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High Performance Fabric Trends

Using natural sources and synthetic processes (and sometimes a combination
of the two), innovative mills are rolling out terrific new high performance
fabrics.  Here’s a sampling of the best new wrinkle-resistant natural, synthetic
and hybrid products.

Natural: Escorial

Escorial is the world’s finest wool (literally).  It is produced from miniature sheep descended from a North African flock
kept in the 16th century by King Philip II of Spain at El Escorial monastery
near Madrid.  The original bloodline died out in Europe but survived in 100
sheep exported to Tasmania in 1828.  Modern Escorial is produced only on
farms in New Zealand and southern Australia.

Escorial is in the range of Super 170’s.  The fibers are approximately 12.5
microns in diameter, 25% finer than Super 100’s, the gold standard just
fifteen years ago (the smaller the micron measurement, the lighter and
finer the fabric).

Garments made from Escorial wool are noted for their unparalleled lightness and elasticity.  These characteristics translate into supreme comfort and wrinkle-resistance, two features of particular importance to business travelers.
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The Two Tie Knots Every Gentleman Should Know

One size does NOT fit all where ties are concerned

If you’re like most men, you tie the same necktie knot every time without hesitation.

However, just as some collars are better suited for your face than others, some knots are better suited for certain collars than others.

The proper knot is the one which fills the tie space of the collar appropriately.  Collars with a wider spread have more tie space to fill and thus demand a larger knot;  collars with a narrower spread have less tie space to fill and work best with a smaller knot.

But don’t worry about having to master an array of knots.  A selection of two is fine for most men’s shirt wardrobes: a smaller knot for narrow spread collars and a larger knot for wide spread collars.

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The Return of the Two-Button Suit

A classic rolls with the punches and comes back stronger than ever

After a long run of retailers pushing three-button suits as the new standard in men’s fashion, the two-button suit is re-emerging from the shadows.

As the old adage goes, "what’s old is new again", but with a catch: this is NOT simply an opportunity to dust off the old two-button coats from five years ago.

Today’s two-button coat has been modernized and enhanced.  The new version is designed to make men look a little more fit, with a slightly stronger shoulder, a narrower lapel, and a higher button stance.

Here is a visual comparison of the classic and the updated two-button coat so that you may see these differences for yourself.