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Shining some Carmina MTO loafers

Today I’m putting a first polish on a pretty esoteric pair of Carmina MTO loafers that I made up for casual summer wear.  Join me by posting before and after photos of your own polish job today!

Remember to also cross-post to InstagramTwitterFacebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday) — one (1) random participant who does will receive one (1) pair of their choice of mid-calf Palatino cotton socks!

Without further ado, let’s get to it…

There is a lot going on with this pair of loafers, including the fact that they turned out a little brighter than I would have liked.  So, in addition to cleaning up the usual scuffs and marks, I’m going to darken them slightly (I’m skipping the welt treatment in this post, but it was done).  I am also going to lighten the heels and edges a bit, but that’s for another day.

The “damage”

 

Today set up includes… (Click to hide)

Saphir Horsehair Polishing Brush
Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish in Dark Green, Dark Brown
Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in Dark Brown, Neutral
Edoya Finishing Brush
Edging Tool

 

I began as usual by wiping the shoes down with a damp cloth, a brushing with the Horsehair Polishing Brush, and then a liberal dosing of Saphir Leather Lotion all over with aSaphir Chamois Cloth.  

 

I let the Saphir Leather Lotion dry and then buffed off with the Horsehair Polishing Brush.

 

Once the Kermits were brushed again with the Horsehair Polishing Brush, I began working in Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish in Dark Green.

 

After another brushing with the Horsehair Polishing Brush, it was on to Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish in Dark Brown…followed by another brushing.

 

After two (2) light coats of Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish in Dark Brown and the brushing, I applied three (3) successive very, very light coats of Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in Dark Brown with a Saphir Chamois Cloth.

 

Following the brown wax and another brushing, I attended to the heels and sole edges with Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in Neutral and an edging tool, followed by a little Saphir Reptan for the crocodile tassels.

 

After a vigorous brushing with my Edoya finishing brush…

 

…voila!

 

Remember to post photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after, please) and also tocross-post your photos on InstagramTwitterFacebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday) — one (1) random participant who does will receive one (1) pair of their choice of mid-calf Palatino cotton socks!

I’ll be checking back in on this thread throughout the day, so feel free to include any questions you might have along with your posts — who knows, the answer(s) may even be the subject of a future Shoe Shine Sunday!  

Personal Apology from Kirby + Warehouse Celebration Sale!

July 16, 2014

Dear Customers –

I want to personally apologize to those who, over the past several months, experienced unacceptable shipping delays, inadequate product packaging, and incorrect shipments. As the owner and ‘public face’ of a small company, I pride myself on offering fantastic, personal customer service, and these breakdowns were personally very frustrating for me.

For the past seven years, The Hanger Project has been able to successfully rely on third-party fulfillment companies to warehouse and ship our products. As a small, niche-oriented business, that allowed me to pursue my passion for product without the investment in physical warehousing and logistics.

However, over the past several months, it became clear that this structure was no longer capable of meeting my personal standards for customer satisfaction, product presentation, and timely shipping.

After an exhaustive search, I am excited to announce that The Hanger Project is finally in its own warehouse. For those of you who had a bad experience in our previous configuration, please accept my sincerest apologies and assurance that these sorts of experiences will no longer occur.

Fully-managing and operating our own warehouse gives The Hanger Project complete ownership of and control over our entire customer service experience – from the moment you land on our website to the moment you receive your order. And my goal is that every customer is fully satisfied. We have many ambitious initiatives planned for the next several months to further enhance the speed and reliability of our shipping.

For those of you who stuck with us, I thank you for your patience and understanding. For those of you who vowed to never subject yourself to another frustrating transaction with us again, I ask for another opportunity to serve you. And for everyone who is on our mailing list, I invite you to participate in our Warehouse Celebration Super Sale!

I am not a big fan of sales, but this occasion is a significant milestone for both me personally and The Hanger Project.  And I would be honored to share this accomplishment with all of you by offering 15% Off All Orders thru Monday, July 21 with promotional code NEWWAREHOUSE.

If you would like to share your experience with me – good or bad – please do not hesitate to respond to this email or call the office at (800) 495-3201.

The new warehouse will serve as a powerful platform for me and The Hanger Project to better bring you new and exciting products to help you care for your wardrobe and otherwise enjoy the art of dressing and living well.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Kirby Allison
Founder
Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE HANGER PROJECT

A little afternoon pick-me-up. 

A little afternoon pick-me-up. 

