What should every well-dressed man have in his wardrobe?

It’s a new year, and it’s time to build up your sartorial sense. That means starting with the basics and building your foundation.

So I could go on forever on this one. But if I had to narrow it down, here are a few:

A well fitted navy-blue suit (this includes a pair of trousers and vest…if applicable). It has the amazing ability to go from button-up-business to Friday-night casual in minutes.

A wristwatch. From Movado to Timex, Omega to Rolex, it’s all about the slight glance at the wrist. Check this essential accessory for the time (especially when someone asks you), not your phone.

A great pair of dress shoes, casual sneakers, and of course, boots. You get what you pay for here. So invest wisely and take care of them.

And finally, a great selection of socks. Enough said.

-Rochester Sartorial


Time For a Re-fresh

Hello Rochester.

Hello Rochester.

We’re back on #RochMN (That’s Rochester, MN). A simple style, art, & culture guide in consumable little tid-bits. Baked fresh locally.

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And where back with another Sartorial Quick Tip: The Peacoat


It seems the peacoat, the double-breasted wool coat with broad lapels and wooden buttons, is popping up everywhere. From James Bond to Kanye West, anyone can and should have this maritime-essential in their closet.

Pretty much any fashion brand offers some variation of the peacoat. Better yet, you can pick up an authentic U.S. Navy issue peacoat at most army/navy surplus stores for half the coast of most major brands. Today you can find tailored versions that are brought in a bit giving it a slimmer profile. And stick to the primary peacoat colors: navy blue, charcoal, or black.

We recommend wearing the peacoat at casual events—friendly get-togethers, downtown loft parties, or even when you’re out running some errands. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up a bit through layers. Try a pair black slacks, dark khaki chinos, or even indigo jeans, a button down, and a thick cable knit sweater on top of that. Oh yeah, a scarf is almost always a must. But in all honesty, you can really do whatever you want with this thing, as long as you don’t try to pass it off as dressy.

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Speaking of Art…


There’s a flier about town promising “One night of love…Art.”

It’s brought to you by Rochester’s UNderground ARTist happening—yeah catchy title. But it seems interesting enough.

Fella’s of the “Happening” are turning a Downtown warehouse into an art gallery for one night and one night only…Well, we hope not! This sorts of shin-dig is pretty popular in places like, Chicago, New York City, and LA. So lets keep them coming!

The artshow is going to feature:

  • 15 local artists. One of whom is Bobby Marines from “Thursdays on First” and various other art projects showcased in Downtown Rochester.
  • Their art—painting, photography, video, & sculpture,
  • Music
  • Drinks
  • And many other creative types looking to stir some creative and intellectual senses

Sounds good to us. We’ll have to check it out. We’ll report back with some highlights from the event.

-Rochester Sartorial

When and Where: Saturday, November 10, at 7:30pm. 115 N. Broadway.

Everyone Should Own at Lease One: A Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

MOULIN ROUGE: LA GOULUE, HENRI de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC 1891, lithograph on woven paper

We don’t care who you are. Every home deserves some great art. Whether you can afford the real thing or just a print doesn’t matter. Show your house some style-love and get something by the greats.

This piece by Toulouse-Lautrec is a great place to start. It’s recognizable but not too recognizable, so it will most likely start conversation—if you fancy that sort of thing. It’s full of color and will great on any wall or picture frame. So you can really design around this piece with any budget.

You can usually find prints—like this one!—from places like Michaels, Hobby-Lobby, or IKEA.  We recommend something modern with a bit of color.

Toulouse-Lautrec was a post-impressionist & art-Nouveau famous in Paris during the later 1800’s. He moved around a little bit, but that’s for another article.

-Rochester Sartorial

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