I just bought a James Smith umbrella last Friday as a gift to myself for many of the reasons mentioned. I went with a navy canopy on a solid stick of "congo" chestnut. the wood is beautiful and the length was fitted to my...
If you are on a budget, it might be best to go for higher quality merino wool sweaters. I like the ones from John Smedley..they are not cheap, but excellent quality (the ones made in england, in my experience).
Cheap cashmere is...
There is a place in Silver Spring which does a great job too. They hand press the suits..it runs around $25 per:
Prestige Exceptional Fabricare
9420 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Check out Will's blog:
and search for building a wardrobe...there are a few entries that answer your question directly. Specifically:
I like J Lindeberg golf shirts or any others that are slim fit. I tend to favor cotton as I find the synthetics not very breathable.
I would have a slight preference for Made in Italy over China/HK/ etc.
J. Press is worth a look (19th + L st.). Also Sky Valet, Everard's Clothings, and Field's Tailors (some nice ties + cuff links in addition to the full tailoring menu) on Wisconsin Ave just above Georgetown.
If you are in the...