Men's Style Terminology

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#'s count on clothing

The higher the number, the finer the threads; the finer the threads, the silkier the fabric


100's Two-Ply Broadcloth (fine)

A premium shirting fabric made with two-ply threads (two individual threads are twisted together) which make it durable, soft, and lustrous.

140's Broadcloth (very fine)

A very luxurious yarn, the higher thread count and resulting closeness of weave gives it a superior hand and remarkable luster.


200's Two-Ply Broadcloth (extremely fine)

Woven from some of the finest cottons in the world, our 200's Two-Ply Cotton offers an extremely silky touch and incredibly fine patterns.


¼" Top Stitch

A more traditional tailoring feature, stitching on the collar and cuff is ¼" from the edge versus edge-stitching which is flush with the edge.



Modeling most commonly associated with denim jeans, five-pockets style puts a more casual spin on your trouser with 2 front pockets, a front coin pocket and patch rear pockets.


7 fold

The ultimate in neckwear craft. Silk fabric is folded seven times for a more robust tie. The thickness and absence of lining makes for a well balanced tie that drapes and knots perfectly.



An intarsia knit characterized by colored diamond shapes. Argyle designs are common in sweaters and socks.



A natural, renewable resource that is, much like cotton, machine washable, strong and hypoallergenic, making it the perfect fabric for extra sensitive skin. Bamboo fabric is luxuriously soft, similar to the softness and look of silk. It is extremely breathable and comfortable against skin. Bamboo absorbs and wicks moisture away from the skin, keeping you cooler and drier than synthetics or cotton. The natural antifungal agent "bamboo kun" deters bacteria and pests from the bamboo, making the use of pesticides or herbicides unnecessary..

Band Collar

A collar that stands up straight and encircles the neck, without any turndown collar points. These are only available in Ken's custom shirts.


A variation of a plain weave in which two or more warp (horizontal) yarns and one or more weft (vertical) yarns are interlaced as one. These yarns are placed into the woven construction flat and continue to run parallel to one another throughout. Resembles a miniature braided basket.

Bengal Stripe

A wider color stripe that alternates with a narrower white stripe.

Bedford Cord

A rugged fabric with pronounced ridges. Originallly meant for wool trousers, now found in cotton. Mainly used during the fall season.


Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification. It may be altered or tailored to the tastes or usage of an individual purchaser.
Synonyms are "custom-made", "made to order", and "made to measure".

Besom Pocket

A set-in pocket cut into the garment with access through a welted slit-type opening. Found on shirts and trousers.


The bias direction of the fabric is diagonally across the grain. While a true bias is cut at a 45 degree angle to the fabric's warp (horizontal) and weft (vertical) threads, a bias cut is any direction in the fabric which does not exactly flow in the direction of the length or width of a fabric. A bias cut also provides for greater stretch, or give in the fabric.


A natural process finishes the pure wool fabric without chemical components. Environmentally-friendly, high-performance fabrics. Creates a soft and durable garment.

Bird's Eye

A weave that is comprised of small repetitive diamond shapes resembling a bird's eye. Usually found on blazers, trousers and socks. This classic fabric also lends subtle texture to fine dress shirts and suitings.


A type of jacket. Although it resembles a suit jacket it is a more casual coat, The classic version is with brass buttons. A more contemporary version is with horn or gray polish corazo buttons. The blazer can have varying degrees of texture and shoulder structure.

Boxer Shorts

A man's undergarment often made in cotton or silk.


A metal alloy of copper and zinc.


A dense, tightly woven fabric. It is lustrous and soft with a good texture and a smooth finish. Broadcloth tends to wear very well and is machine washable.

Business Casual Collection

Easy, refined garments that are considered more appropriate in a casual business setting. ie.. no tie needed

Buttondown Collar

A collar that is secured to the shirt by small buttons on both points for both a stylish and practical look. The buttondown collar was introduced in England during the 1800s to help polo players keep their collars in place while playing. The buttondown collar is hence considered a more sporty look.


Cable Knit

A knitting pattern in which cables appear to twist around one another.


A smooth-surfaced, fine-grained, durable leather from the hide of a calf. It does not scuff easily, stretches only moderately, and cleans well.


A soft and luxurious fabric made with hair sheared from a Bactrian camel. Camelhair is most often used in the construction of suits and jackets. Similar to wool, it provides excellent warmth, but is lighter in weight.

Camp Shirt

A button-front shirt with a collar and no neckband. The shirt produces a casual look with its straight hem, boxy cut, and vented sides for wear in or out. One mainly sees a camp collar on a short sleeve summer shirt.


A form of headwear. The crown of a cap fits closer than that of a hat, and they do not have a brim, although a visor is usually present. There are multiple silouettes of a cap for every head shape.

Cap Toe

A separate piece of material covering the toe section of a shoe for reinforcement and/or decoration; usually used on oxford-style shoes.

Car Coat

A ¾ length coat that is historically known as comfortable option for driving since the 1950s.


A collarless sweater that buttons or zips down the front. Originally used as an extra layer for warmth under military uniforms. A classic piece for any wardrobe. Modern styles have a cardigan with a shawl collar and horn buttons.


An extremely soft and lightweight luxury fiber combed from the undercoat of the long-haired Kashmir goat. Cashmere has a soft and silky finish and is most commonly woven or knit to produce sweaters, suits, coats, and other winter accessories.

Chalk Stripe

Evenly spaced, soft, thin white or light stripes woven into dark fabric. A classic yet elegant look.


Similar to denim. A lightweight cotton fabric for shirts. Traditionally used in light colors.


A woolen or worested wool with rough texture. The best are woven of fine worsted yarns in herringbone or other patterns. Seen in suit and jacket fabrics.