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Confidence in your Appearance makes Everything Easier

Edward Le Vine was in the insurance business for 63 years. That should qualify him as a voice of experience! (Sadly, he died within a few weeks of our filming his video.) Edward got started in business when Truman was in the White House (way ahead of my time.) It was about the time that cars got seat belts, the color TV was invented , and Roger Banister broke the four-minute-mile. I know, some of you reading this can’t even wrap your head around that. How could there have been life without color TV?

A whole series of technological advances, increased regulations, policy complexities, and many other factors lead to some dramatic changes in his business over the span of his career. On the fashion front, things changed a lot too. Lapels got narrower, then really wide, then narrow again. By the time the 70’s hit, Edward was in his prime. (If we come up with any pictures of him during that decade we’ll be sure to share them.) Edward got to see the pendulum swing a whole bunch of times. One of the few constants for him was the pride he took in his appearance, believing that dressing well, mostly in a suit and tie for work, demonstrated a level of respect for his work and his clients. Always thinking about what was next, Edward’s last question to his TJ clothier, Tim, was “what are you gettin’ for a tan gabardine suit these days?”

So there you go. The sage advice of the day is: Take pride in your appearance. Dress well and appropriately for everything you do. The added bonus? Dressing well will make everything easier and more comfortable.

Enjoy your Life….you know!

How clothing choices elevate life

The second in a series of three featured clients, Greg is a man who figured out early in life to give most of his attention to the big things, not the small stuff. Making good choices about education and career, who to spend your life with, values and a code of ethics to live by….those are some of the big things. Oh sure, the small stuff matters, like how you tie your tie or wearing shoes that are shined. Choosing the best colors to wear and coordinating colors and patterns in interesting ways adds to the enjoyment. As does being dressed in a way that respects the venue, occasion, and participants. So, yeah, you should sweat the small stuff too.

But, as Greg puts it, the real rewards come to those who persevere, who keep plugging away, and to those who do right by others. The success that comes from that provides for more to choices, more options,….more enjoyment.

As you watch the video you will see that Greg’s style of dress is different from Tim , who we featured on earlier this week. Greg is a seasoned veteran in a creative industry, and his clothing choices reflect a man who both knows his limits and who is also comfortable with color and pattern and pushing the envelope to raise the enjoyment from getting dressed each day.

Dress up and enjoy the day!

Cashmere Wishes and.…Caviar Cashmere Dreams!

Caviar is fine, but cashmere is better.


One of my earliest lessons about cashmere came several years ago from a gentleman who told me that he always travels with a cashmere sweater in his briefcase or carry-on. It can get a little cool in the cabin of a commercial jet, and who wants to scrounge around for one of those airline blankets? Better to pull out your own sweater…your own cashmere sweater. Why cashmere? Because good cashmere is exceedingly both light and warm. Even a very fine sweater of cashmere will be enough to keep you warm and comfortable. In other words, it takes up less space and provides more comfort than any other sweater you could own.

Those who have yet to experience the pure luxury of fine quality cashmere are sometimes reluctant to purchase because of the price tag. A quality cashmere sweater can easily set you back several hundred dollars, or more, and the cost of a fine cashmere blazer can be more like a house payment. Why not just get a bunch of those $99 cashmere sweaters from those “buy one, get two more free” retailers?

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Where are you going All Dressed Up like that?

When Formal Attire is Required

The invitation might have read: “You’re invited to dinner this evening at our home. It will be small group of family and friends, so one of your dinner jackets will be sufficient attire.” Really? Yep! Believe it or not, it wasn’t so long ago, just four generations or less, when a man of some means and class would have been considered too casually dressed to be seen in public after 6pm (or when it got dark) if he were merely wearing what we call a Tuxedo or Dinner Jacket. Shoot, these days you barely need a jacket of any sort at most places. Culture has caved!

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