Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Gift Buying for Men

As men, we have endured a lot of gifts that have been classic "man gifts" that we accept gracefully and are grateful for, yet rarely use. The bottles of wine or liquor, the random tools and clever devices are very nice, but some men want something different.

I try to ask a few basic questions when shopping for men. Will they use the item, will they like the item, is the item "them"? Getting a nice bottle of liquor can be a great gift unless the man does not drink, or cigars are great, that is, if the man actually smokes cigars.

Children hate getting clothing as a gift, but men will like clothing as a gift when it is something special. There are a few way to approach buying clothing for a man, the quickest is to get a gift card for brands you know he likes, but that is boring. A better way is to look at the brands he likes and find an item that stands out in that brand. If possible, look in his closet and getting a feel for his style and then go shopping.

There are many niche men's fashions out there that will ensure you are gifting something he has not seen before and it is unlikely that anyone he knows already owns. My favorites for high quality classic and unique designs are Marcello Sport, Justin Harvey, Fredrick Martin, Baroni, Brandolini, Visconti, Sebastian James, Stone Rose and Robert Graham.
Marcello Bright StarsBrandolini Vibrant Vertical Stripe ShirtStone Rose Painted AbstractJustin Harvey VernazzaMarcello Autumn PlaidJewel Color Block Plaid

Happy shopping!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Men's Belts - It's all about the leather

Men's belts come in ever color and type of leather you can imagine and every man has bought a belt that fell apart in a matter of weeks or months. I have owned many belts that fell apart too quickly, I also own a few that have lasted for decades.

The difference is the leather. If I had paid attention to what the leather actually was made from I could have saved myself frustration and money by not purchasing cheap fo-leather belts that look great when you buy them but fray and separate almost immediately.

I have found that price does matter, and spending a bit more gets you much more from a leather belt. If you really want a belt to last, it's going to cost a bit more. Many of the more exotic leathers can last a lifetime, for example an alligator leather belt will out last you, but they are very expensive.

You can get the same look and almost the same quality with an alligator embossed leather at half the price. When shopping for a belt, it is a good idea to check the actual type of leather and research reviews of the brand. I bought a very nice belt, looked up the brand and could not find it anywhere and it turns out that the "brand" did not exist. The belt fell apart in few months.

In the above picture there is one belt that I own and love (on the left), the Lejon Justin Belt from Justin Harvey. This belt is thick leather and has no holes for the buckle! No holes means no pulling at the hole making the belt stressed and misshapen. The Justin Belt has a simple track system behind  the Saddle leather strap that "clicks" into position. This track system allows for micro adjustability not found in any traditional belt. It also allows a streamlined appearance not obstructed by holes or creases created by folding the leather past the holes. And best of all, it's Made in USA.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Some of the looks from Justin-Harvey.com

There are some very cool shirts on Justin-Harvey.com, here is a sampling of some of the shirts.

Key for myself when buying a shirt is two basic questions, will I wear the item, is the item unique looking. We are all aware of how uncomfortable a women feels if she goes out and someone is wearing the exact same dress, but no one considers how a man feels in the same situation.

I prefer to be reasonably sure I will be wearing a unique item that no other man in the room is wearing. This is why sites like justin-harvey.com and fashionconcepts.com are essential in my shopping. I also checkout the local Men's store, here in Florida there is an amazing Men's Store called Marcello Sport (Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, St.Armands, & Stuart). At Marcello Sport you will find great unique fashion choices and the staff there are expert at matching you with a look that will make you confident in your style. The Boca Raton location also does custom shirts and suits and great prices. If you have never had a custom shirt or suit, try it, you'll like it!







Monday, October 31, 2016

Catalog - Justin Harvey - Uncommon Fashion. Unique Impression

With the publishing of the Justin Harvey catalog, the re-launch of Justin-harvey.com and the fantastic response to the new products, Justin Harvey is becoming a force to reckon with. If you are looking for the highest quality and most unique menswear that are stylish with firm grounding in tradition, check out justin-harvey.com.