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Drake’s Elephant Print Cotton Pocket Square worn by Olof Bernhardsson during Pitti Uomo 86.
This square along with many others are now on sale at www.drakes.com.


Fabulous pocket square. We have the same pocket square if anyone would like to save on international shipping. 

drakes-diary:

Drake’s Elephant Print Cotton Pocket Square worn by Olof Bernhardsson during Pitti Uomo 86.

This square along with many others are now on sale at www.drakes.com.

Fabulous pocket square. We have the same pocket square if anyone would like to save on international shipping. 

Congratulations to Robert on winning the #ShoeShineSunday drawing for a $500 gift card. (His shoes deserve some congratulations too.)

Congratulations to Robert on winning the #ShoeShineSunday drawing for a $500 gift card. 

(His shoes deserve some congratulations too.)

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Brady’s Lake

They’re Just Clothes

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by Brandon Powell

Those of us young enough to have come of age in the era of universal denim are accustomed to treating our clothes with a certain amount of disregard. Especially Gen Xers like myself whose adolescence and college years also coincided with the ripped-jeans boom of Peak Grunge. You might have a favorite pair of jeans, a shirt that you’d be really sad to stain, or minty fresh sneakers you’re loathe to scuff, but not so much that you’d be reluctant to kick the ball around for fear of ruining your clothes.

So, unless you happen to be part of the dwindling class of folks who grew up in suit and tie, dress clothes are special, to be preserved like your grandmother’s living room that only got used when company came over. One hopes, though, that your suit isn’t covered in plastic…

But you have to get over that feeling. Because when you treat your clothes like they’re delicate or irreplaceable, you stop wearing your clothes, and they start wearing you.

Sure, no one’s suggesting that you take the start line at a Tough Mudder race in your cashmere three-piece, but they’re just clothes.

It’s hard to develop that same level of disregard for the lovely tweed jacket with that exquisite lapel roll that you naturally have for your Levi’s and Chuck Taylors, but it’s essential.

Your suits should fit with enough ease that you’re able to throw a ball to your daughter or run down the field in hot pursuit of your son. If not, then you’re wearing a strait jacket which is preventing your full enjoyment of life.

Are you worried about scuffing your shoes? All but the worst scrapes and scratches will buff right out. I hear there are places on the internet where you can find products to transform even the sorriest pair of shoes into a gleaming paragon worthy of posting on your Tumblr…

It’s not easy, though, to overcome the sense that you’re in your Sunday best. For me, the two most important evolutions which transformed my relationship to my clothes went hand-in-hand:

1. Wear your suits and ties regularly
2. Have a deep enough wardrobe to wear your suits and ties regularly

When I made the decision to wear jacket and tie on a daily basis, I had a small number of suits and jackets in my closet. A mishap which put a hole in an elbow or knee meant having to wear the same thing twice in a week. Combined with the unfamiliar feeling of a tie cinched around my neck, I was always very aware of what I was wearing. Always vigilant, scoping out any dusty ledge or protruding bush which might sully my trousers or snag a hem. And, trust me, other people notice how prissy you’re being, utterly destroying whatever elegance you hoped to embody when you put that suit on in the morning.

As I started to add to my closet, though, each individual piece became less precious. When you have two or three gray suits, you’re certainly not overjoyed to find one stained or otherwise damaged, but it’s not the end of the world. And you have the flexibility to send it out for cleaning or repair without worrying about what you’re going to wear on Wednesday.

Which brings raises the question of how you go about filling up that closet. And this is my guiding principle: If you can’t afford to replace it, you can’t afford it. There is a school of thought which encourages the slow acquisition of high-quality (read: expensive) pieces, but I don’t think that works for the man of typical means who will be wearing a jacket on most days.

As long as you focus on getting a good fit, less prestigious brands, consignment, eBay, thrifting, or any combination of those will get you up to speed. I’ve found that consignment shops are my sweet spot, offering the right balance of quality and price while still allowing me to try on the clothes.

(Even the most meticulously measured garment which *should* fit doesn’t always pass muster once it’s hanging from your shoulders. That said, if you find a brand and cut which work for you, online purchases of that same brand and cut can be great.)

So, now that I have a good selection of suits, jackets, pants, and shoes, you’ll find me on the soccer pitch, helping the coach to run drills. If I’m held up at work, and I don’t have time to change before my little league team’s practice, I have no qualms about taking the field in the same clothes I wore to the office. Hell, I recently clambered into the driver’s seat of our race car while suited, threading my way through the freshly installed roll cage to drive it home from the fabricator’s shop. I got grease and dirt on my shirt cuff, but it came right out.

