Recently, a client asked if tab collars were out of style. Never! Out of fashion, yes. Out of style, no.

So it is with many of the gewgaws of classic style. Take the collar bar (I know, ADG, it’s not a pin — it was an afterthought.) This one is circa 1930-something and does a fine job of elevating the tie knot whilst keeping your collars from flapping about. That’s all it does. Aside from add some visual interest near your face.

I’m also wearing a tie bar, nonchalantly slanted downwards, that is keeping the tie in place since I’ve forgone a vest or sweater on a warmish winter’s day. Both the collar and the tie bar are in gold and match my watch case and cufflinks.

Cufflinks, collar bars and tie bars are all outmoded in today’s sleek and minimal fashion. (Mad Men style aside, which relies on tie bars.) But they can say a bit about your personal style. Details, matter. And, in the most conservative office environs — if there are any left — elements of classic style are often appreciated at a certain level of professional achievement.

The difficulty arises with the delicate balancing act of looking well-dressed without looking costume-y. That’s something you have to decide for yourself.

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I don’t usually feature brands that I love, but that might change as I find some really worthwhile things to put in front of you.

Above you’ll see what the EDC community calls a “pocket dump” In this case it was carried in a grey all-weather scottevest TEC coat. I’ll tell you that I can usually carry around less, but some essentials are my iPhone, a small notebook (Moleskine) and a space pen, a watch, pocket knife, and, especially lately, gloves.

The reason I’m excited is because I’ve found an iPhone case and gloves that are nice looking, well-made and work! Both the gloves (smartphone/touchscreen friendly) and the case are by a company called Mujjo, headquartered in The Netherlands. Their designs are stunning in simplicity of line and crafted of stuff you want to touch. The gloves are crocheted, have leather palms, and are lined with cashmere. The case is made of leather and has that diagonal slash pocket for a couple of cards.

I’m so enamoured of the company that I also have a pair of knit touchscreen gloves and a cognac colored iPhone 80º case. I think full leather gloves will be my next purchase. Even the packaging is a sight to behold. If you’re in the market, please give them a try.

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And it hasn’t even been made up yet. I chose the fabric, button and felt undercollar. The hand is amazing, lofty. It is lightweight though (6,28 oz/178gr), and would be comfortable enough to wear in summer if it is only partially (buggy) lined. I’d be tempted to make it up as a three-piece or a DB. Look at that wonderful bowtie and how it brings out the blue and the tan lines next to the merlot in the plaid. Unbelievably smart!

This suit is killing me.

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