If the layers of Save the Date postcards decorating the fridge have you sweating bullets, you’re not alone. As plane tickets and gift registry requests pile up, there’s barely room in our shopping budget to get a new outfit, too. But repurpose an old standby in the wrong fabric, and that celebratory afternoon on the lawn will feel like an eternity in the sauna.
Fabric: “Lighter, breathable fabrics always perform best in the summer heat. Linen and cotton are great, but you can also get away with tropical-weight wool,” says Hunter.
Construction: “Go with a lighter construction if you can find a suit half-lined or unlined, because it will keep you cooler in the humid months,” says Vora.
Fit: All right, the linen and cotton fabric family it is, but an ill-fitting suit looks as bad as sweat stains. What fit works best?
Naturally, Hunter champions custom tailoring to get a great fit no matter the fabric. But for those of us who don’t have time to book a fitting before this weekend’s nuptials? “The more structure a fabric has, the more easily you can achieve that crisp, tailored look. Linen is, by nature, more of a casual fabric, so cotton or wool would be the fabric to consider.”
But there is one perfect place for the laid-back, breezy look: “Linen is fantastic for a beach wedding,” says Vora.
Color: “Lighter colors are better to reflect sunlight,” Vora says. “Texture and patterns, like checks and stripes, will help disguise [sweat].”
And what colors have been trending in the fitting rooms of Alton Lane?
“Easily half the of the weddings we have done this season have opted for light gray suiting over the traditional tuxedo. It is versatile, appropriately casual for summer weddings, and very easy to coordinate with,” Hunter says. But there’s one caveat: “I would suggest basing the color of the fabric more on the theme of the wedding and the preference of the bride and groom than on the sun.”
Leave it to Hollywood’s Grand Duchess of Hospitality, the darling Doris Bergman for putting La La Land’s Oscar-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul in the spotlight before the Oscars were handed out. The “City of Stars” composers were among the stars, VIPs, trendsetters, and media at Bergman’s Style Lounge and Party for awards season. And, unlike this year’s Oscars, her gathering was a kerfuffle-free zone.
The rendezvous place was the Hollywood hotspot Fig & Olive, a yummy restaurant which features gourmet cuisine from the French and Italian Riviera. That made for an elegant event at which Bergman was “anointed” by Bruce Dern in a “that’s sooo Hollywood” moment reported on by Italia Vogue. “She’s got game,” said the two-time Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Dern, about Doris Bergman and her flair for creating a sensational soirée.
Read More: http://entertainmenttoday.net/fashion/17900/2017/03/no-oscar-kerfuffle-at-hollywood-soiree-hosted-by-grand-duchess-of-hospitality/
By Jenny Peters
Every year when Oscar rolls around, lots of luxury suites and lounges pop up at venues all around town, luring famous faces to come and check out innovative products, try some new and different libations and just generally have a lovely afternoon during the week preceding the Academy Awards.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern feels the love at the Handmade Hearts by Hillel booth during the annual Doris Bergman Oscar Style Lounge & Party held at Fig & Olive restaurant in West Hollywood in February 2017. Photo courtesy Doris Bergman.One popular “swag suite” (as everyone calls them) is impresario Doris Bergman’s annual Oscar Style Lounge & Party, presented every year at the Fig & Olive restaurant in West Hollywood. Bergman takes over that popular eatery’s outdoor patio and fills it with everything a star might need heading onto the red carpet – and beyond.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern led the celebrity charge to Bergman’s suite that was held on February 23, 2017, and headed straight to Art Lewin’s Bespoke Suits and Tuxedos for a chat about having a custom-made suit designed just for his 80-year-old frame. Lewin gifted gorgeous silk ties and pocket squares, too, making sure that 2017 nominees including Best Picture “Hacksaw Ridge” executive producer David Greathouse and Best Song leading contenders Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who received two song nominations from “LA LA Land,” would look sharp at the Oscars (and they eventually won for “City of Stars”).
Continue Reading: http://blogs.dailynews.com/arts/2017/03/06/oscar-2017-luxury-suites-doris-bergmans-oscar-style-lounge-brings-out-the-stars/
In Dressing The Man, a book that is deemed by countless as important to the literature of men’s fashion – and certainly to me – Alan Flusser reported on the Taylor cut as, “British-inspired, with narrow shoulders, shaped torso, slant pockets, and deep vents”.I thought back to the styles of those well-dressed men of that era in the books I had read- Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra who were all dressed by Taylor himself- and wondered if time has taken its toll and produced a difference in cut and style.
