Did you hear? Warren E. Buffett is planning to invest in U.S. businesses in the upcoming year and has let it be known that he believes “America’s best days lie ahead.” In his annual letter last week to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, the storied investment oracle wrote that “money will always flow toward opportunity, and there is an abundance of that in America.” This is a big validation for us at Longshot Apparel and the premium USA-made shirts we are creating for you tall guys. Now, doing the right thing has Mr. Buffett as an ally.
According to The New York Times, in 2010 the company spent more than $5 billion on property and equipment in the United States – this was more than 90 percent of the Berkshire Hathaway’s total expenditure. According to Mr. Buffett “the same system that has unleashed wonders for over two centuries is alive and effective today.”
His best investment was the acquisition of Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad that brought a 30 percent increase to his company’s earning power. Believe it or not, old-fashion choo choo trains have the power to reduce green house emissions and use less oil to operate. If a train line can do this what else can we adapt in our own backyard to solve the issues we’re all facing? If we’ve survived a Civil War and numerous recessions, can’t we survive turning the table on global sourcing and outsourcing as well?
There’s still plenty of talent in the USA to make shirts – it’s just that it’s not a priority for most apparel companies to keep the business on our shores. As the three founders at Longshot Apparel, we treat all company investments as our own – we’ll because it is. Where our money goes can help change the outcome of where this country is going and what it values most. We’ll keep making shirts here without question. God Bless the U.S.A. and Warren Buffett.
A picture from one of our favorite places to make our tall shirts!
This morning I stubled upon this cool site….www.everyguyed.com. Their tag line is: Advice on men's fashion, style, grooming. Simplified. Anyway, they recently posted this piece written by Xiaoli Li called Fashion Tips for Tall Men. Now for the record we at Longshot Apparel are on the fence when it comes to the word "fashion." We prefer to call it "style." Lest you think our products are grounded in fleeting fashion trends or that our attitude is all runway and no substance. But I digress. Let's get to the article below as it offers up some excellent advice.
Tall men are some of the most neglected in fashion. It’s a curious situation, given how much emphasis that society places on height for men. Women love a man who’s taller, and big men always get picked first for grade school basketball teams; but just the same, they’re condemned to shopping in specialty stores.
However, the tall man can still look dapper.; and EveryGuyed’s Fashion Tips For Tall Men will help get you looking your best.
The Illusion of Width
The most common problem tall men encounter is an issue of proportions. Appearing tall and thin can appear disconcerting, so you need to add width to that frame to achieve proportions that people will find aesthetically pleasing.
Sound complicated? It’s actually pretty simple; here are some common ways you can look your best as a big man.
- Horizontal lines: Don’t go overboard, but some subtle horizontal lines will help you fill out and create the illusion of width.
- Big patterns: With a larger canvas to work with, you can take advantage of bigger patterns. Things that might be a fashion mistake on a smaller man are a bold choice on a big man; just use your judgment here, since too much of anything can be a disaster.
- Wider pieces: Things like neckties and lapels can be worn in their wider incarnations; Andre Leon Talley, Vogue’s editor-at-large, is six-foot-six, and unafraid to use wide lapels, big patterns, and neckties.
- Separate your look: Dressing head to toe in one color is disastrous for anybody, but the big man should take special care, or else he’ll look like one great big color block. Break up your large frame with differing, but complimentary, colors.
- Good Fits: All your clothing should take your height into consideration. This doesn’t just mean buying suits from the ‘big and tall’ section, but instead making sure your pants are cuffed (uncuffed pants create even more height), you avoid suits with too many buttons (which draws the eye upward), and steer clear of baggy clothing in general. Being a big man exaggerates nearly every crease and fold, so a good fit counts for a lot.
Here are a few pieces that the tall man should definitely keep on hand, and will always look great.
- It’s hard for a tall man to go wrong with a double breasted jacket. The addition of width in the midsection is appealing, and a tall man will never look squat in this piece.
- The classic American Ivy league piece, the sack suit is a suit that’s cut without any shoulder padding at all. A great choice for the big man.
- Some tall men have longer necks than average, making them look a little awkward. A polo shirt has a widening effect on the neck, as does a spread collar dress shirt, balancing the look out.
- When wearing a suit, the big man’s shape can be at its worst, with the expanse of color on the shirt showing off his height. To fix this, consider a three-piece suit, whose waistcoat can break up the entire look on your frame.
