Re-Investing In American Manufacturing

Dapper Classics President

Fred Rich, Dapper Classics President, is committed to American manufacturing.

Last Fall Dapper Classics purchased its first linked-toe knitting machine. Investing in that machine allowed us to improve the quality and style of our fine men’s hosiery. The purchase was also a way for us to reaffirm our commitment to American manufacturing.

In an effort to meet our production demand, we’ve purchased another linked-toe knitting machine. Buying this machine was a way for us to re-invest in American manufacturing. Recently, there have been some exciting stories in the news about the resurgence of American manufacturing. We’re happy to do our part to help keep manufacturing in the United States. Remember, when you buy from Dapper Classics, you are not only getting a stylish, quality product; you are also supporting American jobs.

Feature Friday – S.F. Alman

S.F. AlmanToday’s Feature Friday spotlights S.F. Alman of Gulfport, Mississippi. S.F. Alman was founded by a husband and wife team in 1983. The shop specializes in unique, high-quality men’s and women’s clothing that cannot be found elsewhere along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. S.F. Alman carries attire for all occasions—ranging from custom suiting to GORE-TEX outerwear. The store also provides tailoring services.

Gulfport is the second largest city in the state of Mississippi. Following a strong recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Gulfport has become the business epicenter of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. It also serves as a popular tourist destination due to its location along the Gulf of Mexico. Brett Favre, future Hall of Fame NFL quarterback, was born in Gulfport.

Feature Friday – Enson’s

Enson'sToday’s Feature Friday spotlights our first retail partner in the Northeast: Enson’s. Enson’s is located within walking distance of prestigious Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Opened in 1924, Enson’s has a rich tradition of providing men with exclusive, quality clothing. The store offers wardrobe consulting and on-site tailoring. Enson’s also publishes a magazine featuring the brands carried in their store.

New Haven is one of the most historic cities in the United States. Known as the first “planned” city in America, New Haven has been the site of numerous famous inventions—including the cotton gin, automatic revolver, and hamburger. New Haven was the temporary home of five U.S. presidents: Presidents Taft, Ford, Clinton, Bush 41, and Bush 43.

The Seven-Sock Wardrobe

A couple years back a friend of ours at Put This On posted a great article titled “The Seven-Shoe Wardrobe.” In the piece, the writer discussed the seven shoes that he believed made up a basic shoe wardrobe for men. These seven shoes, in his opinion, were suffice to get a man through his weekday and weekend wear year-round. We thought it would be helpful to provide our readers with a guide to the basic sock wardrobe.

Even the finest dress socks, like those made by Dapper Classics, are more affordable than shoes. Some men will have sock wardrobes that expand well beyond the basics. However, men sometimes lack direction when making their sock purchases and, as a result, end up not having socks appropriate for certain times and events. As such, we think the following list will be useful for men who already have an impressive sock collection and those who are just starting a sock wardrobe.

So, here’s what we believe comprises the basic sock wardrobe. First are your Solid socks, which come in two categories: year-round and seasonal. The first two socks on our list are fitting for wear in every season. The second two solids on the list are season-specific.

1. Solid Navy — Solid navy makes for the quintessential dress sock. Most men wear navy, charcoal, and brown pants in the workplace. Navy dress socks go with nearly every color. They also pair nicely with a wide range of suits, business casual wear, denim, and other weekend attire. Being the most versatile sock a man can own, the navy dress sock is a must have. Dapper Classics offers Solid Navy socks in over-the-calf and mid-calf fits.

2. Solid Black — Just as every man needs a pair of black oxfords, he also needs a pair of black socks. There are certain occasions that require a black suit. For these–typically formal–events, it is best to go for an altogether traditional ensemble. Black socks will help you achieve this classic look. Dapper Classics offers Solid Black socks in an over-the-calf fit in cotton and wool and a mid-calf fit in cotton and wool.

3. Solid Pink — Spring and Summer call for brighter colors. A solid pink sock is ideal for both seasons. Pink socks allow you to add color to your wardrobe without being too outlandish with your footwear. Pink pairs well with other pastel colors commonly worn in Spring and Summer and looks great with khakis and light-colored chinos. These socks are also stylish in casual shoe options, like loafers and sneakers. Dapper Classics offers Solid Pink socks in over-the-calf and mid-calf fits.

4. Solid Grape — Fall and Winter are often associated with specific colors: red, green, and orange. These colors make for great socks, but the crossover appeal from one season to the next isn’t ideal. Both Fall and Winter warrant socks that are rich in color. A Solid Grape sock fits the bill and works well in both seasons. Nothing says luxury quite like the color purple. These socks can make even the most casual outfit seem majestic. Dapper Classics offers a Solid Grape sock in an over-the-calf fit.

Next are your dot socks. Dapper Classics carries two types of dot socks: polka-dots and pin-dots. Dot socks are a subtle way to add personality to your outfit. For a basic wardrobe, we recommend one light-colored style and one dark-colored style.