I stood outside on Wilshire Boulevard to absorb the features of the building before me, a large office complex, completely covered in glass. Perhaps I had written down the incorrect address again.
“Art Lewin? Yeah, it’s here.” The gentleman gave me directions to the shop and smiled at me. “By the way, nice jacket.” I couldn’t help but smile to myself, shirt wet and stuck to my back.
I was approached by Richard James Taylor, a tailor who I talked on the phone to earlier and he shook my hand with the most gentle of grips. He was clad in a charcoal grey pinstriped suit, with broad notch lapels, blue herringbone woven shirt with a white collar and monogrammed cuffs, white silk pocket chief folded sloppily in his breast pocket showing off the blue hand-rolled edges. As he motioned for me to sit with him and crossed his legs I couldn’t help noticing the black cordovan penny moccasins shining in the light. Sitting down at the coffee table, he smiled and admired the room with me; suits (probably in the 140’s) and sports jackets in deep navy pinstripes, glorious grey glenchecks and even micro-patterned houndstooth in Loro Piana worsted wools, cashmere and thick tweeds (They have tweed here? For this weather?) hung on timber hangers. To the left in a well lit open closet, ties and socks of all kinds, fabrics, and colours in front of me along with sample cuffs and collars, signing off (quite literally) with autographed pictures of celebrities such as Lionel Richie and Jon Voight expressing their thanks hanging on the right.
Richard is a tailor with a lot of experience. Having previously worked at Men’s Wearhouse and as a costumer for studios and agencies around America before starting at Art Lewin & Co. Bespoke, he understands how to achieve the perfect fit for anybody. His interest in tailored fashion was sparked with love for the art and wearing clothes. “It just gives the suit a new sense of style.” He brought me in closer with his gaze, leaning back on the sofa relaxed yet still in deep thought. “When you put a jacket on and it fits, and you put a jacket off the rack on and it has to have alterations, there’s a big difference there. There’s a difference in price but there’s also a difference in the way it feels and the way it fits.”
I felt like a welcome friend in the room as he laughed and smiled. I asked him what he thought of the renewed interest in tailored menswear. “Young or old, a sharp dressed man gets attention.” Art Lewin & Co. Bespoke does receive a fair amount of younger clients. ”I think the newer generation should carry on the look and the prestige of great menswear. You’re starting to see it a lot more here in the states as well. Whatever people see on television, people emulate it from the screen and then it comes out on the street.” Our conversation continued as we dived deeper into the bespoke process, the tailoring experience and even women’s fashion.
I inquired into the Jack Taylor cut. Richard explained that Art Lewin & Company Bespoke prefers to cut clients with a European style, but essentially aims for the “timeless and classic” that Jack Taylor was famous for. Whereas Jack Taylor had preferred the “lapels a little wider” and the “shoulders a little broader”, Art Lewin has taken things into the new era; slimming things down “just a bit”. Richard brought me up to have a look at some of the suits where I could examine the quality and the style. Indeed, European tastes had made its way into the business suit. The former sack suit that defined America was no longer. Richard invited me to have a closer look at one of the more interesting pieces: A wonderful woollen flannel, blue Prince of Wales Check with a subtle red windowpane overcheck, masterfully crafted. This was one of Richard’s favourites, and I could tell why. Every single line of the intricate pattern was perfectly matched from sleeve to shoulder, an attention to detail found only on the most careful of garments. The bold and wide peak lapels, padded military shoulder, and suppressed waist produced a clean masculine silhouette that Jack Taylor would approve of. As I appreciated the suit Richard just smiled.
Before leaving I had a final look at the room. I realized that Art Lewin & Company is Jack Taylor’s small tailor shop on Canon Road, Beverly Hills for the 21st century. All tailors must create clothes appropriate to their client’s needs and though the modern “fashionable” man prefers a slimmed down Continental cut, Jack Taylor’s teachings remains.
As I approached the door Richard shook my hand once more, and gave me the same soft smile. It was a special parting gift from Art Lewin & Bespoke: a shop with a lot of experience, a lot of stories, and a lot of warmth.
Read More: http://thehounds.com.au/features/art-lewin-co-bespoke-clothiers/
Doris Bergman’s 9th Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge & Party by LEMPEREURMAGAZINE
"Doris Bergman threw her star studded Ninth Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge and Party at Fig & Olive on February 23, 2017. The event honored the upcoming 89th Annual Academy Awards with almost 100 of Hollywood’s most prominent figures including Oscar® Nominated actors, former Oscar® winners and presenters in attendance. Among Hollywood’s elite that attended include: Oscar Nominees Benj Pasek (“La La Land” Best Song), Justin Paul (“La la Land” Best Song), David Greathouse, Executive Producer (“Hacksaw Ridge”) Best Picture, David Permut, Producer (“Hacksaw Ridge” Best Picture),"
Read More: https://lempereurmagazine.com/2017/02/25/doris-bergmans-9th-annual-valentine-romance-oscar-style-lounge-party/
Here's a little preview of the Oscars Pre-Party that took place last Thursday.