Tall men, like any other men, should use clothing to hide any potential flaws or problems that their height might bring.
- To dampen the effect of their height, tall men should be trying to add width to their look.
- Horizontal lines, big patterns, wide pieces, and well-fitting pieces should all be options that a big man keeps in mind.
- More specifically, the tall man should keep a few flattering pieces of clothing on permanent standby in his closet:
- Double breasted suits, sack suits, polo shirts, spread-collar shirts, and waistcoats are all useful for varying reasons.
If you have ever gone shopping for a casual dress shirt for the tall man, you will already know that there is a shortage of proper fitting shirts for the tall and skinny man. Not all tall men are built alike, so it would make sense that not all shirts should be alike. At Longshot Apparel, we create our shirts to fill in this missing gap and design the perfect fitting shirt for tall and slim fit men.
The Polo Ralph Lauren Gingham Sport Shirt is a nice looking all-cotton, casual dress shirt that is imported and machine washable. They even make this shirt in sizes for taller men, but when compared with the Longshot Gingham Casual Shirt with 16-17 neck size and 37.5-39 sleeve length, the fit is very different. Where the Ralph Lauren is shirt is bulky at the waist, the Longshot is slim fitting and looks great. Not only do our shirts fit great, but they are made right here in the USA. Do not settle for second best when you can have the perfect shirt; start shopping for the perfect shirt at Longshot Apparel.
Shirts for the tall man have commonly been made to fit both the tall and large man. This leaves the tall and skinny man without a custom look, because most shirts are too big in the chest and waist to fit the slim fit man. It is this frustrating fact that led to the creation of Longshot Apparel, where we make tailor fitted shirts to look perfect on the tall and slender man. When compared to other casual dress shirts such as the Polo Ralph Lauren Gingham Sport Shirt, the difference in how they fit is very clear. For example, when comparing the Ralph Lauren with the Longshot Gingham Sport Shirt with a 16-17 neck size and a 35.5-37 sleeve length, the difference is in the inches. The sleeves alone are 1.5-2 inches shorter and the waist and chest are a minimum of two inches smaller. This makes the Longshot shirt fit nicely without the bulky waist and the extra long sleeves. Do not wait another day to find that perfect fitting casual shirt, instead start shopping for Longshot Apparel and find the right shirt for you.
A proper-fitting shirt can give your appearance a polished look. But for those with a taller, slimmer frame, finding that right fit in a casual dress shirt is a challenge. Tall shirts are often made too large for a slim, taller man. This leaves shoulders in the wrong place or sleeves that are too short. These clothes are not only look disheveled but are uncomfortable to wear. Longshot Apparel offers a taller fit, without extra bulk. The Leadon Navy shirt by Longshot Apparel offers a clean, tailored look for a tall man with no hidden princess seams. Made of pure Egyptian cotton in a gingham print, it’s a breezy clothing option enjoying a breezy summer evening. The look is similar to the Polo Ralph Lauren Gingham Sport Shirt, but Longshot Apparel offers two sleeve lengths in each size, ensuring comfort and a proper fit. The 1L size offers 36.5-38 sleeve sizes and 15.5-16.5 neck sizes. Longshot Apparel also offers complimentary shipping and returns, so you’re sure to find the proper fit for your tall frame. See Longshot Apparel now and find the right clothing for your body.
THE LEADON navy gingham
Even though the snow is still in the air here in the Pacific Northwest we are thinking spring! We just got some pre-production samples back from the factory and I am really excited to give a glimpse of our new Gingham print shirt that will be available next month. The fabric is from Albini of Italy and is a light and soft single ply 70s yarn; perfect for those warmer days ahead. In addition to blue, I am looking forward to unveiling a very cool purple that I know many of you will really like. We also have a sharpTwill in the works… Stay tuned and stand tall!
Starting a company is a big deal. It is all fun and games when you are chatting about your big idea with your friends over beers proclaiming your brilliance and scrawling notes on the back of beer coasters, but at some point the rubber meets the road and for most folks the idea dies in between those pub walls alongside so many others. You probably know that guy who proclaims his prescient genius; EBay? Yeah I thought of that one a long time ago. Zappos? That was my idea, too. Sure. It’s quite another thing to actually do it and make something where before there was nothing.
