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Our fall collection of Drake’s London Ties has arrived! Transitioning from the bright colors of spring and summer to soft, earthy tones of fall and winter, our latest collection again represents everything we love about Drake’s London: subtle elegance and unparalleled craftsmanship.
And nothing better showcases the capability and beauty of Drake’s London than their ties finished with hand-rolled edges. The three-quarter lining produces a tie with a superior finesse and softness, while exhibiting a subtle sartorial hallmark. As Drake’s continues to grow in popularity, the production availability of these hand-rolled masterpieces will no doubt become rarer and rarer, which is why we are excited to posses perhaps the largest assortment available!
As always, free domestic shipping on all Drake’s London and Inis Meáin items.

Our fall collection of Drake’s London Ties has arrived! Transitioning from the bright colors of spring and summer to soft, earthy tones of fall and winter, our latest collection again represents everything we love about Drake’s London: subtle elegance and unparalleled craftsmanship.

And nothing better showcases the capability and beauty of Drake’s London than their ties finished with hand-rolled edges. The three-quarter lining produces a tie with a superior finesse and softness, while exhibiting a subtle sartorial hallmark. As Drake’s continues to grow in popularity, the production availability of these hand-rolled masterpieces will no doubt become rarer and rarer, which is why we are excited to posses perhaps the largest assortment available!

As always, free domestic shipping on all Drake’s London and Inis Meáin items.

Crafted by the finest European artisans, our wardrobe essentials are examples of the absolute best craftsmanship available. From Inis Meáin Knitwear to Merola Gloves and Palatino Socks, each of these brands has been hand-selected by Kirby Allison. Guaranteed to produce years of use and pleasure, so treat yourself this fall to something exceptional.
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Crafted by the finest European artisans, our wardrobe essentials are examples of the absolute best craftsmanship available. From Inis Meáin Knitwear to Merola Gloves and Palatino Socks, each of these brands has been hand-selected by Kirby Allison. Guaranteed to produce years of use and pleasure, so treat yourself this fall to something exceptional.

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Fall weather calls for fall sweaters, and there is no better sweater to keep you warm than one knit by Inis Meáin. Get first pick of our latest collection and be prepared to fall in love with this brand just as we have. The quality and authenticity of these sweaters is without parallel.
And this is our favorite collection yet. Based on your feedback, we have selected bolder more iconic knits for which Inis Meáin is best known. Click below to discover these beautiful pieces.
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Fall weather calls for fall sweaters, and there is no better sweater to keep you warm than one knit by Inis Meáin. Get first pick of our latest collection and be prepared to fall in love with this brand just as we have. The quality and authenticity of these sweaters is without parallel.

And this is our favorite collection yet. Based on your feedback, we have selected bolder more iconic knits for which Inis Meáin is best known. Click below to discover these beautiful pieces.

http://bit.ly/1bzxZ6P

Two Traditions: Workwear vs. Celebration Knits

The story of knitwear from Inis Meáin is really a story of two traditions: that of practical knitwear crafted by a wife for her husband to wear while working; and that of highly decorative, “celebratory” sweaters worn by children at their first communion and special occasions.

Traditionally, the men of Inis Meáin wore very restrained sweaters that were
simple to make. The climate of the island demanded that they be tough and
warm enough for working outside. From fishing the sea to hauling boulders for the construction of the island’s iconic stone walls, men required practical and durable knitwear. The family was the workforce in the community and women were responsible for producing clothing for the entire family as well as for export. Everything was done by hand, spinning the yarn, weaving as well as knitting, so women did not have time to embellish these workwear sweaters with the highly decorative cables and diamonds most commonly associated with Inis Meáin. The restrained, workwear sweater was knitted in what the islanders called “Bull’s
Wool.” It was the cheapest, harshest wool left over after exporting all of the finer wool from their sheep. Perfect for a fisherman’s sweater - tough, warm, and durable - rarely were they decorated. The sweaters were always done in dark colors or the natural colors of the wool (a mixture of charcoal and brown). A red dye was produced from the matter on the roads and indigo was often imported, but the sweaters were always dark.


