Monday, June 22, 2009

Shop the Details

Look for the little things to tell you what you just bought is made with quality and won't just fall apart the minute you get it home.

Here are some sure-fire indicators that you have a top of the line design.

A shirt collar is a precarious thing, and a little laundry shrinkage can distort the lie of its tips. But if you flip over the collar and see a textured weave — called a Panama weave, and a staple of Kiton shirts like this one — that means it better resists shrinking and twisting.
Cotton shirt ($495) by Kiton.

An alternative to heavier, more common Goodyear construction, Blake construction entails interior stitching that holds the sole directly to the uppers. (You can make out the white stitching inside the above shoe.) It makes for a lighter-weight shoe.
Leather shoes ($625) by Moreschi.

The seemingly redundant loop of thread that protrudes from the thin end of your tie — you can make it out in the above photo — is kind of like the end of its spinal cord. When your tie has one, it's better able to suffer the ignominies of a day round your neck while still retaining its shape.
Silk tie ($135) by Canali.

Cufflinks made of .925 sterling silver and genuine gemstones, like this Scott Kay pair, are designs to keep an eye out for. Looking closely at the post attached to the fixed backing, you will notice that it is curved and flat. The curve allows the cufflinks to follow the shape of your wrist and the flat post ensures that this accessory won't twist out of position. Not only is a fixed back one of the easiest to secure, but it also assures this pair will stay attached all day long.

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