If you've worn a button down shirt in, oh, the last 100 years or so, you may have noted an interesting feature: the last button hole and button thread are sewn with a different, contrasting color than the rest, particularly in solid color shirts. Or, you could be like me, and have worn button down shirts thousands of times over your existing decades, only to recently realize the thread color was different, and, once aware, started noticing it everywhere. Or perhaps you just looked down as you were reading this and learned that it is indeed true of the shirt you're wearing right now... Regardless, the question stands:
Why? Why are the bottom hole and button sewn with a different color thread?
It's easier for a camel to pass through an eye of the needle than a rich man to get into heaven...and it's not much simpler to get an actual thread through. Too many easy DIY clothing repairs and fixes have been thwarted from the getgo because it's never not frustrating to thread a needle.
Jason Loper - founder of Captain Dapper and friend of ManMade - figured out this excellent technique for turning old worn out neck ties (hit the thrift store!) into stylish DIY bow ties.
"In 1904, the Cooper Underwear Company ran a magazine ad announcing a new product for bachelors. In the “before” photo, a man averts his eyes from the camera as if embarrassed; he has lost all the buttons on his undershirt and has safety-pinned its flaps together. In the “after” photo, a virile gentleman sports a handlebar mustache, smokes a cigar and wears a “bachelor undershirt” stretchy enough to be pulled over the head. 'No safety pins — no buttons — no needle — no thread,' ran the slogan aimed at men with no wives and no sewing skills."
Secondhand stores and thrift shops are filled with neck ties with all kinds of cool patterns and textures, and most go for only a dollar or two each. The problem? They're often way too wide to match the lapels of modern suits.
Let's say you were headed to a cocktail party, and you'll be sporting a jacket and tie. And let's imagine, for some reason or another, you suspect that you might either find yourself in a tussle in which someone may end up firing a bullet on you, or that you're quite certain there's a hit on you, and this cocktail party might be the very location in which said gun for hire may take its opportunity. No judgment here.
Or, let's say you were headed to a cocktail party, and you're sporting a jacket and tie, and you might like a small anecdote to share with that guy you'll end up in an awkward silence with about forty minutes in.
If you're interested in purchasing one or two long-lasting quality style pieces instead of a closet full of single-seasons, you've probably heard some of the myths about selvedge denim. Like, that you should never wash it (ever), wear it in the bathtub or roll around in the ocean and sand with it, or clean your jeans by putting them in the freezer.
For some reason, I can't bear to throw out this silly pair of cotton shorts. I've had them for eighteen-ish years, more than half my life. I don't have any particularly good memories of them, and I mostly just wore them as pajamas
While 95% of the makeup of a pair of jeans will last for many years, a few particular points are much more vulnerable to wear: ripped seams, worn knees, or the big one, crotch blowout. Fortunately, even big tears can easily be repaired at home for little little money and just a few minutes.
The notion of a bespoke $4,000-$5,000 suit may evoke vibes of dashingly handsome rich men, scuttling around in dark lounges on Madison Avenue, smoking cigars and counting their money while getting inseams measured. With the obvious high-end clientele, it makes one wonder..."How can you not get rich selling $4,000 suits?" Turns out, regardless of the price of the suit,
There's nothing like a well-worn t-shirt, faded just so and perfectly soft from repeated wearing and washing. Many new shirts try to mimic this effect, with pre-cracked screen prints and ultra thin fabric just of the verge of tearing...but those end up looking like, well, brand new shirts with pre-cracked screen prints and ultra thin fabric just of the verge of tearing.
Fortunately, there is a better way to get your new shirts ultra soft.
For some guys, even wearing a suit can be tricky. For others, it's knowing how to best plop down that initial $300-500 just to get started. But for every man? You have to know what you're looking at before you even begin to make the right choice.
Mexican-born artist Margarita Cabrera has created this compelling line of "soft sculptures," in which she replaces the parts of everyday items such as cars, appliances, and backpacks with fabric and thread. In doing so, the "threads left exposed serve as a reminder of the labor involved in the manufacturing of this subject matter. Sagging vinyl imbues the work with an anthropomorphic quality that references the harsh nature of worker’s realities."