It’s OK, Leave It Out.

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It’s sometimes amazing to us here at the studio that some of our oldest clients still don’t realize that there is a lot more to custom than they know.

Here’s a good example, a man who has been buying custom shirts from us for about 20 years, recently confided that he bought his casual shirts from a well-known lifestyle brand. Because, he explained, he liked to wear his shirts untucked in casual settings, and his Leviner Wood custom shirts are all cut with longer tails and a flare over the hips that just don’t look good waving in the breeze.

He’s correct, of course. Our dress shirts are cut to sit comfortably over your hips, while giving some shape in the waist, and are longer to keep them tucked in and boardroom ready at all times. They are designed and cut to worn tucked in.

BUT, that doesn’t mean that we can’t design a shirt to be worn untucked. It’s a matter of shortening the tails, and tweaking the side seams to be more flattering when worn untucked. That’s the advantage of having Leviner Wood as your custom tailor. That and the thousands of combinations of patterns, performance fabrics, button colors, contrasting thread, and monogram styles that you’ve come to expect.

We’re ready to help take your casual clothing to another level. All you have to do is ask. So go ahead, wear it out. We’ll make sure you look great.

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Basic, Never Boring

It’s the matching paisley shaped button hole that whispers “custom” to those in the know.

Yes, the basic solid grey or blue business suit is timeless, expected, and always correct. Every man should own one of each. But we at Leviner Wood would like to remind you that with custom clothing, basic doesn’t have to be boring.

“I gotta go where it’s warm.” — J. Buffet.

Because under that sober, calm, steadfast, distinuguished exterior beats the heart of a Deadhead, Parrothead, Streetracer, Rock’nRoller, Hunter, Cowboy, or… you get the idea.

At Leviner Wood Custom Tailors, basic is never boring.

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Formalwear: A Hotbed of Invention

We here at Leviner Wood may just have witnessed the next step in the evolution of Formalwear. These things are gradual at best.

Take the evening shirt. Once upon a time, a man wore white tie and tails after dark. The shirt was made up of the body, with starched, stiff-front piqué bib with one to three buttonholes, a detachable wing collar and single barrel cuff held together by links. The stuffed shirt of cliché, it easily held a man in perfect posture.

Then Edward, Prince of Wales, later to be Edward VII, still later the Duke of Windsor, took the bull by the horns and decided that the whole shootin’ match was just too uncomfortable for those 1920’s Moderns. The shirt his louche-ness ordered to wear with his dinner jacket (another adoption of his that usurped the place of the tailcoat), was a soft, turned-down collar, pleated-front, double-cuffed (we call them French cuffs) shirt. And thus was born our “tuxedo shirt.”

In recent years, we’ve seen a return to the piqué front, this time married to the soft turn-down collar. We’ve always found it much easier to iron, after all.

But, since we’ve gotten away from having them made with a button hole to attach to our trouser waist button, we do run into the problem with the shirt creeping up over our cummerbunds. And that is where this new bit of kit, pictured above may be a sartorial revelation! The longer bib front simply can’t ride up that far!

One note of caution, heavy starch is to be avoided as the bib would tend to unfurl like a spinnaker when seated with an unbuttoned dinner jacket.

Who knew that formalwear would be such the hotbed of innovation in man’s quest to dress comfortably, but correctly?

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