WW and Business Insider Talk Button Downs

whitebuttondown_1_topcropfront Sometimes it feels like the Keebler factory in here.  Except that instead of making cookies, which would be delicious and appeal to everyone, I produce fashion content which sometimes is completely unappealing.  Case in point - this article I wrote with Linette Lopez where I bring down the gauntlet on the vast majority of button downs I find in my clients' closets:

The No. 1 thing men need to throw out of their closets

Don't shoot the messenger.  Or the cookie maker.  Or me.  For the love of God, won't you just put your guns down already?

WW and BI Choose Your Shoes

john lobbWhen I texted Linette Lopez from Business Insider to ask if she wanted to discuss men's dress shoes she responded immediately with the following (her emphasis), "I ALWAYS want to discuss men's dress shoes."

Is it any wonder we get along so swimmingly?  Henceforth our newest collaborative piece:

Here's what guys are constantly getting wrong about dress shoes


Good Vibra(m)tions

vibramPart of my job, particularly during a Closet Cleanse, involves giving my clients permission to let go of things.  Once that hurdle is overcome, most people are ecstatic to rid their lives and closets of items they have long hated/made them feel guilty/didn't fit/were (awful) gifts.  The flip side of the purge coin is knowing when and how to rescue something that has lost its former lustre - particularly when it represents a significant investment. In a walking city like NY, this discussion often revolves around shoes. Let it be noted that I always ALWAYS encourage my clients to go immediately to the cobbler (prior even to an inaugural wear) and reinforce new shoes so they never get to the point of no return.  And by reinforce I mean specifically Vibram brand rubber soles, rubber tips, and rubber taps;  Women and men heed this important warning!!  But sometimes people forget or get careless and don't take this extra step (no pun intended).  I see a ton of shoes that resemble those on the left in the photo above.  If the client is lucky, though, and if the sidewalk or subway grates have not yet "bitten" into the main part of the shoe, Vibram can still be added and the shoe effectively rescued from the clutches of the trash heap!  But the moral of this story is that it's soooo much more cost effective to simply replace the soles of your shoes rather than to replace the shoes themselves.

I know, I know - you are a Louboutin lover like I am.  Do not fret because Vibram even comes in red - no need to sacrifice the pièce de résistance of your beloved pumps!  Now that I have robbed you of all of your excuses, go forth immediately to the cobbler so you may restore zen to your shoe closet.  And remember that an upfront investment of $30-$50 will save you hundreds (let's be honest - thousands if you love Louboutins) down the proverbial road.

The Devil (who wears Prada) Is in the Details

  prada shoeAs I was flitting through Saks this past weekend sourcing shoes for a client (who was happily sitting in the lounge sipping a whiskey), I was rendered temporarily motionless by these Prada bluchers.  I literally stopped dead in my tracks at the site of them.  I have long been a fan of Prada for men's shoes (just try to find more comfy drivers), but these blew my mind.  As with most things in menswear it all boils down to the details (and the fit).  The perforated pattern on these puppies is sheer genius- elegant and modern and the least boring thing I've seen in a long time.  Note that they are available not only in classic black but in my newest never-fail shoe color, oxblood (above).  So rich and perfect with anything:  grays, blues, browns...even black.  Get a belt that corresponds and literally never think again about which shoe color is the proper choice.  But before you quit thinking take these beauties to the cobbler and have them soled with Vibram in order to protect the leather, extend the shoes' life, and prolong your reign as the best dressed dude in your office.

Loader Up: How to Wash Instead of Dry Clean

  front load maximaI've always had an aversion to dry cleaning because of the harsh chemicals and their inevitable effect on my favorite articles of clothing.  Dry cleaning, although not dry at all, also sounds oxymoron-ish like "fat free mayonnaise,"  but that is beside the point.

For years taking matters into my own hands was literally that - washing by hand.  I mean, for Valentino's sake, we control our entire lives on tiny computer/phones why did I continue to think technology has not caught up with garment care?  Convinced it had, I researched, deliberated, then bought this high efficiency Maytag front loader and have been like a two year old testing my boundaries ever since.   My guinea pig was a midnight color silk tank that I love but wouldn't lose sleep over if ruined.

The method:

1) Insert garment into lingerie bag

2) Choose delicate cycle, cold/cold

3) Use Woolite dark

4) Line dry

5) Light iron (note:  this only took about 2 full minutes)

The result:  PERFECTION.

In the subsequent days I got bolder and bolder until I was tossing in the likes of my favorite blue cashmere Dolman sleeve doo.ri sweater and all of my silk jersey DvF dresses.  I have had no regrets so far and have currently cleansed about 80% of my wardrobe.  Faithful readers with good math skills will quickly deduce that I have already covered the cost of my washer in dry cleaning savings alone.

God help any living creature that could possibly fit into the drum of this new washer.