Behind the scenes

Individualized Shirts | Factory Tour

Posted: December 10, 2014 In 1961, two shirt makers, John La Resca and George Zimmerman, launched a small shirt manufacturing business in Paterson, New Jersey. Their vision was simple: provide America’s best specialty men’s stores with a custom shirt program they could not otherwise initiate on their own. Now, over 53 years later, Individualized Shirts (I.S.) continues to be America’s custom shirt [...] View Gallery

Hertling Trousers | Factory Tour

Posted: June 28, 2014 We are privileged to be able to call Julie Hertling a friend. Julie, is a true gentleman, who has been able to stay relevant in this very trendy and fickle industry by steadfastly delivering meticulously hand-tailored trousers—using turn-of-the-century craftsmanship in Brooklyn, NY. In his words: “I don’t know. I like what I’m doing, and if I’m not doing [...] View Gallery

Gary’s new hat: vintage Panama

Posted: June 16, 2014 John Hardy was a remarkable man, a World War II Navy veteran, a graduate of both Harvard and Boston University, a lifelong history professor and our very good friend. Before passing away in 2013, he gave Gary a bamboo tube, not much bigger than a cigar holder containing a parasisal hat body in its original condition—it had [...] View Gallery