The Ultimate Corduroy Suit

November 27th, 2016

When you first design a collection, you really don’t know which pieces are going to become your favorites, until you start wearing them. 

Our Chestnut Corduroy was actually a last-second addition to the AOS FW16 collection, by request from one of our readers. “How can you guys have an American tailoring collection, and not have a corduroy fabric in the offering!?” he wrote. He went on to school me on the history of corduroy, the benefits of casual comfort and warmth, the iconic men known for corduroy suits like Wes Anderson, even fictional characters like Fantastic Mr. Fox… This guy was passionate about his cord.

Side-note: as for Wes Anderson and his iconic corduroy suit(s), I think the gentlemen at A Continuous Lean broke it down best:

“The corduroy suit just well, suits him. There has been so much talk over the past few years about “casual suiting,” but a lot of that focus is upon fit, rather than fabric. Anderson’s uniform demonstrates how that relaxed feel of corduroy makes for the perfect casual suit. Just look at how Anderson wears it – on set, in interviews, in photoshoots, even on the red carpet (except notably at the Oscars recently). He works in it, he plays in it, he lives in it. And that’s what corduroy was initially designed for, as a country sporting fabric that could go over the bridge, through the woods, and back home again for cocktails. Today, that everyday vibe is more important than ever. A suit should be easy, you should be able to toss it on every morning and never think about it again for the rest of the day, no matter where that day may take you. And that’s exactly what a corduroy suit does. Just take it from Wes.”

Well, I have to say, this guy was right. As our collection started rolling in, the pima cotton Chestnut Corduroy become a quick favorite, to the point where I’m having a hard time leaving it hanging in the showroom and not wearing it regularly.

So if you’ve been thinking about adding a “leisure suit” to your arsenal, here are a few looks to get you thinking, along with some reasons why a corduroy suit can really open up your wardrobe long-term.

    The Creative Class

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    As business and art continue to overlap – thanks in part to the boom of e-commerce and a “plugged-in” generation – more and more people are working in “creative office” atmospheres. Therefore, the “business suit” as we know it, has changed for a large number of professionals.

    There is still tremendous value to looking sharp, polished and professional, of course. But in the modern business landscape there is also a very real sense of looking overly corporate and out-of-touch with the new generation of creatives and digital entrepreneurs.

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    Leisure Suit Season

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    The beauty of a corduroy suit, especially one cut from pima cotton, is how soft and comfortable it is. It doesn’t feel like a “business suit” at all, it feels more like a sweat suit. You can’t help but be calm, cool and collected in a fabric like this.

    To amplify the comfort and casual vibes of this fabric, I like to wear it with just a simple crewneck sweater. This is a super easy way to get dressed in the morning (unstructured suit + simple sweater + dress boots) that always looks stylish and chic.

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    No New Friends

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    The best part of investing in a well-fitting corduroy suit is that you’re probably going to wear the jacket and trousers more often as separates – which means you’ll be well-tailored even in the most casual settings.

    The corduroy jacket, for example, has a reputation for lasting a very long time and developing a personal relationship with the wearer. It’s one of those elusive menswear items that gets better with age.

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    Those Old Things?

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    Don’t need to say much here… There’s nothing like a pair of custom-made corduroys.

    In the right color, like this chestnut/tobacco, you can wear them with virtually anything.

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    Tailor Made in America

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    Chestnut Cordory Suit

    Thanks, as always, for reading. If you have any questions about our online custom menswear, feel free to contact us anytime. We look forward to serving as your personal tailor and stylist. 

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

    • AdamE

      Is there a reason that you opted for 3 button instead of 2 button on it? Not used to seeing that as much these days.

      • JoeFromTexas

        Don’t know about Dan, but I like heavier “Fall/Winter” coats to be a 3-roll-2, with another button added under the lapel that fastens to the lapel button hole. Then, if you’re stuck out in the cold you can fasten it all the way up to the top with the collar flipped up to give some protection from the wind. Especially useful in a walking/commuting community.

        • AdamE

          Fair enough, although I tend to make sure I have a coat around if I think it might be too chilly to just go it with the suit. I love the idea of a functional lapel hole with a button on the underside of the opposite one for transitional weather.
          I’m on the fence about the 3-roll-2 on suits, i’m not a huge fan of the extra button hole showing, so I’ve tended to stay away from them…

        • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

          Very well said. The 3/2 roll is functional when its cold out (pop the lapels, stick the scarf under). I would also add that the 3/2 roll has a country feeling to it, which is why it looks so natural on “woodsy” fabrics like corduroy and tweed. Cheers gents!

    • Humaam

      absolutely beautiful..

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        Thx plyr

    • Bash and dom

      Hey dan, did you put that collar pin through the button holes on that shirt?

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        Nah, this pin is meant to punch its own hole through the collar… It’s a little reckless, but I like it.

    • Tom

      for some wes anderson context…https://youtu.be/elQ1SSyTjk4

    • TO

      Some real killer combinations here. That pocket square with the pink oxford shirt go really nice with the brown texture in “no new friends (lol)”. Gave this suit some thought for sure…