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The SeaVees Mariners Boot

The SeaVees Mariners Boot is one of the best all around boots and now they are featured on GQ's "Best New Menswear Items to Buy." The Mariners Boot features waterproof suede uppers, a gusseted tongue, sealed seams and a grip-lock herringbone outsole for traction. Come in today and pick yourself up a pair.

That extra half inch of rubber? It looks good, but it's the difference between absolutely bulletproof toesies and being the guy who has to change his socks at work after a rainy commute. —Martin Mulkeen

THE ORIGIN

The Mare Island Naval Shipyard was the first US Navy base established on the Pacific Ocean. In August 1969, the U.S. relocated its training operations from Coronodo to Mare Island, California. The 08/69 is a reissue of the style known as "swim shoes" or "coral creepers" by Naval sea cadets during the era.

THE DETAILS

  • Water resistant treated suede

  • Lace-up CVO boot design

  • Custom contoured comfort footbed

  • Extra high profile rubber foxing

  • Exclusive herringbone moulded grip-lock outsole

What makes a sneaker a SeaVees?

Our shoes are carefully crafted in small batches to control quality and consistency using a
time-honored footwear construction called vulcanization. We are extremely passionate about the multiple benefits of an authentic vulcanized sneaker, from the obvious greater durability to the magical little nuances that happen in the oven. Both classic and contemporary with a reverence for 1960s California cool, SeaVees are the timeless footwear choice.

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Material Matters

We develop premium textiles, select the finest leathers, and utilize finishing techniques exclusive to SeaVees.

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A Lasting Impression

The proprietary SeaVees last, the foundational aluminum form, gives our sneakers their renowned finessed look and ensures consistent fit from
style to style.

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More Bounce,
Longer Wear

We demand critical time-honored methods others have compromised through the years, like the use of natural rubber, no synthetics, which gives our shoes a soft step, flexibility and exceptional durability.

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Underfoot,
Top of Mind

In every shoe lives the SeaVees secret weapon. Our contoured cushy memory foam footbed is built to make SeaVees the most comfortable sneaker you’ve ever worn.

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Cool Comfort

With perforations, airflow channels, and washed cotton lining, our exclusive footbed is designed to keep your feet cool for all-day comfort.

Stenströms Menswear: Style, Quality & Comfort In Every Detail

A Hidden Gem

The beauty of visiting trade shows is that you can stumble across a few gems; the type of brands that look the part on the surface but when sitting amongst countless others, all vying for conversations with buying teams from across the globe, can quickly be overlooked.

At Ape we’re fortunate enough to be able to hold a different type of conversation – one that focuses on the company and its people, to unearth stories that make us want to sit up and take notice. This January, in freezing cold temperatures at Pitti Uomo, we got talking to Stenströms… and they made us do exactly that.

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In The Beginning

Hailing from the harbour town of Helsingborg, Sweden, founder August Stenström started life selling elegant and fine shirts from a small shop on the town’s main street in 1899. The products quickly garnered acclaim from visiting ship captains, who went off to spread the word.

120 years later, Stenströms remains a solid brand – still independently owned under the guidance of the Bengtsson family and owner Anders – but perhaps more impressive has been its ability to evolve, increasing reach and turnover year-on-year in particularly tough market conditions.

The Here And Now

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This year’s showcase was actually Stenströms first at Pitti, giving us a chance to see the quality of the clothing up-close and personal. The range didn’t disappoint. The detailing is refined, subtle and understated, which speaks volumes for the brand as it goes about its business without a huge fanfare.

“Being independently owned has allowed us the freedom to adapt and to be flexible,” says menswear creative director Peter Jüriado. “We have the freedom to experiment and proactively challenge what we do, and that keeps us all motivated.”

Testament to his statement is the fact that Stenströms’ staff is extremely loyal to the company – Jüriado himself has been part of the team for more than 25 years. Jüriado can also lay claim to having a considerable affect on the success of the menswear business, with sales having increased considerably since his tenure began some 10 years ago.

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“I was focused on the structure of our shirting and adapting wearability and the options around it,” says Jüriado. “Again, being able to have flexibility and the ability to source the best fabrics from around the world speaks volumes about the Stenströms approach – it’s real craftsmanship and it shows.”

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Spring/Summer 2019

The spring/summer 2019 collection sees an eclectic range of well-fitting linen and fine-cotton shirting, set against warm-weather knitwear, blazers, lightweight safari jackets and accessories across a varied, complementary colour palette – all perfectly packaged and ready to go, which makes for a refreshing change.

“Efficiency is at the heart of Stenströms,” adds Jüriado. “It is an extremely important factor to our business. We are respectful and reliable to our partners and to the people trying to achieve great things for our brand,” he adds.

Fall Tip #4: The Art of Layering for Style and Warmth

Fall Tip #4:  The Art of Layering for Style and Warmth

In the sartorial world, we love winter. It’s a chance for us to add layers. Sport coats with sweaters, suits with scarves, overcoats and vests. The possibilities seem endless when combining textures and fabrics. Function and form come together, bringing us into a sartorial wonderland.

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.

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 Sport Coat-the Most Versatile and Necessary Part of Your Clothing Arsenal

 

A great sport coat can take you anywhere.  Here you will see the same coat styled for casual wear and with a tie for a more dressed up look.  You can pair it with jeans or dress trousers.  But never leave home without one--it is the place for your phone, glasses, pen and game tickets.  A well fitted sport coat makes you look trimmer and gets you noticed.

 

Trading Up

Trading Up

When is the last time you traded down for a home or car? Probably never. All of us appreciate and desire quality and uniqueness. It says something about us and our accomplishments. The same is true for clothing. You can find cheap, poorly made clothing at many stores. But there are only a few specialty stores where you can find and appreciate unique garments made of luxury fabrics with quality construction.

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.

What Makes the Difference in Wolf & Shepherd Dress Shoes?

What Makes the Difference in Wolf & Shepherd Dress Shoes?

Since the 1920’s, shoemakers have crafted dress shoes using the same dated manufacturing process, with little emphasis on comfort. Without compromising the timeless style and quality of classic footwear, Wolf & Shepherd designs shoes to provide unparalleled comfort by concealing high performance foam technology into the heart of each sole. At Wolf & Shepherd, our mantra is simple: Dress to Perform.

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."

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