Mark’s Musings – A Conversation for Connoisseurs
Recently it seems that some of my most formal clients have been querying me, “Mark, how does one feel dressed up while still being dressed down?”
Being a deliberately formal dresser myself, the question poses an interesting sartorial dilemma. Some obvious suggestions would be losing the jacket, tearing off the tie, or incorporating some texture. While none of these are the wrong choice, they also are not the inspired choice.Seeking some inspiration myself, I designed an outfit that one can wear when no jacket or tie is present and have it still look sartorially suitable for dressier appearances. I deconstructed the dressiest two items I could think of in menswear: a three-piece suit and a shawl lapel dinner jacket. Left with the core ingredients to craft the perfect piece, I was struck by the idea to create a matching lapeled vest and pant ensemble.
Eliminating the standard five or six buttons on the front of a vest to just three allows for a lower, more casual button stance, and one that also enhances the male “V” of a smaller waist and broader shoulders. With the choice of a classic notch lapel on one vest and dressy shawl lapel on the other, both pair comfortably with cool crisp cloths for summer, and warm buttery cloths in winter. Designed as a matching set (just like a suit), this creates an effortlessly coordinated look.
You can pair this vest and pant ensemble with anything from a linen textured shirt to a black cashmere turtleneck. They are as comfortable in a lounge chair while smoking a cigar on ones favorite patio as they are underneath an overcoat on a dinner date in New York.
A Note from Mark
There has never been a detail in menswear that I have not toiled over. Even in design school there was not a detail too small nor-overlooked by my passion. I hand selected every zipper, button thread and fabric with fervor. Much has evolved since my days learning tailoring and pattern making in New York City, but what has not changed is my passion for the details, and the inspiration behind why I design what I do.
You have shared this journey with me in your own way and I thank you for your support and for enjoying the works that I design with passion. With this in mind, I invite you to read the first of our new monthly newsletter “Mark’s Musings – A Conversation for Connoisseurs.” This is where I can share with you the insight and inspiration behind my current and forthcoming designs and collections.
On the first of each month I will send you a new “Mark’s Musings” highlighting a specific product or design concept along with the inspiration behind it.