Jason talks about why getting a custom made suit (especially one from 7 Regent Lane) rocks!
A Simple Life
I’m a software engineer. Like many others of my chosen profession, I work in a small home-office (aka Nerd Hole) surrounded by multiple monitors, glowing backlit keyboards reminiscent of Neo’s apartment in the first Matrix movie (we don’t speak of the other Matrix movies). In this dark and comfortable environment, it’s difficult to offend the fashion sensibilities of my co-workers who, in my case, consist of an ill-tempered cat who leaves huge mounds of fur all over my basement floor.
Don’t get me wrong, I like to look my best and I have a large collection of cargo shorts from elite retailers like Target and Kohl’s. To augment this formidable collection, I have several hundred T-Shirts accumulated over the years at various techie and software conferences. The colors range from sensible black to a lot of colors resembling the color of mulch.
My morning routine consists of a very meticulous process of choosing and color coordinating these garments. Specifically:
- Wake up.
- Shower…don’t brush hair but put some goop in it so it stays strategically messed up.
- Grab jeans or shorts on top of clean pile.
- Grab T-Shirt on top of clean pile.
- Put on carefully chosen ensemble.
Life is good.
A Disturbance in the Force
My business partner and I have historically dabbled in more techie SaaS ventures and products. Recently, she got her MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. This is a great school and she came out of there with a very dangerous thing known as “knowledge”, which I’m pretty sure is what got Adam and Eve kicked out of paradise.
As part of that experience, she did a semester abroad kind-of-thing in China. She took her husband to Silk Street and got him a custom tailored suit. Since then she’s been obsessed with the understanding that having a made-to-measure suit is critical to looking good. The fit is way more important than who designed it or how expensive the fabric is. Cargo shorts do not have this severe shortcoming.
Long story short, she wanted to launch an eCommerce venture to deliver these made-to-measure suits to the common man (presumably basement dwellers in cargo shorts), and after my begrudging agreement we launched 7 Regent Lane with our other partner, who actually does wear suits for a living.
Suits in the Nerd Hole
Needless to say, since she’s a girl and I’m not, I get to try out our prototypes and have a strict mandate to own and wear one of our suits on various occasions. I’m writing this to share my experiences with my fellow codists, so here they are:
- Made to measure suits really do look better. I have a few off-the-rack suits, and sure enough having one made to fit my somewhat doughy software engineer exterior gives me the ability to look presentable, even good, when meeting with the significantly more-uptight East Coast investment and entrepreneurship community.
- They’re comfortable. Compared to my other suits, the custom fitted one isn’t too tight or loose in the wrong areas so I don’t feel awkward and geeky in it.
- They’re not that expensive. Most of my disposable income goes to gadgets. I’m particularly fond of camera gear and Linux single board computers. Unfortunately you can’t wear those to formal occasions, but we were able to arrange our cost structures so we can deliver custom fitted suits at about the same price of your typical off-the-rack Men’s Warehouse stuff, but with way less polyester.
There’s no way I’m going to be wearing suits for my job every day, but I do want to let all of the other pale subterranean code monkeys know that it’s really not so bad, or difficult, to take it up a notch those times you have to actually don business attire.
Kickstart Your Wardrobe
Just a shameless reminder that we have a Kickstarter campaign going on to help fund product line expansions at 7RL. Please give it a look if you want to give the Cargo Shorts a rest and take your significant other out to dinner at a fancier-than-normal place.
Here’s another testimonial from one of our customers, Jonathan.
Handsome, dapper and debonair: these are some words that best describe these people. They all did their homework (some, together with their stylists) which is why they come in no particular order. Before I start, I’d like to point out that even though these people have people who make sure they look good in front of the camera, it is not impossible to look as good as them. Now, let’s get started:
He has surely come a long way since his Mickey Mouse Club days. I personally dig his laid back, resort style and when he suits up; he just looks so chic. He made women swoon when he arrived at the 2011 Golden Globes in a velvet Ferragamo tux. Now, velvet isn’t exactly what you use for a suit but he pulled it off and just looked timeless.
Come to think of it, I’ve never seen Ryan Gosling not look fashionable; this guy just knows how to dress up even at the airport.
