Style Outside The Box

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Gentlemen,

While many of you are using FreshNeck to add to your rotation, supplement your own collection, or just add some extra flair, an aspect of the service that often flies under the radar is the ability to experiment with something outside your comfort zone, commitment-free (we know how men feel about commitment)!  We’ve all opened up a GQ magazine or seen a dapper gent on the streets, had something catch our eye, and had the inclination to emulate that look. But shelling out $50 or more typically stops us, as we know one time may just as well be enough. Well now’s your opportunity to try out all those accessories you’ve been reading about, no-strings-attached. So don’t be shy, try something new – it’s all a part of your membership.

Bow Ties – A perennial classic that has since burst back onto the scene in recent years. With the ability to cover the spectrum from formal to casual, bow ties are back so you had better embrace them with open arms. The change itself will cause others to look, but it’s how you present it that will have them noticing. The confidence to rock a bow tie is key in this scenario. Also a great way to learn how to tie one before purchasing. (How To Tie A Bow Tie)

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Lapel Flowers – A subtle accent that adds a combination of style and refinement to your outfit. Though small in size, they pack a dapper punch. It’s a unique alternative to the pocket square (wearing both can look a bit busy), and is now being adorned by musicians and athletes on the regular.

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Suspenders – Another classic of the fashion world that has seem to come roaring back. Suspenders, like the tie bar, can not only be exceptionally practical in use, but also offer complimentary (or even contrasting), aesthetics to the modern mans daily style. Offered in both traditional and casual styles.

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New Casual – This one is not quite about what you choose to wear, but how you wear it. The concept is simple – ties and traditional accessories are NOT just for office. Use them to spice up your casual game on your next date or night out with the fellas. Keep in mind, the same power silk ties won’t work here – keep it slim and dark.

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To check out FreshNeck’s entire Collection, click here.

StyleBowl XLVIII

The big game is this Sunday, and it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top (though Floyd Mayweather is betting $10 Million on the Broncos). We’re not quite ready for such a wager, so we’ll just sit back, pound some wings and beer (upgrade to Scotch at halftime?), and enjoy the game.

This game, however, does offer some interesting personalities: Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, even Seattle Coach Pete Carroll.  The question were asking today: which team has more style?

DENVER BRONCOS:

QB Peyton Manning

QB Peyton Manning keeps it classic and cool.

RB Ronnie Hillman doesn't get much playing time in real life, but he's a star in this matchup with that bow tie and chain.

RB Ronnie Hillman doesn’t get much playing time in real life, but he’s gets the nod in this matchup with that bow tie and chain.

WR Wes Welker went Bronco orange and blue for media day.  We approve.

WR Wes Welker went Bronco orange and blue for media day. We approve.

WR (and reality tv personality) Eric Decker has adorned the pages of GQ. Enough said.

WR (and reality tv personality) Eric Decker has adorned the pages of GQ. Enough said.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS:

QB Russell Wilson is a fellow GQ'er and may just be the difference maker in this matchup.

QB Russell Wilson is a fellow GQ’er and may just be the difference maker in this matchup.

RB Marshawn Lynch (they call him "Skittles") is a beast on the field, but he won't be MVP in this one.

RB Marshawn Lynch (they call him “Skittles”) is a beast on the field, but he won’t be MVP in this one.

WR Percy Harvin had style back in the day, shown here at his pre-draft party in 2010.

WR Percy Harvin had style back in the day, shown here at his pre-draft party in 2010.

Head Coach Pete Carroll plays it pretty classic and conservative. Not going to get it done here.

Head Coach Pete Carroll plays it pretty classic and conservative. Not going to get it done here.

WINNER – The Denver Broncos – The ‘hawks came out looking good early, with Russell Wilson really giving it everything he’s got, but the rest of the squad just couldn’t contribute much. Denver used a well rounded attach to come out on top of this style matchup.

 

 

 

 

 

New Additions – DolcePunta

We are proud to announce that we are now carrying ties and pocket squares from luxury Italian manufacturer, DolcePunta.

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DolcePunta is not about crazy patterns and colors. They are not about being “trendy.” DolcePunta is about classic elegance, craftsmanship, and quality fabric.

FreshNeck is currently stocking 3-fold standard silk ties, the “softpoint”, unlined knit ties, and silk pocket squares.

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Standard 3-fold

"Softpoint" - a modern twist featuring a curved point

“Softpoint” – a modern twist featuring a curved point

Unlined silk knit ties

Unlined silk knit ties

To view FreshNeck’s entire DolcePunta selection, click here.

 

Get Your Dandy On – New Lapel Flowers

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We’ve told you before how the Lapel Flower (the modern boutonniere) is making a comeback.  They can be found adorning the lapels of dapper gentlemen from Milan to New York City. There seems to also be a bit of a coup amongst the SportsCenter crew up in Bristol Connecticut (See Ray Lewis). What these men already know, and what you’ll soon realize, is that the lapel flower is the new pocket square, a way to add a dash of style and intrigue to an outfit, without conforming to the norm.

We’ve seen a huge increase in demand, so we’re increasing the supply! We recently added 8 new lapel flowers to the Collection, from Made in Manhattan designer Harper Heritage. Check out the additions here, or go to their website to view/purchase the entire line.

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Shirt/Tie Combos – Part 1

“We all get dressed the same way. One leg at a time.”

While true to a certain extent, we all have our own, unique routine for selecting an outfit each and every morning.  I know many guys who start with a suit, and build from there, while others begin with their shirt.  I even know a fellow who builds his entire outfit around his colorful socks!  But one thing is for sure – for any working professional, the most important part of his outfit is his shirt/tie combination.

