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Fall Tip #2: Wear a knit blazer everywhere

Fall Tip #2: Wear a knit blazer everywhere

This fall, replace a sweater with a knit blazer for the same comfort, but with elevated style and utility.

Interior and patch pockets provide options to store your keys, wallet, phone, gloves, hat, etc. 

Introducing the FLITELESS™ Debut Collection for Fall / Winter 2018

Introducing the FLITELESS™ Debut Collection for Fall / Winter 2018

New York, NY, September 2018 – Super-performance dress shoe brand Fliteless™, is pleased to unveil the company’s debut collection of luxury men’s footwear, which masterfully blends technology, unprecedented comfort and timeless elegance. A revolution in footwear, Fliteless creates shoes that are faster, softer and smarter in order to keep up with the active lifestyle of a modern man on the go.

Why Every Man Needs a Great Blazer

Reason No. 1: It's masculine

The world's most manly men (Tom Ford and David Beckham ) are pretty much always in some sort of blazer.  You will stand out and be noticed.  You will get better service.  You will get more compliments.

Reason No. 2: It hides the beer and pizza

A formfitting blazer can create a completely new silhouette for your body -- even if you've been skipping the gym. Whether it's love handles, a spare tire or flabby forearms, the clean lines of a blazer will instantly make you look slimmer.

Reason No. 3: It plays well with others

The blazer is one of the few items of clothing in a man's wardrobe that can work with anything from knit tie to a T-shirt. In short, the possibilities are endless.  It works with jeans or dress trousers.  Never leave home without one.

How To Buy A Blazer

Tip No. 1: Shop for fit

That shapeless sack you've been wearing to job interviews and funerals isn't doing you any favors. The truth is most men buy their jackets at least one size too big based on some bizarre arm-stretching ritual that's meant to ensure a full range of motion (as if we're supposed to be doing calisthenics in a coat).  And, most big box stores will fit you too big because they do not know better.  Bad fit is a bad impression.

Blazer fit can seem like a dauntingly vague term, but its parts are actually quite simple and sensible. First, the entire jacket should follow the natural lines of your body. The back should lay flat, the armholes should be high enough to delineate your chest, the torso should taper inward to define your midsection, and the shoulders should end, well, where your shoulders end. Finally, the sleeve should show about a half-inch of shirt cuff, and perhaps most importantly, the proper length of the jacket should not be judged by standing stick straight to see if your hands can still cup the bottom. Instead, an easy rule of thumb is to get the blazer to barely cover your rear end.

Tip No. 2: Beware of style

There's a boatload of potential blazer styling blunders out there. But the biggest offenses undoubtedly come from guys who think they're ahead of the curve. You know, the ones topping off their untucked, loud double collar shirts with velour collars,, epaulets, and  rhinestone-studded sportcoats. Classic is better at every price and we won't let you buy it unless it fits and flatters.  Navy is the tried-and-true staple with which every man should start his collection.  But don't be afraid of patterns or other colors.  

Tip No. 3: You can find a great one for less than you think

 A tailored blazer can be had on any budget. We select the best for you at every price point.  And if you are tough to fit we can find the perfect custom blazer for you at much less than you think.  

Ace & Everett: The Socks that give your ankles a voice.

Ace & Everett: The Socks that give your ankles a voice.

Ace & Everett is a collection of socks focused on injecting a sense of fun and excitement back into the world of traditional menswear. Every sock begins with the finest raw materials, dyed into rich, saturated hues. These luxurious yarns are then carefully knit in the USA, resulting in unique, three-dimensional jacquard designs.

THE ART OF PACKING FOR AN OVERNIGHT STAY

THE ART OF PACKING FOR AN OVERNIGHT STAY

One of the hardest things about an overnight getaway or a business trip is knowing what to pack and what to leave behind. Unfortunately for most of us, that decision is often made by the ancient luggage we lug around with us everywhere. Without a doubt the first rule of any trip should be having the right bag, and it should be no surprise that there are some amazingly smart and stylish options out there. One of our favourites by far is the exceptional Garment Weekender bag from Hook & Albert.

Dining in Style

Bloomington features a vibrant and eclectic food scene attracting foodies from all over.  Foodies know the latest celebrity chef, the new dish, the right wine, and how to eat in style.  This is the first in a series featuring Bloomington’s great restaurants and eateries, its great chefs, and our favorite clients styled in AD best. We will flavor this with fashion and food ideas.  We start with our new neighbors No Coast Reserve (NOCO) and welcome them to the square. IMG_0404

NOCO is the vision of Dave Schell and Seth Elgar. Dave is from Evansville, Indiana, and after graduating from IU in 2003 decided to make Bloomington home. Dave started the Butcher’s Block in 2004. In 2013, with Seth Elgar, they started No Coast, originally next to the Butcher’s Block. The move to the square gives them increased capacity, and an ability to showcase Chef Elgar's culinary skills.