But then there is the story of the island’s celebration knits, surely where a wife or mother put her pride. These “Sunday best” sweaters were normally knitted from finer wools, either white or natural in color, and worn by children during their first communion and by husbands on special occasions. They served as the canvas for the island’s women to indulge in and showcase their passion for knitting.


Highly complex, decorative cables emerged from this tradition, leveraging any new stitches the women had learnt and identifying the family in the same way as Scottish Tweed. Soon a cottage industry arose from this tradition, and womenfolk, mothers and daughters in most houses supplemented the family income by making sweaters for the growing Irish tourist industry. Patterns varied from knitter to knitter with each individual having their own combination of diamonds, cables and trellis, tree of life and moss motifs. But the basic formula of highly decorated classic shapes was maintained.


Today Inis Meáin focuses primarily on “celebration knits” with their intricate
cables, as this is what is most associated with the island, and now, the brand. The company’s knitwear is assembled using the finest natural fibers of wool, cashmere, cotton, and linen in order to produce an incredibly soft garment that feels good against the skin. All of the cables that adorn Inis Meáin knitwear are inspired by old photographs of islanders and their sweaters. Knitted by the hands of the daughter of one of the island’s oldest and most highly regarded knitters still alive, these designs then find their way into the company’s collections and show up to the world as valuable and beautiful works of traditional Aran art.

This Labor Day Weekend, we are offering free domestic shipping on all orders over $125, just to make that latest umbrella or newly marked-down pair of socks that much more tempting.
Domestic shipping only. Expect shipping delays. Ends Monday at midnight CST.

This Labor Day Weekend, we are offering free domestic shipping on all orders over $125, just to make that latest umbrella or newly marked-down pair of socks that much more tempting.

Domestic shipping only. Expect shipping delays. Ends Monday at midnight CST.

Discover our newest additions from the famed Neapolitan workshop of Mario Talarico. We have added several additional Stag Antler and Hickory Wood Umbrellas and totally new, exclusive full-length wooden shoehorns.
The Hanger Project is proud to offer the widest selection of of Talarico items available on the internet in the world. Talarico is passionate about their work, and so are we! Click below to discover!
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Discover our newest additions from the famed Neapolitan workshop of Mario Talarico. We have added several additional Stag Antler and Hickory Wood Umbrellas and totally new, exclusive full-length wooden shoehorns.

The Hanger Project is proud to offer the widest selection of of Talarico items available on the internet in the world. Talarico is passionate about their work, and so are we! Click below to discover!

http://bit.ly/1BV8Fqj

Our new collection of handmade shoe shine brushes are entirely handcrafted, one-by-one, by a small group of artisans in collaboration with Berlin’s Institute for the Blind. 
Using techniques that originated in the Alps and have remained virtually unchanged for over 120 years, a small team of twenty skilled workers, who are either blind or disabled, carefully pull horsehair bristles through the handle, using brass wire to secure the bristles into place. Incredibly time consuming, the result is a sturdier brush with almost no bristle loss and that is far more hard-wearing.
Peruse the Hanger Project German Shoe Shine Brushes Collection here.

Our new collection of handmade shoe shine brushes are entirely handcrafted, one-by-one, by a small group of artisans in collaboration with Berlin’s Institute for the Blind.

Using techniques that originated in the Alps and have remained virtually unchanged for over 120 years, a small team of twenty skilled workers, who are either blind or disabled, carefully pull horsehair bristles through the handle, using brass wire to secure the bristles into place. Incredibly time consuming, the result is a sturdier brush with almost no bristle loss and that is far more hard-wearing.

Peruse the Hanger Project German Shoe Shine Brushes Collection here.

Saint Crispin’s Pedders

Today I’m taking a pair of Saint Crispin’s Pedders out of storage for a bit of TLC.  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…

The “damage”

Today’s setup: 

Saphir Horsehair Polishing Brush

Saphir Nappa Balm

Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in Medium Brown, Neutral

Saphir Chamois Cloth
Edging Tool
Solvent Dispenser
Cotton Pads 

I began as usual by wiping the shoes down with a damp cloth, a brushing with the Saphir Horsehair Polishing Brush, and then a light application of Saphir Nappa Balm all over with a Saphir Chamois Cloth.  

