Where’s homebase?

City of Brotherly Love - Philadelphia, PA

 

Tell us a bit about yourself:

My parents emigrated from Russia back in the late seventies making me the first born generation, pretty much grew up on the east coast. Started doing traditional martial arts at 5 years old, then at the age of 13 started to doing Muay Thai and haven't look back since. I guess you can say martial arts has been a big part of my life. I've traveled the world training and competing with some of the top trainers in the world. All though I no longer compete I still teach and train on a regular basis.  CrossFit and strength training are also big aspects of my life. On a professional level for the last 12 years I've worked as a medical device manager, selling and working with some of the top companies and physicians in the world. Also own and operate a small lifestyle brand e-commerce site called Hellalife.I guess you can say I'm a pretty active guy!

 

What’s your favorite shirt?

I'm a new customer so I don't have a favorite yet, but with that being said the dress shirts will be what I will be purchasing the most of.

 

Pick three letters:

P, L and C

 

Describe yourself with those letters:

Passion, Love and Compassion

 

What pattern or garment would you most like to see from Mizzen+Main?

I'm a big fan of stripes and patterns on dress shirts rather than just solid colors.  More of those are always a plus!

 

What is your twitter handle?

Twitter is @bokmandavid

 

 

Happy Earth Day!

April 21, 2015

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In observation of Earth Day, we have complied a list of some awesome Earth Friendly products! 

 

1.) Solar Chandelier - The coolest looking Solar Chandelier. Guaranteed to make the ladies impressed by your taste in decor. 

2.) Reclaimed Wood Cookbook Stand - A Great gift for Father's Day and Mother's Day - reclaimed from old wood and recycled into a cookbook/book stand! 

3.) Moo Shoes Boots - Moo Shoes sells cruelty free shoes from a plethora of brands! You can get similar looking suede and leather shoes that are eco friendly and cruelty free for a fraction of the cost here! 

4.) Matt & Nat Shoulder Bag - Matt & Nat (short for Mat(t)erial & Nature) is a unique company that specializes in cruetly free and eco friendly accessories. We are loving this gray faux leather messenger bag. 

5.) Kona Brewing Company Beer - All the beer you can drink and feel great while doing so, you can get from Kona. Their commitment to sustainability is spot on. You can read more about that on their site.

6.) Meyers Cleaning Supplies - Just because you're a dude, doesn't mean your man cave should smell like one. 

7.) On the Rocks Gift Set - The Whiskey Rocks in this gift set are made from reclaimed granite disks found on New England Beaches. How cool is that? Not to mention the glasses are made from 50% recycled glass in Louisiana. 

 

 

We definitely think he'd like to be a Mizzen+Main Main Man, so here are ten things you probably did not know about him to celebrate his 272nd birthday. 

1.) FREAKY - He died on July 4, 1826 on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

2.) He was a total wino. He had two vineyards at Monticello. He was acknowledged as a great wine expert of early America, he sought to promote wine as an alternative to whiskey (we still love whiskey).

3.) If he were alive today, he'd totally have an iPhone. He loved technology and science. He had a gadget that could rotate and hold 5 books at once. Kind of like having five pages open on your phone.

4.) He's probably be pretty pissed about the Blue Bell Recall since he loved Ice Cream. According to some research, Jefferson first tasted ice cream while traveling in France. He then brought home a recipe for it, which is now in the Library of Congress... SERIOUSLY.

5.) Jefferson would be obsessed with Barnes & Noble. He was, very obviously, a notable writer during his lifetime...hello... the Declaration of Independence! The Jefferson Library includes about 27,000 documents, including his extensive correspondence with key historical figures. Yes. 27,000.

6.) He definitely would have loved Ross Geller. He legit has a mammoth named after him. He was so obsessed with fossils that he was involved in a debate over a mammoth that later became a political issue. 

7.) He liked to entertain. The White House was called the Presidential Mansion at the time when he lived there. He kept things informal, often answering the front door himself.

8.) Apparently being President was not his biggest accomplishment. He wrote his own epitaph for his tombstone. On it he listed what he considered his major accomplishments. He did not include becoming president of the United States.

9.) He would have spent all of his money on Mizzen+Main. He was terrible with money. It had been reported that he lived way beyong his means and was constantly in financial distress. Must have been that stylish wardrobe of his. 

10.) He definitely would have needed some Mizzen+Main shirts to stop his anxiety sweats. He could NOT perform a public speech. The fear drove him to be a super private person. He even delivered his State of the Union Address in WRITING. If it were today, he probably would have texted it. Or snap chatted. Who knows. 

 

Where are you from? Glendora, California

Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I grew up in a traditional Italian family that dressed me up in suits from as far back as I can remember.  Because of that, I've always appreciated all that comes with a nice suit, especially a nice fitting dress shirt.  

