The Dapper Man Shop: Gently-worn designer accessories at discount prices

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While we are obviously huge proponents of collaborative consumption, sharing, and access – we understand there is often a desire to own.  So we are introducing The Dapper Man Shop (www.dappermanshop.com) to serve as our traditional e-commerce platform.

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We see the DMS serving two primary functions:

1. Go-to marketplace for gently-worn accessories (30-70% off retail)

With no size component or “icky-factor,” and high mark-ups on retail, ties and other accessories are ideal for the “used” market, yet there is no reliable way to purchase such items. Thrift shops are hit-or-miss and time-consuming, and eBay is unreliable and unregulated. The Dapper Man Shop is your middleman, curator, and regulator. Only mint-condition items, from the best designers, will be made available – so you can purchase with confidence (at huge savings, of course)

Many of the items available on the DMS will have only been worn a handful of times. In fact, many are worn and handled less than the “new” ties on the shelf at your local department store.
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So far, we have some selections from Hermes, Brioni, Etro, Versace, Ted Baker, Robert Graham, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers, Vineyard Vines, and more. We’ll add more every week!

2. All your non-rentable goodies

Not everything can be rented. Shoes, socks, blazers, wallets, the list is endless.  We will be curating the best of the best for the dapper gentleman, from both well-known brands and emerging designers. Stay tuned…

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Extra-Long Ties

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FreshNeck has finally added a wide selection of extra-long ties. Typically 4-6″ longer than a standard-length tie, taller gentlemen can safely tie one on without worrying about it coming up just a bit short.

Traditionally, there haven’t been many stylish options for the taller men (men 6’2″ or taller should consider extra-long). But fortunately, designers are starting to cater to this group, and we’ve added options from Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Bros, Bocara, and others.

Check out FreshNeck’s entire Extra-Long Collection here.

A few more things to keep in mind:

– On the taller side but don’t have an extra-long? A skinny tie, even though standard length, may work as less material will be used for the knot, leaving more to drape below.

– A smaller knot will also give you more fabric to work with. Choose the 4-in-hand over that windsor.

Bow Ties and Pocket Squares are one-size-fits-all!

 

New Additions from Seaward & Stearn

Fall items have just arrived from British designer Seaward & Stearn. Featuring their trademark bold colors and patterns, these items are sure to add the “extra something” your outfit is missing.

Check out FreshNeck’s entire Collection of Seaward & Stearn ties and bow ties here.

Seaward & Stearn Ties

 

Style Survival Guide: The Heatwave

 

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When the temperatures soar into the 90’s, us guys are screwed. While the ladies have it easy, in their summer dresses and tanks (we don’t mind), we suffer the heat with our long sleeves and pants. Knotting a tie and adding a blazer/jacket only makes matters worse.  Throw in a crowded subway ride and you have a recipe for disaster.  Nobody wants to be the guy showing up to the office covered in sweat.

With August near, the hot and humid days are only getting worse. Here are a few tips to keep you feeling cool, without sacrificing style.

FABRIC

While your wool blend may get you through three seasons, cotton and linen rule the day for summer suits. They are the perfect lightweight summer fabrics with a bonus – it draws attention to your shoulders to highlight those long hours at the gym. However, keep in mind linen’s tendency to wrinkle. J. Crew and Bonobos both offer reasonable options in a variety of colors.

As for summer shirts, our favorite fabrics are poplin, zephyr, and linen. For a detailed discussion of summer shirting fabrics, check out our friends over at Alenford.

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And of course, we can’t leave out the accessories. A good rule of thumb is to match the material of your tie to your blazer. While Fashion 101 will tell you not to wear your thick wool tie, you’d be surprised at how much heat a standard silk tie can generate, especially if knotted tightly.  Instead, go with a lightweight slim cotton or linen (or derivatives like chambray and seersucker). One of the great benefits of being a member of FreshNeck is that you can properly play the seasons, without purchasing the items.  Get some fresh summer ties and pocket squares for the summer, and exchange them out for more traditional fabrics as fall rolls around.

