES FLOWERS!! 

Now flores tradicional will always work but if you want to change it up a bit, get creative!   

Upgrade is wardrobe with some fabulously fashionable floral fittings from Harrion Blake Apperal (@wearlapelpins). 

You can bless his wardrobe with showers of primavera (spring),  splashes of verano (summer) or hints of otoño (autumn).

     

 

•Blazer – Sean John • Denim Shirt – Levi’s • Jeans – Kayden K. Jeans • Lapel pin and necktie – Harrion Blake Apperal • Pocket Square – Tommy Hilfiger • Wing tip oxfords – Rockport

  

The simplest of ensembles are given life with the right fashionable floral arrangement!

   
    
    

• Suit – Alfani • Shirt – ZAK Los Angeles • Tie – Penguin • Lapel Pin – Harrison Blake Apperal • Captoe Oxfords – Calvin Klein

 
As you can see flowers suit a man well…pun intended! So buckle down, pay attention, and be thoughtful as you sojourn to http://www.harrisonblakeapparel.com to purchase that special fella in your life some flowers. 

Floral lapel pins and floral necktie courtesy of Harrison Blake Apparel! 

Photo credit – Euan Holden (@euanholden). 

Stay Fly my friends! 

~SG

 

J A P A N E I R O S

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Señores,

I’m not sure if you knew this, but I kinda like fashion. Menswear makes me happy! Suits, zapatos, shirts, pantalones, jewlery, chaquetas, all excite me! 

 What else makes me happy, however, is comida! Oh the joys of of savoring tasty morsels; the elation that overtakes me when I sip a well crafted beverage is…well, indescribable. I mean, think about it. How amazing of an experience is it cuando you sip a crisp, slightly chilled reisling whist esperando (waiting) on your entree to arrive? A perfectly mixed margarita will do as well!
Life gets even better when you mix both fashion and food! I did just that. I started my Memorial Day weekend with Happy Hour at one of my favorito spots – Japaneiro (located in Sugar Land, TX).

  

   
 

They have an expansive menu of Japanese and Latin fusion dishes. I recommend the Shrimp Diablo and the Chicken tostadas  paired with their signature margarita (below pic). 

 

Ahora, when the comida is this good the fit has to match! It was Sabado so I needed to be comfortable…comfortable and fly! 

 

Watch: Diesel | Ring and Shamballa: Custom

  
    

*look closely…

   

Reebox Hexlite

  

Shirt: Favela Clothing | Joggers: Zara | Hat: Thrifted


 Es importante to remain comfortable, especially when dining on the patio. The Houston humidity really won’t allow any other way! Lol!

  Entonces, enjoy your your holiday weekend in style and with full bellies. If ever you’re in the Sugar Land Town Center, go check out Japaneiros. You won’t be disappointed.

Stay fly my friends,

~SG

S-G E N T S with J. D. F I S K

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Señores, 

Social hours as an adulto are often the highlight of our semana (week). La problema is that there are too few eventos that house a strong level  of panache and sophistication while stil remaining whimsical and fun. This seems contradictory pero it can be achieved…was this past weekend.  

Menswear savants, Southern Gents (@s-gents on Instagram), partnered with J. Blacks in the infamous Washigton Corridor in Houston and provided a great ambiente. The event was called The Sartorial Mixer!

   
Patrons could compran for stylish skinny ties or  well made lapel pins, while enjoying tall libations. Guest were not only invited to check the inventory, but to add to the conversation of men’s style. S-Gents wants to inspire men through classy and trendy editions to their wardrobe.

   
  

 
Now, to get in the building, well dressed wasn’t fly enough. Admission required something to the tune of….

   
  

  
   

  

I can’t wait till the next event powered by S-Gents! 

Stay fly mis amigos!
~SG

• Blazer: H&M

• Trousers: Zara

• Shirt/Lapel Pin/Pocket Square: Nordstom Collection

• Captoe Oxfords: JD Fisk

• Tie: Penguin 

• Timepiece: Diesel 

• Bracelets: Aldo

• Tie Bar and Cufflinks: Calvin Klein

• Belt: Aeropostale 

• Sunglasses: William Rast

Photos: Matthew Cole (@matthewc0le) and me!

W A S H I N G T O N | A V E.

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Señores!!!

La Primavera (The Spring) is here and I am overjoyed! Sunny days, gorgeous flores, and bright sonrisas are commonplace!!! Make sure, during this estacion, that your fashion encompasses the same elements. Fun patterns and bold bright colores are a must. 

