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AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO A TAILOR MADE SUIT

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So, you’ve decided to buy a suit but need some tips on how to approach it all? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s my essential guide to buying a quality tailor made suit. Enjoy.

When it comes to that all round suit that you can wear to pretty much any event (except a funeral), then you can’t go past a quality navy blue knit.  It goes with everything, too – and is essential to any man’s wardrobe.

 

Fabrics

High-quality menswear fabric is quite a niche market when it comes to suppliers, so be sure to establish where and what type of fabric is sourced.

If your store offers a wide range of quality fabrics, then this will indicate a solid and established relationship between store and vendor. Generally, English and Italian mills should also be in the equation here

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The Trim

In the tailor made suit business, it’s the little things that count the most; those nuances that stand out and provide real, long-lasting value.

Quality trims are essential and need to coincide with the fabric on offer. This includes buttons, internal linings and zippers. Other internal trim offerings also include chest and collar canvases, collar felts, sleeve heads and shoulder pads.

There will, however, be hard to establish until you’ve worn and dry cleaned your tailor made suit a few times. If it withstands the test of time, then you can assure you have been sold some quality trims.

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Handmade

Nothing beats a handmade suit, particularly in areas like the lapel, canvas, sleeves and collar.

When a tailor adds their handmade touches to these specific areas, it adds another layer of dimension to the suit and allows for greater flexibility.

Like mentioned before, it’s those little nuances that will stand out and separate a good tailor made suit from an average one.

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Number of Fittings

Some tailors will have a policy for how many fittings they will offer you as part of the tailored experience. Once that number is up, though, you will begin to incur additional costs.

Be sure to clarify this with your bespoke tailor before you commit to buying from them. Usually, this will depend on your body and how well you generally fit into off the rack garments as well as how well the tailor measures you in the initial consultation.

Post-Purchase

Alterations and guarantee are key. It’s super important that your tailor has some policies in place that ensure your tailor made suit provides long-term value.

With alterations, a good tailor should allow for natural body fluctuations that occur. If you lose or gain a couple of pounds then you should be covered. This is all within a reason, of course.

Lastly, a guarantee of some sort, either money back or 100% satisfied to ensure peace of mind is essential in the tailoring process. Experienced, skilled and customer focused bespoke tailors will usually have these post-purchase offers, however, it’s always worth checking out before committing to buying from them.

CONCLUSION

Buying a suit can be one of the most rewarding and life changing experiences for a man. After all, first impressions are everything in this world, and what better way than display your confidence than rocking the perfect suit.

Invest time in learning more about FABRIC and TRIMS, and be sure to research where HANDMADE bespoke tailors are in your neighbourhood, and once you get there, not to forget FITTINGS and any POST PURCHASE guarantees and alterations that are included with your new suit.

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STYLE {WISE} We Go Together Like Winter and a Sweater – Vintage Fall/Winter Menswear Inspiration

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Here in Southern Ontario things are getting grimmer by the day. Not that we don’t like Winter – you know us boys love the comfort of a slouchy silk shirt or a easy breezy Hawaiian, but Old Man Winter just won’t stop peaking his nasty head out to remind us we’re on his turf!

So, we’ve put together an eclectic gallery of vintage fall/winter menswear inspiration that you can use to muse, since there’s no point of running!

Sometimes a little inspiration goes a long way . . .

Soak up the inspiration! Classic looks never die. We make them new by adding our own unique spirit, so don’t ever be afraid to add yours!

DECISION IN STYLE.

PRECISION IN THOUGHT.

STYLE IN LIFE.

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{STYLE WISE} Invoking Jim Morrison . . .

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For the last while we’ve been a little obsessed, or encouraged, by Jim Morrison’s ghost. You cannot deny this guy has style. Ever since the teenage years (weird to say), there’s been a fascination with this bit of a God.

An idol in all respects…I had one of my very first writing gigs doing a style summary of the legend for the website, Everyguyed, which still operates today as an online source for men’s style and tips for your everyday when you’re a guy. I remember the vivid rush whilst composing the words to describe this very 70s tainted, easy-breezy, laid back, effortless, easy cool.

Some might point fingers at the snake skin and leather (‘Lizard King’, after all), but I think it was in his soul. It was a cool, dark, anointed spirit that still contemplates to this day.

As fate would have it, I also wrote a piece regarding men’s vintage clothing staples and tips for finding and incorporating these pieces into your style. So, if you want a piece of my {past}, do check it out!

 

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Invoking Jim Morrison . . .

