Feature Friday – Karson’s Clothier

Karson's ClothierToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our Texas retail partners: Karson’s Clothier. Kelvin Karson started his business in Cedar Hill in 2007 with a modest-sized showroom. A few years later, Karson’s expanded to a larger gallery. The store offers an impressive range of menswear—from custom clothing to ready-to-wear apparel. Karson’s specializes in exceptional customer service. Shoppers at Karson’s are accompanied by personal wardrobe consultants who help with garment selections and measurements.

Cedar Hill is a suburb southwest of Dallas. The city is home to the highest point in the area and is sometimes called the “hill country” of Dallas. Over the last decade, Cedar Hill has witnessed an influx of new retailers and restaurants. The Boxcar Club, a restaurant and bar partially constructed from a railroad box car, is one of the city’s most popular destinations. Recently, the Boxcar Club appeared on Food Network.

Feature Friday – J-West & Marly-Kait

J-West & Marly-KaitToday’s Feature Friday spotlights J-West & Marly-Kait, one of our retail partners in Mississippi. Sharlene Parrish and her nephew, Jake West, opened the store in downtown Fulton in 2012. The shop is located in the former home of Senter Drug Store. Desiring to honor her hometown’s history and celebrate the shop’s vintage charm, Parrish opted to retain elements of the store’s original design—including the Senter Drug Store signage on the building’s exterior. J-West & Marly-Kait is a combined men’s shop and women’s boutique with a wide selection of casual and fine clothing.

Fulton is a quaint city located in northeastern Mississippi. After years of decline, downtown Fulton has recently experienced a renaissance. What once resembled a ghost town is now flourishing with new retail shops and restaurants. Locals are returning to the revitalized downtown area to visit new businesses and enjoy the city’s park. Downtown Fulton plays host to a Stand By Your Grill BBQ Championship in the Summer and a Fall Festival in October.

Feature Friday – Zahner’s Fine Apparel

Zahner'sToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners in Connecticut: Zahner’s Fine Apparel. Located in Vernon, Zahner’s is a second-generation family business. Manny Zahner opened the store in 1951. His son, Scott Zahner, assumed full ownership of the business in 1993. Zahner’s provides a full range of quality men’s clothing for work, special occasions, and business casual. The shop offers a variety of services, including wardrobe planning, tailoring, embroidery, reweaving, and leather repair. The store also provides EMS uniforms, custom-fit Fire Department dress uniforms, and uniforms for a local school.

Vernon is a relatively small town in “New England’s Knowledge Corridor” just 15 minutes east of Hartford—the state’s capital city. The town is known for its beautiful parks, lakes, trails, and historic homes. Vernon is the birthplace of four time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski and home to the New England Civil War Museum.

Feature Friday – Gian DeCaro

Gian DeCaroToday’s Feature Friday spotlights our first retail partner in the Northwest: Gian DeCaro. Named after the store’s owner, Gian DeCaro is located in Seattle. Gian grew up the son of a “master tailor” and began tailoring at the age of 16. He opened his Seattle shop in 1990. Gian DeCaro has received positive press in numerous well-known publications—including GQ, Esquire, and Town & Country. GQ named Gian DeCaro “…the best bespoke tailoring West of the Rockies” and “…Seattle’s most elegant elegant custom shop.” Bill Gates is but one of DeCaro’s distinguished customers. In addition to offering a wide selection of classic menswear and expert tailoring services, Gian DeCaro delivers public presentations on the “Art of Dressing Well”.

Seattle is currently the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and one the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. Seattle’s proximity to the Pugent Sound and the Olympic Mountains make it one of the most scenic cities in North America and a popular destination for those who love the outdoors. The city is known for its wet climate and popular tourist spots such as the Space Needle and its local fish market. The so-called “Emerald City” is home to grunge music, the first Starbucks, and the Seattle Seahawks. Earlier this week, the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Men

Let’s be honest; Valentine’s Day can be a stressful holiday. People in romantic relationships often find themselves scrambling to make February 14th an extra-special day for their love interests. What romantic restaurant should we go to? Should we have a nice, quiet candlelight dinner at home? Which songs should be in rotation for the evening’s playlist? How late can the babysitter watch the kids? And, of course, what gift can I give my partner to make him or her feel loved?

While we don’t have answers to all of the above questions, we do have five stylish Valentine’s Day gift ideas for that special man in your life. Below is our list of suggestions that will help keep your partner posh from head to toe.FULLSIZEKITUNSCENTEDFINE

1. Shaving Kit – It’s February, which means “No Shave November” has (allegedly) been over for a couple of months. If your man is still scraggly, a nice shaving kit might be the perfect gift for him. The Art of Shaving has a variety of options that will help him get back in the routine of dapper grooming.BT_1192_04_Mitchell_Red_White_W__75634.1377874004.1280.1280

2. Neckwear – A classic necktie or bow tie always makes for a great Valentine’s Day gift. We highly recommend the American-made neckwear from Collared Greens. Collared Greens has a wide selection of neckties and bow ties, so it will be easy to find a style that fits your partner’s personality.584F_BLUE

3. Cuff Links – If your man is detail-oriented with his style, cuff links might just be the best Valentine’s Day gift for him. Cuff links are an easy way to “dress up” an already-elegant shirt and jacket combination, which allows a gentleman to demonstrate that he knows “dapper is in the details.” Brooks Brothers offers one of the best selections of these classy accessories.

4. Wallet – Too many men carry bulky IMG_9384_largewallets that cause their pant pockets to bulge in a less-than-flattering manner. Louis Walton provides a sleek solution to this problem. The Louis Walton wallet is hand-crafted in San Francisco. Each leather wallet is made to order, so you won’t want to wait to the last minute if you go with this gift option. This wallet is our most expensive recommendation, but be assured that it will last for many Valentine’s Days to come.

5. Shoe Trees – Shoe trees might not 14228_EC0186sound romantic, but, if your man knows style, he will appreciate this thoughtful gift. Every dapper man knows that shoe trees are essential to the longevity of his shoes. Alden, one of our favorite American shoemakers, makes some of the best shoe trees on the market.

*Bonus: Dapper Classics socks – Our Red and Pink Solid Ribbed socks make for appropriate and stylish Valentine’s Day gifts. For a limited time, we are offering a Valentine’s Sale. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your sweetheart, we recommend taking advantage of this special offer.