Some brands to check out that specialize in lightweight fabrics: DiBi, Armstrong & Wilson, Breuer, and Everett.

COLOR

Dark colors trap the heat, while light colors let it pass through. Our favorite is a basic khaki suit. Versatile enough to dress up or down, lightweight chino fabric ensures nobody will see sweat. If you want to keep it formal, pair it with a white shirt and black tie, but we suggest bringing it casual with a pop of color. A trending alternative is the light gray suit, in cotton or linen.

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FIT

We are all for a tailored look, but summer suits should be cut slightly bigger to allow room to breathe.  Nobody wants to see that suit stuck to your inner thigh.  And you’ll be less inclined to sweat through the material.

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FOOTWEAR

Let’s stick with the same themes here.  Keep it light, both in weight, and in color.  Some caramel or light gray colored loafers work well.

And no need for socks.  You’d be amazed at how much letting your ankles breathe can do for the rest of your body.  If you tend to sweat from your feet (or get blisters) from going sockless, consider a loafer liner, which is basically just the bottom of a sock.  Hook & Albert makes some a great one in funky colors.

Sockless Loafers in Summer Still feeling helpless? If you tend to sweat like Patrick Ewing after 48 minutes against the Bulls, its handy to keep a second shirt (and some deodorant) at the office. Last resort? Keep your suit at the office and commute in gym shorts and sneakers – just make sure you get to work before your boss!

How do you stay cool and stylish in the summer? Leave a comment below!

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Case Study: Kevin (Part 3)

 FreshNeck Case Study of Kevin.

“True Colors”
FreshNecks’ vast collection of designer haberdashery allows me to dress how I feel. Incorporating a tie with my outfit gives me that extra touch that makes me stand out from every other guy who is wearing just a button down and jeans. I’ve become so used to adding these accessories to my style that it’s kind of a part of my personality now. Purchasing all of these ties would be an expensive endeavor. Good thing for FreshNeck.

“Nothing Compares 2 U”
It happened. I finally came across a tie I couldn’t live without. The knitted John Varvatos has an official spot on my tie rack. I took advantage of the “buy” feature and purchased the tie for way less then retail.

“White Wedding”
My girlfriend and I got invited to a wedding later in the year. Typically I don’t get too excited for events like this but after stepping up my tie game I couldn’t wait to also include a bow tie, cufflinks and even a pocket square to my formal attire. After I choose my suit, I can go online and add everything I need to my “closet” and use the reserve feature to hold the ones I really want. I need to watch out, I can’t look better then the groom.

Dressing Presidential: The US Presidents Style Guide

Happy President’s Day!  We hope you’re enjoying your Monday off, but right now it’s time for a quick history lesson.  Topic: US Presidents, of course.  Through America’s 237 years, we’ve had 44 Presidents.  Some of them quite stylish.  Now let’s take this opportunity to look back and appreciate the most dapper Commanders and Chiefs the U.S. has ever seen.

 

John F. Kennedy – The Prepster

America’s most overtly stylish President had to be Jack Kennedy.  Spending his summers in Massachusetts, attending high school in Connecticut and graduating from Harvard University, Kennedy had the New England preppy look down pat.  I don’t know how many other Presidents could pull off royal blue socks, but Kennedy had no problems.  While his casual looks are untouchable, he looked damn good in a suit too.  I guess when you’re able to land Jackie O. and Marilyn Monroe you’re doing something right.  Kennedy’s style came from his slim fitting suits, skinny ties and unique use of colors, patterns and fabrics (above).

Ronald Reagan – The Movie Star

Before Ronald Reagan was the face of the Republican Party, he starred in movies with Humphrey Bogart and Bonzo the monkey.  Like most stars during that time Reagan knew how to dress.  Wearing fabrics and patterns that today have reemerged as sartorial classics.  By the time he became President in 1981, his fashion sense had become a bit more conservative from his earlier years,  although he did like to mix it up every once and a while.  What often get’s often overlooked is Reagan’s retirement style, he kept it casual and, sort of, badass, because – well – he did win the Cold War.