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I think a Style {IDOL} is due!

And if you want to channel the spirits. Do so by browsing the {SHOP}, and by seeking the one that speaks to you. That’s what we always do.

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Bob Richter Feature at The Gentlemen’s Vintage Show

I must eternally respect Bob Richter here for shedding light on the world of vintage fashion, most particularly, the world of vintage menswear as it pertains to fashion. Checking out the Vintage Gentlemen’s Show, Bob Richter strikes some great conversation, as well as some awesome deals, and teaches us that just because it’s old doesn’t mean it should be cheap!

Mad Respect, and Thanks!

Spotted this one on DatedVintageStyle

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“Dude, I like your vintage sweater, but let’s admit it – it would look better on me.”

No need for friendships to get torn over the matter! You can get your own one-of-a-kind outstanding graphic vintage sweater at The Eye of Faith {SHOP}.

Tons more stuff on its way, so make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook also to get all the deets.

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Escape the everyday . . .

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Also, visit the {SHOP} for more incredible finds with more on their way!

We are watching to make our way to a neighbourhood near you.

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GIVE A GIFT THAT MATTERS IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE! MIJLO: A Better Knapsack

 

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Like any legitimate secret society, we here at The Eye of Faith are dedicated to the sole purpose of bettering our world. We often refer to our mission in terms of style and through education of the {PAST} to help inform the {PRESENT} and thereby shape the {FUTURE}.

Apart from this, we’re also dedicated to the reduction of waste in landfills by reclaiming vintage pieces to be reincarnated and re-appropriated to today’s fashion scene, and enjoy a a new life in our {SHOP}. This green initiative is luckily something on many minds these days, and doing your part for the cause can help dramatically shift our destiny.

Another brand who has taken to the green is the wicked start-up MIJLO, which aims to not only provide well-tuned, timeless accessories for the world, but hopes to also make an impact on the environment through a dedication to sustainability.

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Here’s what they have to say:

At MIJLO, we believe that fashion doesn’t have to be fast, or disposable, or temporary….We believe a product’s lifespan should be as timeless as its design – simplicity and sustainability were an integral part of our design process.

Headed by designer Daniel Eckler, the brand is quickly making grounds in launching their product through a campaign on Kickstarter, and is already closing on $75,000 to get the wheels in motion.

And again, it doesn’t cost a million bucks to go green – in fact, only $39 and you get an exclusive Eco Print made from seed paper to literally watch your investment grow. How fucking cool is that?

I know I’ll be getting myself one of these this Christmas, and not only would you be getting a really rad knapsack for yourself or someone special, but you’ll also be helping an innovative team of design intellectuals grow, but you might just also save the planet.

You have until the 27th to make your mark. So please, check out the campaign on Kickstarter by clicking here and do your part to make this world a better place!

Give a gift that matters in more ways than one!

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Mr. Porter Showcases Great Coats To Float Your Boat!

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Mr. Porter is always a reliable source for of-the-moment, in-tuned, sophisticated, high style mens’ fashion. In fact, it’s one of the major influences we got into doing what we do…

This latest post is no exception. Great Coats taken from some of pop culture’s greatest icons. From James Dean to Richard Gere – Mr. Porter takes these inspirations and shows us how easily achievable they are in our everyday NOW.

{Past}, {Present} , & {Future} – they are always colliding . . .

Check out some of our favs:

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Great Coats- Alain Delon

Great Coats- Robert Redford

Great Coats- Bryan Ferry

Check out some of the other inspirations here.

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God is in the Details: Revealing the Early Renaissance @AGOToronto

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Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art (March 16 – June 16, 2013)

ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO (317 Dundas Street West)

$25 adult admission (includes admission to the rest of the gallery)

When thinking of the Renaissance, one might automatically conjure up images of Da Vinci, his Vetruvian man, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. It is a period in history renowned for its surge of creativity, knowledge, and innovation in areas of art, literature, music, architecture, and science.

It is a period that is also become more and more in vogue due to its resurgence in popular culture with T.V. shows like “The Tudors”, “The Borgias”, and the upcoming “Da Vinci’s Demons”, all putting their spin to this exciting and important moment in history.

But, what is rarely captured is the true birth of this period, and the movers and shakers who brought it all to life.

Perhaps its the fact that most art historians do not even know the names of most of the incredible artisans who painstakingly brought the churches of Florence to life with incredibly illuminated manuscripts, carvings, stained glass windows, and beautifully detailed panel paintings, between the years 1300 and 1350, that truly did start it all.

