Ask-me-about-it Luxe Cuff Links! Best Men’s Gift Ever.

steampunk vintage cuff links

These cuff links are absolutely amazing.  After being featured in Italian Vogue Bridal Edition, we knew we had to offer them to our customers.

These genuine vintage watch movement cuff links have stunning intricacy and are posted on Sterling silver plated base.  We also offer them on tie bars or tie pins for a great matching choice.

These are a fantastic gift even for the most hard-to-buy-for, and make a great groom or groomsmen gift.

These beauties come in a lovely velvet hardshell case for safekeeping.

Had to link to this new Wedding Party App!

I wanted to write about suit trends in this post, then couldn’t stop thinking about this beautiful blog post over at a new site I just found–  I don’t work for them, though it sounds like it, its just a really cool site.  I wonder what the app is like.  Let me know if you’ve used it, would love to know the features.

HFall 2014 Wedding Party Suitere is their original blog post about 2014 wedding suit trends, includes a few lines about going into fall and winter.  But basically, to sum it up, fall and winter is often full of middle gray to dark gray colors, and I have to add, brown looks awesome for an October to November wedding.  <—-There are so many great shades of brown to choose from, one of my favorites our company had made into a corduroy suit for the upcoming fall/winter wedding season.





When I first started really selling vintage clothes online in 2002, the 80s were back in a big way in indie circles. I had people buying from different boroughs of New York and from all over California. Simultaneously, vintage clothes collectors were really buying up 1950s items. So it seemed it was the 80s/50s revival. Once fashionably hip and forward groups pick up on something, the rest of the world follows, and they did. I sold vintage 80s clothes and accessories all throughout that decade. Now, about 10 years later, Walmart is the last to show up on the 80s neon craze which started hitting highs with mainstream a couple years ago. Once it hits Walmart, you know the trend is completely dead and another is in full swing and spreading with key hipster groups.

A major trend that has happened since then is the 50s mania turned to 60s, thanks partly to Mad Men, but mostly due to the natural progression of things. And now, you guessed it, the 70s are HUGE in hipster groups, and that is happening simultaneously with a major 90s revival. I was horrified when I realized the 70s colors, themes and designs are coming back, even in suiting. But the truth is, creative minds can make all things bright and beautiful!

I saw a guy wearing a retro style suit as a guest on a major news show recently and he looked absolutely AMAZING. He stood out from everyone on the panel in a very good way. Didn’t hurt that he was super attractive anyway, but he gained credibility for understanding how to look good and set himself apart in a professional yet bold way.

This was what we had in mind as we designed our first suit, Cordifornia. It is a 1970s inspired corduroy three piece suit with wider lapels, leather buttons, dual vents, and a modern fit. (This means slightly shorter length of jacket, slightly higher arm holes, and shorter, more fitted pants. It gives a trimmer fit overall). This new suit also features spread button cuffs with leather buttons. Because it’s vested, it gives incredible versatility. The vest looks great under a tweed blazer, with or without the matching suit pants. Or vest and pants alone for a more casual day, or jacket and vest paired with dark brown pants, the list goes on.

Do you remember a time when you realized something was back in a big way?



We sell wedding suits, but we happen to know a lot about nutrition. For brides and grooms planning a wedding, here are some great tips to get you on the road to health for life. Also great for best man or anyone in wedding party who want to slim down before they stand up with their friend.

Of course I have to say first- consult a Dr. We have been studying the correlation between disease and diet almost every day for four years. We have learned a lot about weight loss along the way. We have found the quickest way to get rid of minor ailments (like acid reflux!) and get on the right track to kick major ones is to have a green smoothie every day. This really works. Just FILL blender with organic greens, add a little water and blend. Then add a frozen banana or half if your used to things being not too sweet (break it into chunks before freezing). You can add variety by putting in apple chunks and ginger, or a peeled orange and peaches, all types of frozen fruit taste good. Blend once again after the fruit addition and your all set. We use a Blendtec, but Vitamix works just the same. The average cheap blender will last for about 1-2 months of this type of smoothie before retiring itself. This really only takes about 5 minutes, and it tastes great and will help with so many things, including weight loss.

