August 21st, 2014

been a while, but your boy is back and possibly in a very big way. i got married 8 weeks ago and in true hashtag menswear form am obligated to give you fellers a run down on the fit for the day. also, capitalization is over for me. we’re in the future, baby, damn near 2015, lowercasing for efficiency will be key to our survival. in my last post i talked about Paul Eliot USA, a project I was working on with my dear friend and DC #menswear buddy M. Eliot Payne. after a year of developing suit prototypes from scratch (running into our more than our fair share of fashion start-up pitfalls) we found ourselves with different visions both business and style-wise and thus decided to go our separate ways in delivering American-made suits to the masses. I cannot thank my friend enough for going in with me on the time and expense required to develop a bootstrapped clothing line.

now, the unstruxedo.

a dream of mine a year or so in the making that i was very proud to wear on my wedding day. the idea was simple.. take the unstructured, patch pocket soft jacket in a lightweight black wool and finish it with satin tuxedo trim. starting with my last prototype jacket, i took the pattern back to the drawing board to fix it up with peak lapels, maintaining the same high button stance and casual detailing. floating canvas was inserted in the chest to provide a little more body to the jacket and sleeve heading to the shoulders. the jacket remained 1/4 lined and lining was added to the front of the trousers (only to the knee), which was much needed on a June afternoon in the sun wearing black wool.

note: it was literally (figuratively literally) impossible not to end the gallery with the “walking off into our new life” image

Fit Breakdown:

Tuxedo - “custom, no labels..

Shirt - Read Wall custom cutaway 3” club collar, stud front

Sus’penders - gift from Jay at The Knottery

Shoes - Jack Erwin ’Jake’ single monk, DIY-dyed black

Watch - Seiko 5 on a nato band

Pocketsquare - Heirloom from my wife’s grandmother

Bow tie - vintage something

March 28th, 2014

Paul Eliot USA / been a while

Hello! 

^^What a great way to start a blog post! I don’t have much content, or much of a following these days, so if you can read this, you probably already know that I’m working to launch a line of casual suits, made here in the good old states (united) of the Americas. If you did not know this, we’re obviously not friends, and you enjoy “contributing” to Facebook more than judging its content from the “people” you are “friends with.” Pretty amazing though that you got Regina George in the Buzzfeed Mean Girls quiz. I pegged you for a Damian. 

So, yeah, the lack of updates, back to that. I’m working to launch Paul Eliot USA, a line of casual suiting with friend, Eliot Payne. We’re doing all of the things with very little of the stuffs, a bit of the network, and maybe half of the knowledge. It has been fun. Mistakes have been made. Nearly a year has been spent in product development, checks have been written, and who knows if it will even work. Oh and many beers, we’ve a had, and we’ve drunk em (got drunk). 

I hate using the word ‘launch’ because it sets up a very high expectation for a roll out via PR machines, social media bludgeoning, and perfect packaging from Day: 1 that makes you feel something in your vacant internet heart out of the gate. No, no. We’re doing it the regular (read: broke) person way. Friends, family, Kickstarter(?), direct sales,with hopes for retail. You know, the internet way. An organic, rolling launch, let’s say.

Here are some pictures of our prototype. Higher rise, slim pants. Unstructured jacket with all the patch pockety, casual goodness you know and love. Ya know, the in’a’net. 

Please send me any questions or inquiries you may have. If you want to get in on some R&D, private critique of product, etc. just hit me up. We want to get great fitting, well-made stuff out there at a price point comparable to other midrange brands that don’t make stuff domestically. 

I have a few more posts for you over the coming weeks as we get closer to our pre-order month. To receive notifications from Paul Eliot, please sign up at our website.

February 14th, 2014

No caption required, you know what to do.

Lordspeed, gents.