Category Archives: Casual Wear

How to spell Comfort: A-G-A-V-E

Courage, compassion, conservation, confidence and, most emphatically, comfort describe what Agave Denim lifestyle clothing is all about. Tom James and our customers like Agave for several reasons, not the least of which is that, like most Tom James clothing, Agave products are Made-in-the U.S.A. Designed in Portland, Oregon and carefully sewn and hand-finished in Southern California, Agave jeans and T-shirts epitomize a “West Coast” vibe. What’s more, Agave production is environmentally sustainable, using luxurious fabrics that are soft and that want to move with you.

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Button-Up Shirts: The Right Balance, the Perfect Mix

Dressing in a way that allows you to move confidently from a day at the office to a night on the town is all about striking the right balance between tailored and relaxed, the perfect mix of dressy and casual elements. Within the world of Tom James, a brand that epitomizes this attitude with a modern, global perspective, are dress shirts and sport shirts from Gitman Bros. of Ashland, Pennsylvania.

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Clothes for Men who Know what they’re Doing!

Or who at least want to look like they do.

In the last of a series designed to introduce you to the casual dimension of all that Tom James offers, we highlight three brands that are rich in American Heritage, and all proudly made in the U.S.A., Corbin, Gitman, and… this season….Holland & Sherry Luxury Ready to Wear.

Having launched their business in 1947, Corbin helped to create the “Ivy League” look – a look that has defined and set the standard for clothing that is essentially conservative and enduring, and always comfortable. As R. Law, a men’s clothing retailer from Hackensack, New Jersey, put it ‘back in the day’ (1956 in this case), “The Ivy Leaguer is the man who knows that clothes are an important part of his life. Dressing properly amplifies his position in life.”

Corbin has been one of the mainstay brands that have kept this tradition alive, making clothing that emphasize quality and fit – clothes for men who know what they’re doing. In recent years, Corbin has experienced a renewal of interest from both long-time customers and a new generation of men who want to be taken seriously without appearing overly serious. Corbin’s broad selection of five-pocket and flat front trousers are dominating this category.

Since 1978, Gitman Bros. has consistently made one of the finest shirts in the world. Located in Ashland, Pennsylvania, Gitman is also one of the last remaining shirt makers that craft their products entirely in America. Many of the workers at Gitman are from families that have been sewing clothing for generations and bring all their history and skill to each individual shirt. Their experience is irreplaceable and the leadership of Gitman is dedicated to keep their manufacturing in the U.S.A. to utilize and save something that is truly part of American History.

With so many market goods now made offshore, the “Made in USA” label has not only come to represent a superior product made locally, but also to connote a new form of luxury known internationally. The Gitman identity is founded on quality in materials and construction – a particular combination of the world’s finest fabrics and master shirt making.


New this Fall, Tom James proudly introduces a new level of luxury in casual clothing: Holland & Sherry Luxury READY TO WEAR. Further employing the dedicated craftspeople at Corbin and Gitman, H&S RTW is a true luxury product. All of the shirts and pants are made in the U.S.A. from high thread count cotton, the highest quality Pima cotton corduroy, luxury wools, and 3-ply Italian denim. The sweaters are all 100% Scottish 2-ply Cashmere.

You know what you’re doing. Does your casual clothing reinforce that? Once you have a few lifestyle pieces from these iconic American brands, you won’t want to wear anything else.

Knowing it and Doing it,


Sharpen the Edge on your Fall Wardrobe

Wear John Varvatos


It’s hard to believe that in the early years of the Baby Boomer generation jeans were sometimes banned in theaters, restaurants, and schools. Evidently teenage rebellion didn’t begin with the flower children in the 60’s, but with those crazy, rebellious kids of the 1950’s! As true today as in any other generation (before or since), much of what you wear carries symbolic elements and strong associations. Our featured brand this week – John Varvatos – is strongly associated with the energy and edginess of Rock n’ Roll.

A baby boomer himself (born in 1957), Varvatos grew up in Detroit during some of the headiest days of modern American music making and was heavily influenced by the likes of Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop. That upbringing, and more than 15 years working with two of the most iconic menswear designers in America – Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein – laid the foundation for Varvotos’ unique brand of clothing “that unites a rock n’ roll sensibility and old world craftsmanship with modern innovation.”

“Varvatos USA” is the more youthful and edgy option in the line-up of jeans offered by Tom James, perfect to wear for a night out or to football games this Fall. The way I see it, a modern man needs a wardrobe of different jeans just like he does a wardrobe of different suits, jackets, shirts and pants. One occasion may call for a conservative feel, while the next may beg for something more rugged or creative. In my case, there are times when I want a closer fit (“skinny” jeans excluded) and times when I want to feel more room in my clothes. I like having jeans of different weights and refinement as well. There are jeans to wear with boots or thicker soled shoes and others that just work better with a summer slip-on, boat shoe or driving moc. Having a variety of jeans in the closet makes it an easy choice. In addition to Varvatos, Tom James Clothiers can fit you in jeans from Agave, Corbin, and Holland & Sherry, as well as a broad range of casual shirts and sweaters, shoes and belts to complete the outfit.

How we feel in our clothing makes such a big difference. “When I wake up, in the mornin’ light, I pull on my jeans and I feel all right,” sings country music star Keith Urban. Do you have the clothes in your closet that make you feel “all right?”

Living not “on the edge” but “with an edge,”