This time of year we begin to think about everything that we have to be thankful for. The next month we will get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season but for now we would like to take a step back and get some #AJPerspective on some of the things we love very much. Here are three reasons why Adrian Jules is Thankful.
- Our Family
Family is always first. Adrian Jules is a family owned business in every sense of the word. Everyone who works with us is truly part of our AJ family. We are so lucky to have such wonderful people in our lives!
- Our Clients
We would argue that we have some of the best clients out there. Our “Men of Style” make everything more fun and exciting. We appreciate your loyalty and constant support. Our clients have passed on our clothing for generations and taken us in new directions that we could never have dreamed of. We are also thankful for the help and support we are able to have in giving back to the community.
- Our Community
Rochester, NY is a unique place unlike any other. We love the people, food, parks, events, and spirit of giving back. We are so thankful to do business in such a wonderful place! There are so many opportunities to give back to the Rochester community. We have supported over 20 organizations so far this year including The Center for Youth which holds a special place in our hearts.
It can be easy to get caught up in the holiday season and forget what they are truly about. Hold on to the things you love and never take them for granted. As we gather this Thanksgiving with those that matter most, please know how much matter to us.
The dating games that may have worked wonders for you in college don’t have a place in the quest for a mature adult relationship. A true gentleman (and Man of Style) knows that when it comes to dating, that tradition and etiquette are the best place to start – with a modern twist of course! Having an air of old school class is what will set you apart from the other fish in the sea.
First and Foremost Be a Gentleman
If you follow one rule at all, let it be this one. It’s simple. Have good manners, and be kind. Be punctual, don’t swear, hold ALL the doors, pay for the meal, and remember “Ladies First”. Holding the door doesn’t mean you perceive females as the weaker sex. It shows you want them to feel special. Finally, remember to keep your cellphone away and keep your focus on your date. This strategy will go a long way with any woman.
Be Confident, But Not Too Confident
There is nothing more unattractive than a man who spends the entire date talking about how great he is. On the flip side, a man who exudes insecurity will likely be written off as well. It is important to find a healthy balance that will let your date know your best qualities without coming off as bragging and allow you to discover her best qualities as well. (Stay tuned for future blogs on where to take your date and the top 5 conversation starters!)
Be a Man of Style
An overwhelming majority of women think men who dress well are more attractive. A man’s sense of style is ranked as one of the top 10 traits women want in a man. In fact 60% of women said that taste in clothing can be a dating deal breaker! There is a saying “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” This phrase might be applied to dating as well. “Dress for the type of woman you wish to attract.”
Need help defining your style? Contact us today!
We were thrilled to be able to participate in Fashion Week of Rochester once again this year. This event is something we look forward to all year! This year we had arguably our most successful show yet. We know that not everyone was able to make it so here is a play by play of the fun and exciting night:
Pregame, Practice, and Getting Ready
We had everyone to our store on Monroe Avenue for a “pre-runway party” and to have a chance to practice. There was music, drinks, and food. The food was catered by Rubino’s Italian Foods of course! We had an amazing spread of sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres that were to die for!
After plenty of food and drinks, we headed outside to the Adrian Jules parking lot to practice for the big show! A few rounds of walking the imaginary runway later we were ready to take on Fashion Week.
The Big Event
If you didn’t hear about it or see it for yourself, this year Fashion Week of Rochester was held in a pretty unique tent. The tent was clear glass structure which made for an incredible atmosphere for the show. In the tent were the runway, many chairs and tables, and an exquisite bar and sitting area. This transported attendees far away from the side of 590.
Upon arrival to the event, we headed back stage to wait our turn to walk. Backstage was as crazy as you can imagine. Models, designers, and stylists like were buzzing about. The energy was high. A few pep talks and a group huddle later, we were ready to strut our stuff! The show was extremely successful and we had a blast participating in it!
The most important part of all of this of course is that the show benefitted The Center for Youth. We pride ourselves on being able to give back to our community. We will be doing so once again this Thursday, October 26th at City Grill by guest bartending for Rochester Regional Health’s Sands-Constellation Heart Institute. We hope to see you there!
As the cold season is rolling in and we are weeks away from #NoShaveNovember, it’s time to talk facial hair. While some may argue that a clean shaven face is always best, facial hair can add to a man of style’s personal style. The important thing to remember is to grow your facial hair properly and in good taste. Here are a few tips to get you started:
The first step to growing facial hair is in fact growing it out. This can be an itchy, patchy, and sometimes not-so-desirable process. However, you must commit to getting through it to reach your facial hair goals. During this process it is important to be “lassiez-faire” and resist the urge to trim!