If you combine this with eliminating grains and sugar, you can lose a LOT of weight in just a few months. This sounds difficult but if the people who live with you get on board, it really isn’t such a tough change. Matt is the owner of Monkey Suit Vintage and has lost 40 pounds in the last 6 months. It has been from eliminating sugar and grains and instead eating desserts with honey. He still eats a lot of desserts. Just Google paleo recipe and you’ll find plenty of ideas that appeal to you. One of the biggest things to eat at lunch instead of bread and packaged foods would be buttered vegetables with real butter. In our experience, increasing animal fat and milk fat actually reduces cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and greatly decrease inflammation. Matt had crazy high blood pressure and labored breathing. He now has perfect health and at 6’2″ went from 238 to 199 lbs. It doesn’t mean you can’t eat great food, it just means changing your perspective to eat more like your mama/grandmama cooked. Meat, buttered vegetables and small portions of buttered potatos. Just bust out the crock pot if you hate the kitchen. It’s worth it and it works!! (They say you should consult a Dr first, I am not a Dr.)

What have you experienced with diet, weight loss and health?



This is a pet peeve for me, and unfortunately I see it all the time. I see it at weddings, at civic engagements and speeches, in churches, and in business. It is what I have come to call ‘yards around the ankle’. This is where the person doesn’t have one, or two breaks in his pant leg above his shoe, but something more like swaddling clothes around his ankles. It can seem like yards and yards of excessive fabric, and it completely ruins any finished look that the man might be close to achieving.

If you are a newbie at wearing suits, and I know many of our customers and readers are, and especially if you will be wearing a suit and standing up in front of any amount of people, ie groom, best man, or groomsmen, I urge you to take a look at the length of your pants and consider if you have yards around the ankle. This imagery will help you out.

You can’t tell but the guy on the left at the bottom is wearing one of our suits for a wedding style shoot. I think there was some error with him and the stylist and he went on and wore the super long pants anyway. This isn’t the best shot of the ‘yards around the ankle’ though it is bad here, you can’t see it clearly. I was too afraid to use real wedding shots, but just go on instagram and search #weddingparty – you’ll see a ton of yards around the ankle suits!



Suspenders are on fire right now in weddings, for both groom and the entire wedding party. These can be worn under the wedding suit and when jacket is removed at the wedding reception, suspenders can really show off! Here are some awesome vintage style suspenders that add so much character and interest to the groom, best man, or the whole wedding party. Have you worn suspenders lately, or planning to put on for a wedding? If so, what are your favorite styles?

Wedding from Rustic Wedding Chic.

Earthy Wyoming Mens Suspender

Vintage attire for entire wedding party, Intimate Weddings.

PS Since we lost our AMAZING blog of four years after switching servers recently (don’t ask, I’m still traumatized), we are offering special little perks to encourage commenters! So be sure to leave your email address with comment if you want something sent to you.



Would you get with this (vintage corduroy 3 piece suit)

or would you get with that (vintage tweed fleck 3 piece suit)

Which would you choose?

All comments within the next 24 hours will be rewarded with a 20% off coupon code which can be used on any current offering or our fall 2014 line which will include one of the above, in a custom vintage design with modern fit. We will also take your comments into consideration as we design a new suiting line.



Let’s face it, whether you like them or not, beards are en vogue.

I think they look awesome, but I’m an indie loving type of girl anyway. And even in business, they can look pro if you keep your hair on your head cut shorter. What about for a wedding? Are you bearding up for your wedding, and if so, long beard or shorter, like our company owner? Share your pictures with us on Facebook or tag us on Twitter.

<—Here’s a picture of Matt with a sweet three piece tweed suit to go along with the face texture.