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What is the Best Shirt Fabric for Me?

Poplin: Very cool and crisp to the touch. Makes a great shirt for warmer climates, or the humid heat of summer. Starch not necessary.

Broadcloth: Lightweight and finely woven with no visible surface texture. Also great in warm climates or simply as a year-round dress shirt. A longtime favorite for most. Starch is not needed for performance throughout the day.

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Shoe Restoration

You can have shoes restored to practically their original condition through the Tom James Recrafting Service. It is awesome! We have received shoes that look like they were caught at the bottom of the river and were returned looking brand new. The cost is a fraction of replacing some pairs and worth every penny. Here are your options.

A. Recrafting – This process is done by stripping the old wax & polish build up, re-dyeing the uppers and applying a brand new protective finish, waxing and hand polishing the uppers to a high luster. The shoes are then resoled including new cork insoles and full heels.

B. Prestige Package – This process combines the first process but also includes new full cedar shoetrees and a cotton flannel shoe bag for travel and protection.

Note:Some Vibram soled shoes cannot be resoled or refinished. Italian and domestic soled shoes are distinguished upon the recrafting and the proper sole is added.

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Tuxedo Essentials

Mastering the finer points of formal wear

A Brief History

Contrary to common belief, colorful tuxedos were not an invention of the 1970’s and 1980’s.  In fact, brightly colored formal wear was the rule in the courts of England until the early 1800’s when a certain Beau Brummell appeared at a formal
function in black and white.  While Mr. Brummell caused quite a stir, he also began a fashion trend that has yet
to die.
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