Trim Like a Pro (or go see one)
The best policy is always to get your facial hair trimmed by a professional. They will not only be able to trim to compliment your face shape but will be able to sculpt your facial hair to perfection as well! Unfortunately going to see a professional on the regular is not realistic for everyone. If you do need to touch up on your own follow these tips:
- Use a straight razor to sculpt super close.
- Add water to your shaving cream for an extra smooth shave.
- Use a hot towel to open up the pores before your sculpt and a cold one to close the pores after.
Once your facial hair is grown and shaped the way you like it, you will need to do a few things to keep it that way.
- Trim regularly. You don’t want your beard growing out too much and looking disheveled. However there is a fine line between maintaining a good trim and going too far and ruining your hard to work!
- Brush it to make sure all hair is laying neatly.
- Clean and condition.
- Shave around the beard to maintain a clean outline. Don’t forget your neck!
Growing facial hair is a great way for a man to change up his look or express his personal style. Done properly it can be just like a bespoke suit; perfectly tailored in both style and fit to the man who wears it. Contact us today to get a bespoke suit of your very own!
A man of style carries his style throughout all aspects of his life. One way to accomplish this is to make sure the gentleman’s home bar is always stocked with the essentials. This is imperative when you are entertaining guests; however it is also important to always drink in style, even if it is just you! This guide will help you determine all of the elements you need to present a bar with class and style!
The Essential Liquors
Building the perfect home bar can be quite the expense, start small and slow and build your bar over time. Think of the cocktails that you and those who frequent your home will be most likely to drink and start there. Most likely those drinks will fall into one of the following essentials:
This American whiskey is an essential to sip classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or Mint Julep.
Scotch is most commonly served on its own or with a splash of water or ice. Due to this, it is important not to skimp on this bottle. A safe basic that most scotch drinkers will enjoy is Johnnie Walker Green Label or Glenfiddich 12 Year. Try serving the scotch in a glass with a giant ice sphere, you won’t regret it.
This is a staple for many popular drinks such as martinis, cosmopolitans, and bloody marys.
Gin is made to be mixed! Gin & tonics, gin mules, and Tom Collins are all popular ways to enjoy gin.
Tequila is popular for many drinks, however most notably for the classic margarita!
If you want to be able to serve mojitos, daiquiris, or a simple rum and coke you will want to have this spirit included in your bar!
Other liquors you will want to have include vermouth and triple sec.
To be able to mix most drinks you will want to have a basic supply of:
A man of style knows that presentation is everything. Garnishes add a level of style to your drink. For your home bar make sure you have:
Other tools you might have are a martini shaker and strainer, small knife and cutting board, and any necessary glassware.
Finally, be sure to dress the part and sip your cocktail in your custom Adrian Jules suit!
As the seasons change, so should your warbdrobe. The first thing that many people do is to go through their clothing. It is important at this time to refine your wardrobe. Discard items that are out of style, too worn, or no longer fit properly. Streamlining the items in your closet allows for less to store, organize, and keep clean. However, it also presents you with the space in your closet to add up-to-date styles. Get rid of an old, worn dress shirt and trade up to something on trend and clean cut.
Old clothing often ends up taking up space in storage but you can do a lot with it– your old clothing may even put a few extra dollars in your pocket!
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has locations all over the Rochester area: Downtown, Henrietta, Irondequoit, and Greece to name a few. Proceeds from the sale of your donated goods will help fund Salvation Army Rehabilitation Centers. These centers offer support for those with substance abuse and other life issues as they re-enter society to hopefully live productive lives.
Open Door Mission
The Open Door Mission provides shelter, food, and guidance to men, women, and children in need. As part of this they depend on community donations of clothing. Men’s clothing donations specifically are used for things such as job interviews, funerals, etc. Their donation center is located at 156 N. Plymouth Avenue Rochester, NY 14608.
Donating your unwanted clothing is a win-win situation for all. Not only does this allow you to create space in your closet, you may also be able to receive a tax deduction for your donations.
