Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - Chairman Fashions

There are so many ways to pit the New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons, review the stats, compare players, or detailed analysis of plays and strategy. At Justin Harvey we decided to ignore everything football and take a look at the fashion choices of the team's Chairman to determine the winner of the big game. Not that the way a Chairman of the team dresses has a direct link to the team's success, but it does speak to the type of man that is in charge. 

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Arthur Blank - Chairman Atlanta Falcons

As the co-founder of Home Depot one would think that Mr. Blank would be influenced to dress in a more working man's style but his background as an accountant seems to prevail in his fashion choices. In the vast majority of the pictures we could find he dressed on the formal side, a dark suit, white shirt and a red tie. He does wear some colored suits and other conservative ties, but almost always he has on a crisp white shirt, tie with matching pocket square and cuff links. His fashion choices portray a business man, which is what he is. A strongly conservative look with class. 

His fashion choices lead us to believe he will guide his team in a serious and business like manner. He appears as the classic Chairman of the board, a successful business man who loves the business of football. This leads us to believe his team will play a fairly conservative offense with a strong grounding in the basics of the game. Defensively his fashion choices tell us he will be stable and relentless. He does show a bit of flair in his fashion choices occasionally and that will be reflected in the game strategy, strong and consistent with a few bold moves, but not too bold. 

Robert Kraft - Chairman New England Patriots

Robert Kraft has style. His fashion choices are a little varied with some key elements he consistently wears. Much like Arthur Blank, he is all business but Robert brings a bit of daring. Kraft has stated that he started his company, International Forest Products, out of a hunch that the increase in international communications and transportation would lead to an expansion of global trade in the late twentieth century. 

From all the pictures we could find a few things stood out. His fashion choices have a conservative base with some key differences that make him stand out. He wears dark suits, with a variety of ties and matching pocket square, with red being the most common, and consistently wears a colored shirt with white cuffs and collar like the Marcello Sport dress shirt with neat trim. Mr. Kraft has been known to wear ostentatious cufflinks, and his accessories have even impressed the most flamboyant pro athlete of all, Floyd Mayweather. In 2015 Kraft was spotted wearing what appeared to be Super Bowl ring cufflinks at a Sunday game. Now that is some bold bling.

His fashion choices lead us to believe his team will be bold, confident and take calculated risks. He appears as an aggressive individual and Chairman, a successful business man who loves the game of football. This leads us to believe his team will play an aggressive offense with the occasional high risk play . Defensively his fashion choices tell us his team will be forceful and willing to take risks rather than hold the line. His bold fashion choices will be reflected in his team's aggressive and stylish game play while confidently taking risks.

At Justin Harvey we like men who are willing to take a little risk, be it in football, business or fashion. Judging only by the fashion choices of the Chairmen we are compelled to choose Robert Kraft as the enviable winner based on his bold fashion choices. Our customers tend to be leaders and risk takers, willing to dress impressively, putting together their own unique style with quality uncommon fashions for a unique impression.

No matter who wins, dressing with style always make you a winner and Justin Harvey has the unique fashions to ensure your style will be unique and impressive.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Tee Shirts have come a long way

The tee shirt has come a long way, Justin-Harvey.com has some of the most fashionable tees on the market.

The actor Marlon Brando, wore a tee shirt in the 1947 stage production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and is credited for having made the garment fashionable.

Below are two short paragraphs from a popular fashion trade magazine from 1950 pointing out that the white cotton knit crew-neck garment we call the T-shirt came into this world with the name "quarter sleeve" and had it's origin in the U.S. Navy, where it earned it's popularity and soon spread to other branches of the U.S. military during the mid-to-late 1930s.

Tee shirts are a staple of every man's wardrobe and what a man considers a "great" tee shirt changes dramatically over time. As a child or teen, brightly colored tee shits with a logo or some silly comment are great. As an adult, a great tee shirt is one that fits well, is made from higher quality fabric with more sophisticated color choices.

Men do not have to give up their favorite concert tee or other tee shirt they have had for decades that they can relive their youth through, we just suggest having a few tee shirts more suited to a mature man that exhibits style and not a product or band.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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 fairly 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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Justin Harvey Look Book eCatalog

If you like holding a catalog and flipping pages, here is the same catalog on your screen. Just like the Justin Harvey Catalog mailed to your home, Justin Harvey now has a Look Book version of their catalog. Flip the pages!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ironing makes a difference

Real men iron! (or have their clothes ironed)
According to all the women we spoke to.

Justin-Harvey.com provides fashions that require very little ironing, but some ironing goes a long way. A man who steps out of his house looking sharp and wrinkle-free lets the world (and the female population) know that he not only has thought and cared to invest a bit of time into getting dressed and also that he cares about his appearance. Women respect the effort that goes into looking your best.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Macys Closures - Men's Clothing Online

Over the years we have asked innumerable men where they shop for clothing and often the answer was Macy's. Many men do not like to shop and having one store where they could buy what they needed without much effort was why they shopped at Macy's. Department stores were easy for the male shopper and usually nearby. With the announced of 63 Macy's closing in early spring 2017 many men will need to find another source for their clothes. Some may use Macy's website, but if you are going to order online why not break out of the Macy's rut.

National department stores have pretty much the same inventory all over the country and anyone looking for unique items that every Tom, Dick and Harry does not already own should do some shopping around online. By shopping around we do not mean just going only to Amazon. Think about it this way, most men spend hundreds of hours shopping for a new car and just going to a dealer and buying whatever they have on hand seems like a crazy thing to do, but men do this with clothing every day. Like a car, clothing is an investment in the identity you want to portray. If a man want to look good in that new car they really should take just a fraction of the time they spent shopping for the car on shopping for clothing.

