Celebrating Same Sex Weddings!

At the end of every Allure email, contract, and template are the words, "We believe in marriage equality for everyone."  Years ago, we stamped that on our paperwork and website as a daily reminder about what Allure stands for and who we serve -- couples in love.  All couples.  We are so proud to celebrate alongside our gay and lesbian loved ones this week as we all ring in the new laws that finally allow same sex marriage in California.

Love is love!

To celebrate LOVE, I put together some of my favorite photos of LGBT couples from wedding blogs.  Including photos from a styled shoot I coordinated almost two years ago shot by Meg Perotti (directly below).  Enjoy!

We can't wait to start planning gay weddings in California and beyond!  It's such an exciting time to be a wedding planner and gay ally…I am so proud of our country and the huge steps we are all taking in the right direction!  Now let's start planning weddings!

 

Allure: 16th and 17th Week in Review

Something is in the wedding water around here!  This past week, I received more inquiries, and had more meetings with vendors and couples than I have in the past two months!  I'm excited to share some developments and I can't wait to start working on these new weddings and keep you updated along the way! 1.  Jonathan Moore Photography.  Jonathan is an LA based photographer that works in the Bay Area often and shoots destination weddings anywhere.  In a six-degrees-of-separation kind of way that I love, he got in touch with me after finding out what I do from his old college buddy, my brother.  Jonathan and I met for coffee (with Joey in tow) and chatted about the industry, our styles, and our shared commitment to marriage equality.  I like Jonathan, and I hope to work with him this year.  Check him out!  Below is one of my favorite photos from one of Jonathan's 'Beloved' sessions.  2.  BoLee Bridal in Sunnyvale.  I visited BoLee with my friend Elizabeth Chang, of Skyla Arts.  I often get asked by brides for suggestions of bridal boutiques, and I have a couple go-to answers, but I definitely need more in my rolodex (head).  BoLee is located in the heart of Sunnyvale, about ten minutes away from downtown Mountain View.  It's in an unassuming strip mall, and the building masks the store's glamorous interior and gorgeous inventory of sample dresses.  I am happy to have a new store on my short list, and I look forward to working with Bo, the owner, on future events and promotions.  3.  Allure's new blogger!  Did you read my post Wednesday?  I'm thrilled to announce that starting Friday, June 1, Abigail Rutkowski of Wedding Row California will be guest posting on the Allure blog.  Abigail will be bringing the pretty now that Kaella's inspiring stint has ended.  I can't wait to see what kind of creative and unique inspiration boards Abigail has in store for us!

4.  Cupcake Tasting.  This week, I had a pleasant task on my to-do list:  Meet with Ashley at Frost Cupcake Factory for a client cupcake tasting.  I tried 4 different versions of a lemon cupcake, took copious notes and made executive decisions.  It's a tough job, y'all.  Frost is my very favorite local bakery, I'm always happy when business or pleasure brings me into the store, and of course I'm thrilled when my clients choose Frost for their wedding.  I like to do quality control during that time between hiring Frost and the wedding day.  I take my job very seriously. 5.  Client meeting at Tartine in SF.  Speaking of baked-goods-as-job-hazard...I met with one of my brides last week while her mom was in town.  The three of us met at the delectable, world famous, stupidly crowded Tartine Bakery in the mission district of SF.  I enjoyed an AMAZING gruyere croissant and mocha while we discussed wedding details.  One item on the agenda was favors.  I don't love wedding favors, I love trying to come up with creative, fun ones for weddings I plan, but I don't love them as an overall wedding tradition.  I think there are far more 'important' things to spend money on when planning a wedding, and I like to find other cool ways to make the event personal for the couple and memorable for the guests.  I do, however, like the idea of a charitable donation in place of a favor for each guest.  This is what we were discussing at Tartine.  My clients are making a small donation in the name of each of their guests (which amounts to a nice donation!) in place of buying a favor for everyone.  We are going to place a small placard at each place setting describing the gift and it's significance will be inherent.  Just discussing this element of the wedding was emotional for my bride and her mom.  I'm so glad they were able to find a nice way to honor loved ones at the wedding reception, I know it will have an impact.

That's it for now!  I have proposals to draft!

Our President Supports Same-Sex Marriage!