If you get them right, these five suits will last the rest of your life. There’s nothing better than stepping into a well-cut suit. It will give you that much more style, & flair, it'll help you walk taller, and if you get it right—it will even make you feel more confident and ready to take on the world.
1. The All-Season Navy Wool Suit
This is the workhorse type suit. It'll get you through everything from interviews, to out in the town, plus, navy looks great on everyone. Choose a breathable wool that's not too heavy, and it'll carry you through all but the coldest winter nights and swampiest summer days. Choose a single-breasted, with a two-button closure, and dress it up or down as you please. Just don’t ever button the bottom button.
2. Summer Khaki Cotton Suit
Nothing says warm California weather like a crisp cotton suit. Tan and/or Khaki's is the classic color here, for a great reason. It's perfect for and office environment and has enough of an edge to pull double-duty on weekends. In Los Angeles combined it with a checkered shirt and pair it up with a pair of white canvas sneakers (no socks, of course) to show everyone that you're dressing up because you want to, not because you have to.
3. The Double-Breasted Suit
There's no better way to prove you’re dapper than by rocking a double-breasted suit. Gone are the boxy cuts of the old days, replaced by a style that's trimmer, more comfortable, stripped of its padding, and designed to hug your shoulders, not swallow them. It's still a power move, though, so if you feel like going for, say, an understated Prince of Wales check, we're not going to stop you.
4. The Grey Flannel Suit
Once the standards of suffering American salary-man, the grey flannel suit is now a bit more rebellious, with much more flair, and still totally versatile. Look for a medium gray color, throw on a white shirt with a black woven silk tie, and you've got a perfect nine-to-five look. The grey flannel suit is about freedom now, which is why this grey flannel suit it's better than ever.
5. The Tuxedo
Skip the rentals and invest in a well made tux instead. It's an investment! You'll be investing in a better looking you. You'll wear it for years to come, so make sure to get something that’s timeless & classic. Black is a solid bet, but today midnight blue is great for men who want something different. Do the peak lapels, avoid satin shoes, make sure it’s a two button, and you're golden.
Tip #1 for Sharp-Dressed Young Men: Dress Your Footwear Up
Starting from the ground up, appropriate-fitting footwear is the first step to dressing sharp.
A traditional school of thought that’s still alive and well claims you can judge a man by his shoes.
If you’ve never owned really good shoes before, brace yourself and get ready to pay a significant amount of money for well-made, classic footwear.
You may be shocked at the sticker price for well-crafted shoes, but the quality and comfort pay dividends down the road.
A good pair of dress shoes will last you years and stay good-looking with nothing more than some light cleaning and the occasional shine.
Quality leather footwear isn’t a luxury for the excessively rich — it’s a necessity for any man.
Tip #2 for Sharp-Dressed Young Men: Dress to Look Older
The way you dress is the way you are perceived.
If you’re still wearing clothes that scream “student days” you’re going to be treated like a boy with no experience in the real world.
Buck the trend, age your look a little, and get the respect you deserve from older men.
That means raiding your wardrobe and getting rid of the majority of your ultra-casual clothes: T-shirts, cargo pants, jean shorts, sweatshirts and sweatpants, baseball hats, and athletics.
Tip #3 for Sharp-Dressed Young Men: Ignore Fashion Trends.
Main-stream fashion trends change too fast to make useful wardrobe staples.
Most young men don’t have the budget to buy new pants every month or two — so stay away from pants that are only presentable during an “in” season.
Distressed or bleached jeans are a great example; several different designer labels briefly managed to sell the image on the public, and then the fad changed and left a lot of people with very expensive jeans too beat-up to wear in public.
Stick to classic clothing staples for the core of your wardobe and avoid anything that’s too far out on the cutting edge — even if you see something that makes it look good.
Tip #4 for Sharp-Dressed Young Men: Take Care of Your Clothing.
Generally speaking, being young means having less money to throw around.
If you’ve shelled out for a few pieces of good, quality clothing — a custom suit, a pair of expensive dress shoes, what have you — it’s worth a few bucks more to keep the clothes in good shape.
