We’ve helped guys - and their justifiably nervous fiancées - with countless wedding preparations. It’s our job to make sure that every groom looks his best (without overshadowing his bride).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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 is a proud sponsor of the B’Town Jazz Festival, one of the biggest and most anticipated outdoor music festivals in Bloomington. Now in its 4th year, this year’s festival will take place on Saturday, August 22nd at the Monroe County courthouse lawn and promises to bring an exciting line-up. Traditionally, festival exclusively featured local artists. This year, the B’Town Jazz Festival is featuring artists that are primarily based out of town including saxophonist Jamey Aebersold from New Albany, Indiana; and trombonist and Jacobs School of Music faculty member Wayne Wallace from San Francisco.
According to John Porter, the festival’s coordinator and Committee Chair, the relationship between jazz and fashion is a two-way street. “Jazz and fashion are both cyclical and evolutionary,” he said. “Miles Davis is the classic example. He changed the course of jazz four or five times in his career and his wardrobe went along for the ride. Everyone wanted to sound and look like Miles, especially in the 50's and 60's.“
During the early part of the 20th century, the tuxedo was the utilitarian staple of a musician. In many instances, it still is. Jazz Historian Gary Giddins tells an apocryphal story about a young Louis Armstrong arriving in Chicago for the first time, in the middle of summer, wearing a threadbare tux and long underwear. Granted, things eventually got much better for Armstrong, but you rarely saw him onstage in anything but a tuxedo. The same was true for Frank Sinatra who referred to wearing a tuxedo as “a way of life”.
Outside of formal wear, fashion in the jazz world has changed with the times. In the 1940s, Lester Young (also known as “Prez”) wore long top coats, pork pie hats, and huge peak jacket lapels. Miles Davis later came along with his soft-shouldered Brooks Brothers suits in the 50s and 60s, a style that is favored today by companies like Luigi Bianchi Mantova, Byron, and even Sammuelsohn. Today, there is great tailoring and style from performers like Chris Botti, who loves his Prada; Wynton and Branford Marsalis; Joshua Redman; and Jamie Cullum.
The B’Town Jazz Festival will take place this Saturday from noon-11pm on the downtown courthouse lawn. Admission is free and food and beverage will be available for purchase. For more information about the festival and a complete line-up of this year’s performers, please visit btownjazz.org.
We’re excited to announce that Andrew Davis Clothiers is an official sponsor of this year’s Middle Coast Film Festival, Bloomington’s very first interactive film festival. The festival will take place August 13-15 at various downtown locations including the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Ivy Tech Waldron Arts and The Backdoor’s screening room.
Andrew Davis Clothiers will also be a title sponsor for the Middle Coast Official Selection of Men of the Cloth, a documentary that explores master tailors who dedicated their entire lives to constructing custom-made suits for clients in New York City and are coming to terms with the reality of retirement and the fear that their Old World knowledge will vanish with them.
“One of my good friends in the clothing business called me after watching Men of the Cloth to tell me it was a must-see for everyone who loves clothing, art, Italy, and great film making,” said Andy Mallor, owner. “That it is—it's a must-see and we are proud to sponsor Men of the Cloth and the Middle Coast Film Festival.”
As experts in men's fashion, sponsoring the film was an easy decision for us. We’re excited that IU Apparel Merchandising & Interior Design professor Kathleen Rowold will be sitting on the discussion panel and offering a local perspective right alongside NYC filmmaker Vicki Vasilopoulos.
Kathleen Rowold is a published writer and professor in the Fashion Design & Culture group, curator of the Sage Collection. She is among the world’s leading experts in the social and aesthetic history of Western fashion, and we are honored by her participation in a post-film discussion.
Men of the Cloth will premier on Saturday, August 15 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater at 2:15 p.m. followed by a Q&A session with Andrew, Kathleen and Vicki. Weekend and day passes to Middle Coast Fest can be purchased online here.
New York-based designer V.K. Nagrani will be at Andrew Davis Menswear’s spring Trunk Show, Thursday, February 23, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. to unveil an exclusive, limited-edition sock he designed as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Nagrani is the founder of Ovadafut Hosiery Co., which manufactures luxury socks and underwear sold at select men’s retailers like Andrew Davis.
Andrew Davis is donating 50% of each sale of the Big Brothers Big Sisters sock to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
“Even if you’re a small company, it doesn’t matter,” Nagrani said. “You still have a responsibility to help out and do something creative. We all need to do our part.”