Even if it hadn’t, though, it would have been alright. They’re just clothes.

Sock Sizing Guide

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One size does not fit all when it comes to your shoes, and the same should be true for your socks. Socks that fit too large is one of the leading sources of discomfort when wearing a fine pair of shoes (in addition to a sock being too thick). A sock that is too long wrinkles and bunches. This creates pressure points that, throughout the day, leads to discomfort and can cause blisters.

A fine pair of socks should fit like a glove – perfectly. This is why we offer SEVEN SIZES in most all of our socks.

Our socks are sized by their length measured  in INCHES. They are not sized by your shoe size.

There are two ways to determine the proper size sock:

1. Use our shoe size conversion guide. For example, if you wear a U.S. Size 9 shoe, you most likely would require a Size 11 Sock.

2. Measure your foot. Stepping on a ruler, measure the length of your foot in inches from your big toe to the back of your heel. Rounding to the closest smaller size, this is the sock size you require.

We have many new styles of our Palatino socks in stock, so measure your foot and buy your first pair of luxurious socks today.

A little shine added to an otherwise relaxing 4th of July weekend.

Now at 50% OFF, our collection of Drake’s London and Robert Keyte ties and pocket squares are a steal. From 100% Woven Tussah Silk to Linen and Panama Silk to Ancient Madder, our summer collection of ties is more about texture than color (although there are some beautiful colors!).
Enjoy 50% Off and discover what makes Drake’s London and Robert Keyte two of the best British tie makers. No promotional code necessary. All sales are final.

Now at 50% OFF, our collection of Drake’s London and Robert Keyte ties and pocket squares are a steal. From 100% Woven Tussah Silk to Linen and Panama Silk to Ancient Madder, our summer collection of ties is more about texture than color (although there are some beautiful colors!).

Enjoy 50% Off and discover what makes Drake’s London and Robert Keyte two of the best British tie makers. No promotional code necessary. All sales are final.

These #ShoeShineSunday participants certainly earned their entries for the $500 gift card this past Sunday.

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Self-portrait: Kristian Berge working. 1913.

The end of our #ShoeShineSunday contest draws closer

Each #ShoeShineSunday participant this week who cross-posts to InstagramTwitterFacebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #ShoeShineSunday and #entry) will receive one entry for a drawing to be held in two weeks for a $500 Hanger Project gift certificate!  

Without further ado, let’s get to it…

Today I’m conditioning/lightly polishing a brand new pair of Gaziano & Girling Hoves that have been sitting in the box for some time…join me by posting before and after photos (inside or out) of your own polish job today!

These Hoves haven’t been worn at all, but my I’m getting ready to move them on to greener pastures, so it was time for a little update.

The “damage”

Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in medium brown

Edoya Brush

Large Saphir Polishing Brush

Saphir Leather Lotion

Saphir Chamois

 

I began by wiping the shoes down with a damp cloth, a brushing with the Saphir Brush as is my usual practice, and then a liberal dosing of Saphir Leather Lotion all over.  I let the Saphir Leather Lotion dry and then buffed off with the Saphir Brush.

 

Once the Hoves were brushed again with the Saphir Brush, I began working Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in medium brown into the shoes with a Saphir Chamois cloth. 

 

And…another brushing with the Saphir Brush and again with the Edoya Brush…

 

And, after another couple of layers of wax and then brushing…

 

Remember to post photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (again - before and after, please) and alsocross-post your photos on InstagramTwitterFacebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday and #entry) — start collecting entries now for the drawing to be held in twoweeks for a $500 Hanger Project gift certificate!  

Don’t forget that Kirby has some phenomenal mid-calf Palatino cotton socks at an incredible discount for a limited time!

I’ll be checking back in on this thread throughout the day, so feel free to include any questions you might have along with your posts — who knows, the answer(s) may even be the subject of a future Shoe Shine Sunday!  

The sun’s setting on Saturday. You ready for #ShoeShineSunday?

The sun’s setting on Saturday. You ready for #ShoeShineSunday?

Hangers: Wood is King

When it comes to luxury hangers, Wood is King. Wooden hangers are everywhere - but not all wooden hangers are created equal. You can find “wooden hangers” being sold all over the internet, at The Container Store, Wal-Mart and in hotels ranging from your cheap interstate motel all the way to the Trump International Golf Links in Scotland (the latter of which we supplied).