We encourage any man who has had his local Macy's taken away and is not sure what to do, to at least look at justin-harvey.com. There are many Men's clothing providers on the web and with just a little effort you can gather a wardrobe you will be proud to wear.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Achievable New Years Resolution

This is the time of year when most people realize their New Years Resolutions may not work out and even if they started out great. For many of us, after the first week it becomes apparent that our New Years Resolutions were a bit optimistic. We all know the Resolutions that we have had that we could never quite get going, loosing weight, exercising, new job or house, all sorts of lofty goals that in the end, when they are not realized, we feel we have failed.

Fret not, there is a News Years Resolution that is easily achievable and will make your life better. Resolving to dress better, look your sharpest and finally have "your style" can be achieved and maintained far easier than other life changes. There are a few key elements that are essential to achieving the goal of becoming really well dressed and stylish. We are calling it the three R's to a better dressed man, Remove, Replace, Risk.

Remove - Get rid of all those clothes, shoes and accessories that are old, worn out, and anything you never wear. A great trick to figure out what in your closet need to go is to turn all the hangers around backwards. Then, every time you wear something put it back in the closet with the hanger turned forward again. In just a few weeks anything that still has the hanger backwards you can let go of because you do not wear it anyway. This method does exclude items with sentimental value, "special event" clothing and "rag" clothing for cleaning, painting, and gardening, keep those.

Replace - Now you have all sorts of room in your closet and need to go shopping. Spend your money wisely. Try to avoid the temptation to buy whatever is available or on sale. It is far better to decide what you are looking for and seek it out than to choose from what is easily available.  Have a general idea of your budget and allow yourself to spend a bit more on a few great items instead of lots of bargain items of questionable quality that are just ok. Of course we want you to buy everything from Justin Harvey and we only carry superior quality unique items with great style, but find what works for you, your lifestyle, and your budget.

Risk - Take some risks with the clothing you choose. You just cleaned out your old clothes, don't refill you closet with items that are just newer versions of what you just got rid of. Look around at men who you think dress well and notice what it is specifically that make them look good and decide if that look right for you. If you really do not know where to start, your local Men's Store is a fantastic resource, they are expert in guiding men to make fashion choices that will work for their size, shape and personality. Take risks in the colors, styles and price. Spend more on quality and less on trendy styles because trends come and go but quality lasts. People admire risk takers.

Upgrading your wardrobe can have a ripple effect in your life. When you feel good about how you look you are more confident, relaxed and achieving a New Years Resolution will also make you feel even more confident. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Best Dressed Man in the Room

Don't be afraid to be the best-dressed guy in the room. If you shop at Justin Harvey, it's going to happen and that’s not a bad thing.

It takes getting used to. You may initially feel “overdressed,” particularly when you’re the only man wearing a stylish button down shirt and sports coat as opposed to a tee shirt or sweater.

A good rule when choosing your outfit is "It's better to be over dressed than under dressed". Imagine going to a party, everyone is dressed in jeans and casual shirts but you have on dressy jeans and a stylish shirt, you will stand out in a good way. Then imagine you are at the party and everyone is wearing crisp dress shirts, slacks and nice shoes while you are wearing jeans, tee shirt and flip flops, then you will stand out in a bad way.

In very casual situations like the beach, sports event, or when it is very likely you will get dirty like going fishing it is best to dress appropriately and be comfortable. A man in suit fishing is just weird and he is going to ruin the suit.

Learn to embrace being a well dressed man. People may treat you differently when you dress with style— but the differences will be overwhelmingly positive. Turns out that most regular people assume a man in a sharp jacket or suit is someone important, and treat him accordingly. We tried testing this by going to the same store dressed well and not so well. The difference was remarkable, when well dressed the staff treated us better and were very helpful, well dressed not so well dressed we were not teated as nicely and ignored by most of the staff, except security.

It’s a good thing that you can dress well and use it to open doors for you. But you will have to accept and embrace your new role as someone people look to as a leader, especially if you've never thought of yourself as one before.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Men's Clothing Styles

May 2017 be your most stylish year ever!

Happy New Year from Justin Harvey!

There are all sorts of predictions for the men's fashion trends that will be big in 2017 and the same was true in previous years. Does anyone remember the predictions from just a few years ago, did they come true, does anyone care?

We have spent some time reading predictions and most appear to be things that the folks at Justin Harvey have been doing for a long while. For example, businessinsider.com has a article about their men's style predictions for 2017 and one of their predictions is "Pants will become stretchy, Including a touch of elastane in pants, even jeans, will become the norm in 2017. Once men get used to it, they'll realize the pants are more comfortable"

Justin Harvey has been providing pants with a bit of stretch for years, our Marcello Sport Jeans and Ecer Traveler Pant have a bit of stretch to them and fit incredibly.

Ecer LP5000 Black Pant Dress Jean

There are all sorts of trends and "street styles" that are all well and good, but for actual men who do not live in NYC or LA we suggest staying away from the trendy and focus on "upgraded traditional". Take a traditional look and upgrade it with a little something extra, accent fabric, fine detailing, custom buttons, something that indicates superior workmanship. Check out the shirts on justin-harvey.com from Marcello Sport, Brandolini,  Visconti and many more to see items with something extra.

For 2017 the biggest trend we see in men's fashion for real men is quality. Men are getting tired of shirts and jeans that fade too quick and wear out too fast. Quality is having a comeback. For the 20ish/teens the "street style" and being a walking advertisement for a brand will still be popular, but for men, quality traditional looking fine clothing are going to be the style of choice.