Glenn O’Brien, Custom Suits & Fast Fashion

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Remembering the original “style guy”, Glenn O’Brien. And here is the NY Times obituary.

Companies making more “affordable” custom suits are having their moment.

Speaking of custom suits, one of the biggest choices is single- double-breasted.

You can’t talk about the history of suits without mentioning Savile Row. Where else can you find a competition, The Gold Shears, that highlights up and coming British tailors?

And remember, if you are going to invest in your clothes, make sure to care for them properly.

With springtime comes…polos.

The New York Times Men’s Style section is out and includes:

Crystal Creatures, Mr Porter’s California Collection and the Return of PF Flyers.

Perfectly Simple Shoes” that don’t really seem very simple.

And a new shop in Brooklyn with eccentric goods.

Finally, something to consider:

Fast fashion has a lot of downfalls to it (the synthetic fabrics, labor issues, etc.) but the companies behind them keep rising. What’s your take on this issue? Pros? Cons? Should we have a bigger conversation about this? Chime in below!

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Robin West
He Spoke Style


Chime In

  • Dylan Zahra

    Personally, as a university student who considers $200 to be a “big purchase”, I consider “fast fashion” to be a necessity. It is brands like H&M, Forever 21, and American Eagle that ALLOW me to actually maintain a stylish and smart wardrobe without shopping at expensive “fashion brand” stores.

    I know many people (especially adults) will state with zeal that the quality of the clothing at the these stores is terrible, and that garments wont last the season they’re bought in. This is an unfair appraisal; the quality of garments from the aforementioned stores isn’t bad AT ALL, and I believe that anyone who asserts otherwise is simply being an elitist.

    I have jackets from H&M that I’ve daily-worn for 8 years and they still look great. V-neck t-shirts from American Eagle with the same track record (and they still drape over my frame perfectly after each wash).

    Long-winded post, but I’m passionate in defending these brands! They allow students with little spending money to try and look their best without being wealthy (or even semi-wealthy).

    • Robin West

      Thanks for the thoughtful feedback, Dylan!! I agree, I have found a lot of great pieces at Zara (still addicted), H&M, and F21 over the years. My favorite winter coats have been purchased at Zara for the last 4 years straight.

      For me, some of the structuring can be tricky at some of these stores in the winter. And synthetic fibers in the summer can cause overheating. But it’s all about finding what works for each person, for sure.

      We are definitely going to explore this topic in depth soon. Stay tuned!

  • DJ

    Thanks for sharing posts like this – its nice to have all of the essential menswear reads in one place!

    DJ – Tailor Made Style

    • Robin West

      Glad you enjoy, DJ. Thanks for reading!!