That means using good hangers for your suits, shoe trees for your shoes, and a little tender loving care with the washing machine.
Some of your clothes can come from thrift shops, if you’re lucky enough to have a reasonably common body type and some well-to-do neighborhoods nearby.
A few adjustments from a tailor can turn a five dollar thrift-store suit into your dress wardrobe staple. Just take care of it and protect your bigger investments with some proper maintenance.
Tip #5 for Sharp-Dressed Young Men: Have at Least One Good Suit in the Closet
No matter what your job is, you’re going to need a decent suit at some point.
If you’re in a field where you’re going to wear one regularly you should look for a variety of colors and styles; if you just need a single suit for infrequent dress occasions stick with a classic single-breasted, two-button suit in charcoal gray or navy blue.
If you’re buying off the rack take the time to have the suit adjusted.
A few department stores still offer the service, but you’ll more than likely need to find a tailor independently.
It’s worth the effort — sized suits are made to general measurements, and not all of them are going to be a perfect fit for you. A good tailor can make the small changes that take your suit from looking mediocre to perfect for you.
Read more at : http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/dress-sharp-tips-young-men/
His sense of style may not be on the list of reasons you’re marrying him, but don't worry -- that’s where you and the rules come in.
Rule 1: His suit or tux should fit the formalityAt the most basic level, his attire should be appropriate for your venue and fit with the overall vibe of the wedding. If your wedding is in the daytime or outdoors, it can be a bit more casual (think: lighter-colored suits made of fabrics like seersucker or khaki). If it's an evening affair in a ballroom or swanky hotel, go with either a dark, well-tailored suit or for black-tie attire (a tux). Need to step it up one more notch? Suited for an extra-luxe venue, white-tie is the ultimate in formalwear. This means a black tailcoat, white shirt and white bow tie.
Rule 2: His attire should coordinate with yoursAnother fairly obvious one, but it has to be said: Remember, your wedding is your first opportunity to show off your couple style, so make it a joint effort. While you may not actually want to try on the gown in front of him and compare styles before the wedding, you'll want to be sure your styles work together. So if your dress is a bedazzled ball gown, you won't want him wearing a lightweight linen suit; you'll want him in a classic black tux. Other combos that work: a rustic lace gown paired with a tailored tan suit, or a streamlined city-chic gown with a slim-cut gray suit.
Rule 3: His body type should dictate the suitThe key to looking sharp is dressing for your body type. If he's tall and thin, lucky you: Most tuxedos and suits will look good on his frame. To add bulk, try a double-breasted suit, which will make him look broader. To slim down, try a fitted suit with a little bit of a nip in the waist to give the impression of a leaner silhouette. Skip lighter-colored suits since darker hues are slimming. Shorter grooms should look for a two or threebutton jacket with a lowbutton stance to elongate the body.
Rule 4: His fit should be perfectEven the most expensive tux on the rack will look and feel awful if it doesn't fit right. He should be able to move around easily -- have him do lots of twists, turns and arm raises to make sure there's plenty of mobility. Regardless of whether he's renting or buying, most shops will custom tailor the purchase. Here are a few basic tailoring rules:
Rule 5: His look should match your bridal partyTraditionally, the groomsmen wear attire that's the same as or similar to that of the groom -- but it's up to you and your guy. Even if you aren't planning for all the men in your bridal party to show up in the same suit or tux, it's important that their outfits match in style and feel (it will look a little bit off if your fiance is up there in a tux while his buddies are wearing casual khaki suits). Matching doesn't just end with the guys either; you'll want your whole party to have a cohesive style. To achieve this, aim to pair your groom and groomsmen style to that of the bridesmaids -- for instance, if the bridesmaids are rocking a vintage vibe, the guys can don retro three-piece suits.
Rule 6: His accessories should set him apartNow that everyone is matching and coordinated, it's time to pick your groom's extras so he can stand out from the crowd. To achieve a totally unique look, it's all in the details. Spice things up and have your guy wear a special boutonniere or a bow tie, vest, tie, cummerbund or cuff links in a different color or style. If your wedding palette has two colors, he can wear one of the shades while the rest of the guys wear the other. For a luxe affair, have the groomsmen each wear a tux with a black bow tie and black vest, while your groom dons the fancy version with a white tie and white vest. Also, encourage your groom to inject his personality into his outfit and show off that special something you fell in love with. If he's musical, add a treble clef to his boutonniere; if he's a lovable sci-fi nerd, gift him with Star Wars cuff links.
(See More: https://www.theknot.com/content/fashion-rules-for-grooms)
Don't want to wait 4-6 weeks for a Bespoke?