After graduating with a degree in Kinesiology, I worked in a hospital for over five years where a shirt and tie was mandatory dress code.  I began to despise my daily uniform!  No matter how nice the shirt, I couldn't wait to rip it off when I got home.  I hated it.  

Fast forward several years and I now have a wife and little boy, and I am the Manager and Head Trainer at CrossFit La Verne.  I don't have to dress up like I used to for my old job, so I now really appreciate the opportunities when I get to.  Mizzen and Main is always my first choice, whether it's a wedding, a night out with the wife, or just relaxing with friends.  I've even worn the "Wilde" at Disneyland in 90 degree heat without issue.  Did I mention that I'm Italian and sweat a lot?   

What’s your favorite shirt?

Three way tie between the "Hucksley", "Beckett", and "The Blackman 2.0". 

Pick three letters: 

C, P, P (only two letters I know, sorry!).

Describe yourself with those letters:

Compassionate - I care a lot about all of the people in my life.  Family, friends, my clients.  I would do anything for them.  More than they realize. 

Patient - This is something I've been told by others.  I'm pretty laid back and don't let small things get to me.  This can be good and bad depending on the situation!  You have a long time on this Earth and you have to enjoy it.  Patience is key.

Pleaser - Again, this can be good or bad depending on the situation.  But it's who I am.  I love making people happy and will do anything I can do make sure they are pleased.  This goes for everyone in my life.  

What pattern or garment would you most like to see from Mizzen+Main?

I would love to see a suit (royal blue) and some shorts!

What is your twitter handle?

  1. @1rocd, although I'm not very active on there!

Gents, wedding season is upon us and we got you covered on appropriate attire. Wedding jargon can be extremely confusing. You never know if you will be under dressed or over dressed. If you're travelling, you'll obviously not want to iron and avoid dry cleaning. What if it's unbearably hot during the ceremony! You'll want to keep neat, avoid sweat to stay dry and impress the ladies with your wrinkle free attire.  We're here to help you out. Let's start with the different types of attire: 

If the invitation says Casual: 
Opt for, you guessed it, something casual. While no jacket is required, you still should not wear denim (sorry Abrams!). Choose a chino or nice slack and pair with your favorite Mizzen+Main Dress Shirt. Ties are optional, but always suggested.

If the invitation says Semi-Casual:
This is where you would take the above and add a nice sports coat or blazer. We recommend the 0-5 Performance Blazer.

If the invitation says Semi-Formal: 
Go with a nice suit or three piece! Adding texture to a suit is a great way to stand out. Say your suit is navy, add the Twain Oxford with a nice silk tie to dress it up a bit, while staying completely cool. 

If the invitation says Formal or Black Tie: 
Men, grab your tuxedos. A dark colored Tux with a cummerbund, vest and appropriate black tie are in order! While traditional tuxedos call for traditional white tuxedo shirts with panelling, we say dare to be different. Our Blackman Dress Shirt is now available with a convertible french cuff, so adding some nice cufflinks will surely impress.

 

 

Where’s Home base?

Small town on Long Island, New York called Glen Head.

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised on Long Island, New York. After graduating college, I decided to pursue my passion for golf. I am an Assistant Golf Professional working at North Shore Country Club. I’ve been here for 10 years now and have yet to work a day in my life. While at the club I give lessons, run a few junior golf camps in the summer, help with club and corporate tournaments/events, and manage the Golf Shop operations. With the hectic schedule in the summer, I like to spend my time off course living a somewhat simple life.  

What’s your favorite shirt?

The “Morse” Lavender Gingham Dress Shirt. Looks great with the Abrams Advanced Denim!

Pick Three Letters

C.P.R.

Describe yourself with those three letters.

Compassionate, Positive, Respectful.

What pattern or garment would you most like to see from Mizzen and Main?

I would like to see Mizzen + Main come out with performance sweaters and golf shirts.

What is your twitter handle?

I do not use Twitter but my Instagram is nicholaskelly13.

About the company:

1.) Why did you decide to start your own clothing company?

At first it started out as just an idea, but that idea quickly turned into a vision to create the next great American company. From our commitment to keeping products made here to the marrying of tradition and innovation, I knew I could build something meaningful. We have an incredible team that is helping bring that vision to life every day. It is an unbelievable journey.

From the beginning, giving back to the veteran community and keeping production here in the United States were two principles that I have ensured permeate through everything the company does. From donations to various veteran’s fundraisers and sponsorships of events, Mizzen+Main will continue to help veteran’s causes as much as possible.  

2.) Why the name "Mizzen+Main”?

The Main, the Mizzen, and Jib are the first 3 masts on a three masted war ship/sail boat. The concept of using the wind to propel you forward really resonated with our team. Our shirts are crafted from the very best moisture wicking fabric. Our advanced performance fabric is moisture wicking and keeps you cool, dry, and comfortable in every situation. No ironing, no dry cleaning - no sweat.