5. Sky Blue with Navy Polka-Dot — This basic sock is one of our most popular styles. The two shades of blue complement each other well and create exciting matching opportunities with other accessories–namely, neckties. A Sky Blue with Navy Polka-Dot sock looks especially dapper with grey dress pants but is also fitting for casual looks. The sock is equally stylish in brown and black dress shoes. Dapper Classics offers a Sky Blue with Navy Polka-Dot sock in an over-the-calf fit.

6. Brown with Ivory Pin-Dot — The Brown with Ivory Pin-Dot sock offers a modern take on the classic brown dress sock. As mentioned above, brown pants are common workwear. The Brown with Ivory Pin-Dot sock looks sharp with brown pants and khakis alike. The fine pin-dot creates an elegant textured appearance that will be sure garner compliments. This sock looks fashionable in a variety of shoes–from wingtips to monkstraps–and also goes well with boots, such as suede chukkas. Dapper Classics offers a Brown with Ivory Pin-Dot sock in an over-the-calf fit.

7. The Seventh Pair — The seventh pair will be your choice. The idea here is to select a sock that is distinctly you. Since we didn’t include any in our basic wardrobe recommendations above, you might consider a style from our Stripe Collection or Pattern Collection. If you live in a warm climate, you may want to go with a soft mercerized cotton sock. If you live in a region with particularly harsh winters, perhaps you’ll want to choose a style from our Fine Merino Wool Collection.

While we believe the recommendations above will help a gentleman establish his basic sock wardrobe, it is important to remember that style is unique to the individual. As our aforementioned friend put it in his article, “There’s tremendous variation in classic men’s style, and given that people live different lifestyles in different regions, it seems only the individual can say what’s right for him.”

Feature Friday – Eddie Jacobs Ltd

Eddie Jacobs LtdToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners in Maryland: Eddie Jacobs Ltd of Baltimore. Tennis champion Eddie Jacobs opened the store in 1939. Since 1966, Eddie Jacobs, Jr. has run the shop with his partner, Frank Motta, a master tailor from Italy. The store specializes in suits, sports coats, trousers, and fine men’s accessories, including the popular “Eddie Jacobs” necktie—a dark blue tie with a pattern of crossed rackets. The shop, considered Baltimore’s consummate men’s store, has been featured in The Baltimore Sun and The New Yorker.

Founded in 1729, Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland. Baltimore is nicknamed “Charm City” after its hundreds of distinct districts and neighborhoods. During the War of 1812, the city was the site of the Battle of Baltimore, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The historical city has been home to numerous famous individuals, including Billie Holiday, Thurgood Marshall, Edgar Allen Poe, Babe Ruth, and Oprah Winfrey among others.

Feature Friday – HB & Company

HB & CompanyToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners in Kentucky: HB & Company. Located in Paducah, HB & Company opened in 2003. The store was named after its founder Harold Burton Banks, Jr. The shop is now owned and operated by his son, Harold Banks III. HB & Company offers an impressive selection of high end men’s and boy’s clothing and accessories. The store places a premium on customer service and has established itself as one of the premier fine clothing stores in the area.

Paducah is a small city located in western Kentucky. The city was laid out by the famed explorer William Clark. In 1996, Paducah began a “Wall to Wall” project in its downtown area. In a span of ten years, a team of muralists completed more than fifty murals on the city’s floodwall depicting Paducah’s history. Paducah has been home to nationally-known weatherman Sam Champion and PGA golfer Kenny Perry. The city is also home of the National Quilt Museum. (image credit)

Dapper Classics – Year Two In Review

Anniversary SockToday is the two year anniversary of the Dapper Classics website. This past year has been an exciting one for Dapper Classics. Below are some of the highlights from the last year:

-In the last year, we reaffirmed our commitment to American manufacturing by purchasing a linked-toe knitting machine.

-Over the last year, we expanded our collection from nearly 120 styles of American-Made dress socks to almost 200.

-In year two of our website, we introduced our inaugural Mid-Calf Collection and our first linked-toe sock styles.

-At this time last year, our socks could be purchased in 13 fine men’s retailers. Now our socks are in 55 retailers throughout the United States.

-Over the last year, Dapper Classics received some exciting press coverage, including features in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kentucky Monthly, US Airways Magazine, Off the Cuff, Male Standard, Die, Workwear!, Modern Fellows, a mention on ESPN, a nomination for the Martha Stewart American-Made contest, and inclusion in the official gift bags for the GRAMMY Awards and Latin Grammy Awards.

-In the last year, we received our first orders from Austria, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.

-This last year witnessed our first collaboration with another brand. We teamed up with Old Try to make a limited run of “Work & Play” socks.

Thank you for supporting Dapper Classics over the last year. We look forward to what the next year will bring.

*Don’t forget to take advantage of our special Anniversary Sale!