A little background: the San Francisco–based outfit (with Chicago roots) has been making a name for itself by turning out the sort of handsome, perfect-fitting dress shirts you’ll actually want to wear—without requiring a banker’s collar or salary. They do this thanks to the magic of the Internet and a nationwide network of Outfitters—think personal shopper meets tailor.
Those Outfitters come to you—at the office, the laundromat, wherever it is you’re most comfortable—and measure you up. Then you’ve got your pick of shirts sourced from world-class textile mills, and a few more details to iron out should you be so inclined. (This isn’t your average stuffy bespoke job, nor will there be an overwhelming amount of choices. The curating has been done for you.)
Then, about 30 minutes later, you’re done, and Trumaker will get busy working on your shirts. And before you know it, your new shirts will be at your door.
In case you’re not familiar with the LA-based upstart label Combatant Gentlemen: it’s basically what you get when you combine a third-generation tailor, a fashion-business insider and a tech guru—and subtract all the conventional markup schemes. What you also get: well-made suits cut from 140s wool with real horn buttons... all at an absurd value. And, as of today, a classic tux that’s got satin lapels, traditional waist tabs in the pants and all of the same construction and value Combatant Gentlemen is making its name on. Plus, they’re sweetening the pot today by giving every tuxedo purchaser an opportunity to win a champagne-soaked New Year’s Eve blowout for four in Las Vegas.
The ultimate essential for any gentleman traveler: a sophisticated, durable travel bag.
The sort of thing that can take some punishment and gets better with age.
Something like TUMI’s new line of travel bags designed for the global citizen. The heritage travel brand tapped designer-craftsman George Esquivel to head up creative direction for the brand, and everything’s coming up dapper already. From the sleek leather carry-ons to the indestructible Tegra-Lite rollers. (TUMI is the only travel brand using the revolutionary armor material.)
And now they’re launching the TUMI Global Citizens campaign, highlighting world-class and well-traveled characters like Paolo Ferrari, CEO of Pirelli Tire North America, who requires travel gear that wouldn’t look out of place next to his Italian tailoring and hard-bottoms.
Of course, if your own jetsetting habits skew more toward “international gentleman of leisure,” you’ll still want this stuff at your side.