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Man of the Hour: Bryan Cranston

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Most of the red-carpet style chatter centers around Hollywood, but there was some serious style on display from the Broadway set at last night’s Tony Awards.

And for the most part, everyone kept it on the straight and narrow—not a bad thing when it comes to traditional formal dress—but there was one slight departure we could get behind: Bryan Cranston’s dotted bow tie. It’s the sort of subtle swagger that nabs you the Anthony for best actor. Bravo, sir. Bravo.

Have a better look at his getup, after the jump.»

The Day I Joined the Brotherhood of the Bow Tie

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Last weekend, I participated in my favorite of Christmas traditions: trading in all my gifts for shit that I actually want. And for the most part, it went as expected.

Sales were plundered. Sizes were corrected. Puppy-dog eyes were dispensed to account for missing receipts...

But in one final moment, a salesman turned the whole endeavor into a lesson on style, brand loyalty and what I will henceforth be referring to as the Brotherhood of the Bow Tie (trademark pending). And I’d like to thank him for that.

Gather round, gentlemen, for a lighthearted tale of menswear paying-it-forward...»

Head to Toe: Red, White and Blue

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The Fourth of July is so close, we can nearly taste it.

And we’ve always been of the mind that when it comes to dressing for the most patriotic day of the year, you’ve got permission to get loud. Therefore, to fully commit to the spirit of the day, we’ve rounded up your finest options for donning an all red, white and blue kit—made entirely in the good old US of A, naturally.

Herewith, your guide to dressing for the Fourth of July.»

The Only Bow Tie Instructional Video You’ll Ever Watch

When it comes to navigating the nuances of a bow tie, sometimes it’s best to listen to the tie—let it tell you where it needs to be pinched, folded and tugged.

And the tie masters at the Hill-Side have come up with a clever instructional video that does just that: using stop-motion, a rather amiable chambray bow tie talks you through tying himself. The real genius behind this video that lifts it head and shoulders above any other bow tie how-to you’ll find online is that the hands have been removed from the equation, freeing the viewer to actually see every minute step in the process without any blocked vision.

It’s almost more exciting than the big news that the Hill-Side is now making bow ties.

Watch the enlightening video after the jump.»

Standing Ovadia

The Brothers Ovadia are so ahead of the game that they’ve decided to launch their Labor Day sale today (running from Tuesday to Tuesday, with discounts at up to 60% off).

A good amount of it will be out of season by the time it lands on your doorstep (the shorts, for example), but a navy pinstripe bow tie should come in handy anytime you’re feeling professorial, no matter the weather. As well as this spread-collar shirt—for the next time you’re feeling Sprezzidential (trademark pending).

For whatever reason, a few items, like these trousers, haven’t migrated their way onto the sale page, so you’ll want to do some poking around.

The Icon: Charles Eames

Designers have gotten a lot more hip in the past few years, and along with the newfound cachet, we’ve seen a resurgence in the kind of minimalist style that rules most design firms with an iron fist. So for this week’s icon, we thought we’d turn the spotlight on one of the men who made the style—and, incidentally, one of the best American designers of the 20th century. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Charles Eames…

See five iconic pictures of Charles Eames»

The Dress Code for the Deposed Heir

The red bow tie is hard to pull off, but if you’ve recently lost your fortune and are wandering the city in search of authentic life, you might get a pass.

This snap comes from an upcoming Jason Bateman flick, The Longest Week, currently filming on location on Wall Street. (If you guessed it was a mashup of Arthur and Arrested Development, you weren’t far off.) More importantly, he got his suit courtesy of Doyle Mueser, one of the West Village’s best bespoke shops—together with loafers from Industry of All Nations.

We wouldn’t normally recommend loafers with a suit—but in the case of the fictional idle rich, we’ll make an exception.

The Holiday Party Home Run

Stockholm’s Rose & Born just posted this bow tie/plaid pairing that just about sums up holiday style. You’ve got loud patterns, offbeat styles and the kind of eye-popping fearlessness that plays a lot better around the winter solstice. Our only complaint is that they could do a better job of hiding that top button—but let’s not ruin the season by nitpicking.

Beyoncé Will Not Allow You To Leave The Boudoir

The Battle of the Bowtie: A symposium on whether men should wear bow ties. We’ll admit this much: it’s an advanced move. [Esquire]

The Khaki of Our Lives: Details sings the praises of Dockers’ Alpha Khaki. We wholeheartedly agree. [Details]

From the Source: A 90-second video opus on knowing where your clothes come from—wherever that may be. [Etsy]

The London Barber: Your good deed of the day, courtesy of a 40-year-old barbershop in need of a few repairs. [Keep Aaron Cutting]