What’s a best dressed list without a British man? We all know Ed as the playboy billionaire Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl and he is known for dressing like… a playboy billionaire. While he is not as consistent as Mr. Gosling, Mr. Westwick has his fair share of fabulous fashion moments. Here he is at the 2012 Met Ball in a Prada suit…
I’m missing that British flair a little but he can pull off the classic look just as well. Don’t you just love his coat lapel?
ROBERT DOWNEY JR
I love this guy. Aside from being a fabulous actor and playing Tony Stark/ Iron Man (sorry, I just couldn’t help but mention that), he doesn’t play safe when it comes to style. Don’t get me wrong, there are some people who are too brave that they make themselves look ridiculous and there are men like RDJ who just understand what style is about. Here he is at the premier of “The Avengers” in Gucci:
Who in the world wears a purple three-piece suit and looks good in it? Robert Downey Jr. does. Oh! He also arrived in the premiere driving Tony Stark’s Acura sports car. This is a guy who knows how to make heads turn.
This English Singer- Rapper has been making waves, not just because of his music but also because of his style. I first took notice of his unique fashion sense in the 2011 Brit Awards where he attended (and won) wearing a White Dolce&Gabbana Suit. First of all, white is hard to pull off and then he accentuated it with a polka dot bowtie; you gotta love a man with guts. Then he shows up in the Lanvin Men’s Fall Winter 2012-13 Paris Fashion Week show looking like this…
Need I say more?
The singing leading man of “High School Musical” is now all grown up and every time he steps out he makes sure he looks his best. Zac is the perfect example of how a man with a smaller frame should wear his suits; there is not one picture of him not looking so dapper.
That was Mr. Efron at the premiere of his movie “The Lucky One” earlier this year. He looked so chic in his Calvin Klein Collection suit and the tie clip was a really nice touch, we rarely see them these days.
This guy dates supermodels and he should be one himself. The Hollywood A-Lister just looks good in anything but I love him more in a suit. What makes him even more amazing in the fashion sense that he looks good even in those dated suits like the ones in “Gangs of New York” and “Shutter Island”; maybe it’s the confidence that being one of the highest paid actors in the world gives but this list just wouldn’t be complete without him. Here is Mr. DiCaprio at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards:
Whether he’s in a movie or pitching for climate change awareness he looks sharp and elegant. I can’t wait to see him in a 1920s suit in “The Great Gatsby.”
Women loved a less clothed version of him in the movie “Magic Mike” but this guy looks just as good when he’s dressed to the nines. He is a great example on how more muscular men should dress up. Check him out in a plaid suit for the premiere of “21 Jump Street”.
I love how his suit is printed but doesn’t come off as pajama looking. His look stands out but it doesn’t make him look bulkier than he is.
This guy is just full of surprises. He surprised a lot of people in his portrayal of Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man” and he surprised everyone in the LA premiere of the movie by coming in a red Balenciaga suit.
I love red but put it in a suit… it’s usually a recipe for disaster. Amazingly, he pulled it off rather nicely; very well even. It’s cute that he went for the colors of Spidey’s costume by wearing a blue shirt under his suit. Andrew Garfield is definitely one to watch out for, not just as an actor but as a trendsetter as well.
I adore this man. He is an amazing actor (no one could’ve played Commissioner Gordon in the Batman Trilogy as well as he did) and he’s been so well dressed this year! He’s so well dressed that I feel the need to show you two of his awesome suited up moments.
The one on the top was at the 2012 Oscars. I love the subtle details of his look, the lapel and his bowtie he is definitely one of the best dressed of the night. The picture on the bottom was taken at the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in New York. He came in a brown suit paired with a blue shirt and he looked vibrant, in fact, he really stood out. I love how Mr. Oldman is taking risks despite being a bit older. Age shouldn’t stop you from looking your best.