When asked what makes Bloomington special, Dave said: “It’s all about IU; the culture, music, fashion and quality of life. We have the same vision as Andrew Davis--to go above and beyond to care for our customers and every day show the care is there."

Seth began cooking at age 16. He spent six months in France for some fun on-the-job training and is from a large farm family. Seth loves the excitement of a busy night and shucking daily fresh oysters behind the bar and sharing his love of food.

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Todd and Carol Whitlock are fixtures at most AD events where they love the clothing, food, drink and friendship.  Todd, as the owner of Todd Whitlock DDS, shares a passion with AD to make people look their best.  Todd and Carol have five kids between 20 and 32, and both have great fashion sense.  Todd is updated casual and is wearing his favorite Byron coat, Stone Rose shirt and Citizens jeans.  Carol manages Todd's office and is wearing clothing from Blond Genius.

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Meet Mike and Mary Allen.  Mike is an attorney at Mallor | Grodner, focusing on business and litigation.  Mike met Mary when they both attended IU, and while they were both lifeguards at Lake Monroe.  Mary is an advanced oncology clinical nurse specialist.  After living in bigger cities, the small town values of Bloomington along with big city features eventually brought them back with their children.  They enjoy the diversity of Bloomington and its many opportunities for new experiences.

Mike is wearing a Southwick suit and his favorite Gitman shirt with a David Donahue tie. He is often seen in AD on Saturdays in AG jeans and loves the friendly staff and professional help.

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Dominick DiOrio and our own John Porter will be married on May 28.  Dom and John met at a Christmas party in 2012 and share a love of music, theater, food, travel and fashion.  Dom is a professor at the Jacobs School of Music in Choral Conducting. He loves the collaborative side of conducting and is an all star in the field with an international reputation.  His travel schedule would tire most, but he loves to come home for John's Italian food.

John has Dom pretty well styled, but he was a client of AD before meeting John. Dom relates that he loves AD and fondly remembers needing a new suit for a critical performance. He says: “With only a few days to work, Macey took care of everything.  How I look is a huge part, and I go to Andrew Davis because the staff wants to help me and go the extra mile. It's also the best curated collection I have ever seen, and that includes living in large cities."

John is our Bespoke and Formal-wear Manager, but when he's not taking care of clients, he is a huge part of the B-Town music scene as a teacher and performer.

Dom is wearing a Stenstroms shirt, Prive blazer, Magnanni shoes and Meyer trousers.

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Dr. Gerry Hash only left Bloomington for medical school and knew he always was coming home.  He has been in private practice as a podiatrist for 23 years and his patients are his biggest fans.  Gerry met Chrisy at Monroe Hospital and they share a love of family, travel, IU sports, Lake Monroe, and are resident foodies.  Gerry said: "Before AD I wore clothing that was way too big and never got a compliment.  Now I love getting dressed in my AD clothing and get compliments from other docs and Chrisy."

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Abby and Sarah Perfetti met in 2010 and married on August 30, 2014. Abby is a vocalist and chorister, and handles content and social media for Visit Bloomington.  Sarah is a triathlete, swimmer and the Executive Director at Bloomington PRIDE.  They both love to cook; Abby is a great baker and Sarah a cook.   They love Bloomington’s cultural scene, craft beers, coffee houses and diversity.  Sarah is styled in a Gitman shirt, Edward Armah bow tie and AG Jeans.  Abby is wearing an Edward Armah bow tie and scarf, Robert Jensen pocket square and her own jeans.  Both are excited about the new AD Bespoke which will include custom clothing for women.

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Cory Myers is the Vice President of Custom Solutions and is on the road constantly training and certifying law enforcement in public safety.  Cory has lived in DC, Chicago, Boulder, Princeton ,and Bloomington is the smallest city he has lived in but also his favorite.  He loves the community, quality of life, diversity and the people.  Cory and Laura love to travel, with Italy as one of their favorite destinations.  Cory is a creative short story writer and avid cyclist.

He is wearing a custom Hickey Freeman suit, David Donahue tie, Eton shirt and Noah Waxman shoes.  We have been after Cory to try custom for years and he said: “Now I understand why--there is something special about the fit and cloth. I shop at AD over Indianapolis stores because I can't find the selection, friendly staff, and service anywhere else.  There is one coat I wear from AD and I get compliments wherever I go."