Now that you have room in your closet, be sure to fill that space with quality items that you will cherish. Be sure to come see us for all your fall style needs! Now that you have room in your closet, be sure to fill that space with quality items that you will cherish. Be sure to come see us for all your fall style needs! Contact us today!Now that you have room in your closet, be sure to fill that space with quality items that you will cherish. Be sure to come see us for all your fall style needs! Now that you have room in your closet, be sure to fill that space with quality items that you will cherish. Be sure to come see us for all your fall style needs! Contact us today!
Getting an invitation to an event is fun and exciting! However, it can also be confusing and stressful when it comes time to figure out what to wear to your event. Dress codes have a whole host of different names and meanings to go along with them. Black tie, white tie, formal, and what in the world do they mean by optional?! Adrian Jules Custom Clothier is here to help with this dress code guide that can be used for all seasons!
White Tie is the absolute most formal of all dress codes. You don’t see this as much today as it was mostly popular after World War I and in Great Britain.
According to the knot, one should wear the following:
- A black tuxedo with tails, a white vest and bow tie, black dress shoes. White gloves are optional.
- A formal, floor length gown with makeup and jewelry to match. Long gloves are optional.
A close second in best dressed attire is Black Tie. People are often confused as to what the difference is between black and white tie. For men, Business Insider put it best, “The difference between black- and white-tie is simple. Black-tie includes a black tuxedo dinner jacket, a white wing-collared shirt, and a black satin bow tie. White-tie swaps the dinner jacket for a dress coat with tails, a white cotton bow tie, and a white starchy waistcoat that hits just below the belt line.” For women, this is an occasion to dress up, however, black tie allows them to have a bit more fun and “jazz it up!”
- Tuxedo jacket with matching pants, black bow tie,black cummerbund, shirt studs, cufflinks, dress shoes.
- Floor length gown, dressy cocktail dress, heels, jewelry
Black Tie Optional
This dress code could go either way, however at Adrian Jules we say, “A man of style understands it is always better to be overdressed than to be underdressed”.
- Tuxedo or if you’re feeling more casual a dark colored suit with a dress shirt and conservative tie, dress shoes.
- Floor length evening gown, dressy cocktail dress.
Another more ominous dress code, semiformal is just as it sounds, somewhere between dressy and more casual. Let’s break it down.
- Dark suit, vest optional, dress shirt, tie, dress shoes.
- Cocktail dress (long or short), dressy pants or skirt and top, heels or dressy flats.
While you should still remain in tasteful style, casual means just about anything goes.
- Dark jeans, kakis, shorts in appropriate temperatures, button down shirt or sweater, loafers
- Sundress, skirt, jeans or shorts, blouse or t shirt.
Whatever the occasion may be, Adrian Jules is here to help with any dress code you may come across and we can make custom clothing to reflect any level or style. Contact us today to make an appointment or stop in at our show room any time.
We at Adrian Jules are fortunate to be surrounded by so many wonderful locally owned businesses. Monroe Avenue, where our store is located, has its own Fashion Trail complete with men’s fashion, women’s fashion, fine jewelry, and accessories. A few of the business on this trial include Dado, A Different Point of View, Adrian Jules, and Mann’s Jewelers.
As you know we specialize in delivering superbly hand-crafted garments using traditional tailoring tools and always putting our customer first! A bespoke suit is like no other as it is tailored in fit and style to you! We love our neighbors and are very excited to be highlighting a few other locally owned businesses!
This fashion forward women’s clothing boutique is located at 2900 Monroe Avenue. Dado is a great piece of the Rochester fashion community because they choose on trend pieces that you don’t see everywhere. They are also huge in giving back to our community by holding fashion shows for charity.
A Different Point of View
This store has it all! Designer clothing, jewelry, stationery, giftware, accessories, home decor and bath and body all in a one stop shop! Here you will find jewelry and accessories at an affordable price point. You can also find gifts and other alternative items.
Just a jump across the street from Dado, is Mann’s Jewelers, Rochester’s premier jewelry store. “Family owned for nine generations, Mann's Jewelers has grown from humble beginnings into one of the most well-respected jewelry stores in the country.” Mann’s has only the finest jewelry and their staff seeks to educate their customers in order to help them make the perfect choice. It is difficult to find this level of professionalism, inventory, and beauty!
If you are visiting any of our neighbors this weekend, don’t forget to stop by Saturday from 9 am to 3:30 pm for our Swatches and Sandwiches events! We will be serving espresso in the morning and sandwiches in the afternoon while highlighting this season’s latest styles!