Theodore Roosevelt – The Rough Rider

Teddy Roosevelt loved hunting and loved the outdoors, he was also a Harvard educated New Yorker who took pride in how he dressed.  When Roosevelt organized a volunteer Cavalry nicknamed the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War he ordered their dress uniforms from Brooks Brothers.  His favorite brand.  When Teddy was called to wear something a little more appropriate  for Washington D.C. he stuck to three-piece suits and patterned ties.  Teddy is often called the first modern president and he definitely modernized presidential style (minus the monocle and mustache).

Harry S. Truman – The Haberdasher

The mere fact that Truman was a haberdasher before becoming president means he knew a thing or two about dressing well.  Truman was a huge fan of the double breasted suit  and loved showcasing an impressive four point pocket square.  He wasn’t shackled to the double beast though, he had a diverse sense of style, sometimes donning a three piece,  but never loosing that trademark pocket square.  Even in his retirement Truman’s style would have made Russell Westbrook proud.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt – The Boss

FDR had a very unique style for his day.  Roosevelt was a big fan of the bow tie, which he most likely co-opted from, his Allie across the pond, Winston Churchill.  FDR was also known for showing off his fashion sense with bold accessories like hats and boutonnieres.  Roosevelt wasn’t all ‘gimmicks’ though, he could rock a simple “no thrills” suit with the best of them.  He was president for 12 years (easily the most in US history), he navigated the stars and stripes through the Great Depression and the early part of World War II and looked good doing it.

Barack Obama – The Cool One

From singing Al Green to hanging out with Jay-Z and Beyonce, Obama’s cool guy exploits have been pretty well documented.  Some may dismiss President Obama’s fashion sense as boring, he usually sticks to navy or grey suits when he’s not attending black tie events, but don’t confuse understated for boring.  Obama’s suits are always impeccable tailored, never bulky or boxy, and his ties are tied flawlessly, always with a perfect center dimple, maybe he can stand to lose the mom jeans, but we’ll forgive him as long as he looks this good in a suit.

Who do you think is the Most Stylish US President?

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Fresh Friday: NYC Fashion Week

Yesterday ended New York’s bi-annual Fashion Week.  And even though they had to battle through the New York City cold and snow, the street stylers were out and in full force.  While the city streets teemed with overcoats and scarfs, some real nice ties and pocket squares peaked out towards the end of the week when the weather warmed up.

Here are some of the freshest looks from NYC Fashion Week with some suggestions on how to achieve the same level of dapper with a little help from FreshNeck.com.

Etro Floral Tie

Brooks Brothers Polka Dot Tie

Tommy Hilfiger Polka Dot Tie

DKNY Striped Tie, Armstrong & Wilson Egg Whites Pocket Square

Brioni Geometric Tie, Brooks Brothers Purple Gingham Pocket Square

Brooks Brothers Knit Tie

Andrew’s Ties Pink Striped 

Dwyane Wade Goes to Washington

The World Champion Miami Heat visited the White House yesterday.  And while it may be Lebron’s team, Dwyane Wade stole the show.

While the rest of the team dressed in conservative black and navy suits, Wade, a FreshNeck favorite,  took this opportunity to make a fashion statement.  Light gray suit, polka-dot pocket square, fantastic tie and SNEAKERS!?!  Wade’s bold style wasn’t lost on President Obama either.

Of course these weren’t your father’s PF Flyers.  These were Christian Louboutin Golfitos.  Retailing at $675, let’s just say you won’t be doing any yard work in these babies anytime soon.

Now this wasn’t Wade’s first trip to the White House.  Back in 2007, Wade made his White House debut wearing an ill-fitting black suit and a drab black tie (boring).  But like we’ve said before, Wade’s style continues to evolve and that’s a good thing (a very good thing).

But, what we want to know is what you guys think.   Sneakers with a suit, Yay or Nay?