The breakout star of “The Dark Knight Rises” makes my list! For those who have seen “Inception” you have an idea on how this guy looks in a suit: he looks sharp. Simple, clean and straight to the point are three words to describe his style. He also rocks the three-piece suit; check out his picture from the August 2012 issue of GQ Magazine:
You lean men out there should take a page from his book. If you look at his pictures on the net, you’ll see how well he dresses up according to his body type and yes, young men can look amazingly good in three-piece suits; this guy is proof of that. He’s so well-dressed now, I almost forgot that he looked like this a few years ago:
And with that, I bid you adieu and say that there’s always hope. Don’t let fashion misses bring you down, we’ve all had them.
That’s all for now!
We’ve got a special treat for all the graduates out there!
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Dressing up is even better when it is for a good cause.
Last April 19, we participated in the Wharton Charity Fashion Show. It is a student organized event (even the models are Wharton students!) that aims to raise money for a chosen Philadelphia charity though a fashion show featuring world-class designer and brands. This year, all the proceeds went to Youthbuild Philadelphia.
Check out the video of the fashion show here: 7 Regent Lane at the Wharton Charity Fashion Show
Don’t we all love good news?
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You’ve got to be from a different planet if you don’t understand the importance of a dress shirt especially when you are wearing a suit. Dress shirts are a must have for every man; they’re like a woman’s white button down shirt, flexible and good for almost any occasion. Whether you wear it alone or under a suit it is imperative that you choose one that will look good on you. Here are some tips on how to choose a proper dress shirt:
Let’s start with something really easy: color. A shirt’s color can make or break an outfit so when you are choosing a dress shirt try to imagine what you are wearing it with. If you are wearing it with a suit, please make sure that it will not in any way clash with the suit (an olive green suit with red dress shirt is not acceptable even if it’s Christmas). As tempting as it may be to experiment with colors go for something that’s still “comfortable” for you.
The next thing that you should pay attention to is the fabric. Most men make the lethal mistake of underestimating the fabric. The type of fabric you choose is directly proportional to the amount of comfort the garment will have. Cotton shirts will be more breathable while those with more polyester contents may cling to you like fly paper on a hot summer’s day. On the other hand, cotton wrinkles more easily compared to synthetic fabrics. When you’re choosing fabric, there are two main things you have to consider: the occasion or where you’ll be wearing the dress shirt to and the weather.
A very important thing you should consider is the collar style. There are a lot of different collars out there but there are four really common ones nowadays. The straight collar is the most common and is considered the classic look. This collar looks good on all face shapes and body types. Another collar is the button down collar, like the straight collar it can be worn by anyone but this certain style of collar looks good even without a tie. There are more modern or trendier types of collar like the spread collar which gives out a more youthful, carefree and softer vibe but this is a good choice for those who have a slim built.
After choosing your collar style, choose your cut or fit. Today, slim fit is very common and these are the shirts that are tighter. They cling to you more compared to the more traditional styles and just as the name suggests, they are good for those on the slimmer side. There are also some dress shirts that are tapered on the waist, so I suggest that you fit the dress shirt before buying it.
While you are trying your dress shirt on this is the best time for you to check the fit. Like the suit, an ill-fitting dress shirt is a recipe for disaster. First, inspect the buttons; they shouldn’t look like they’re about to pop out. Next, your sleeves, when you bend your arm the cuffs shouldn’t go up past your wrist. The cuffs should fit just right, how to tell? You shouldn’t be able to put the dress shirt on without opening the cuffs and of course, they shouldn’t be too tight. Lastly, put your hands up in the air (this isn’t a joke), by doing this you’ll be able to check if the tail of your chosen dress shirt will come out or not, a proper fitting dress shirt will not get un-tucked.
Now you have a dress shirt! Wait! Before you pay for it, make sure that you’re getting what you’re paying for by doing a quick quality check. If you’re buying a high end dress shirt, check if the buttons are hand sewn and check the stitching at the seams. It doesn’t take an expert to tell whether a shirt is done right. Loose threads and uneven stitching on the seams are signs of bad quality which means that shirt won’t last long.
Spending a little more time than usual in choosing your dress shirt will save you a lot of trouble in the future.
That’s all for now!
We have been featured again and this time by Technically Philly!
Read the full feature here: http://technicallyphilly.com/2012/03/26/7-regent-lane-tries-on-affordable-custom-tailored-suit-market
We just got featured on Thrillist Philadelphia!
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