By now, you already know the value in a limitless Collection of ties, always giving you something “fresh” to wear with your rotation of suits. But what is a tie without an accompanying shirt?  To that extent, we have partnered with Alenford, an NYC-based maker of luxury Italian-made shirts, to bring you a 4-part series, helping you match different shirts (Solids, Stripes, Checks, Plaids) with your ties.  We’ll give some basic tips, as well as some for those willing to take some risks.

Part 1 – Solids

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Solid shirts provide a blank canvas from which you can go in a variety of directions.  It is the easiest to pair, as you can go with a solid or patterned tie, in a variety of colors. For beginners, find a tie that has the shirt’s color as its secondary, or accent, color.

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The White Shirt. You can practically match any tie with it and your only consideration is how loud or somber you want your tie to be based on the suit-wearing occasion. Our opinion? This is your best change to wear that BOLD tie staring at you in the closet, such as this or this.

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The Pink Shirt. It is often said that “Real Men Wear Pink.” It’s a great way to break the monotony of white and blue, while still giving you many pairing options. You can either utilize the pink by pairing with a tie with pink accents, or use a complimentary color like gray, brown, or navy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is part 1 of a 4-part series highlighting ways to match your FreshNeck tie with your Alenford shirt.  FreshNeck members can enjoy a 20% discount off an Alenford shirt with the code “FRESH20″ (cap sensitive).

Look out for the remaining 3 parts, which will explore combinations using striped, checkered, and plaid shirts.

And remember, if you are looking for something a little more personal, our stylists are standing by to help you. Just shoot them an email at stylist@freshneck.com.

 

For more information on Alenford, please visit their e-commerce website at ww.alenford.com or schedule an appointment for a personal fitting with the Style Expert Luigi Leonardi by contacting him at Luigi.Leonardi@alenford.com.

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!

Give Her Something To Grab Onto

FreshNeck Bow Tie

The days of Carlton Banks and his bow tie are over.  Now, a bow tie makes a bold statement. A great way to add that “pop of color.”

Check out FreshNeck’s Collection of over 139 unique bow ties, including selections from Ted Baker, Dolce & Gabbana, Breuer, Giorgio Armani, Brooks Brothers, Alexander Olch, and more.

The Dapper Man Shop

FreshNeck Co-Founder David Goldberg (center) poses with the founders of Black Lapel, The Collaterals, Everett Clothing, and Pengallan inside The Dapper Man Shop.

FreshNeck Co-Founder David Goldberg (center) poses with the founders of Black Lapel, The Collaterals, Everett Clothing, and Pengallan inside The Dapper Man Shop.

Hope you guys enjoyed your weekend! For those of you who missed it, last week was an exciting time for FreshNeck as we had our first trial with a pop-up shop here in Manhattan. Here is a quick recap of the week’s events and the goals we wanted to accomplish by opening a pop-up shop.

What is The Dapper Man Shop?

From June 4th to June 9th, FreshNeck teamed up with four other online start-up companies, Black Lapel, The Collaterals, Everett, and Pengallan; to open a pop-up shop in SoHo. Inspired by the recent “experience shops” by the likes of Bonobos and Warby Parker, The Dapper Man Shop was a place for the modern man to kick back, enjoy himself, and learn about some kick-ass fashion startups.way to promote our product by giving our customers a traditional shopping experience.  The art-gallery-turned-man-cave featured leather couches, dressers stocked with sick duds, and of course, flowing whiskey.

Although our company has its roots on the internet, we refuse to lose the personal touch and customer engagement.  Face-to-face. Man-to-man. Our members are so important to us, and their feedback is what has helped us build the company.  ,

A little more about the other particpating companies, each doing awesome things in their own right.

Black Lapel – custom shirts and suits for the discerning and fashionable man. I personally own one, and it rocks. And is beyond affordable.

http://www.blacklapel.com/

The Collaterals – luxurious yet practical cufflinks and collar links for the modern man. Wore them to a wedding this past week. They look badass, and are practical, too.

http://www.thecollaterals.com/

Everett Clothing – locally handcrafted neckties, bowties, and pocket squares for men. We carry the line, and are big supporters. Great product, great people behind the company.

http://www.everettclothing.com/

Pengallan, luxury slim-fit boxers and other accessories for the stylized individual. Buy two. Your girlfriend will steal one. Guaranteed.

http://pengallan.com/

Highlights:

It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and you’ve fancied yourself a stroll in SoHo for some summer shopping. As you turn the corner onto Broome Street, your curiosity is peaked when you notice the lemonade stand, along with two rakish gents smoking cigars on the sidewalk.  You are then personally invited, and escorted into, the Dapper Man Shop. Upon entry, a barista offers you a refreshing beverage before you take a seat on a vintage leather sofa to take in the atmosphere. As you do so, you are kindly greeted by an exceptionally well-dressed man, who invites you to explore the worlds of the participating companies. Shopping the way a man wants – while sitting on a leather couch drinking a single-malt.

While the Shop was run as a retail/experience shop by day, the space was turned into an event space by night for some awesome industry parties.  Like Pengallan’s Launch Party (it’s hard to be the best-looking guy in the room when Tyson Beckford stops by). Or Saturday evening’s Dapper Man Shop Main Event, hosted by Stoli.

A Thursday evening meet-and-greet was hosted by Damien Basile, a local blogger and designer of custom bow ties and pocket squares (check out his exclusive collection for FreshNeck). The event was sponsored by Ploonky.com and 320NY.com, and the attendees were treated to complimentary whiskey and a unique elector-swing set put on by Electric Gentleman.  The evening concluded with a bow tie-tying contest, with winners taking home bow ties from Everett.

Now that the week is over, and we have some time to reflect, we couldn’t be happier with the experience. We also wanted to send a special thank you to the founders of the other companies. You helped make the Dapper Man Shop a resounding success.

Stay Fresh.

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