New Carson Street Blazers for Spring/Summer 2014, featuring Loro Piana Fabrics. 

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GQ Endorses: The New Panama Hat

The Carson Street boys lit up the pages of this month’s GQ. 

Our Final Sale is here. Enjoy up to 50% off on select items and be happy forever.

Our Final Sale is here. Enjoy up to 50% off on select items and be happy forever.

Linen-blend trouser bonanza at Carson Street this spring.  Come get some.

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Photo by Ryan Kibler

Wings + Horns hoodie available at CSC. Big up to Young Top Knot aka Ryan Kibler for the pull.

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Photo by Ryan Kibler

Wings + Horns hoodie available at CSC. Big up to Young Top Knot aka Ryan Kibler for the pull.

10 Questions: Alfonso Felipe

Meet native New Yorker and Carson Street’s Made-to-Measure Specialist, Alfonso Felipe. Felipe fits the Carson Street Team perfectly (pun entirely intended), seeing that he too chose his profession whilst unhappily trudging away in a career that did not accurately reflect his own skills and lifestyle. We sat down with Felipe and asked him a few questions about his personal style, how he found himself in the world of custom suiting and where he goes to find inspiration.

Carson Street Clothiers: So, what brought you into the world of made-to-measure tailoring? 

Alfonso Felipe: I wanted to create my own culture, be my own boss, travel, and dress interesting people. While working on Wall Street I did some personal shopping for a few of my bosses. At the time, I wasn’t yet making my own suits, but I was assisting them in their suiting. I was introduced to textiles and tailoring as a result. I had a relationship with a tailor, I had some samples made to fit me that featured a more European look, slimmer legs, higher arm holes, different linings. I wanted to be my own boss, and work with clients on their image, creating a wardrobe for a person that reflected not only who he was, but where he spends his weekends.I knew that I could provide a better service if I focused on building relationships.

CSC: Before you joined Carson Street, how did you operate your business?

AF: I operated my business purely by referral. People would reach out whether in London, LA, Chicago, Florida, Paris I’d book a trip to see them, fly out with my fabrics, and return in 6 weeks to deliver. Relationships are everything, and you are as good as your introduction. I was fortunate to have some great contacts who believed in me and my product.

CSC: What’s your favorite piece of tailored clothing you ever made for one of your clients or maybe even yourself?

AF: These days I don’t really feel dressed up unless I’m wearing a tuxedo.  I like dressing weddings the most, everyone is excited, there’s a ton of pressure to make everyone look perfect and make the groom standout subtly. I dressed a wedding at the Trump in Chicago a few years ago and it was perfect. Four groomsmen in notched lapel tuxedos, for the groom we made a one-button shawl collar tuxedo. Part of the wedding party was in Vietnam so I wasn’t able to fit them myself, I had to work off of a local tailors measurements. Extremely hectic, but we made it happen.

CSC: Spring has sprung—any recommendations, color- or fabric-wise, for the perfect addition to a man’s spring tailored wardrobe?

AF:  I think the first step is to be comfortable with yourself and your attire.  Dress your mood, if its raining and you’d like to wear sweats with your wool/linen blend blazer do it, but you have to own it when you wear it. I’m loving pastels at the moment.I really do believe there should be a timelessness to a wardrobe, a man needs to have an outfit for every occasion. 

CSC: Any subtle pointers for how a man can stand out this spring without crossing over into the absurd? 

AF: Socks to match trousers is always fun. Suspenders instead of belts for a change.I really like the idea of wearing a double breasted vest with a single breasted jacket. Buttoned up shirts without ties. Cuff links are very much a conversation starter. Harem pants.  

CSC: When you’re not suited up, how would you define your personal style? 

AF: Dressed for the occasion.

CSC: How do you find inspiration in both your professional and personal life? 

AF: I love to travel.  I think being a creative will force you to listen to not only your voice, but your surroundings, I try to put myself outside of my comfort zone as much as possible.  I want to be someone who is ready to handle whatever life throws at me. Traveling is a big thing for me, to be 2500 miles away from home and find commonalities with strangers, those kinds of things make me feel good.

CSC: What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?

AF: 100 pushups—got to start the day right! 

CSC: Where is your favorite brunch spot in Manhattan?

AF: Too many to name. Restaurant selections depend on my mood and what I’m craving. I frequent Cafe Cluny, Extra Virgin, Chez Sardine, Joseph Leonard, Back Forty, Clinton Street Bakery, and Cafe Orlin. Put pancake month at Clinton Street Bakery on your calendar ASAP. 

CSC: And nights—how have you been enjoying your nights these days?

AF: As many dinner parties as possible, both my friends and I enjoy hosting people. Food, wine, good conversation, maybe a movie in the background is all I need.




