Webster describes savvy as practical know-how. So it only makes sense that every well-dressed gentleman should possess a modicum of savvy when it comes to dressing his best.To that end, we invite you to visit this page for some fun fashion factoids guaranteed to expand your sartorial knowledge.
Known for many years in the trade as ‘Geelong’, Superfine Lambswool is the finest lambswool, even in length and soft and springy to handle. It is inevitably these luxurious qualities which make Superfine Lambswool so desirable. The Sheep which grow this fiber have been carefully bred over the years to ensure that their young yield the finest micron lambswool in the world. The term ‘Geelong’ referred to an Australian area where this yarn was traditionally produced from the first shearing of the sheep. Nowadays, the geographical location is not finite, but the beautiful softness and handle of this lovely wool remains. Although each farm can produce a ton of raw wool each year, only a very few bales will be superfine, making it an exclusive commodity ranking alongside cashmere as the most luxurious of natural fibers.
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE … BUMBERSHOOT?
The parapluie, the bumbershoot, the gamp, the brolly: where would we be—aside from soaked— without the great British umbrella? A savior by any name on a rainy day.
According to legend, the origin of the umbrella goes back to about 2000 years B.C.
From dog walkers to city suits, the humble umbrella plays a daily part in the lives of millions and, since 1868, a small British firm has been painstakingly handcrafting the finest umbrellas and selling them worldwide to Prime Ministers, presidents and royalty.
That company is Fox Umbrellas which are handmade to order by a team of craftspeople in the town of Croydon, England.
Fox Umbrellas Ltd. was founded in 1868 and has been producing the world’s finest umbrellas for over 150 years. If you want the best umbrella, make sure it’s a Fox Umbrella.
The Claymore Shop has a variety of styles from this historic company, so if you want to stay as dry as an Englishman’s sense of humor, pick one up today.
THE ENDURING POWER OF
THE NAVY BLUE BLAZER
The Blazer is often the first piece of formal clothing in a boy’s life and is worn again and again for good reason: it looks terrific and the opportunities to wear it are endless. You can wear it with grey flannels, jeans, even shorts in the summer. The navy blue blazer should be one of the first custom pieces guys should have in their closet.
AND WHY YOU SHOULD WEAR THEM
Ever wonder why the storage compartment in the dashboard of your car is called a glove box? During the time of roofless automobiles at the turn of the 20th century, drivers had to wear hats, goggles and driving gloves to protect them from the elements.
With the advent of roofs that protect the driver, gloves are not the necessity they once were. However, they continue to serve a purpose besides looking awesome. They give the driver a better grip — thus better control — when driving. In extreme cold or heat they protect the driver’s hands while preserving the steering wheel from oil and sweat. The Claymore Shop stocks driving gloves that allow the driver to use touchscreen devices without taking the gloves off.
Genuine Shell Cordovan is the art of tanning at its finest. It is from a very specific part of an equine hide that has unique cosmetic and performance characteristics. The oval shaped hide is tanned, stuffed, shaved and then polished… a process that takes 6 months. Finally, the shells are hand glazed to achieve the rich, glossy look. Shell Cordovan is expensive, durable and comfortable after it breaks in.
If you are a person is interested in items that are functional and will last ….you’ll buy one pair of shell cordovan shoes that will last you for years to come. Wear it a lot, and don’t polish it too much. Cordovan leather is very dense and has a very high oil content making it resilient and long wearing… it only gets more and more beautiful over time.
VICUñA…a color, a fabric, an animal
Vicuña, one of two wild camelids living in the wild on the Andes mountain range, subject to extreme climatic variations, which makes its fleece the softest and finest in the world. Vicuna wool is a rare commodity and some of the most expensive wool in the world. This is due to the fact that they have to be caught from the wild and can only be shorn every three years. The fibers are still collected using the chacu method of the Incas – a half-religious ceremony where the local community forms a human chain around the animals and the slowly closes in on them for shearling. An adult vicuña produces only a pound of fiber a year.
In recent time there has been a rise in the demand for this implausibly soft wool… many of the fashion houses have invested their resources in making it available for retailers.