Ohhhh the shirts! Justin Harvey has incredible designs from Marcello Sport, Fredrick Martin, Brandolini, Visconti and more, you are bound to find your new favorite shirt. 

If you want a free Justin Harvey Catalog mailed to you, click this link --> Mail Catalog

Monday, September 26, 2016

Justin Harvey - Uncommon Fashion. Unique Impression

For men who want the highest quality and most unique menswear, Justin Harvey has the best. For over 20 years Justin Harvey has provided men with clothing that is comfortable, stylish and just plain cool. Justin Harvey mails a catalog every couple of months to a huge audience and some items will sell out fast.

Check out the site at justin-harvey.com

With exclusive designs and everything from boxers and socks to dress shirts and sport jackets Justin Harvey always has great items and if you check often, they have some incredible sales. I strongly suggest joining their email list to be notified when the specials are running

Monday, August 1, 2016

Expensive Shoes Save You Money - The Cobbler


I needed to update my post about expensive shoes, my great expensive shoes were getting a bit run down after 4 years and rather than just buying new shoes, I found a local cobbler.  For those that are on the younger side, a cobbler is the fellow who runs a shoe shop that fixes shoes.

The soles were worn down and the leather portion of the shoes were looking thin. I dropped off the shoes to have them resoled for a mere $50 something.

WOW, the shoes are now like new again! I will get a few more years out of them and save even more money!!

Lesson is: Find a Cobbler.

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A man's shoes say a lot about the man.

At fashionconcepts.com we do not sell shoes but I think the subject had to be addressed, men's shoes are the one piece of a man's wardrobe that can make or break a look and if your feet hurt from bad shoes a man looks angry.  Of coarse you would look angry, your feet hurt and that sucks.

Most men have the basic two pairs of shoes, one black, one brown. I was that man until recently.  I now own about five pairs of shoes and learned a very hard lesson, price does matter.

For years I have worn black shoes to work, buying "nice" shoes, spending about $100 to $200 that would last for me about a year.  I really thought this was the most economical way to have nice shoes that would last. I was wrong.

What happened to me was pure luck. I was in a thrift store in Palm Beach, FL (yes, there are thrift stores on Palm Beach) and happened across a brand new pair of Brooks Brother black shoes in my size for a ridiculously low price. I tried them on and they fit perfectly. Because I already had a pair of black shoes that were not yet a year old, I did not buy them.

That night I went online to try to find the shoes and learned they were very expensive so decided to go back to the thrift store to buy them, if they were still there.

There many great high quality brands and I in no way want to single anyone out, but, these shoes are fantastic. Since then I have bought other brands, the key is to find a shoe that you like and fits well.

Here is the point, the shoes I found retail for a lot more than $200 but have lasted me 4 years and still look like new! The quick math makes it clear.  If I had continued buying $200 shoes once a year for 4 years, I would have spent $800. If I spend $500-$700 on shoes that will last over 4 years I save money.

Men's shoes can seem to be very expensive.  I learned that quality shoes will save me a fortune over time and I will have to shop for new shoes less often, a win-win.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Be better dressed this summer with Marcello Sport

Every Spring as I transition to wearing summer clothes, my spouse inevitably says "Are you really going to wear that again?" and I think of course I am, then I look a little closer and realize some of my favorite summer items did not survive last summer very well.

There are more options for men today than the basic tee shirts and polo shirts. I strongly suggest all men think seriously about linen.

Linen - Embrace the wrinkles

The one downfall of linen and the reason most people shy away from it is because of its likeliness to wrinkle. When is hot out, wrinkles are your best friend. When your clothes wrinkle it creates little pockets of air so less fabric is directly touching your skin. Less fabric on your skin means less heat your body has to deal with. Linen is basically old school air conditioning.