page header graphic
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO EVENING WEAR ( SECOND EDITION)



 

Assembling Your Wardrobe
Buying Basics
Major Retailers
Supplemental Retailers
Custom Tailoring
White Tie Investments




LEGEND & NOTES

Information compiled
February 2011.
·
Prices are listed in the retailer's national currency and exclude shipping and applicable taxes or duties.
·

The globe symbol indicates that international shipping is available.


 
 

Support The Guide

 


If you order from any of the retailers listed here please let them know how you found them!

 

Luxury Garment Care from The Hanger Project              Noeud Papillon ad

 

Supplemental and Specialty Retailers



Online Retailers

 

For those who do not have unlimited research time here are some suggestions on where to find quality versions of the rarer classic accessories.  These garments are often available only from the most discriminating of haberdashers so don't expect Walmart prices.  And if you live outside of the United Kingdom (motherland of all things formal), be prepared to do a lot of overseas shopping. 

 

General

(see also the Quality retailers listed on the Major Retailer page)

 

  Clermont Direct, inexpensive online eveningwear retailer
  Harvie and Hudson, historic London shirtmaker offering premium formal shirts, bow ties, (barathea) cummerbunds and jewelry
  Oliver Brown, upscale retailer offering premium evening wear
  Pakeman Catto & Carter, upscale retailer offering premium evening wear
  Eveningsuit by Brigden’s, online formalwear retailer offering extensive selection of quality products
  Bromleys (ClassicWardrobe.co.uk), retailer offering quality evening bow ties, cummerbunds and accessories
  Paul Stuart, upscale retailer offering premium formal shirts, bow ties and accessories
  Hansen's Clothing, retailer offering quality formal garments and accessories by Robert Talbott
  Direct Clothiers, retailer offering quality formal garments and accessories by Robert Talbott

 

Classic Shirts

 

(see the White Tie shopping page for detachable collar shirts)

 

 

Classic Waistcoats

 

  Buckleigh of London, manufacturer of ready-to-wear and bespoke waistcoats
  Ede & Ravenscroft, premium retailer offering U-shaped faille model  
  Oliver Brown, premium retailer offering U-shaped wool & grosgrain model
  Waistcoats Direct, manufacturer of classic U-shaped evening waistcoats; will make them in any fabric that you supply
  Chilbert & Co, formalwear retailer offering a V-shaped wool model with poly satin trim for only $45
  new for 2013: finetuxedos.com offers the same model as above for $50
  Brooks Brothers, offers a silk barathea model

 

Cummerbunds

(see also Self-Tie Bow Ties following for cummerbund and bow tie sets)

 

  KJ Beckett
  Woods of Shropshire
  A Suitable Wardrobe, online retailer of quality formal accessories (when ordering please let them know you found them here to help support The Black Tie Guide!)
  WildTies.com, inexpensive cummerbunds in every color and pattern you can imagine... and some you shouldn't
  Forzieri, US web site for Italian manufacturer of a quality cummerbund (services offered in English)

 

Self-Tie Bow Ties

 

  A Suitable Wardrobe, online retailer of self-tie bow ties and other quality formal accessories (when ordering please let them know you found them here to help support The Black Tie Guide!)
  R. Hanauer, online retailer of quality bow tie & cummerbund sets; bow ties are available in a variety of shapes
  Beau Ties Ltd. Of Vermont, online retailer of inexpensive bow ties & cummerbunds in custom sizes; bow ties are available in a variety of shapes
  Ties.com / Neckties.com, online retailer of inexpensive self-tie bow ties and cummerbunds
  The Bow Tie Club, online retailer of inexpensive self-tie bow ties in a variety of shapes
  SolidColorNeckties.com, online retailer of inexpensive self-tie bow ties
  TuxedosDirect.com
David's Formalwear
  see also US retailers Hansen's Clothing, Direct Clothiers and Paul Stuart, all listed under "General" above
  Hackett, retailer offering quality formal accessories including sized bow ties
  Clermont Direct, inexpensive online eveningwear retailer
  Darcy Clothing (formerly The Vintage Shirt Company)
  see also UK retailers Clermont Direct (for sized bow ties), Bromley's, Oliver Brown, Harvie and Hudson, Ede & Ravenscroft (for single-ended and sized models) and Pakeman Catto & Carter (for single-ended models), all listed under "General" above
  Le Noued Papillon, Australian retailer of unique premium bow ties.

 

Formal Shoes


In addition to the major formalwear retailers, formal shoes can also be obtained from these online footwear retailers.

 

  A Suitable Wardrobe, online retailer of quality formal accessories (when ordering please let them know you found them here to help support The Black Tie Guide!)
  Shoes.com 
  Shoebuy.com 
  Zappos.com 
   Onlineshoes.com 
   Del Toro Shoes, manufacturer of an affordable handcrafted formal slipper 
  Bowhill & Elliott, manufacturer of premium formal pumps and slippers

Accessories, Alternatives


  A Suitable Wardrobe, online retailer of quality formal socks and scarves (when ordering please let them know you found them here to help support The Black Tie Guide!)
  Trafalgar, manufacturer of premium formal suspenders
  Tuxedos Direct, retailer of classic formal suspenders
  The Collar Company, retailer of classic formal suspenders and other formal accessories
  Hansen's Clothing, offers silver lapel vases by Robert Talbott (how opulent)
  Paul Stuart, upscale retailer offering a velvet smoking jacket
  Albert Thurston, manufacturer of premium formal suspenders 
  Shipton & Heneage Shoes, retailer of custom formal slippers
  Oliver Brown, upscale retailer offering velvet smoking jackets 
  Pakeman Catto & Carter, upscale retailer offering velvet smoking jackets 

Vintage


  Savvy Row, retailer of high-quality vintage formal apparel  

 

 

 
Protect your formal investments with luxury hangers from Kirby Allison's Hanger Project'

 

UPDATES · GLOSSARY · BIBLIOGRAPHY · SEARCH · LINKS · ADVERTISE · CONTACT



COMPARATIVE ENGLISH TERMINOLOGY

Picture credits: Hover over images / check picture properties for image source.
Text and original images copyright © 2012 by Button-Down Services Inc.  All rights reserved.