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Archive for September, 2012

My New gig

  Right now, I am now in the process of studying my fit and label manual. After a couple of months of being part volunteer, part intern, and nearly a decade of being in the corporate matrix, I’ve come full circle to doing what I love, being a custom clothier.  I’m usually a very low-key guy when comes to showing emotion, but this is pretty exciting.
      I’m working with Christopher Schafer Clothiers here in Baltimore, MD, and so far I can say I love it here. Here are the cast of characters: Chris Schafer (the guy in the grey suit w/ his arm on my shoulder) pretty much lets us be us, which is what I love. He’s a great guy to work with. If I had to describe his philosophy, it would be old school work ethic applied through unconventional methods and thinking.  Chris J Rondo, my cohort (the blonde dude pictured in the sunglasses), is a young cat who does his own thing, and has his own unique style.
I discovered Chris through a blog a friend of mine pointed out to me referring to a monthly fashion/networking cocktail event started by Caprece Garrett-Jackson called “Wear It Out Wednesdays” . I saw a few photos of Chris’s display and wanted to know more about this tailor I’d never heard of before. Hell I’d been a part of The Custom Shop during my early days in Baltimore , who was this cat ? The more information I read, the more I felt like I’d been living under a rock for the last 3 years. Chris is a musician who started founded Hour House studios, he got his start in custom & clothing while living abroad in London, trained by the best in Saville Row and Jermyn Street. After coming back to the states he did a short stint with Tom James and decided to “take the plunge” in 2008 starting his own label . Winning The Baltimore City Paper’s Best of Baltimore  “Baltimore’s Best Tailor” two times in 2010, 2011 , (and again this year in September). I read more about his work with Living Classrooms , and the non-profit which he chairs The Baltimore Fashion Alliance. So after reading all that , I decided to take a chance and email Chris and ask him about an internship. Surprisingly he responded back that same evening, we set up an interview which turned into me basically hanging out there  the entire day. Before I knew it I was sitting in on planning meetings for Fashion Block and then assisting in styling models for Baltimore’s Fashion’s Night Out . To think almost a year ago ,  stuck in a job with a few unhappy people in various departments and wondering if this was all life has to offer?  Me taking shit from a bunch of un-happy people, caught up in whatever their emotional or social hang-ups were at the time. Not quite being understood , and being ridiculed behind my back for thinking differently. Or “living a fashion magazine fantasy lifestyle”. I wanted a way out. I didn’t want to get stuck .. I liked my job and the responsibility it gave me , but I knew it wasn’t my calling. Apparently so did The Most High …because late one December morning I after being into the office by my director and told I was being let go in February ,a year after being promoted to a new position. Funny how life works out sometimes.
       About eight months ago after being handed a pink slip by my former employer, I had no idea on earth what I’d be doing or how, for that matter. I just knew I wanted to do something in menswear and fashion. So I started A Life Suited as not just a way of occupying my time, but also as a bridge into the one of things I love to talk most about. For me, this is much more than just a frivolous conversation on clothing, it’s a lifestyle. So it’s nice to finally find my niche and not be writing from the viewpoint of an observer on the sidelines, but to actually be in the mix of it all. Alright, back to studying…
D.C. King A.L.S.

The Air Is Crisp And I Feel The Need…..The Need For Tweed


Ok maybe it hasn’t quite gotten to that point here just yet in Baltimore….but rest assured it’s on it’s way. Not to knock summer but being from Texas , I have had my fair share of heat.. Been there done that, wrote a song about it and released about four or five remixes ( check out the Frank Ocean – David Guetta mash-up on I-tunes).  I joke , but you know you’d buy. .   Yeah the months of summer are fun filled with cookouts ,BBQ’s and crab feasts and women in short shorts and sundresses…sigh it truly was a great summer .. but I still look to the fall with the same anticipation as Ralphie in A Christmas Story awaiting his Red Rider BB Gun. Image

Why ? You might ask… Well one of the main reasons would definitely be, I get to dress up, and get to do so with one of my favorite fabrics TWEED . When it’s chilly on these Mount Vernon Streets nothing like glass of  Bushmills and tweed sport coat to break through the crisp fall air for those walks past The Baltimore Washington Monument up N.Charles St or around The Inner Harbor or Harbor East.


A Brief History : The term tweed was originally called tweel, the Scottish term for twill. History has it that the current name came about due to a London merchant having to read some very illegible handwriting. The merchant who received an order from a firm in Hawick asking for Tweel , misinterpreted the handwriting, thinking it to be a trademark taken from the river Tweed ,that flows through the Scottish Borders textile area, and centuries later we are still calling it tweed. The fabric has traditionally been used for upper class country clothing like shooting jackets during the Edwardian age in England, and becoming popular in the early 60’s among Ivy League preppies. Tweed has lately been enjoying a resurgence in popularity as of late among Trads and Hipsters alike.

The tweed sport coat is one of the most versatile staple of a Fall/ Winter wardrobe. Dress it up with a pair flannel wool trousers, a crisp white shirt and a pair of Chelsea boots or oxfords. Or go weekend casual in your favorite sweater or henley, or business casual in a chambray oxford shirt and a pair of chinos or corduroys and a pair of suede brogues. You can find decent affordable jackets right on E-Bay , or the $500 and up  range from brands such as Thom Browne Ralph Lauren and The Harris Tweed collaborations with J Crew . In my humble opinion if you are willing to spend in the upwards of $500  and up “off the rack ” sports jacket , why not go custom fit ? Not only will it give you great fit , but it also gives you greater choice than what most designers will offer you with their seasonal lines. A wider variety of fabric choices, as well as being able to select those details that will set you apart from the rest of the flock. Most high-end department stores such as Barney’s or Neiman Marcus offer made to measure at reasonable price.


(Photo via JCrew)

Now if you don’t have one those in your area or you can find better ways to spend your time other than sitting than in traffic or don’t feel like making the trip, there then make a trip to google to research your local custom clothier, and if you’re in Baltimore stop by and see me at Christopher Schafer Clothier on 1400 Aliceanna St.  Send me a message at alifesuited@gmail.com to set up an appointment and we can get you suited up and ready before the first frost hits.  See you soon .


D.C. King – ALS




Christopher Schafer will be hosting his Autumn Trunk Show Oct. 11, 2012 from 12-8pm. come and view new selections of fall fabrics, as well as cocktails and live jazz by The Jerron White Trio from 6-8pm . Discounts on custom suits, shirts,ties, sports coats and tuxedos, as well as end of bolt fabric specials. More information on http://www.christopherschafer.com, or contact me directly @ alifesuited@gmail.com


Fashion’s Night Out Baltimore – A Life Suited


I had originally intended to attend the event as press , but was blessed with the opportunity to work freelance as a wardrobe stylist for Mr. Christopher Schafer of Christopher Schafer Clothier and assist along with he and Chris Rondo with styling the gentleman for their walk. Catch our handiwork @ 6:13 on the video, and Thank You Ms Charms Chic for the amazing footage !

DC King – ALS



Tonight’s The Night – Baltimore’s Fashion’s Night Out

Tonight's The Night - Baltimore's Fashion's Night Out

Get your tickets from Mission Tix for tonights event … tickets will also be sold at the door


Purple end on end w/ cut away collar and handmade self -tipped tie courtesy of Christopher Schafer Clothiers

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Sartorial Splendor

Sartorial Splendor

Christopher Schafer Clothiers