Trask

IMG_1232 "We love the story about the man who followed a river and found his dream. Because it's true. Because it's not just the story of one man, it's the story of us. The story of America. A country built by people with the courage to dream and the conviction to make those dreams come true. By questioning the way it's always been done. By wondering what if. And asking why not. And by knowing that there's another way. A higher road. A way that's right and real. By leading, not following. Making a mark and leaving not just footprints, but blueprints for something better. Our way isn't the fastest or easiest, but we think it's worth the extra effort. We think you will, too.

It's a story that's still being written with bold strokes by people who are driven not by a paycheck, but by a passion for a life well lived. People who make their choices based not on simply what looks good, but on what feels right. Like Trask. Because like so many other things that are worth pursuing, they don't get old. They get better. And long after the others are relegated to the back of the closet, these are the ones you'll count on. Day by day. Year after year. A timeless style that's beyond trends, resistant to fads or fading away. An American icon that's earned its reputation one step at a time, one generation after another. It's our heritage and the Trask story."

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Lanai

"You get to a place where you’ve figured it out. That’s where it begins to look effortless. Lanai is for those who are comfortable in their element. And their element is virtually anywhere. Lanai is a collection of clothing for a new vanguard that moves between work, play and adventure without changing their nature.

Lanai believes that you should define your clothes, rather than let the clothes define you. It’s always a better fit.

Their goal is elemental luxury. Simple, not easy. Basic, not common.

The only way to get there is with uncompromising quality.

You can feel it in the exceptional touch of our material and see it in the distinctive detail of every stitch. As long as you’re rewriting the rules, you might as well be comfortable. Welcome to Lanai."

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Southwick

Since 1929, Southwick’s business philosophy has been firmly grounded in the singular vision of its founders – a love of quality and craftsmanship.Made in the USA, Southwick is synonymous with authentic American style, natural shoulder comfort, quality, and fine fabrics.

Worn by presidents, ambassadors, corporate leaders and other men of distinction who chose Southwick to enhance their own style, not replace it. Southwick represents understated elegance and quality workmanship.

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Gitman

With roots tracing back to the 1930s, the Gitman name is synonymous with a rich heritage of American manufacturing. Today, Gitman is one of the few remaining shirt makers with all their production still based in the USA. Gitman's methods have evolved with the times but the trademark aspects of their business remain. They are committed to delivering the highest quality products that uphold their dedication to craftsmanship and dependability. Gitman is, and will always be, a boutique shirt maker rather than a mass producer and their core values of quality and service remain perfectly intact.

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2016 Peter Millar Lookbook

Founded in 2001, the Peter Millar line of fine clothing and accessories has become in just a few years the standard bearer for discerning and demanding individuals — on the golf course, in the office, and on the town. From the original signature cashmere sweaters to a wide range of casual and formal wear, the Peter Millar line embraces a classic, old-world style resplendent in sharp detail, superb craftsmanship, and only the highest quality materials available.

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Be Seen Bespoken

One of the joys of being the manager of Andrew Davis Bespoke is working with clients to see a vision come to life. The vision may be for a bespoke wedding or for your first professional job. I've had the experience of seeing a person’s confidence come to light and the motivation created by dressing well.

As a lifetime jazz musician and music lover, I approach each client without hard and fast rules. Bespoke clothing is spontaneity and creativity. I listen, react, improvise and create with my clients. Whether a bespoke suit or tuxedo for a wedding, or suits and sport coats for work, I find out where my clients want to be with their clothing and give greater value to their purchase.

Dress with the utmost discernment.

-John Porter

Hickey Freeman: Made in America for American Men.

1 2Two young entrepreneurs named Jacob Freeman and Jeremiah Hickey built Hickey Freeman in the early years of the 20th century.  Thier plan was to bring high-quality hand-tailoring to men from coast to coast.  As they envisioned it, a Hickey Freeman suit would be a testament to both the delicate artistry of hand-craftsmanship and the steady consistency of modern technology.

Their idea turned into an epic American success story.  Men of style and achievement have, for generation after generation, turned to Hickey Freeman for authenticity and quality, elegance and innovation.  They still do.

Luciano Barbera: A Life Guided By Friendship And Luck

“If I didn’t meet you, how could I be here telling you these things?” -Luciano Barbera The origin story of Luciano Barbera’s eponymous line of clothing feels very 21st century—even though it isn’t. As a young man and dapper dresser in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Barbera was often in spotted in custom-created suits, and admirers would inquire as to who made his clothing and where it was purchased.