 

I let the Saphir Nappa Balm dry and then brushed it off with the Horsehair Polishing Brush.  I applied another very, very light layer of Saphir Nappa Balm and, while that layer dried, used a small welt brush to apply neutral Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish to the welt, sole edges and heel.  Before the neutral Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish dried I used an edging tool to seal up the sole edges.

 

Predictably, I then brushed the shoes again in their entirety (including the heels where neutral Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish was applied).

 

Then it was on to alternating applications of medium brown and neutral Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish, particularly on the toe cap, as I wanted to bring the caps on this pair back to a mirror shine. 

 

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!  

Moving into our new warehouse means our collection of socks needs pruning. Our selection of Italian over-the-calf Palatino Socks must go – and they’ll be going at 50% Off!
Don’t miss this opportunity to replenish your sock drawer.
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Moving into our new warehouse means our collection of socks needs pruning. Our selection of Italian over-the-calf Palatino Socks must go – and they’ll be going at 50% Off!

Don’t miss this opportunity to replenish your sock drawer.

http://bit.ly/1olLcKx

Even the little details of your outfit can make or break the look. Having colored shoelaces at hand to accent a muted outfit is the perfect way to spice up your day and an even better way to ressurect an old pair of shoes during the summer. 
Click below and discover our full range of flat waxed cotton shoelaces and have some fun this summer with a little shoe lace experimentation!
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Even the little details of your outfit can make or break the look. Having colored shoelaces at hand to accent a muted outfit is the perfect way to spice up your day and an even better way to ressurect an old pair of shoes during the summer. 

Click below and discover our full range of flat waxed cotton shoelaces and have some fun this summer with a little shoe lace experimentation!

http://bit.ly/1AY1ygx

A well-curated desk should contain objects of interest that serve as both conversation starters and a reflection of one’s personality. Our Biancardi Letter Openers are such an object. Sharp and durable, they are available in 12 different motifs. Add a little decoration to your desk with one of our new letter openers, ready at hand to make opening your mail an enjoyable experience every time.

A well-curated desk should contain objects of interest that serve as both conversation starters and a reflection of one’s personality. Our Biancardi Letter Openers are such an object. Sharp and durable, they are available in 12 different motifs. Add a little decoration to your desk with one of our new letter openers, ready at hand to make opening your mail an enjoyable experience every time.

History and Tradition of Inis Meáin

 

“Let grasses grow and waters flow

In a free and easy way

But give me enough of the rare old stuff

That’s made near Galway Bay.”

            -From traditional Irish song The Rare Old Mountain Dew

 

Inis Meáin is one of three Aran Islands cast off the west coast of Ireland in the heart of the Galway Bay. Thirty miles out to sea, the small island supports 200 inhabitants and survives as an important bastion of traditional Irish culture. Though many locals speak English, Inis Meáin is part of the Gaeltacht, or districts recognized by the government where Irish is the predominant language. Many of the great scholars and writers of the Anglo-Irish and Gaelic literary revival of the early 20th Century went to the island to first learn Gaelic. Early visitors included J. M. Synge (famed Irish playwright), Douglas Hyde (the first president of Ireland), Lady Gregory (mentor to W.B. Yeats), and many more. They travelled to Inis Meáin for the richness of the language and the folk tradition.

 

Even now, life on the island is simple. There is one pub and one church. The church shares a priest with the other two islands and only visits every fortnight. Travel consists of two daily flights to the mainland. A ferry runs, but during the winter, is unable to dock in rough seas more often than it can. There is one school with six teachers and 23 pupils. About 100 families support themselves on the island and strive to uphold their traditional way of life. The terrain of Inis Meáin is as charming as it is rugged. Brittle limestone walls, hand built over the centuries, display magnificent patterns and form mosaics crossing the natural landscape. The island has one of the longest growing seasons in Ireland or Britain and displays a rich and varied vegetation. The sea contributes to much of Inis Meáin’s beauty and character and also provides for the bulk of local employment as a source for fishermen.