Our Private Label line is for the business professional who demands high quality Suits, Tuxedo's, Trousers & Sport Coats. When you want to look great and don’t want to wait 4 to 6 weeks for Bespoke, look no further than our Private Label Clothing line.
Art Lewin Bespoke is not just about clothes that make men look great. We also apply our expert talents to a woman’s wardrobe with the same Quality, Workmanship & Knowledge enjoyed by our male clientele. The contours of a woman’s body should be flattered by the perfect fit of her custom clothing and lifestyle.
Our Women’s Apparel is something that should not be overlooked. If you have a favorite piece that has seen better days, Art Lewin Bespoke will gladly re-create that garment for you in the fabric of your choice.
Valentine's Day is only 23 days away... Make sure you look your best for your dinner date with that special someone.
Great weather, sun shine & different flowers blooming are just some reasons why many couples prefer Spring to tie the knot.
Art Lewin Bespoke offers the same personalized services for our formal wear as our bespoke suits. Fully customize your tuxedo, shirt and accessories for any formal occasion.
Article by Elyse Glickman
"Whether you’re going for an audition or a job interview, the first impression is critical. With a guest list that included actors, attorneys, and LA power-brokers, nobody understands this better than Art Lewin. In mid-November, he opened his sixth store in Santa Monica, which like the other locales, is outfitted with everything needed for the perfect custom suit: an extensive library of world-class quality fabrics from internationally renowned mills in England, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Germany; and canvas that is hand-padded and artisan-stitched (as opposed to machine stitching).
Lewin has long been a go-to tailor for Hollywood celebrities, including Jon Voight, Ernie Hudson, Jason Ritter, William Shatner, Lou Ferrigno, Esai Morales and Robert Wagner, to name a few. Art Lewin Bespoke is also preferred by a cadre of stylists. He also offers sleek suiting for women with the same attention to detail, and Sofia Milos is counted among the roster of loyal clients.
The invitation-only red carpet opening was a mix of 100 loyal fans and new converts, including 2016 Primetime Emmy winner Patrika Darbo, Kelsey Scott (12 Years a Slave), and model–actress Eugenia Kuzmina. All guests parted with a Mario Masotti hand-made silk neck-tie to start the process of making a statement at their next court date, boardroom meeting, or audition..."
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The 3rd Annual 2016 Fashion Awards took place on Wednesday November 30,2016 in the city of Santa Monica.
During this ceremony, the Los Angeles Business Journal acknowledged top apparel companies that contribute to the economic growth in Southern California.
We are excited that Art Lewin Bespoke was the finalist for the 2016 Fashion awards. Keep up the great work Art Lewin.
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All Art Lewin Bespoke suits are handmade in our shop to retain the highest quality expected from a pure custom tailored garment, and also have a unique individuality. All suits are hand cut and hand made by our own skilled individual tailors right down to the boutonniere and coat button holes. Other than reinforcing the seams (which requires tight machine stitching), our suits are completely created by hand, requiring over 55 hours plus of hand work.
"Art Lewin Bespoke Clothiers has been selected for the 2016 Los Angeles Award in the Shopping Services category by the Los Angeles Award Program.
Each year, the Los Angeles Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Los Angeles area a great place to live, work and play."..
The Los Angeles Small Business Council just awarded ART LEWIN BESPOKE the 2016 Small Business Excellence Award.
"Each year, the Los Angeles Small Business Council chooses only excellent local small businesses. They focus on companies that have demonstrated their ability to use great marketing methods and excellent customer service to grow their business in spite of difficult economic times. The companies chosen exemplify the best of small business; often leading through great service and community involvement. For most companies, this recognition is a result of their dedication and efforts as well as the work of others in their organization that have helped build your business. Your team is now a part of an exclusive group of small businesses that have achieved this selection. " - Small Business Excellence Awards
Art Lewin Bespoke is going coastal. We now offer a retail space/showroom in the heart of the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade, across the street from Nordstrom. Offering Bespoke Suits & Shirts, Ready To Wear suits, Expert Tailoring & Reweaving.
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Art Lewin is the Owner & Creative Director of Executive Clothiers, one of the nation's premier Custom Clothiers.
Come visit our new location for Art Lewin Bespoke Los Angeles 213-785-2400. We offer bespoke suits, custom dress shirts, expert tailoring, Image consulting and accessories. We will soon be offering most of our products online. Coming in September 2015.
Art Lewin is the Owner & Creative Director of Executive Clothiers, one of the nation's premier Custom Clothiers.