 

10 Questions: Alfonso Felipe
Meet native New Yorker and Carson Street’s Made-to-Measure Specialist, Alfonso Felipe. Felipe fits the Carson Street Team perfectly (pun entirely intended), seeing that he too chose his profession whilst unhappily trudging away in a career that did not accurately reflect his own skills and lifestyle. We sat down with Felipe and asked him a few questions about his personal style, how he found himself in the world of custom suiting and where he goes to find inspiration.
Carson Street Clothiers: So, what brought you into the world of made-to-measure tailoring? 
Alfonso Felipe: I wanted to create my own culture, be my own boss, travel, and dress interesting people. While working on Wall Street I did some personal shopping for a few of my bosses. At the time, I wasn’t yet making my own suits, but I was assisting them in their suiting. I was introduced to textiles and tailoring as a result. I had a relationship with a tailor, I had some samples made to fit me that featured a more European look, slimmer legs, higher arm holes, different linings. I wanted to be my own boss, and work with clients on their image, creating a wardrobe for a person that reflected not only who he was, but where he spends his weekends.I knew that I could provide a better service if I focused on building relationships.
CSC: Before you joined Carson Street, how did you operate your business?
AF: I operated my business purely by referral. People would reach out whether in London, LA, Chicago, Florida, Paris I’d book a trip to see them, fly out with my fabrics, and return in 6 weeks to deliver. Relationships are everything, and you are as good as your introduction. I was fortunate to have some great contacts who believed in me and my product.
CSC: What’s your favorite piece of tailored clothing you ever made for one of your clients or maybe even yourself?
AF: These days I don’t really feel dressed up unless I’m wearing a tuxedo.  I like dressing weddings the most, everyone is excited, there’s a ton of pressure to make everyone look perfect and make the groom standout subtly. I dressed a wedding at the Trump in Chicago a few years ago and it was perfect. Four groomsmen in notched lapel tuxedos, for the groom we made a one-button shawl collar tuxedo. Part of the wedding party was in Vietnam so I wasn’t able to fit them myself, I had to work off of a local tailors measurements. Extremely hectic, but we made it happen.
CSC: Spring has sprung—any recommendations, color- or fabric-wise, for the perfect addition to a man’s spring tailored wardrobe?
AF:  I think the first step is to be comfortable with yourself and your attire.  Dress your mood, if its raining and you’d like to wear sweats with your wool/linen blend blazer do it, but you have to own it when you wear it. I’m loving pastels at the moment.I really do believe there should be a timelessness to a wardrobe, a man needs to have an outfit for every occasion. 
CSC: Any subtle pointers for how a man can stand out this spring without crossing over into the absurd? 
AF: Socks to match trousers is always fun. Suspenders instead of belts for a change.I really like the idea of wearing a double breasted vest with a single breasted jacket. Buttoned up shirts without ties. Cuff links are very much a conversation starter. Harem pants.  
CSC: When you’re not suited up, how would you define your personal style? 
AF: Dressed for the occasion.
CSC: How do you find inspiration in both your professional and personal life? 
AF: I love to travel.  I think being a creative will force you to listen to not only your voice, but your surroundings, I try to put myself outside of my comfort zone as much as possible.  I want to be someone who is ready to handle whatever life throws at me. Traveling is a big thing for me, to be 2500 miles away from home and find commonalities with strangers, those kinds of things make me feel good.
CSC: What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
AF: 100 pushups—got to start the day right! 
CSC: Where is your favorite brunch spot in Manhattan?
AF: Too many to name. Restaurant selections depend on my mood and what I’m craving. I frequent Cafe Cluny, Extra Virgin, Chez Sardine, Joseph Leonard, Back Forty, Clinton Street Bakery, and Cafe Orlin. Put pancake month at Clinton Street Bakery on your calendar ASAP. 
CSC: And nights—how have you been enjoying your nights these days?
AF: As many dinner parties as possible, both my friends and I enjoy hosting people. Food, wine, good conversation, maybe a movie in the background is all I need.

We’re getting there.  Inch by inch, we’re getting there.  It’s been a slow haul, but piece by piece, we’re getting there.  So, without further ado, please welcome the inaugural starting line up for the 2013 Carson Street Clothiers.

Patrick Doss, Operations Manager

Hailing from Savannah, GA, Patrick brings with him tailoring and retail experience from his time spent at Sid Mashburn in Atlanta and Suit Supply in New York.  Refined and sophisticated, Patrick is the embodiment of the American southern gentleman.  He’s a real life “Stump the Schwab" when it comes to the menswear scene.

Christopher Benjamin (“CB”) Rucker, Client Relations Manager

If you follow men’s fashion blogs, then you undoubtedly know the name.  A Suit Supply (New York) and GANT (D.C.) veteran, CB, a.k.a. “Mr. I Make This Look Good,” is a master of casual tailoring, making the most formal of looks feel dressed down and cool.  Originally from South Bend, IN, CB routs for Notre Dame, but we won’t hold that against him.

Christopher Fenimore, Sales Associate

We had our qualms about hiring two Christophers—we wanted to hold tryouts (our operations are small, but there’s a lot of potential for aggressive expansion)—but we were just too impressed by this young man’s ability and verve for all things menswear.  A Brooklyn native and junior at The New School, Christopher has shot street style for online publications such as Four-Pins and has worked retail while remaining a full-time student.  What did you do in college?

Brian Trunzo and Matt Breen, Co-Owners

From Staten Island, NY and Bucks County, PA, respectively, Trunzo and Breen are former attorneys, sometimes style bloggers and all-the-time nice guys.  Growing tired and unimpressed with the world of corporate law while simultaneously becoming bored with the usual brick-and-mortar NYC menswear options, they decided to make good on a promise they made while law students (that is, to someday go into business together).  After studying the menswear landscape and researching the state of men’s retail both in NYC and online, Trunzo and Breen decided to go all in, and the rest is, as they say, history.