New Indochino Tuxedo Collection

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Indochino Tuxedo Collection

So, I know I'm a bit late with this - you've probably seen it on their website before. I'm not a big fan of Tuxedos - we don't really wear them at weddings here in Europe (at least not where I'm from) and I don't go to a very fancy evening event often enough to purchase one. There is one item from their new collection that is somehow tempting to me though, namely the Morning Coat. It's probably because my girlfriend makes me watch all that Vampire stuff lately and for some reason this coat reminds me a bit True Blood et al. I'm curiously waiting for next month and we'll see what they come up with next - I noticed that plenty of their suits have sold out, especially from the recent Linen and Blueprint collections... what else is there, Khaki? "Blueprint style" lining for all suits? Nylon suits? Who knows ;)

Indochino Measurement Issues

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Update 23 June, 2010: it seems Indochino decided now to show the measurements you input everywhere and not the measurements as interpreted by their tailors anymore. The article below is not relevant anymore then - unless they change it again.

I originally wanted to post something like "Indochino Measurements for Dummies" but another topic came up in the meanwhile that seems more pressing (also related to measurements). In a nutshell, Indochino seems to be doing some changes in the background at the moment, as a result different measurements show up all over their website. 

You all know how the process works. You input your measurements, the Indochino tailors review and interpret it and then produce your suit. What has changed now (partly) is, that as soon as your suit gets "sent to tailor" the measurements change and now reflect the values as interpreted by Indochino. These values can differ greatly from what you measured originally. Now, I don't know if this is good or bad, but if it works then it's ok with me.

Once you received your suit, Indochino then asks you to change the measurements if you need any alterations or a remake. Trouble is, when you do that, the measurements shown are again the ones that you input originally and not the ones shown when you click on the measurements in your order status.

Update: So, I got pants back from the tailor and wanted to reflect the changes made on the website to claim my refund. The measurements shown were the ones I had originally input when I ordered first. I adjusted the measurements, for example I added 1 inch to the crotch and it put me from 28" to 29". When the suit shipped last week, the measurements for the crotch had shown as 24,5". Now, when I click on the measurements on the last order, the crotch is shown as 29", the other measurements are as "interpreted by Indochino". It's all complicated, I don't know if I can get the point across - but there is something wrong!

It's very confusing and people think something just went terribly wrong with their measurements.  I get lots of emails, twitter messages etc. about this and I really am asking myself:

Why are the customers not informed about this?

We all know that the measurements are probably THE vital factor for online MTM and I'm probably not the only one who tries hard to tweak settings for reaching the "click and order" status. How is one supposed to do this if measurements vary all over the website and are not consistent with the measurements input. There is just too much room for confusion and mistakes. Trying to change those things in the background left many customers confused and sceptical. 
If you decided to show those measurements interpreted by the tailors, please tell us about that so we know what is going on and please do it consistently all over the website.


Pocket Squares - Hot or Not?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Indochino Pocket Square Idea

Pocket squares are an item I have just recently discovered, actually because Indochino now features them on their new Blueprint Collection. Obviously I knew about pocket squares before, but I never actually considered wearing one. To me they were an item for generation 60+ to wear on a solo dance evening. Well, apparently I was wrong, even the guys from Street Etiquette blogged about it. To be honest, for my rather formal work environment they might be considered too fancy, but I can imagine them for a evening happening!

If you are interested in the history of pockets squares, there is quite a bit about that in the Street Etiquette article posted above. In a nutshell, pocket squares started out as simple handkerchiefs that people used to clean their noses with. Around 1920 the handkerchief changed into the pocket square and became a fashion accessory. 

There is currently a poll running on my blog (right frame) about pocket squares, so if you want to vote - it's just a click away and it will be interesting to see how everyone feels about them. Or just leave me a comment, I'm interested on your opinion on this subject!

If you got interested, there are available at a lot of places and if you order an Indochino Blueprint suit you should get one for free. You can check their their range of pocket squares and learn about some folding techniques here.
There are also a couple of pocket square threads on Style Forum if you feel more comfortable with the style advice over there.

Weekly Link Collection - Week 22

Saturday, June 5, 2010

New Biased Cut shirts available

My personal favourite MTM shirt designers have introduced 3 new summer shirts. Two great gingham shirts (grey and purple/beige, one made from organic cotton!) and the Akeno, a red, yellow and blue madras shirt (pictured on the photo above on the left). I love the blue gingham I already have from them and am strongly considering purchasing on of the new gingham shirts too!

How to Build Your Wardrobe - Part III

Man with hat
Part 3 of the great series on Art of Manliness. This time they include a guideline on how to choose the right accessories, some sound advice on wearing hats, cufflinks, watches and much more.

Lighten Up - simple steps for a more stylish summer

John Varvatos Desert Boots
From sneakers to shirts and watches, about shorts and socks and much more. Expect to be some 100 dollars poorer after watching the slideshow!

Made to Measure NY is back!

Dennis Cahlo is back with the Jacksonville Diaries 1 & 2. Check them out for some great style advice as usual!