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It helped that Luciano was born into a fashion family: His father, Carlo Barbera, was the owner of a textile mill, so an appreciation for fine fabrics and thoughtful tailoring was there from the start.  Luciano set out to create his own timeless menswear collection—and that collection has kept him busy for the last 45 years.

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The name Luciano Barbera continues to stand for quality, craftsmanship, and that quintessentially Italian concept of sprezzatura. That is, the quality of being confident but understated—not trying so hard.


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The Spring/Summer 2016

Spring 2016 is inspired by the lush foliage and picturesque landscape of Biella – a mountainous Italian village, home to the Luciano Barbera brand – and reminds us that textures, prints and colors are most vibrant when mixed and layered.

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Look Good | Feel Good, just in time for the Cardinal Stage Red Feather Gala

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Andrew Davis Bespoke has pledged $1,000 in matching funds to Cardinal Stage Company. Even more, they are giving away services to those who participate.

Now through February 29, 2016 when you donate $50 or more to Cardinal Stage Company, Andrew Davis will not only match your gift, they will provide you with a $250 gift card towards a custom suit, tuxedo, or sport coat & trouser combination. Stop into Andrew Davis on Friday, February 12th to learn more.

You can look good in custom clothing, and feel good about supporting a local non profit.

Give a gift today!

This opportunity comes just in time for the Red Feather Gala and Awards Ceremony.

Make sure you are the best dressed in a custom suit or tuxedo from Andrew Davis Bespoke by ordering your custom clothing by February 29, 2016.

February 18 : Samuelsohn + Magnanni + W. Kleinberg Spring Trunk Show

MADE TO MEASURE EVENT ACCOMPANIED BY MAGNANNI FOOTWEAR & W. KLEINBERG LEATHER GOODS

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SAMUELSOHN Dorian Anderson will join us with exceptional fabric swatches for suits and sport coats and an enhanced in-stock collection for Spring.

box2 W. KLEINBERG One-of-a-kind luxury belts, custom made in exotic skins including alligator, crocodile, bison and snake. Mary Grace Douglas will be at the store to help with fitting and selections.

box3 MAGNANNI Footwear crafted by hand for exceptional comfort, flexibility, and elegant design. Colin Combes 

      Enjoy fine wines during our wine tasting with Big Red Liquors from 5pm - 7pm

Grand Opening: Andrew Davis Bespoke

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The grand opening for Andrew Davis Bespoke is this weekend!

Indiana's first bespoke experience in formal wear and suits for grooms and their groomsmen.

Friday, February 12th from 10am to 6pm Saturday, February 13th from 10am to 5pm

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Andrew Davis Bespoke Fountain Square Mall 101 W. Kirkwood, Suite 119 Bloomington, IN 47403 Tel. +1 812.323.7730

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For interview or direct contact for media: Contact John Porter // john@andrewdavisclothiers.com // Direct: 812.606.3863

Travel In Style

header CAN LUXURY AND HIGH PERFORMANCE TRULY CO-EXIST IN A SINGLE GARMENT?

The Performance Suit from Samuelsohn offers definitive proof. “For over 90 years, Samuelsohn has specialized in traditional full-canvas tailoring with lots of hand-sewing,” says Arnold Siverstone, president and creative director. “Now we’ve combined that quality with a high performance, Super 120’s, pure wool fabric woven for us in Italy. This is the perfect suit for the new generation of men who are always traveling, always on the go, and it offers extraordinary value for the money.”

The secret is in the weaving and the natural elasticity of the wool, creating a fabric that is exceptionally comfortable, is water-and stain-resistant and shrugs off wrinkles. Five internal pockets can accommodate devices and travel documents and there’s even an extra cellphone pocket concealed in the trousers. Samuelsohn also offers a blazer and trousers in the same high-performance fabric.

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Join us and Samuelsohn representative Dorian Anderson on Thursday, February 18, from 2-7 p.m. Buy one Samuelsohn made-to-measure suit, coat, or trouser and get the second one at 50% off*.

To complete your travel in style, we will also have the unparalleled leather collection from W. Kleinberg. Mary Grace Douglas from W. Kleinberg will be on hand to help with your selections. This is the perfect belt for your Samuelsohn trousers.

And, to help you put your best foot forward, Colin Combes from Magnanni will be there to help you select and fit shoes from Magnanni.

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See you on February 18th at Andrew Davis.

*Second suit, coat, or trouser must be of equal or lesser value; offer good at event only.