Lafayette Saltiel Drapiers mainly sells sewing supplies and fabric for high fashion and tailors; but recently they’ve become rather popular for their vintage fabrics. “Vintage” isn’t exactly a protected term. Lafayette Saltiel Drapiers has chosen to qualify a cloth as vintage when it reaches at least twenty-years old. Archival book showing dates, buyers, and meters … Continue reading Lafayette Saltiel Drapiers
I saw a quack podiatrist as a child. My feet were nothing special (just flat), but my mother saw my feet as a self-induced affliction, capable of correcting with proper stretching and sneaker inserts. By the end, I discarded my personalized $300 inserts, which were uncomfortable and totally useless. Flat feet is a generic term, … Continue reading The Flat-footed Problem
Woe is the state of dress codes in education. For teachers and students. To be fair, I have had my lazy days of track jackets and sneakers as a teacher. It was a poor look and I resembled like a P.E. coach. That or a kid going for a run. For their own credibility, young teachers should … Continue reading Teachers Leave Those Kids Alone!
Think about your time at university. How did students and faculty dress? If you walk around campus now, you will see staff wearing faded polyester suits with open collars; or some faculty in more casual garments, such as a checked shirt, tucked into skinny pants. We can go down the rabbit hole of professors lecturing … Continue reading Dressing for Academia
Toe shape is a very defining feature of shoes. People definitely notice this part of your feet, so it is important to consider which shape works best. I will highlight a few styles and compare them. Almond Toes Almond-toe shoes are very classic of English style and one many Japanese shoemakers have emulated. How round … Continue reading Toe Shapes
Inclement weather can best be handled with proper shoe soles. It's best to choose your type according to functionality and aesthetic, with the former being more important. Most high-end soles are made of leather, as shown below. They are slightly water repellant because they have been burnished (i.e. sealed through rubbing), but are not immune … Continue reading It's Raining, It's Soling
Socks aren't very exciting compared to shoes or jackets. But I do like wearing knee-high socks and seeing the colors harmonizing with my trousers. The first question perhaps is how many socks to own. In this exceptional case, more is better -- as long as you don't wear out your socks with constant use. At … Continue reading Socks…What Colors?
For those ready to consider footwear beyond made-to-order (MTO) and ready-to-wear shoes (RTW) , made-to-measure (MTM) and bespoke shoes are the next step. The major difference between made-to-measure and bespoke shoes is that MTM shoes are created from a base last. That last is not made from scratch. It was not created to suit your … Continue reading Differences Between MTM and Bespoke Shoes
Customizing your trouser waists is one way to vary your look. Before considering your design, first consider how functional it is. Decide if you're willing to work with that extra belt loop or buckle. Beautiful design, but more finicky to put on or remove Trouser waists are more noticeable if you remove your jacket. In … Continue reading Trouser Waists