 

Over the past few centuries, people of Inis Meáin have grown a sustainable community because they had to. Their survival depended on finding resourceful and innovative ways to maintain their independence as an island culture. One Inis Meáin custom standing the test of time is knitting. Women of the island had to master the craft of knitting to provide for their families. It was a way of life. The collections of Inis Meáin Knitting Co. are born from this tradition and inspired by customary dress and the natural environment. The rugged island lifestyle called for practical and quality clothing. New styles incorporate traditional stitching but are interpreted in the finest yarns, like wool, cashmere, Baby Alpaca, linen and silk, sourced from premium mills in Europe and South America. Where once sweaters were completely knitted by hand, making the process long and infrequent, now customary weaves and cable designs are reinterpreted and applied to electronically controlled knitting machines, producing a very high quality product. They are then finished and connected by hand by the very women who still craft work sweaters for their fishermen husbands or celebratory “Sunday best” clothing for their children. Inis Meáin Knitting Co. specializes in using modern methods to create the highest quality knitwear, while keeping an eye on what is authentic and timeless.

When it comes to caring for your prized suits, there is only one hanger you should look to: Our Traditional Finish Luxury Suit Hangers.
Our entire collection of traditional finish hangers are back in stock and ready to ship. Your clothes will thank you for hanging them with a hanger from Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project!

When it comes to caring for your prized suits, there is only one hanger you should look to: Our Traditional Finish Luxury Suit Hangers.

Our entire collection of traditional finish hangers are back in stock and ready to ship. Your clothes will thank you for hanging them with a hanger from Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project!

Gorgeous weather is here in Texas. Enjoy it while it lasts everyone.

Gorgeous weather is here in Texas. Enjoy it while it lasts everyone.

The Value Of A Quality Pair Of Collar Stays

 

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We’ve all seen that guy. His shirt is pulled tight at the buttons. You can hear the seams strain as he moves his arms. The worst part though is when you have to look at his neck: A tiny, prehensile collar rumpled and bent. Then there’s the other guy. You know the one. Shirt the size you could use for a tent. It’s usually in some atrociously saturated color. Again though something stands out: the collar. It’s big and pointed - and flimsy. It flops around - vestigial. A sad reminder of lost potence and signal of evolved impotence. Both of these men have contracted a condition called crappy collar. They are not the only ones who suffer under this oppressive disease, but - luckily for all involved - there are solutions.

 

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Chief among them is as simple as can be: wear collar stays. These small rounded objects are life-savoring details. A proper collar - as opposed to button down - should be crisp and sharp, descending from the neckline and rounding across the shoulder. What those little pieces of plastic, metal, bone, or even mother of pearl do is prop up the heaviest part of the collar: the points. Not only are they the heavies, there is a gap between them which leads to sagging.

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Many cases of crappy collar can be reduced to a disturbance of the collar owing from a lack of support. It can be fashionable to wear your hand stitched italian shirt without stays - this can give it a devil-may-care appearance. You don’t worry about such things. You trust the neckband to be constructed in such a way It supports the weight of collar.

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Certainly there are times when this works, but it’s more likely that you will come off as inattentive - not appreciating the details. How can someone with a modicum of care for their appearance leave to chance something so important?

 

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It seems like such a little thing, but the collar is at the focal point - right there to take center stage and provide a context for the rest of what you’re wearing. Crappy collar is like making a bad first impression: you can recover for it, but you’d be better off making sure everything was good to begin with. Collar stays are the smile and firm handshake. If you’re wearing no one may notice, but if you’re not it’s certain they will. Don’t discount their significance.

 

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At the Hanger Project, there is a wide selection of collar stay styles, from simple white bone to elegant mother of pearl. If you’re looking to strengthen your shirts and your style, add a few pairs of collar stays to your wardrobe.