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This is what Sasha Suda and the curators of the Art Gallery of Ontario‘s latest exhibition, “Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art“, aim to bring to the forefront, allowing visitors to explore the lost masterworks that truly sparked a revolution, and would change the face of history forever.

In partnership with the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the curators have painstakingly worked on this exhibition for the past 10 years, travelling far and wide to analyze and bring overseas for the first time some of the most elaborate examples of work from this period that define the breaking point from the flatness of Medieval art to a more expressive and “humanized” perspective that has come to characterize the Renaissance.

Many of these pieces have been shut away from the public for centuries, making this one of the most impressive exhibits the AGO has ever premiered, and one that is sure to capture the imagination of all those lucky enough to visit.

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Curator Sasha Suda talks art with Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Culture, Tourism, & Sport.  

One might, at first, be intimidated by the prestige of such an exhibit, but fear not, as this portal on the past is as much a reflection of our present day, as it is the 14th Century.

Whether or not you know a great deal about Renaissance art, the exhibition is packed full of information, from the audio guide, to the i-pads strategically placed amongst the exhibition to give you the full backstory on some of the exhibition’s most intriguing pieces. The curators have created an easy to understand story, that truly captures all the excitement and mystery of the artists and the works they created amidst the social context of Florence during this period.

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God is in the Details . . .

As you first step into the gallery, it may not immediately strike you how these works differ from the Medieval illustrations and paintings you are used to, but upon closer examination, you will find how rich, textured, and full of emotion each piece truly is.

They are not works of art to be admired from afar, but works that deserve an acute eye, and a willingness to get lost in the stories being told within them.

There is a certain excitement generated as you begin to see the layers of colour, and painstakingly small brush strokes that capture the most miniscule details of hair and embroidery. While our culture might be used to multiple images rapidly flashing before our eyes (surely a luxury akin to witchcraft for the men and women of the Renaissance), one must note that the multi-faceted panels and illuminated manuscripts are akin to the cinema of the Renaissance, with all the drama, suspense, horror, and spectacle you could expect from a film of today, with even a bit of special effects here and there.

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An exquisite panel painting. Blood, gore, and devotion. The piece reads almost like an expensive 14th Century comic . . .

It”s all for devotion sake, of course; used to invoke prayer, meditation, deep-thought, or contemplation. There’s definitely that sense of entertainment in the midst, often showcasing the more brutal and tumultuous moments of martyrs and Christ: Agatha with her breasts being cut off, another martyr is grilled on coals in ecstasy, and check out any crucified Christ in the mix and you’re bound to see more than your year’s worth of blood squirt (the most impressive, hands down, being Pacino Di Bonaguido’s “The Crucifixion” from 1315-1320, whose flowing blood rains on the spectators of the scene, as well as a juicy squirt from the chest for the viewer).

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Pacino De Bonaguida’s “The Crucifixion” and Detail of (1315-1320)

And while, we might cringe at the sight of this, its patrons felt the bloodshed and pain was the human aspect of their faith, and that one day perhaps, they may themselves reach divination, as did their faithful predecessors.

Getting lost in each piece, you begin to see that this society was obsessed with their idols, and their chance to be a part of them was as easy as getting a master to paint them into a panel or manuscript. In essence, it equated a wealthy merchant to the status of celebrity, having made his way onto the pages alongside the kingdom of heaven complete with Christ, the Virgin, and all the many martyrs who gave their life to the dedication of their fate.

The most entertaining example of this is the Laudario of Sant’Agnesse; an illuminated choir book commissioned by the Compagnia di Sant’Agnese, a fraternity of merchants, for use in charitable events and prayer, and who are also illustrated along the margins of the music. This remarkable collection of 24 illustrated manuscripts have been framed and reunited for the first time since the early 1800s, and will be performed by musical guests Lionheart on April 6 in the Walker Court of the AGO (click for more details).

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Detail of “A Crowned Virgin Martyr {Catherine of Alexandria}” (1334 – 1338) by Bernardo Daddi. 

It is amazing to think that at one time, masters like Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Michelangelo must have set their gaze on these exact works to hone their own craft, and garner inspiration to create the masterpieces of the Renaissance we marvel at today. For when staring at the suggestive expression of Bernardo Daddi’s “A Crowned Virgin Martyr” (1334-1338), a glimpse of Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”  with her mysterious stare, and face full of subtle shadows that delicately sculpt her face, can definitely be seen,  which make the exhibition all the more exciting, and relevant.