Today was a chill day…just because the weather allowed it to be! Met with a good friend at one of my favorito burger spots in the Washington Corridor in Houston.  

 

Lunch was great, the convo was better, the server was interesting then this just spontaneously happened…

   

         

The lesson in this is to always be prepared. Style is a existence. Live in it and you’ll always be ready!

DETAILS

▪️Shirt – Ecko Unlimited 

▪️Biker Denim – Zara Men

▪️Extended Tee – Divided by H&M

▪️Sneakers – Mosson Bricke from Urban Outfitters

▪️Timepiece – Diesel 

▪️Wristwear – Aldo Accessories

▪️Location – The Counter 

Images – Vincent Powell | @vincentpowell

S T U D I O | S T R E E T W E A R

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!Señores!

I love to try nueva things! As I’ve evolved in my personal estilo, I’ve become more comfortable venturing out. Not only is being sartorially savvy a must pero being stylishly street is more than necesario tambien. Nothing says style like being adorned in a timelessly tailored traje (suit) with a perfectly patterned shirt and tie combinación or rocking a simple…

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fabulously fixed footwear!

Recuerdo, it’s importante to remain versatile!

Stay fly mis amigos!

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C R É D I T O S:
• Skully – Urban Outfitters
• Jacket – Damaged Goods by Sons of Heroes
• Extended Tee – Dividend for H&M
• Harem Pants – Zara Man
• Sneakers – H&M
• Scarf – Nordstrom
• Timepiece – Diesel
• Bracelets : ALDO
• Ring: Custom by Kira

Images: Brett White (@brett.white)

S A R T O R I A L • S U N R I S E

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!Señores!

Springtime is around the corner and that facto tickles the sartorialist in me! Me encanta sprucing up my ensembles with colores brillante! Springtime is when natures most vibrant palette is showcased. The petals, the warm sunrises, la fruta…all of it shouts life. As such I wanted to give a spring preview.

Technically, we’re still in winter. In fact we’re in the middle of winter for some parts of the country. But here is a way to insert irreverently insert some color into your winter wardrobe. When you do it, make it…

BOLD • A U D A Z

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D E T A I L E D • D E T A L L A D O

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I M P R E S S I V E • I M P R E S I O N A N T E

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So tenga fun this winter while preparando for spring!!

Stay fly mis amigos!

• Blazer – H&M
• Trousers – Zara
• Sweater – St. John’s Bay
• Oxford Shirt – Nordstrom
• Socks – Polo Ralph Lauren
• Oxford Shoes – Rockport
• Timepiece – Diesel
• Pocket Square – Polo Ralph Lauren
• Driving Cap – Gorrin Brothers
• Scarf – Geoffrey Beene

Images by Kira Laws (@themoderndaycindi)

S E Ñ O R • J A M E S • B O N D

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Señores!

I enjoy a suit just like the next hombre! Suits have long been a símbolo garnering repeat, having power, and being distinguished. This is no secreto. I don’t know about you pero when I wear a suit I power up like Popeyes did when he ate his spinach!

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Suits generally have a seriousness to them. Being distinguished usualmente has is akin to being stoic and stuff. I disagree totalmente. I encounter this aburrido (boring) sentiment at my 9-5. So I wanted to have a little fun in two of my favorite business suits.

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•Suit: Kenneth Cole
•Poplin: Tommy Hilfiger
•Tie: Isaac Mizrahi
•Hoisery: Tommy Hilfiger
•Timepiece: Diesel
•Weekender: Zara
•Scarf:/Eyewear Forever 21
•Pocket Square: Penguin

I also wanted to pay homage to the gran caballero James Bond! I wanted to make sure that all understand that señores can be he best dressed caballero at the fiesta in a suit…

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Class and elegance can be deadly!

•Suit: Calvin Klein
•Poplin: Nordstrom
•Tie: Tallia Orange
•Tie Pin: Kenneth Cole Reaction
•Cufflinks: Kenneth Cole Reaction
•Pocket Square: Penguin
•Timepiece: Diesel
•Lapel Pin: Linea Uomo
•Gloves: Geoffrey Beene
•Scarf: Ralph Lauren
•Shoes: Zota Classic
•Peacoat: American Rag

 

So as you see señores, suits are mas de boring. They are mas de stuff and lifeless.

~SG

Images by Daniel Anderson (@studio45foto)