Suits That Wear Like Iron

Years ago, in the days before the introduction of superfine wools, one of the greatest attributes a suit could have was the strength and durability of its cloth.  This was achieved by weaving the cloth with more “picks and ends”, making it more solid and, therefore, stronger. The additional weight would be offset by a “hard finish” which made the cloth smooth and wearable for much of the year.  These “Wear Like Iron” cloths are still produced by a number of fine English mills.  And, they are, in fact, the cloths most Savile Row tailors prefer.

Pictured below are our “Wear Like Iron” collections:

books of fabrics for custom made suits

 

Each collection has a unique point of view.    The Worsted Alsport from Hardy Minnis has  a country flair; the Heritage Twist from Standeven and the High Twist from Huddersfield Textiles have a vintage, retro look, like out of a 30’s movie. (We use these cloths often for theatrical productions.) And, the other four collections have many blues and greys for business wear.  These cloths range in weight from 11 to 14 oz per yard.  They range in price for 2-piece custom suits from $2395 to $2995.

Could you use a suit that “Wears Like Iron?”

With appreciation always,

Andy Kozinn
President
Kozinn+Sons Merchant Tailors
22 west 32nd Street, 5th Floor
New York NY 10001
212-643-1916
www.kozinntailors.com
[email protected]

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Introducing The All-American Trouser

Not only is the trouser custom made in the United States.  But the cloth is also woven in the United States!

It’s been many, many years since Kozinn+Sons has featured cloths woven in the USA.. That’s because there were practically no quality cloths woven here.  That is, thankfully, changing.  The American Woolen Company in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, is a start up, but one with a impressive heritage.  You can read more about this dynamic enterprise in this NPR story http://wnpr.org/post/why-banker-re-opening-textile-mill-connecticut

Pictured below are five beautiful cloths we have from American Woolen for this Fall:

Custom Pants fabrics

Fabrics 6518 (rust twill), 6519 (blue twill) and 6520 (brown/blue check) are 95% wool and 5 % cashmere; Fabrics 6521(medium grey) and 6522 (Prince of Wales plaid) are 100% wool.  All are lightweight flannels that are perfect for Fall and Winter wear.

Special offer through October 31, 2017: Regularly, custom trousers in these American Woolen cloths will be $495.  As an introductory offer, we will make them for you for just $395 each, a savings of $100 per trouser!

If we’ve made custom trousers for you in the past, you can simply e-mail or phone us with your order.  Of course, we would love for you to come for a fitting once the trousers are made.

This is all good news don’t you think?

With appreciation always,

Andy Kozinn
President
Kozinn+Sons Merchant Tailors
22 west 32nd Street, 5th Floor
New York NY 10001
212-643-1916
www.kozinntailors.com
[email protected]

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Protect Your Suit Coat From Identity Theft

Introducing “X-Shield,” an inside jacket pocket which protects your body and your credit cards!

X-Shield is a copper fiber material which is surprisingly soft and pliable. When we make one of your inside jacket pockets from this material, X-Shield protects the credit cards in your wallet from wireless identity theft. It can also shield your body from your cell phone’s electromagnetic radiation.

 

X-Shield pocketX Shield logo

Every credit card carries a radio frequency identification chip which contains certain personal information.  Apparently, there are new techniques for capturing these radio signals and effectively cloning your credit card.  The fibers in the X-Shield prevent radio signals from penetrating your suit jacket pocket and reaching your credit cards.

And, while the type of electromagnetic radiation emitted by a cell phone has not been shown to be harmful, it is absorbed by your body.  If nothing else, the X-Shield pocketing will keep the heat generated by your phone away from your body.

I know you’ve got a hundred things to worry about, but I thought this X-Shield was worthy of your consideration.

We cannot retrofit existing suit pockets, however, we can make your new custom jackets with an X-Shield pocket for just $25 extra per pocket.

Do you think this is worth doing?