Finally!  Good news on the heels of North Carolina's hateful amendment passing.  President Obama came out in support of gay marriage today and I am so happy about this, I keep crying!  I seriously had to pull over earlier today when I heard the news, and with my son in the backseat, I joyfully read the posts and articles and tweets out loud to him.  This is a monumental announcement, and I LOVE it! Here's some of what I have been reading and sharing today:

Huffington Post Celeb Reactions Think Progress 

My fierce support for LGBT equal rights and same-sex marriage is no secret.  It's personal to me, it's obvious to me, and I'm actively making it a part of my business in the wedding industry.  Today, I am proud of our president.  I'm emotional because I know how much this means to so many people, and I believe we are all basking in the light of a brave man right now.

Here is one of my very favorite quotes about President Obama's announcement: “This is a major turning point in the history of American civil rights. No American president has ever supported a major expansion of civil rights that has not ultimately been adopted by the American people–and I have no doubt that this will be no exception.  The march of freedom that has sustained our country since the Revolution of 1776 continues, and no matter what setbacks may occur in a given state, freedom will triumph over fear and equality will prevail over exclusion.” -Mayor Michael Bloomberg

I too believe that freedom and equality will prevail, and I think we took a huge, beautiful step in the right direction today!

Allure: Video! Christy on Marriage Equality

Hello Summer! It is beautiful here in the Bay Area and we enjoyed the warm weather and sunshine this week. In lieu of my usual "Week in Review" Sunday post, I wanted to share my new video here on the Allure blog. Allure and Marriage Equality. Please pass it on if you like what you see!

And here is the list of the awesome vendors that worked on the styled shoot featured in the video. They ALL feel passionate about marriage equality and support LGBT weddings!

Coordination and Concept: Christy Daly, Allure Consulting Design and Styling: Kaella Lynn Events Photography: Meg Perotti Invitations and Signage: Aerialist Press Flowers: Ingela Floral Design Cakes: Glass Slipper Gourmet Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals Location: Swedenborgian Church, San Francisco Videography: Sean Basaman Models (and friends!): Randy Bernard and Kresimir Grgurevic

This was truly a labor of love! I am so proud of the final product and so grateful to have worked with such amazing industry professionals. If you want a dream team of wedding vendors for your San Francisco or San Jose wedding--hire everyone listed here!

PS I can't wait to share the entire styled shoot with you. Be patient! Coming soon!

Allure: 13th Week in Review

I'm 30!  My birthday was Friday and I was happy to take a little break from working to celebrate it!  Next week will be a little packed because of it, but it was worth it!  After my husband and I spent a great evening in SF on Friday night, I woke up to a very busy Allure Saturday! Here's a peek at Allure's last week: 1.  Unveiled!  The Rengstorff House in Mountain View is a fantastic little wedding venue hidden in the Shoreline Nature Preserve.  It's a historical Victorian house with beautiful manicured lawns, a wrap-around porch and a cool brick patio.  Unveiled is an event that the Rengstorff House hosts for local wedding vendors to connect with engaged couples...many of whom are getting married there.  It's a much more intimate expo than other ones I have been to (some of which are hectic and stressful), so I was thrilled to have Allure's first table as a vendor be at this event.  I invited my friend, Krista Lynch to 'man' my table with me.  Krista is a wedding photographer--check out a recent wedding of hers on Style My Pretty!  We had a great time talking to brides and grooms and parents, and getting to know other vendors.  I hope to book weddings based on yesterday's conversations, and I will definitely be back for next year's Unveiled!   The linens and tables were provided by Stuart Rental Company for the whole event--big thank you for choosing a color scheme that goes so well with Allure's brand!  And the pictures are by Krista, of course.  I'll post more about this great event as I start to get more post-event info and pics!

2.  Haute Bride Opening Party and Bridal Fashion Show.  Right after Unveiled, I drove home for a quick change, then headed to Los Gatos for the Haute Bride Party.  I put on a racer back tank top, a sequin mini skirt and heels--it was HOT yesterday, even at 7pm everyone was in shorts and tanks.  The warm weather made for a summery, chilled wine kind of a fete and everyone at Haute looked amazing!  Designer Hayley Paige was at the party and presented a runway show of her current line of gorgeous wedding dresses.  There was one with a champagne sequin skirt, I LOVED it!