In many ways, the exhibition brings to light that not much has changed in the world of art and commerce; citing the importance of banking and the prosperous merchant class to the creation of these vital works of art. Being so wealthy, members of the merchant class became so concerned that they may not  reach heaven, that they began spending their fortunes on commissioning buildings, and filling them with new art that expressed their hopes, fears, ideals, and emotions.

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With prosperity, comes art – and not much has changed today, as many of the world’s most successful artists rely on wealthy investors and corporate big wigs to the cut the cheque on a commission. Perhaps they no longer fear purgatory for their sins, but they are most definitely keeping their fingers crossed that their commission could strike them big dollars, and in that way, achieve idol status, and a bit of heaven.

The exhibition has already been lauded by the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times as one of the most important exhibitions in recent years, so don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel through time, and take in 90 once-hidden masterworks that came to redefine life as we know it today.

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Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art” opens at the AGO on March 16 and runs until June 16, 2013. To book your tickets today, click here!

Also be sure to check out the event schedule at the AGO for exciting insights inspired by this latest exhibit (Click here).

Sasha Suda, Michael Chan (Ontario Minister of Culture), and CEO at the AGO, Matthew Teitelbaum - March 12, 2013 - AGO Press Preview

Matthew Teitelbaum (CEO at the AGO), Sasha Suda (Assistant Curator of European art at the AGO), and Michael Chan (Ontario Minister of Culture, Tourism, & Sport) – March 12, 2013. 

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E.O.F. Style Star: Introducing Lorenzo Liverani . . .

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Lorenzo Liverani is one of those rare talents in the world of fashion today. Multi talented, impeccably stylish, dapper, and business savvy – it should come as no surprise that this Style Star calls Florence, the hometown of the Renaissance, his home. Lorenzo’s style is showcased on his blog, Your-Mirror, and we are consistently impressed with Lorenzo’s signature style, so it was great to get the opportunity to pick the master’s brain, and learn a bit more about what makes his style his own, and his thoughts on fashion, and the future. 

 
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First, a bit of an introduction to yourself. What is your name, and what do you do?
 
My name is Lorenzo and I’m a studying fashion designer in Florence, where actually I live. The last October I decided to open Your-Mirror man’s blog.  Until now it has more than 40,000 visits.
 
What would be your earliest fashion memory, and has it played a part in leading you to your fashion future?
 
Since I was a child, I lived surrounded by clothes. In fact, my Dad has a big clothes shop and I was always there, so I lived fashion work and fashion life every day, so I think this is my world
 
When you wake up in the morning, what thoughts go through your mind while picking out your outfit for the day? 
 
When I choose my outfit I always think about my day’s commitments, weather, and absolutely depends on my mood.
 
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Do you have any go-to inspirations or style idols you look up to in your own style?
 
Honestly I haven’t a fashion icon, and my typical style is classic informal, younger, modern and contemporary. Especially in the summer, my outfits are easy wear.
 
You’re walking down the street and stumble upon a time portal that will take you anywhere you want to go in the history of time. Where do you decide to take it, and why?
 
Really fun and nice question. Absolutely in nineteenth-century when dandy style was born. I love the fashion and lifestyle  of  that period.
 
You get the chance to work with anybody in the fashion industry, who would it be and why?
 
Anna Wintour because I want to know if she is as bad as she seems (ahah). No,  honestly I’d like to much work for Dior, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent… iconic fashion.
 
Here’s a fun one. You’ve accidentally conjured up an angry spirit who won’t get the hell out of your closet. You want to call the cops, but you know they won’t believe you so you pull out your exorcism kit and go to work. What is the one thing you are hoping to save from your wardrobe?
 
My sunglasses. I never go out without them.
 
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What is the worst fashion advice you’ve ever heard or been given?
 
OK,  I think the fashion world is so big and different from country to country, so everyone has a peronal style. So for me, there isn’t good style or bad style because it subjective, however, I don’t remember because honestly I didn’t listened to many suggestions from other people about fashion.
 
Any thoughts of the future of mens fashion and/or fashion in general, through the eyes of Lorenzo?
 
I think that classic style will win always. I think usually some designers or people exaggerate with whimsical style and thus becoming circus people.
 
 
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You can browse through and buy Lorenzo Liverani’s own collection here, so take a look!

We will be showcasing E.O.F. Style Stars on our site, so if you are one, or know of a stylishly gifted individual out there who deserves some praise, give us a shout at the.eye.of.faith@gmail.com

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