Feature Friday – Edward’s Men’s Wear

Edward's Men's WearToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners in Oklahoma: Edward’s Men’s Wear. Edward’s opened in 1954 and is currently owned by the founder’s son. Over the last 60 years, the store has provided men of Lawton with classic custom clothing and fine sportswear. The welcoming staff at Edward’s places a premium on customer service—one of the many reasons for the store’s positive reputation in the community.

The city of Lawton was founded in 1901. Located in Southwestern Oklahoma, Lawton is known for its proximity to the Wichita Mountains and Fort Sill. The city is home to the Museum of the Great Plains and the award-winning Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center. Lawton is currently undergoing an exciting downtown revitalization project.

Feature Friday – M.S. McClellan & Co.

M.S. McClellan & Co.Today’s Feature Friday spotlights one of the most well-respected men’s clothiers in Tennessee: M.S. McClellan & Co. of Knoxville. Matthew McClellan opened the store in 1966 under the name Hansom House. After relocating in 1972 to better accommodate its growing popularity, the shop was renamed M.S. McClellan. Founded on the tenets of Value, Style, Color and Service, M.S. McClellan has always been ahead of the curve in men’s fashion. The store’s world-class staff has over 100 years of combined retail experience. In addition to its expansive selection of menswear, this Esquire Gold Standard retailer offers tailoring, reweaving, and tie saver services.

Knoxville, the first capital of Tennessee, hosted the World’s Fair in 1982. Today the city remains one the most popular destinations for those visiting The Volunteer State. Located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville celebrates its rich art and music culture with numerous festivals throughout the year. Knoxville is also home of Boomsday, an annual fireworks celebration that takes place on Labor Day weekend. Boomsday regularly attracts over 300,000 spectators and is known as the largest Labor Day fireworks show in the USA.

Feature Friday – Claymore Shop

Claymore ShopToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners from Michigan: Claymore Shop of Petoskey. Founded in 1966, Claymore Shop carries an extensive collection of high quality merchandise. The store places an emphasis on selling styles suitable for the global traveler. Claymore’s friendly staff is happy to assist clients in locating and ordering hard to find items, and the store offers in-house tailoring services.

Petoskey is a resort community located along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The town was originally settled by—and later named after—Native American Chief Ignatius Petosega. The town has a high concentration of Petoskey stones, the state stone of Michigan. Petoskey was the setting for several of Ernest Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories. Smithsonian Magazine recently ranked Petoskey sixth in its list of best small towns to visit in 2013.

Market Season

Dapper Classics Booth

The Dapper Classics Booth at the Chicago Collective

Summer is an exciting time of year for Dapper Classics. Those familiar with the Dapper Classics brand know that our website launched in the Summer of 2012. This year we celebrated our second anniversary by knitting a special edition patriotic dress sock. Summer is also a time  for Dapper Classics to celebrate new beginnings. July and August are two of the busiest months of the year for menswear markets. Attending market shows allows us to connect with old friends, interact with other brands, and establish new retail partners.

Over the last few weeks, The Dapper Classics Team attended men’s shows in New York City, Chicago, and Charlotte. We made a lot of great contacts while previewing some of our newest sock styles. We met Grahame Fowler–co-founder of the popular Robert Graham brand–Bryan Horn–owner of Over Under Clothing, a purveyor of Made in USA accessories and sporting goods–and the Hill brothers of High Cotton–makers of American-Made ties. We shared the market floor with other well-known, quality brands such as Collared Greens, Smathers & Branson, Southern Tide, and Vineyard Vines. We also picked up new custom clothiers, established a private label partnership, and gained new retail partners in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia (along with taking re-orders from many of our existing retailer partners). In short, it was an exciting market season for Dapper Classics. Look for Dapper Classics socks in a fine men’s shop near you and learn more about our retail partners by reading the Feature Friday posts here on our blog.

Feature Friday – Walker Brothers

Walker BrothersToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of the oldest menswear shops in Arkansas: Walker Brothers of Fayetteville. Walker Brothers was founded by Digby Walker and his brothers in 1903. Over 100 years later, Walker Brothers remains a family business—now owned by one of Digby’s grandsons and his family. The store carries a wide selection of menswear, from suits to jeans to outerwear, and the friendly staff ensures that each visitor feels like part of the Walker family.

Fayetteville was originally known by the name Washington. However, in 1829, the city was renamed by settlers from Fayetteville, Tennessee. Fayetteville, Arkansas is located in the heart of the picturesque Boston Mountains, a subset of The Ozarks. The city’s scenic atmosphere makes it a popular destination for those who enjoy the outdoors. Fayetteville is known as “The Track Capital of the World” for being home to the 41-time National Champion University of Arkansas Track Team.