Andy Kozinn
President
Kozinn+Sons Merchant Tailors
22 west 32nd Street, 5th Floor
New York NY 10001
212-643-1916
www.kozinntailors.com
[email protected]

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Business Casual

Once upon a time, dressing for work was simple.

Blue-Collar-vs.-White-Collar

There were blue collar workers and white collar workers.  Every blue collar worker dreamed of the day his son could go to college and become a white collar worker.  The white collar signified someone with a college degree, managerial authority and a higher rank in society's pecking order.

And the white collar meant custom suit and tie, leather shoes, an overcoat and a hat.  The shirt was clean, the suit pressed and the shoes shined.

Now, in the jargon of today, there is a new paradigm as illustrated below:

Suit, Custom and Casual wear

You can no longer judge a book by its cover.  Our Casual man above would have been considered "a bum" years ago.  Now he just might be may be a billionaire tech entrepreneur!  I think we can all agree that the Business Formal guy still looks successful and the Smart Casual fellow looks pretty sharp. The Business guy is really the same look as the formal guy, just without a suit coat.  It all makes sense so far.

Left out in the cold is the Business Casual guy.  What is he? A copier salesman? A business school student? A clerk in a store?  In my opinion, he looks lost.  And yet it's the way most men work today in an office environment.

He looks lost because he doesn't have the nerve to say, "Screw you," which is what the Casual guy is really saying to the world.  Nor does he have enough of the white collar elements that communicate success.  Our Smart Casual guy, on the other hand,  has on a nice jacket, a tie, and a pocket square.   The jeans make a statement of creativity.  But, the jacket, tie and pocket square give him credibility.  Our Business guy has on a good dress shirt, a silk tie and good wool trousers.  They also give him credibility.

So what's the lesson? The full blown suit and tie are still the benchmark of male authority and credibility.  Consider what every sportscaster, talk show host and politician wears. There's a good reason it's still a suit and tie.

However, if you feel it's too much for your workplace culture, pare it down, but don't lose the essence of it.  Make sure you have a good number of the elements  of the Business Formal look to convey your appreciation for quality and style.

Never skimp on your shoes, shirts and trousers.  If you like to wear jeans, buy a quality sport coat to go with it.  If you're not going to wear  a tie, add a pocket square to your coat. Consider a knit tie, or a tie that's not silk-- a wool or cotton tie.

Bottom line: If you don't put some effort into the way you dress you may just end up looking like you're neither white collar or blue collar, just a cog in the wheel.  And, no one wants that for himself or his  son.

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Theatrical credits

Dear Friend of Saint Laurie Merchant Tailors—

The new Broadway musical, Bonnie and Clyde, George Hamilton in La Cage Aux Folles, and Boardwalk Empire Season II are three of the new productions in which you can see Kozinn+Sons' work.

While the story of Bonnie and Clyde is well known because of the 1967 movie, the musical version may have new relevance for the "Occupy Wall Street” movement in that the two lovers make their living robbing banks.  Shown here is Umberto Bove, Kozinn+Sons' head tailor, Jeremy Jordan (Clyde Barrow and star of Newsies, for which he got rave reviews) and yours truly.

One of the best dressed men of the 20th Century, George Hamilton was an honor for us to dress.  Here's a man who has been dressed by the finest tailors in the world and knows all the nuances of fit and style.  It's fair to say he was quite pleased with our work.

And, the second season of Boardwalk Empire is even better than the first, not just because we are custom making all the shirts for the cast.  Pictured below are two of the more interesting period shirts we made for the show: Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, the boss ofAtlantic Cityand Charlie Cox as Owen Sleater, the IRA gunmen turned bootlegger.

The effort that we make to produce exceptional custom clothing for these productions is the same effort we put into making yours.  This theatrical work reinforces our commitment to classic menswear.  What you get from us is authentic in every detail even when the look we create for you is contemporary.

I look forward to being of service to you again soon.

 

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