Pt. II: SbN Meets the Makers … Alara Shirts
I had some time to meet with the great shirt company, Alara. If you remember, I did a review on their Indigo Denim Shirt a couple weeks back - obviously I was excited to meet the guys behind such a beautiful shirt.
I met with the president, Mehmet Ulu, and head of e-commerce, Phil Davies. I communicated with Phil when I was doing the review, so I was happy to put a face to his name, as well as meet the president and designer, Mehmet. We sat together for an hour or so in their Manhattan showroom in the Garment District on 39th. Mehmet just took my to school while I was there. He showed me tons of different designs, and expressed his passion for fabrics, as well as the details. You could tell how much he cares about what he is doing - he’s been in the industry for 20+ years. We talked about the retail world, where Alara may seem familiar to some because of their former presence on the shelves of some of the famous high-end retailers, and also talked about the overall direction the company is going.
Mehmet showed me some of gorgeous fabric swatches, along with his insight about what goes into each shirt he designs. He knows hes offering a killer product at an even better price, and I concur because these shirts are absolutely stunning. You can feel his love for the details of the shirt, and he continued to express how important fabric quality is to him along with construction. Alara only uses Italian and Turkish fabrics, and when I questioned him about some of the ‘household’ named fabrics, he simply told me “I only use the best” and went on to explain that origin is not everything because he uses some Turkish fabrics that outshines some of England and Italy’s finest.
After we chatted for a while, I was able to try on some of their finer Egyptian cotton shirts. Mehmet fitted me, while Phil snapped some shots. I left with 3 of the shirts I tried on, and they let me know that anyone is welcome to come to their showroom and try on or buy. I would definitely recommend it because these guys make for some renowned companies and these shirts under the Alara name are probably your best bet at this price range. Its honestly a no-brainer.
I am happy I was able to meet Mehmet and Phil. Its one thing to accept products from these companies as a blogger, but its another to build friendships with them. So I want to thank Alara for having me in their showroom and to have a great conversation. It was fun, and I hope to visit again soon.
Their showroom is located at: 214 W, 39th Street, Suite 703. Be sure to stop by and let them know that we sent you!
Pt. I: SbN Meets the Makers … Spectre & Co.
I have been extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to get to try out a bunch of different brands and services since I have started SuaveByNature. One of those companies is Spectre & Co..
I recently reviewed the GQ praised shirt company a few months back when Jeff (Owner of Spectre & Co.) sent me out a shirt to try. I happened to be in the neighborhood of Spectre & Co.’s pop-up show at the Artists and Fleas location in the Chelsea Market so I was able to take the time out and meet Jeff personally.
Jeff has a nice set-up at the Artists and Fleas. With a selection much greater than just shirts, there are a bunch of different options at the Chelsea Market location than you would find on their online shop. Jeff said they use the pop-up shop to ultimately decide what goes on the website. He also showed me some of their expansion into outerwear, which looked absolutely incredible. Along with the assortment of accessories (ties, squares, notebooks, tie bars, etc.) he also shares the space with a friend, Curated Basics, who offers their own solid selection of accessories.
I am glad I was able to discover Spectre & Co. and even more happy that I was able to meet the mind behind the vision. I was thoroughly impressed with the shirt Jeff sent out, and the visit to the store was no different - I picked up an awesome floral PS, as well. He even said I could possibly be in a future look book shoot because I was so handsome…. okay, maybe not the ‘handsome’ part. If you happen to be near the Chelsea Market, or able to stop by from wherever you are, I would definitely recommend you stop at the Artists and Fleas to check out the shop.
Tie: Peter Millar
PS: Spectre & Co.
Tie: Peter Millar
PS: Spectre & Co.
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Monochrome (*with patterns)…
Trying on a few Alara shirts in their NYC showroom.
Getting fitted and schooled by Mehmet at Alara
Hung out with the guys from Alara in their showroom today