3.  Marriage Equality Video.  Lastly, I am so happy to present my latest Allure video!  I will do a full post about this later, but I wanted to introduce it here and now as I got the final cut up on youtube just last week.  Huge thanks to my friend Sean Basaman of Good Joe Pictures for producing and directing the video.  I'm really proud of it and so excited to share it here and on Facebook today.

Bowerbird Photography and Allure Consulting - Our Mission

Happy Wednesday!  Today I want to properly introduce you to my friends Ariel and Samuel Soto-Suver of Bowerbird Photography.  Ariel and Sam contacted me after reading my posts about Allure's passion for marriage equality and gay weddings.  I love everything about this photography duo: their talent, their energy, and of course, the fact that we share a mission.  Marriage equality is important to us all, personally and professionally and I was thrilled to meet others in the industry that are actively reaching out to the LGBT community. The lovebirds of Bowerbird are crazy talented.  The pictures speak for themselves--and they say so much! Check out their website for more beautiful pictures of happy people in love!

Allure: 8th Week in Review

This was a very productive week!  I spent the rainy days inside working, or at coffee shops working, or on Pinterest 'working' when I needed a break from the work!  Let's start with Pinterest...

1. Pinterest.  I Love Pinterest.  It's an online personal organiztion tool, it's a website to collect pictures with links of things you love, it's fashion, blogs you like to visit, home decor, project ideas, recipes, how-to's...whatever you want to 'pin' onto your 'boards', you do!  For wedding planning/inspiration/DIY it's a daily go-to.  I have boards for current clients, and I show prospective clients my Weddings of My Beautiful Clients board at every first meeting.  Pinterest is time-consuming because it is addictive, not because it is hard to figure out.  And it's time saving, because I don't need to bring individual portfolios to meetings to show clients.  I can do a lot of research and collecting on Pinterest, then send my clients the link to their board.  If you are anything like me, you have had a large spiral notebook at some point in your life, filled with pages torn out of magazines---inspirational sayings and articles, pretty pictures, lists of random ideas or goals...my pinterest account is that beat up spiral notebook.  Except way more organized and less likely to get lost.

2.  New promotional video.  This week, I shot the interview part of the short video my friend Sean Basaman is producing for me.  (Sean Basaman's business website is under construction--but here's a link to his wedding that I planned!)  Sean is an excellent producer and director.  He has been the field producer for Dancing with the Stars, so he knew how to work with a diva like me.  Just kidding.  He didn't know.  Kidding!  I'm not a diva.  Really.  Anyway, we are doing this video to share my commitment to gay rights and marriage equality.  It's a commitment Sean and I share and one that is very important to Allure's mission as a small business.  Shooting the interview was really fun, and I can't wait to share the final product!  It's a project that is also tied into the styled shoot Kaella and I are doing next week with Meg Perotti.  Hint hint...!
Allure Video.1
Here's the first video I did for Allure.  On my youtube channel.

3.  2012 Weddings.  This past week, I booked a few weddings and spent time organizing as I prep to start the actual planning work.  Like I've said before...it feels like a lot more work to get weddings than to do weddings sometimes.  I'm about to start a lot more doing!  Here are a few of the venues I'll be working at this year...Rengstorff House in Mountain View, Fort Mason in San Francisco (pic below), St Gregory's and the Presidio Social Club in San Francisco, and the Marin Art and Garden Center.  And in two weeks, I'll be at Tilden Park in Berkeley to help set up a reception for dear friends!

      Gotta go!  I have work to do!

A repost: Gay Weddings, an open love letter to my brother

This post was originally published on my dear friend Trisha Dean's blog.  I worked for Trisha Dean Events in 2011, TDE and Allure share a commitment to marriage equality.  This post is important to me and I wanted to share it again. An Open Love Letter to my Brother…

With Love, Christy

My dream career is to plan weddings for gay couples. I am a certified wedding planner, have been working in San Francisco for over 3 years, and got married myself in 2009. My brother, Alex, stood as a groomsman while our vows were exchanged and I know one day, I will stand up for my brother as he recites his own vows with his husband.

