BALANI Webinar with Dormeuil Cloth Master, Luke Mayes

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Luke Mayes of Dormeuil sits down with BALANI clothier, David Tinter, to share his 25 years of experience from a family-owned, 5th generation British fabric mill.

Luke Mayes’ incredible journey began in Northampton, England. He moved to New Zealand with his family in the early ’70s where he flew fighter jets for the Royal New Zealand Air Force. After honorably serving his adopted homeland, Luke was personally recruited to serve as a brand ambassador by Ashley Dormeuil, the 5th generation heir to the House of Dormeuil. Luke then moved to the United States where he established himself as the V.P. of North American Dormeuil Operations.

When he’s not traveling the world to share the story of this innovative British mill, Luke lives in New York City and practices karate as a 5th Degree Black Belt.

Learn more about Luke and this world-renowned fabric mill here.

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BALANI Ranked on the 2018 Inc. 5000 List!

When we were first awarded the Inc. 5000 list in 2013, I was pleased to announce our growth to 4 cities. Now, as we close 2018, I am blown away that we have 14 locations around the country and 4 beautiful showrooms. More than anything, I’m extremely proud of the team we’ve built and the clients we’ve been able to serve at a great reach..

Our expansion in 2018 came by building a strong and robust leadership team, further training and empowering our clothiers, and most importantly, our clients spreading the BALANI name and sharing their experiences with The Custom Life.

I am proud to officially announce that we made our mark on the Inc. 5000 list for the very rare 5th year in a row. I would like to thank all of our staff, clients, families, and friends for your unwavering support over the years. Thank you for continuing our legacy, and keep on living #TheCustomLife™.

 

-Sonny Balani CEO, BALANI Custom Clothiers

https://www.inc.com/profile/balani-custom-clothiers

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Fabio Vivani’s Truffle Mushroom Risotto for BALANI

Truffle Mushroom Risotto Recipe

There comes a time in every man’s life where it becomes absolutely pivotal for him to cook a mouth-wateringly incredible meal. We’re not talking about just any old recipe; it’s THE recipe. A show stopper to be exact. One that makes a lasting impression, and is coveted deeply in your culinary arsenal.

This is that recipe.

Ingredients:
(SERVES 4-6)

– 2 C. Aborio Rice

– 1 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

– 2 T. Butter (unsalted)

– 2 EA. Spanish White Onion (diced)

– ½ C. Dry White Wine

– 6 C. Vegetable Stock

– 1½  C. Mixed Mushrooms, Roasted (Shitake & Oyster)  **We added baby bella mushrooms to our recipe**

– 1 C. Fava Beans (Cleaned)

– ½ C. Robiola Cheese (Can be substituted for a Mild Brie Cheese)

– 2 T. Truffle Butter

– 1 T. White Truffle Oil

– 2 T. Truffle Pate (Found in specialty stores like Eataly or online at Amazon.com)

– ½ C. Grated Grana Padano

– Salt & Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

STEP 1: In a large sauté pan, melt the butter with the olive oil, once it is melted and hot sauté the onion until translucent.

STEP 2: Add the Aborio Rice and toast it, stirring constantly for 2 min.

STEP 3: Add the white wine and cook until the wine is completely evaporated.

STEP 4: Add Fava Beans & Mushrooms, cooking till well incorporated about 1 min.

STEP 5: Add 2 C. of the vegetable stock & cook stirring constantly until the stock is evaporated.

STEP 6: Add more stock  ½  C. at a time letting it get absorbed before adding the next one. Continue this process until the rice is tender but still has a little bit of a bite to it about 18-20 min. Stir, stir, stir!

STEP 7: To finish the risotto add the Robiola and Grana Padano, cooking the cheeses into the risotto to make it nice & creamy.

STEP 8: Add the truffle ingredients, butter, oil, & pate. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Serve on plates garnished with micro greens and enjoy!

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5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Summer Style

1.) Get Sporty
A summer sport coat is the fun cousin to the navy blazer. It gets all the attention and everyone wants to hang out with it. This particular sport coat has a big, bold pattern and lots of color. It’s not meant to blend in – it’s guaranteed to stand out.

Plaids, checks, and bold windowpanes are the perfect pattern for a summer sport coat. It commands a presence whether it’s worn with a pair of cotton trousers or dark denim jeans.

2.) Ditch your Dad’s Tie

Let’s face it, we all have ties in our closet that are old, tired, and need to be tossed. If it’s wider than 3-1/2 inches, has a bizarre 90’s pattern, and looks like it was a hand-me down, it’s time to get rid of it.