Nagrani’s company has custom-designed items for many charities, including a pink sock for breast cancer awareness and a camouflage sock for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Nagrani said this year’s design, inspired by Andy Warhol’s pop art, features four blocks, each bearing the hand sign for one of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ core values – confidence, competence, conscience and love.
Macey Dale, manager of Andrew Davis, hopes to see the socks fly off the shelves and he enlisted the help of Bloomington personalities who will be wearing the socks.
“Everybody wears socks, but, who would ever think that a simple pair of socks can make a huge difference in a child’s life, not just financially but also in raising awareness of such an amazing program,” said Tom Saccone, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.”
The cause is one that’s close to the designer’s heart. Nagrani, who worked as a substitute teacher when he started his company, knows first-hand the impact a strong role model can have on a child’s confidence, academic success and social development.
Macey Dale said Nagrani’s socks, which retail for $35 a pair, are popular with customers and Andrew Davis sells hundreds every year, including mailing customers in many states who can’t wait for the next design.
Research has shown involvement in the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs increases a child’s odds of succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles.
Saccone said he hopes seeing men sporting the socks year-round will serve as a constant reminder to the community of the children served by the organization.
“If you think you’re too busy and you can’t mentor, you can buy these socks to support us, talk about us, advocate for us,” Saccone said. “We want to lift up and support more children in our community. Kids will find a model. We’ve got to ensure that they’ll find a positive role model. That’s what we’re all about.”
Why have fashion insiders and business professionals alike made To Boot New York their fine footwear choice for over 25 years?
To Boot New York's designer Adam Derrick is the men's footwear specialist. Each season he presents the To Boot New York collection, with many exciting casual styles that are modern, versatile, & wearable, as well as powerfully elegant new dress shoes for business and sartorial dressing. In the fall, he presents many great boot options , for spring the collection becomes more relaxed with the addition of moccasins, drivers and sandals. With close connections throughout the fashion industry and by anticipating the changes in menswear he is able to turn out new classics each and every season. Like the best menswear designers, Adam styles his collection with his clients varied lifestyles in mind. Most To Boot customers become loyal repeat clients and have shoes from seasons and years back that become "old friends", shoes they reach for again and again.
Adam knows his shoes can only be as good as the materials that he uses, and only first choice select Italian and French calf make the grade. The skins are hand-selected and hand-cut ensuring the highest quality product. From cutting to sewing and final polishing, each pair of To Boot New York footwear is the product of over 200 individual hand operations. Produced exclusively in Italy's finest factories this is modern footwear handcrafted with the great time-honored shoe making traditions.
By using only natural materials, fit trial testing, and incorporating the latest in comfort technology, To Boot New York offers some of the most comfortable and wearable footwear available today.
Meet Our Rep Josh Reighard
Josh is from Des Moines Iowa.. . He started his shoe career at the age of 18 and worked for Nordstrom department stores for 8 years, including stops in Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, and Seattle, WA. After five years with To Boot New York Josh says “To Boot NY has been the most challenging and rewarding job of my young career. Being 1/5th of the sales team, including owner designer Adam Derrick, has been a tremendous opportunity in a field I love” . Josh and his fiancé Leslie will be getting married this September in Chicago.
Join Us February 23rd for our Fashion Event!
10. To laugh, relax, and enjoy the relationship you have with us at Andrew Davis Menswear!
9. To find the perfect shoe, belt, and sock to compliment your new clothing
8. To detail a garment with working sleeve button holes or ticket pockets.
7. To expand your choices and options for seasonal needs.
6. To support the local economy.
5. To receive a special offer available only that evening.
4. To experience a wine or scotch tasting with the best.
3. To meet a representative from the best manufacturers available.
2. To create a tuxedo, suit, or sport jacket/pant for an event that will stand out from the crowd.
1. To have a garment created for the most important person – you!
Join us on Thursday, February 23rd from 2:00 — 7:00 p.m.
for our spring trunk show with representatives from Hickey Freeman, ETON, To Boot, VK Nagrani and Edward Armah present to assist you with selection and fitting. We will also be previewing the fall collection of Barbour and taking advanced orders.
Meet Your maker Thursday, October 20
3 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Two young entrepreneurs named Jacob Freeman and Jeremiah Hickey founded Hickey Freeman in 1899. Their 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. [alert style="green"]
Purchase any Hickey Freeman suit, or coat, custom or off the rack, and get a FREE Eton Shirt. And special pricing on our end bolts.
Hickey Freeman and Coppley are now part of the same company, and the fits are very similar.