Creating Longshot Apparel has been one of the most exhilarating and simultaneously frightening things I have done to date. Most days are a ride on the emotional roller coaster; riding the highs of our small successes only to be drowned out the next moment by another challenge or problem to be solved. While most people are supportive, a lot of people will tell you that you are crazy or taking a big risk. Shirts for tall guys? Really? Good luck with that! So it is. But I have turned a corner and now can’t imagine things to be any different way.
I was thrilled recently to hear about Fearless Revolution, founded by Alex Bogusky and Rob Schuham. Working from “the cottage” in Boulder, CO Alex and Rob are doing some very cool stuff and re-thinking about how the relationship between companies and consumers is dramatically changing. I love their blog and the Fearless Revolution Show. I also love the idea of embracing my inner “insurgent.” In a word Alex and Rob give me a virtual pat on the back and remind me that I am not alone out there. "Fear is the mortal enemy of innovation, creativity and happiness." Indeed it is. So here is my quick insurgent’s daily “to do” list mantra:
- Live without fear.
- Trust yourself and your vision.
- Be here now and enjoy it!
- Don’t fear failure.
- Learn something new today.
- Forget something old that is no longer useful.
- Make today great.
- Stand tall and go for it.
Words to live by-fearlessly!
Last night while channel surfing I happened upon my favorite short man–Bill Maher. I know, I know some of you think he's polarizing but that's what keeps me coming back. I love the part in his show where he does his "new rules." Here's one he imparted that I think all of us should note and put into practice. It's the dropped call rule. If you are on a cell phone and a call gets dropped the person who initiated the call should call back. Sticking to this rule will help you to avoid a lot of missed connections and unnecessary voice mails…"mark, we just lost each other, call me back." You know how it goes. So remember this…if you call, call back. If you didn't call sit and wait for the "initiator" to call you. Thanks Bill! I would post the video but HBO simply wont have it so click here.
“We work for the shareholders,” James Salinger the CEO of GTX global transportation grumbles to Gene McClarey. Gene retorts back “But at this company, people use to matter.” Sad but true, huh?
The corporate world can really do a number on us. In America we give our lives to our jobs, most of us have been guilty of it. And then something happens that changes us. Maybe we travel around the world for six months, strike up a new company or just step back. Seldom is it self-induced. These days, employers and tough financial times are to thank for that forced-fed dose…if you can call it that.
The story behind The Company Men centers around three men trying to survive being downside at a company they’ve devoted their lives to. Ben Affleck plays Bobby Walker, a 37-year old Sales Manager for once shipping conglomerate GTX. When he gets axed he deals with the real life consequences of what it means to his family lifestyle and his self-worth.
The movie did make me think back to September of 2008, the year that serves as its backdrop. Where was I? And what was I doing? Even in my theater seat I felt really lucky to not have been affected drastically by the crisis. But don’t misconstrue The Company Men as a movie that is about what the big, bad corporations did. It’s a more nuanced and beautiful story than that – it’s the story of realizing what is really important to us after years of being brainwashed into manufactured success.
Do we actually have the recession to thank for a change for the better? Now I’m not talking about minimizing the struggle of those in permanently bad situations where there’s just no hope or money. But without being forced to take a hard, outside look at life in the corporate fast track, would anybody on that path question company motives otherwise?
A cast of excellent tall actors makes The Company Men a delight to watch:
- Ben Affleck as the 6’2” Bobby Walker
- Tommy Lee Jones as the 6’1”Gene McClary, the #2 man at GTX
- Kevin Costner as the 6’1” Contractor Brother-in-Law to Bobby
- Craig T. Nelson as the evil and greedy 6’3” GTX CEO James Salinger
- Chris Cooper gets honorary tall-guy status for his acting prowess as company-man Phil Woodward.
And lastly there’s Affleck’s super-fitted dress shirt. This fitted shirt showed off his superhero v-shaped physique – I chuckled quietly to myself in theater know there’s no shirt on this earth designed to fit a tall guy like that. But also personally rejoiced the tailored taller fit of The Lawson shirt would come close to creating that Hollywood magic. Enjoy the film!
Good news this week. Longshot Apparel and our tall shirt strategy was featured in the most recent newsletter from Springwise. We are excited by the response to the feature – it validates that style and choices for tall guys of normal girth are needed. It’s also nice to see that a simple business idea can get some recognition in this age of innovative online communities, micro-financing and mobile technologies. We think long-enough sleeves, a narrower-cut torso and made in the USA manufacturing are needed, don’t you?
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