3.) What has been the best thing about starting a business and the worst?

The best part of starting a business has been sharing the passion for greatness and pursuit of excellence with my team and family. Growing something and seeing it succeed has been an amazing experience. As far as the worst, one can imagine the stress and hard work that comes with starting a business. Fortunately i have an extremely supportive wife, family, group of friends, and team.  

4.) What do you see for Mizzen+Main in the next 5 years?

I see Mizzen+Main as a household name within the next five years. Sooner even.

Random questions:

5.) Wine or beer? PC or Mac? Coffee or Tea? Chocolate or Vanilla?

A good red wine is always a great choice, but my drink of choice is bourbon. I drink American beer. Mac, COFFEE, I have a chocolate problem.

6.) What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you?

Though not given to me directly, Jim Carrey’s commencement speech last year had an unbelievable truism: You can fail at what you don't love, so you might as well take a chance doing what you love.

7.) What do you do in your free time?

Spending time with my wife and two giant Rhodesian Ridgebacks. I also truly enjoy working out at CrossFit Big D. I have learned so much about myself and made great friends through CrossFit. Traveling whenever possible for fun!

8.) What are the top three things you could not live without?

My wife, my dogs, and my phone. My phone is glued to my hand. 

9.) What has been the most rewarding experience of your life?

Marrying my wife, personally. Professionally, hiring several people!

10.) What would you tell your younger self?

Don’t take everything so seriously!

 

Customer questions:

From Eddie Mrowka: "Does your new Spring/Summer line include any new denim? #LoveTheAbrams

Not quite yet - we’ve got some cool things cooking for later this year though!

From Cass Anderson: "Why CrossFit”

Why not?! It’s the best training regimen out there, especially for on the go entrepreneurs like myself!

From @RwhiteL: "Tim Tebow asks you to do a co-invest in Uber with him, but you can never talk about CrossFit again. What do you do???” 

Too cruel a question to even answer!

From Rob Fasani: "Will we see made to measure shirts in the future from M+M?”

Not this year, but we have some cool partnerships we’re exploring to get closer to custom!

Where’s homebase?

Currently, Columbus, Ohio  -  I grew up in Warren, Ohio, went to college in Youngstown, Ohio and lived briefly in Thessaloniki, Greece as a small child. 

Tell us a bit about yourself:  

I’m an engineering supervisor at American Electric Power.  I attended Youngstown State University where I got to play football for one of the best FCS (Division 1-AA) teams in the land and majored in Electrical Engineering.  I also played soccer growing up. I really enjoy painting, photography, rehabbing homes and now I’m trying to learn how to woodwork.  I just started swimming as a workout and it’s very humbling. That is a very difficult thing to do. My parents are both Greek immigrants so my brother, sister and me had a ton of fun growing up abroad and here in Ohio.

What’s your favorite shirt?  

Beckett or the Whitman, I’m just a big fan of blue.  Honestly, any of the gingham.

Pick three letters: F S W

Describe yourself with those letters: 

F  -  Family and Food, obviously go with my heritage and upbringing.  We have always been a very close knit family and anytime we’re all together there is always an abundance of wonderful food my mom whipped up with her memorized recipes.

S – Sports. Playing soccer and football growing up taught me a ton of great life lessons, helped me create a lot of long lasting friendships and paid for college. Nowadays, I play a little soccer to keep active but mostly I enjoy cheering on the Browns, Indians, Cavs, Buckeyes and my YSU Penguins.

W – Work.  I like to think my parents instilled a good work ethic in me. I think we often underestimate what how difficult it must be for immigrants to leave their native countries to come here to the US. I saw first hand the struggles my parents went through and I think they really showed me the values of a good work ethic. 

What pattern or garment would you most like to see from Mizzen+Main? 

 I would love to see Mizzen+Main make a nice simple navy golf shirt. They’ve already outdone themselves with the dress shirts and I’m sure that a golf shirt would be nothing less than stellar.

 What is your twitter handle? 

@Kostak18 

**photo credit: Erica Taffany***

 

 

Where’s homebase? The Bay Area, California

Tell us a bit about yourself: Born and raised in the Bay Area, I recently returned home after spending a few years away. In that time, I graduated from SMU (Go Stangs!) and lived in various cities throughout our great nation. If I could live anywhere, I would move to Denver but I am home for a while. I work for a great company (Expensify), have found a great church (C3SV), and most of all I get to marry an amazing woman (Analisa). In my spare time, I like to travel and see as much of the world around me as possible.

What’s your favorite shirt? The Hawthorne

Pick three letters: H, S, T,

Describe yourself with those letters:

H - Hustle

S - Serve others and stay humble

T - Tacos

What pattern or garment would you most like to see from Mizzen+Main? I would like to wear a grey Mizzen+Main suit on the day of my wedding

What is your twitter handle? I rarely use Twitter but when I do - agarces87

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