Clothing with integrity in every stitch, our suits, coats, trousers, shirts and neckwear have adorned leaders, legends and world beaters alike. Men who embrace the sophistication that comes with success, appreciate the delicate artistry of hand-craftsmanship, but expect their signature pieces to work as hard as they do. Strength, style and spirit. Coppley is the pinnacle of Canadian tailored clothing. [alert style="green"]
And for those Coppley lovers, and we have many, a FREE Eton shirt is given with each Coppley purchase, custom suit, or sport coat.
[/alert] The ultimate travel shirt. Made with the finest long-fiber cottons from the best European mills, Eton shirts are finished with a special process that uses body heat to keep wrinkles at bay. After a long day of meetings or an overnight flight you may not feel very fresh—but at least you’ll look fresh. Eton’s spring collection’s striking colors and patterns look great with a suit or with jeans, with or without a tie.
Buy 3 Eton shirts and the 4th is FREE.
[/alert] Andrew Davis Menswear features Allen Edmonds footwear and accessories for the same reasons you wear them. Unmatched style and a comfort that comes with only generations of dedication to perfection.
Established in 1922, Allen Edmonds is a company rich in heritage. Years ago, Elbert W. Allen established a standard that is still in use today; they search the globe for the finest materials to use to create footwear…footwear that has grown in popularity over the years. Not just with businessmen worldwide, but in the White House and even Hollywood.
Adam Sitzmann represents Allen Edmonds, still made in the USA. Adam’s dad owns the best men’s stores in Iowa so he literally grew up in the business. Adam graduated from the University of Iowa and for the past 3 years he has been with Allen Edmonds where he manages 10 states and trains the stores internationally. His travels abroad have led him to conclude Made in America still means the best in tailoring and footwear. [alert style="green"]
Buy any pair of Allen Edmonds and get a FREE shoe tree.
For over a decade, VK Nagrani has worked to create the ultimate collection of men’s hosiery and underwear. Combining function, fashion and sophistication, the collection has earned its place as the premium brand in men’s foundation wear. Each piece is manufactured by a fair-trade, family owned production facility and distributed only through family owned specialty stores. Production for socks is limited to no more than 312 pairs per color and designs are never repeated. The underwear is created using the best possible Peruvian Pima Cotton and requires on average one hour of hand work to finish the garment.
Buy 4 pair of VK Nagrani socks or underwear and the 5th is FREE.
Megan E. Spivey's diverse lineage coupled with her living in the Far East, Europe, and the USA as an Air Force brat, define her present day life style and inspirations. Wherever she goes, she adapts and takes even the smallest details of her surroundings, forever finding the art in nature. Little did she know her curiosity with nature would develop into a creative outlet for jewelry design.
Spivey’s introduction to the professional jewelry world began in 1990 when she assisted Caroline M. Finberg of The Antique Jewel Box. Ms. Finberg, a third generation Antique Dealer and the authority on vintage and antique cufflinks became her teacher and mentor for over two decades.
In 2003, Spivey moved to NYC and studied at The Gemological Institute of America in Manhattan, New York. Shortly after she received her Gemology degree she worked for Sol Rafael, a women’s jewelry designer who has accessorized celebrities such as Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx. This was her introduction to exclusive diamond jewelry.
Tumbled and now polished, her work is a result of the various environments she has explored. Spivey not only encompasses a cross-cultural feel to her designs, but she also spans time periods, bringing lost antiquated treasures to the market in a modern way
Buy any Spivey cufflink and the second pair is 25% off.
Life is filled with experiences that mold us. Edward Armah took his first humble steps into the world of fashion about ten years ago. While managing a fashion segment, In Style, at a local radio station in his native country Ghana, he developed an intense passion for the fashion industry.
In 1998, Armah went to London, United Kingdom, to learn more about fashion. He worked in a custom shop, where he concentrated on fashion design and he sketched clothing styles for leisure. Soon, he realized that London could not quench his escalating thirst for fashion.
He put his experience to test by working for Saks Fifth Avenue, another high-end retail store. Later in his career, he worked for Oxxford. While there, he spent time with experienced tailors in Chicago. Inspired by his eclectic mix of experiences Edward Armah was ready to embrace his own luxury men’s dress furnishing line.
In 2009, Edward Armah’s fascination of butterflies and their different species led to the birth of BUTTERFLY BOWTIES LLC, now EDWARD ARMAH a company that designs, manufactures, markets and sells a branded line of high end luxury men’s dress furnishings including handmade bowties, ascots, vests, silk robes and pocket circles. EDWARD ARMAH, the brand, aims at creating the most innovative and finest men’s dress furnishings. [alert style="green"]
Buy 4 of Edward’s bowties or pocket rounds, and the 5th is FREE.