The staff at Adrian Jules Custom Clothier feels extremely fortunate to have built strong relationships with our clients which allows us to truly have a family-like culture within our store. We are excited to announce a series of monthly events (#ajevents) that will encourage clients both old and new to visit the show room, eat, socialize, and browse the newest styles we have to offer.
We will begin next Saturday, July 22nd with “Swatches & Sandwiches”. This event will be catered by Rubino’s Italian Foods and we will be showcasing the latest prints and fabrics that we have to offer. Take a cruise over in your exotic car and stop by for a sandwich or even a cup of espresso!
Kickoff is at 9:30 am with some excellent expresso. Sandwiches will be delivered at 11:00 am.
Stay for the whole day or drop by when you can but don’t miss out on these great tips from our 101 Fashion Tips for A Man of Style handbook.
A man of style should have a different wardrobe for the spring/summer and fall/winter seasons. When he takes his clothes out for the new season, it will appear as if he has a new wardrobe.
We will have our latest swatches available. Be proactive and plan ahead for the next season!
A man of style invests in himself and acknowledges that a self-investment is always a wise investment. It is difficult to top the feeling of wearing a garment that is custom to your style, size, and is true to you! Every man of style knows that this is an investment that they will cherish forever.
We’ll be ready to measure and find the perfect fabric to suit your style.
A man of style knows clothing covers 90% of his body, and understands the importance of making a first impression. Before you say a word, you have already made an impression with your clothing. They say that a picture speaks a thousand words; a person’s first “picture” of you is your appearance.
A bespoke suit is the best way to represent and express yourself to others. Let us show you samples!
Great tips! Great people! Great opportunity! Watch for our online registration! See you next Saturday!
There are some pairings that seem to be made in heaven: Rogers and Astaire, Abbot and Costello, PB and jelly, and, of course, wine and cheese!
One of the most engaging aspects of wine culture is to explore the perfect food complements for various types of vino. Cheese has been partnered with wine from early times. Let’s explore some of the combinations, the tried and true, as well as some of the lesser-known couplings.
The choice for Sauvignon Blanc, the popular and affordable crisp white, is Goat Cheese. The tangy cheese needs a distinctive wine to compete with it, and Sauvignon Blanc fits the bill.
The dry and zesty white Pinot Grigio, the second most popular white in the US, goes well with the slightly sweet cheese famous for pizza: Mozzarella.
Viognier and Jarlsberg make a nice duo. The notes of citrus and stone fruits (peaches, plums, apricots) in Viogniers help to penetrate the full flavors of Jarlsberg.
Gewurztraminer and Morbier are a solid matching. The aromatic and sweet Gewurztraminer wine balances off the pungent smell (some may use a harsher term) of Morbier.
Riesling and Ricotta even sound like they go well together! The sweetness of Ricotta and the floral aromas of Rieslings are meant for one another. But try the popular cheese with not only the well-known sweet version of Rieslings, but also the dry variations as well.
Chardonnay and Gruyere will please palates that enjoy this classic wine’s fruit and nut notes paired with the cheese known for its sweet but a touch salty and nutty taste that can range widely depending on its age.
Monterey Jack and Merlot are the next partners on the dance card. The robust Monterey Jack is complemented by a lighter and fruitier wine, and a Merlot is a great option.
Beaujolais and Feta make a fine combo. Beaujolais is the region where the Gamay grapes are grown that are used in this bright red, and its flavor off-sets the saltiness of the fan favorite Feta very well.
Pinot Noir and Brie may be the most famous pairing on the list – like Lucy and Desi or Ali and Frazier! Pinot Noir has the most devout following of any red wine in the world and Brie needs a partner that complements its unique flavor without dominating it, and Pinoit Noirs do just that.
Malbec – the dark red that has come onto the scene strongly in the last ten years – makes a nice counterpart to Aged Cheddar. Malbec has the needed strength to stand up to the famed cheese’s full flavor.
Rioja and Manchego are a perfect match. Spain’s classic wine, grown with its domestic grapes for two thousand years, offers a full-bodied fruity taste that is ideal with Manchego’s sweet flavor.
A Cabernet Sauvignon will complement Aged Gouda very well. The classic cheese is known for its strong flavor and the Cabernet Sauvignon is just the wine to meet the strength with its own robustness.