So, what’s the difference? Well, in addition to construction, availability of sizes, and other various details, the wood used is tremendously important. Here at The Hanger Project, we take the wood we use for our hangers very seriously. From the beginning, we have always been committed to using only the best woods available.

The wood is imporant for three reasons:

  1. Hardness - the harder the wood, the better it holds it’s shape and the more durable it is. Our luxury hangers will never warp and the hardware is much less likely to fail because of the strength of the wood we use.

  2. Woodgrain - cheap woods have bland woodgrains. When you look at the wood, you just don’t see anything. The hardwoods we have selected for our hangers yield woodgrain textures more commonly associated with expensive furniture than with hangers.

  3. Color - when applying a stained finish to a hanger, a blonder wood produces greater consistency than a wood that has natural color or more color variation.

Types of Hardwoods

Below is a list of the different types of woods used in the manufacturing of hangers:

Lotus Wood - one of the cheapest woods from China, Lotus Wood is most commonly found in very cheap hotel hangers. It does not feature any noticeable woodgrain, is bland in appearance, and not particularly strong.

Generic Hardwoods - a lot of non-specific generic hardwoods are used in the manufacturing of hangers.

Birchwood - known for its fine grain, pale color, and hardness, birchwood is one of the premium woods we use for the manufacturing of our hangers. It provides a great, even canvas that produces a smooth finish and strong hanger.

Alderwood - part of the birch family, alder is more prone to produce inconsistent, black flecking throughout the woodgrain that can disrupt the visual consistency of the finish.

Maplewood - maplewood is the most expensive of the woods available for us to use, especially in the thicker stocks required to produce our Luxury Suit Hangers which costs almost twice as much as the birch we use. But when it comes to woodgrains, maple yields the most beautiful of all the woods with a depth and marbling that is just stunning. The maplewood we use is grown in the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

Beechwood - More commonly used throughout Europe than the United States, beechwood is the heaviest of all the woods we use and features a very particular black specking for which it is known. Grown primarily throughout Europe, the beech we use in our newest finish is grown in Ireland, Britain, Demnark, Sweden, & Norway.

Ashwood - very, very particular, ash wood features a very pronounced, heavy woodgrain and does not yield a smooth finish. The hardness of the woodgrain produces a raised surface that is not perfectly smooth.

Birchwood - Our Traditional Finish

Our traditional finished hangers are Birchwood because of its fine grain, pale color, and hardness. Produced in Russia, it provides a great canvas for the finish we apply, yet still yields a beautiful, smooth woodgrain that you would expect from a luxury hanger. The picture below is a closeup of our Luxury Shirt Hanger in our traditional finish. Upon close inspection, you see a woodgrain you would expect from a high-quality wooden hanger.

Maplewood - Our Natural Finish

We considered using birch and beech for our naturally-finished hanger, but none stood up to maple. Despite being significantly more expensive than the others we considered, at the end of the day the quality of the wood used when applying a natural finish is even more than with any of our other hangers. The stain we use with our traditional finish mutes the woodgrain. All of the subtleties that make maple special disappear into the background.

As you can see in the above picture of our Naturally-Finished Luxury Shirt Hanger, the maplewood yields breathtaking marbling and depth. The depth is difficult to reproduce in a photograph, but you can see the dimensionality of the woodgrain. This is just something that other woods, with the exception of some exotics like bubinga, do not produce.

What I really appreciate about the maple, and what you can really see with our naturally-finished hangers, is the complexity and diversity of the woodgrain. Every hanger showcases a different woodgrain characteristic.

European Beech - Alfred Finish

A special design, we use a traditional, oak satin finish to make our Alfred Finish hangers unique. The specking that is characteristic to this wood will be muted by the darkness of the finish, yet the weight of the wood will still impart the uniqueness of beech onto our collection of hangers.

Ashwood - By Special Order Only

Ash wood is very particular and quite decisive. You either love it or hate it. Ash features a very strong, raised woodgrain that produces a physical, raised texture. In my opinion, the woodgrain overpowers the aesthetic of the hanger instead of complimenting or enhancing it.

Seen in the above custom hanger we did for a client in New York City, you can see the strength of the woodgrain. What the picture does not show is that you can actually feel the woodgrain.

Although interesting, we do not use ashwood for any of our permanent collections. However, if you find it interesting, email us to inquire about placing a custom order (note: there is a 100 piece per style minimum).