Contest of Note – Crown Tailors Taiored Suit Giveaway

For those of you looking to win a tailored suit made of fine Italian wool Crown Tailors in Bangkok, Thailand this is an easy contest to enter. For those of you not looking to win a tailored suit, I think you may have the wrong site and may wish to go to this site until you grow up and are ready to dress like an adult.
Win 100% tailored suit from Crown Tailor

Win 100% tailored suit from Crown Tailor

Who wins? Whoever gets the most likes on his/her post on crown tailor’s wall. 3 easy steps!

1. Enter contest at www.facebook.com/CrownTailor?sk=app_121121694568521
2. Post on Crown Tailors’ Facebook wall: “I just entered to win 100% tailored suit from Crown Tailors! Please Like my post :)”

Get your friends to like the post!

And that’s not all! Crown Tailors is giving away free tailored shirts to the people who enter and get more than 50 likes on their post.

Enter soon; I did!

Kingpin Chic at Kingpin Chic Vintage Mens Clothing at Wychwood Barns Gadsden’s Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

Kingpin Chic Vintage Mens Clothing at Wychwood Barns Gadsden’s Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

Kingpin Chic Mens Clothing at Wychwood Barns Gadsden’s Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

By special request Kingpin Chic will be opening up our collection of fine gentleman’s apparel one day only on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at the Gadsden’s Toronto Vintage Clothing Show Wychwood Barns located at 601 Christie Street Toronto, Ontario. The hours for the show are 11 am – 4:00 pm and admission for adults is $8.00, and for children 12 and under there is no charge!

Church & Co. (Church’s) and Gentlemens Shoes

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Very few products distinguish themselves as the ‘gold standard‘ of their market. Even among these, the brand is often purchased by another company, who trade on their item’s reputation, all the while shaving away its quality in the name of profit until he reputation itself is also ruined. In mens footwear, there is one company that I stand by without hesitation as the gold standard of their field – Church’s.

 Canvas & Leather Spectator Shoes by Church's

Canvas & Leather Oxford Spectator Shoes by Church’s

To own a pair of Church’s is to own more than an excellent pair of handmade leather shoes. You are part of a tradition in mens footwear that dates back to 1675, with the family of Thomas Church officially founding Church & Company with his sons in Northampton, England.

Black Leather Brogued Wingtip Derby's 'The Grafton' by Church's

Black Leather ‘Brogued’ Wingtip Derby ‘The Grafton’ by Church’s

It was Church’s that created the ‘left’ and ‘right’ shaped shoe in 1881 (for which they were awarded a Gold Medal at the 1884 International Exhibitions in the Crystal Palace, London) and established itself as the premier English shoemaker when Queen Elizabeth II awarded them the prestigious Queen’s Award for Exports in the Award’s inaugural year – 1966.

Black Leather Wingtip Oxford Shoes by Church's

Black Leather Wingtip Oxford Shoes by Church’s, Ladder-laced

In case you think all this royal attention makes Church’s too stuffy, consider that they were the shoe of choice for James Bond in the films The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies (black leather Monk shoes – the Presley) and Golden Eye (brown leather brogues) and this was the most sartorial Bond, played by Pierce Brosnan. Not tough enough for you? Daniel Craig wore both a pair of Church’s chukka boots (in dark brown suede with a rubber sole) and Church’s Oxfords (in black leather with a half cap) in Quantum of Solace. So there.

James Bond, Church's Shoes and a Gorgeous Lady

James Bond, Church’s Shoes and a Gorgeous Lady

Close-up of James Bond Church's Shoes

Close-up of James Bond Church’s Shoes

And in case you were wondering, Church’s is able to refurbish Mr. Bond’s Oxford’s to almost new, as they did for the editor-in-chief of Wallpaper magazine. His Church’s brogues are over 20 years-old!

Gentlemens Boots – The Chelsea

The More Traditional Chelsea Boot - Church’s Amberley

The More Traditional Chelsea Boot - Church’s Amberley

While the Chelsea boot looks modern it actual dates from Victorian era riding boots and is British in its design origin. According to Underground, the English Punk footwear maker,

The distinguishing features of the boots are the elasticated side panels, or gussets, in place
of laces or other fastenings. This was a very innovative design at the time, as it allowed the
Victorian woman to slip on her tight fitted ankle-boots more easily.

Jeffery~West Reinvents the Classic Chelsea Boot - The O'Toole Oliver

Jeffery~West Reinvents the Classic Chelsea Boot - The O'Toole Oliver

If fact, Samuel Windsor (UK Menswear retailer) details the development of the Chelsea for Queen Victoria in their blog,

J. Sparkes-Hall, bootmaker to Queen Victoria back in 1837 is credited with inventing what we now know as the Chelsea boot. The development of vulcanized rubber gave him the idea to produce an elastic sided boot that could be slipped in and out of with minimal effort.

In the patent Sparkes-Hall filed for his creation in 1851, he claimed ‘She (Queen Victoria) walks in them daily and thus gives the strongest proof of the value she attaches to the invention’.

It was the custom-made Anello & Davide Chelsea boots on direction from Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles that brought the boot into hipster culture once again.

John Lennon's Custom Chelsea 'Beatle' Boot by Anello & Davide

John Lennon's Custom Chelsea 'Beatle' Boots by Anello & Davide

The Chelsea boot has become a staple in any decent gent’s footwear wardrobe. They are stylish, comfortable, sporty, and look damn sexy. Add to this they are super easy to slip on and off, and fit snug during wear, and you’ll understand why owning several pairs is not excessive, but mandatory.

Black Patent Leather Chelsea Boot from Gucci

Black Patent Leather Chelsea Boots from Gucci

Article first published as Gentlemens Boots – The Chelsea on Technorati.

Gentlemens Boots – The Jodhpur

Every gentleman should own at least one pair of short boots. Both sole and upper should be made of leather in . They should reflect his ability as a man of action when required and as a man of substance regardless. With this in mind, examine the Jodhpur boot.

Bespoke Jodhpur Boot by James Taylor & Son, UK

Bespoke Jodhpur Boot by James Taylor & Son, UK

I am going to make a clear distinction between the Jodhpur and both the paddock and Chelsea boots, and we’ll examine them both at another time, as they are also both fit to occupy a gentleman’s footwear wardrobe.

The Jodhpur boot is descended from the earlier forms of riding boots, and has evolved into stylish footwear. The Jodhpur is a low, ankle boot with a strap and buckle fastener. When selecting your Jodhpur I implore you to abstain from any that contain a zipper down the inside. While the zipper makes the boot easy to put on and remove it also cheapens its appearance and makes the strap and buckle a mere ornament.  A gentleman should always be mindful of elements of his dress that contain only ornamentation and have no purpose lest he slip into foppishness.

A Pair of Black Calevo Jodhpur Boots

A Pair of Black Calevo Jodhpur Boots

The Jodhpur boot is perfect for formal dress and casual, and most suited to events outdoors. I find them very fit for driving manual vehicles, especially convertibles, and for active social engagements. Adding a pair of Jodhpurs to your outfit lets you move from one activity to another without having to change your footwear. Think of them as a gentleman’s cross trainers.

Article first published as The Gentlemens Cross Trainers – The Jodhpur on Technorati.