Here are a few more pairings to consider. Whatever your mood or event may dictate, you’ll be sure to find a winning combination. Or if you want to go out for a wine in the Rochester area, here are a few suggestions that won’t steer you wrong! Finding the perfect suit is just as complex as finding the perfect combination of wine and cheese. Contact us today so we can help!
Adrian Jules Custom Clothing will be hosting a car show on Sunday, June 25th, 2017. The event will take place at the Adrian Jules retail show room in Pittsford, NY (2930 Monroe Avenue Pittsford, NY 14618). It will begin at 8:30 am with a continental breakfast and end at 12 pm. We will be having it regardless of the weather, rain or shine! The exact schedule of events is as follows
8:30 am Continental breakfast provided by Cam’s Pizzeria
9:00 am Registration
10:00 am Car show begins
11:30 am Lunch provided by Rubino’s Italian Food
12:00 pm Event ends
The event will be sponsored by:
Meyer’s RV Superstores Perfection Automotive Detailing (PAD)
The Men’s Room Adrian Jules Custom Clothing
Steven James Phoenix Graphics, Inc.
Cam’s Pizzeria Rubino’s Italian Food
The Little Speed Shop
We are proud to announce that the car show will benefit the Rochester Center for Youth. The Center for Youth provides support for young individuals in the Rochester NY area. It allows them to have a safe place to go for issues that are important to them. The Center serves the community with runaway and homeless youth and crisis services as well as school-based and youth development. More specifically they provide: counseling, a crisis nursery, an emergency shelter, a food pantry, and many educational based services for teens and youth.
The Center for Youth’s core mission is that given the proper information and support, young people want to and can make their own positive life choices. Donations and volunteers are always appreciated.
Adrian Jules is thrilled to host this event for the second year in a row. If possible, we ask that you please register in advance. Tickets are available at all sponsor locations and you can register by emailing Amanda@adrianjules.com. Thank you to all of our sponsors!
One of our core values/objectives at Adrian Jules Clothier is to make a difference and raise awareness in our community and we do this through our AJ Community Connections initiative. One of our local connections is The Center for Youth. We have partnered with them on several occasions, most notably during Fashion Week every year. (FYI, Fashion Week 2017 is October 9th– 14th) Recently, in an effort to better understand the organization, our staff and some of our clients visited the Crisis Nursery Center of Greater Rochester.
What is a Crisis Nursery Center?
We’re glad you asked. The Center of Youth shares on their website:
“When parents are in crisis, and they have no one else to turn to for safe childcare, they can contact the Crisis Nursery or The Center for Youth's 24-hour help line. Crisis Nursery staff will assist each family based on their individual needs. Some parents need only a few hours of childcare while they resolve their issues; others may need to access the Crisis Nursery on an on-going basis until a crisis is resolved. All families receive referrals to community resources that can provide permanent assistance, as needed.”
How Can You Help?
You can help in several ways: you can make a contribution, you can donate items on the Crisis Nursery wish wish list or volunteer your time.
Touring the center was a great experience that left us grateful. We are so fortunate to have this facility in Rochester, NY. This center is a short term strategy until a longer term solution can be found and it has helped so many families. It’s the only program of its kind in New York State.
We look forward to our continued partnership with the Center for Youth and hope you might consider connecting with them as well.
Rochester Fashion Week 2017
Adrian Jules Custom Clothiers had the priviledge to walk the runway in Saturday night's show. We debuted over 20 looks that night.
Check out the video footage here:
Adrian Jules runway show (click here)
Grand finale walk...
Photos from the night can be found on our Facebook page at by clicking here.
5 tips on how to get the closet in shape for spring
Pack Away Your Winter Clothes in Damp-Proof Storage: Store your clothes in plastic storage bins to allow ample room in your closet for your spring / summer wardrobe. To protect your clothing from moisture, place pieces of chalk into a small cloth bag and place in each storage bin. The chalk will absorb any moisture. Dry clean before storing.
Hanger Trick: When you place your spring clothes in the closet, put the hangers in backwards on the rod. When you wear a piece of clothing, hang it up facing the front. At the end of the season you’ll know which items you never wore.
Donate to a Local Charity: Determine which items can be donated - you’ll get tax benefits or consign for money.
Categorize Your Closet: Find items more quickly by grouping clothing by color, item category, sleeve / pant length, or by outfit.
Make it Apart of Your Daily Routine: Each day, designate organization time; time to put away items and to get items prepared for the next day. When you put off organizing daily, it becomes a major chore (and a mess).