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How to Get Fresh for New Year’s Eve

It’s almost New Year’s Eve.  Time to ditch the striped button-up and dark jeans for some thing more – New Year’s Eve-ish.

It’s time to pick your sartorial game up.  To be classy.  To be dapper.  To dress like a man is suppose to dress.  I mean, unless you’re planning on welcoming in the New Year alone in the corner of a crowded room, you’re going to want to step it up.

Ties, cufflinks and pocket squares are what you need.  Nice ties, cufflinks and pocket squares.  I’m not talking about that duck tie your mother got you for Christmas, I’m talking about real high class accessories.

The Classics

Bow Tie

This Altea silk black bow tie won’t score you any extra points for creativity, but that hasn’t stopped style icons, young and old, from donning the most classic of sartorial pieces.  It comes un-tied, so you’re going to have to learn to tie a bow tie, but, come the end of the night, you’ll be able to rock the timeless un-tied bow tie look like a boss.

Necktie

This True Forum black-on-black paisley tie is a classic with a little twist.  Of course there will be a ton of straight black ties where ever you go, which we love, but why not differentiate yourself a little bit

Pocket Square

When in doubt, go Giorgio Armani.  This Armani off-white pocket square can go a long way to add a little pop to a simple black tuxedo jacket.

Cufflinks

These Jan Leslie cufflinks have a black face with a functioning round watch.  Because, you’re going to be watching the clock all night anyway.

The Bold

Bow Tie

Who said you have to wear a black tie to a black tie event?  This emerald Giorgio Armani bow tie will definitely make you stand out in a crowd.  It’s striking, stylish and, best of all, pre-tied.

 Necktie

This is a super skinny (1.75″) ivory silk Dolce & Gabbana.  Once again, if you’re feeling bold, ditch the black.  Combining great quality and the reborn skinny tie trend, this will really make you stand out.

Pocket Square

This isn’t you’re run of the mill black pocket square.  This Armstrong & Wilson piece has their signature black flower button coupled with a white fringe, because it’s all about the details with these guys.

 Cufflinks

Leave the bedazzling to the guy in the Ed Hardy tux, these are authentic Swarovski Crystals.  These Tateossian cufflinks are sure to catch the eye of a few females, no matter where you’re sipping Champagne on New Year’s Eve.

Dress Like A Heisman

The Heisman Award is the most prestigious individual football award in the country.  It is given to the most outstanding college football player in the nation.  It dates all the way back to 1935.

This past weekend the finalists came to New York City for the 77th annual Heisman presentation.  They ditched their shoulder pads and eye black for ties and pocket squares.  The three Heisman finalists included Johnny Manziel aka Johnny Football from Texas A&M, Manti Te’o from Notre Dame and Collin Klein from Kansas State.

Now, we’re not here to talk about who won (Johnny Manziel) or who we think should have won (Manti Te’o), we’re here to talk about what they wore and who wore it best (Collin Klein).

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel aka Johnny Football may have earned himself a new nickname Saturday night.  Johnny Heisman.  He made history in his navy pinstripe suit becoming the first freshman ever to win the award.  Manziel also showed off some serious fashion sense with his spread collar and french cuffed shirt.  He rocked a diagonal striped navy and pink tie pairing it with a matching pink pocket square, really making the colors pop.

Manti Te’o

In a few weeks the Hawaiian linebacker from Notre Dame leads his team into the National Championship versus Alabama, but Saturday night he took a page out of Jay-Z’s book and went all black everything.  Manti sported a black pinstripe suit over a black shirt.  He coupled that with a black and silver tie.  Maybe Manti went a little overboard with the whole black thing, but at least he added some color with a traditional Hawaiian leis (sorry fellas, can’t help you with that one).

Collin Klein

Klein may have finished a distant third in the Heisman race, but if it’s any consolation, he was easily the best dressed of the night.  He wore a perfectly cut gray suit with a white pointed collar shirt.  Representing his Kansas State colors, Klein donned a straight purple tie with a matching purple pocket square.  Tip for all the guys out there, whether you’re a Kansas State alum or not, purple always goes great with gray.