Kirby Allison of The Hanger Project recently came by the shop to interview Alan for his blog. In this first half of their far-ranging conversation, Alan discusses his earliest work as a sartorial consultant (for his high school girlfriend’s father), his experience working for Pierre Cardin in the 1970s, and his motivation for writing the books which have made him a preeminent authority on menswear.
In its elemental simplicity, a well-cut blazer is everything good tailoring should be: easy, elegant, unassuming, and reliable. Such a stalwart companion is not something you want to cut corners on, but there’s never been a better time to get a top-quality specimen made for you without breaking the bank.
Don’t be afraid to pull out the GTH (“got to hell”) sartorial fireworks at your next backyard BBQ, because summer is the season to celebrate some of America’s greatest contributions to the classic menswear canon.
While many people obsess over their waistlines, few of us give much thought to the trouser waistbands we gird about ourselves every day. It’s worth doing so at least once, as the waist is the site of so much sartorial possibility.
“While the Easy Riding western world was gleefully casting off its meticulously constructed menswear traditions in the 1960s and 70s, it was the Japanese who picked up the pieces from the side of the road, dusted them off, and installed them as icons of timeless taste. Little surprise that when Alan Flusser emerged on the fashion scene, resplendently and unapologetically classicist, he was immediately Big in Japan.”
Within the infinite permutations of angle, scale, and mass, no single article of apparel is better able to enhance that appendage of the body that should receive the most attention — the face — than the well-designed shirt collar.
Sometimes, as well-versed as we may be in Brummelian principles of simplicity, we’re driven to satisfy a deeply personal craving for the baroque, the exotic. Sometimes, nothing but a perfectly fitted, patch-pocketed, half-belted, action-backed, three-piece suit with a lapelled vest and wide-legged, fish-tailed trousers (convertible to plus-sixes) made up in a luminescent, boldly-checked multicolor tweed will do.
Brandon Sim is vice president and portfolio manager at Silvercrest Asset Management Group, a boutique financial services firm where he manages or assists in the management of over $2 billion in client assets. He has been a client of Alan Flusser Custom since 2006.
A recap of "A Formal Evening with Alan Flusser" -- an event at the National Arts Club in December 2017 at which Alan discussed the exact science and vanishing art of men's formal eveningwear with host David Zyla.
The Anglo-American special relationship in silk has a third, less well-known Continental acquaintance: the Arny’s tie. The signature namesake of what had been since 1933 one of Paris’ most whimsical and storied men’s boutiques, these ties carry decadently bold stripes two or three times wider than those found on their English-speaking cousins.
"It was the perfect interview suit. Single-breasted, three-button, in a warm mid-grey worsted wool, with a subtly draped chest and shaped waist. Classically proportioned, trim but nowhere tight, confident without being brash..."
The trend in men’s style over the last few hundred years has been towards less and less complexity, but every once in a while, one still gets an invitation that says, “black tie.” There’s a tendency to think of the black tie dress code as something rigidly fixed, but despite that, there’s still room for sometimes very varying ideas on what, exactly, is or is not okay for a gent to don at a black tie event...
This post is an excerpt from an interview with Articles of Style. Here we cover Alan’s tips for dressing better, but there’s more over there including the state of menswear, and Alan’s personal style. Click through and take a look!