Updating your tie collection is the easiest way to modernize your wardrobe. Start by purchasing ties that are between 2-1/2 inches (narrow) to 3 inches (new standard) wide, have modern designs, and compliment your shirt and suit collection. This step will singlehandedly elevate your summer wardrobe game.

3.) Explore shirt colors

Summer fashion is inspired and drawn from the colors we’re surrounded by each day. So don’t be afraid to get out of the shallow end and dive headfirst into the deep end of the color spectrum.

For those who have spent years tiptoeing away from color, incorporating cool pastel tones in a micro stripe or check pattern is a great place to start. Cool pastels are extremely subtle and have bluish/grey undertones making it easier for men to experiment with. Most micro patterns have a white base and accent color in the pattern. Lilac, blush pink, violet, almond, and aquamarine are great options.

For those who freely embrace color, now’s the time to go bold! Try mixing in a brighter color palette such as, coral, tangerine, scarlet, turquoise and yellow.

4.) Accessorize above the waist

After reading step 2, we all know that a fantastic tie is a great addition to any wardrobe. Normally, I would never condone breaking up a suit and tie love affair; however, sometimes a little variety is necessary and quite frankly, a lot less boring.

Contrary to what you might think, men have considerable options when it comes to accessories. Spice up your relationship with your suit by adding a lapel pin, cufflinks, tie bar, or pocket square.

For those who are new to accessorizing, stick to 2 accessories at a time. If you prefer a conservative look, opt for a white cotton pocket square and silver tie bar. For those who want a modern look, add a patterned pocket square and colorful lapel pin.

5.) Lighten Up Your Loafers

Incorporating new colors to your wardrobe is not just reserved for clothing. The concept applies to accessories and shoes as well. With that said, it’s time to branch out from your standard black and dark brown lace ups and add some lightly colored loafers to the mix.

Some of the most dynamic and fashionable colors for loafers are the lighter and brighter shades of the classics. Instead of a dark brown, go for a tan, chestnut, camel, or burgundy loafer. They will help bring out the warmer tones in any navy suit or blazer.

For those who aren’t afraid to branch out, try a bright blue or light grey suede loafer. Different textures will give your outfit visual interest and depth.

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Men’s Top 3 Spring Fashion Trends for Men

Spring is in the air, and this season, men’s custom clothing is brighter, smoother, and bluer than ever. Creamy beaches, cool blue seas, Caribbean sunset tones and earthy greens serve as inspirations for the fabrics and patterns we’re seeing all over the runway. These tropical influenced colors are fresh, fun, and harmonious with the airy feel of spring.

Here’s our recommendation for The Top 3 Spring Fashion Trends for Men

Island Glen Paid Suit

Put down the Hotty Toddy’s and get ready for the mojitos, because spring is officially here. Which means one thing – color!

The “Island Glen Plaid Suit” is unique and a spring must-have, due to it’s beautiful color combination of sky blue and pale grey. This color blend creates an incredibly subtle glen plaid pattern making it extremely wearable, and a perfect option for those who don’t typically gravitate toward a patterned suit. Coconut brown buttons, and a navy lapel buttonhole will help pull the look together.

The suit’s versatility lies within its ability to be dressed up for a daytime event or worn casually for a destination wedding. The bluish-grey hue of the suit, works famously with a crisp white shirt and cotton pocket square. Add a navy tie to incorporate the navy detailing in the lapel buttonhole. Complete the look with blue socks and a caramel leather belt and shoes.

For those looking for casual wedding attire, draw start by going tieless with a powder blue shirt and colorful pocket square. Finish off the look with a navy canvas belt and white Sperry’s.

The Nautical Windowpane

Can’t decide between getting a classic navy blazer or a patterned sport coat? No problem, the “Nautical Windowpane” is the jacket for you.

The dark navy base shares the same characteristics and versatility of a navy blazer, while the light blue windowpane adds the pop and personality of a traditional sport coat. The best part about this jacket is its ability to transition into all four seasons.

For the warmer months of spring and summer, wear the jacket with a pair of cobalt blue cotton pants and a light blue check shirt. A knit navy tie and linen pocket square will add texture and color to the ensemble. When the weather starts to cool down in the fall and winter, swap out the cotton pants for a pair of wool slacks and add a cashmere sweater under the jacket.

Cream Cotton Pants

Not all khaki tones are created equally. In fact, cream is considered the fairest khaki of them all. Keeping with the nautical theme of previous seasons, cream is this season’s must-have color. Less stark than white, and more versatile than beige, cream is elegant, versatile and masculine. Combined with the lightweight cotton fabric, this pant is the ideal investment for spring.

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