Here’s the thing: My brother is awesome. To know him is to love him. He is brilliant, ambitious, handsome, hilarious and loyal. He is the best person in the world to people–watch with. His sense of humor is wicked and no one makes me laugh more…or laughs with and at me more, which is a true delight in my life. I think he might rule the world one day.  Thing #2: He is gay. So in most of America, by law, he is not allowed by to get married and he is stared at if he so much as walks down the street holding hands with another man. Not to mention the myriad of civil liberties he is not afforded. I don’t want to rant about politics here, but you can see where I stand and where I am going with this. I love this man. He deserves to be happy the same way that everyone else does. While I continue to love planning straight weddings, I need to put out there that I also love the gay and lesbian community, I support gay MARRIAGE, and I would be living a personal dream if I were working for gay couples right there along with my beloved straight couples.

So…here is my mission for 2011 and the future: I will work tirelessly (and happily!) to create beautiful, personal events for my clients. I believe weddings are a heightened experience and we have so few of these elevated moments in our lives. I also believe everyone deserves to feel loved and supported as they make the monumental life decision to get married. I hope one day planning gay weddings will be as “normal” as planning straight weddings, especially out here in California. But that day is not now, and for now I want to learn how to reach out to the gay community, market to the gay community and better support them through my career as a wedding planner. I truly look up to Bernadette of14 Stories, who has created the first gay wedding planning firm. She is an inspiration to me and to the wedding industry overall.

I don’t just want to stand up next to my brother when he gets married one day.  I want to plan the wedding. I want to plan the wedding in a country that recognizes, accepts, and embraces love and marriage for all.

So catch up with me, America!**

**you know who you are

Photo source: Shaughn Photography

Allure: 7th Week in Review

It's Spring!  Did you see Kaella's Green and White Inspiration Board on Friday?  I love it.  I love Kelly Green and I love Spring!  In a few weeks, I'll be helping my friends Dan and Andrea with their Tilden Park reception.  It'll be my first wedding to attend this year.  I'm helping to coordinate some of the reception details and set up for them too, so it's a twofer!  (Check out my Pinterest board for Andrea!)  I get to wear my planning hat, then fling it off and party with my dear friends!  The rest of the month, I'll be busy with projects and clients...this week followed suit.  Weddings are in the air!

1. Prep!  Lots on the horizon for Allure!  We've been busy prepping for our first styled shoot and on next week's Review, I'll be able to tell you how it went!  Kaella and I are thrilled to work with One True Love Vintage Rentals for this shoot.  Need special vintage furniture pieces and details for your wedding?  OTL is the place to go!  In another life, I had Amanda's job. 2.  New Video!  We are also working with my friend Sean Basaman, a video producer, for the styled shoot.  Sean is going to shoot the shoot, so to speak!  He will be there all day with us for some 'behind the scenes' footage of our styled, detail-filled 'wedding' and everything that goes into producing it.  Sean and I will be shooting an interview in a few days, prior to the styled shoot, so that I can talk about some of the very important reasons for doing the shoot.  So this week, I needed to scout a location for that interview and make sure I got my talking points to Sean so he could come up with interview questions.  A lot goes into a small production to make it seem effortless!  I plan to put the video on our blog, and my Wedding Wire profile.  And of course, connect it to the finished product--our styled shoot!

3.  Bowerbird Photography.  I met with Ariel and Sam, the lovebirds of Bowerbird, this week and we really connected.  Allure and Bowerbird share a commitment to LGBT weddings and I'm so glad we met to share our stories--personal and professional.  I'll be featuring Bowerbird Photography on a post later this month.  Ariel and Sam are simply lovely to be around and I would LOVE to work with them on weddings this year.  Plus, they graciously offered to take some family photos for us...yes, please!  

Allure: 4th Week in Review

Hi!  I hope you all had a fabulous Valentine's week!  I'm a teensy bit glad it's over, actually.  Spring is on the way!  I am really excited about some goings-ons in the next few weeks...Kaella and I have been working on a fun, new project and as details fall into place (and by 'fall', I mean 'get handled by experts--us!'), I am giddy like a school girl with a secret! Here are a few highlights from this last week:

1.  Swedenborgian Church.  I visited the church on Saturday to meet the new events manager, Jenny Son.  We talked about the church's rich history, and it's renewed commitment to LGBT weddings and marriage equality.  We also discussed an upcoming collaboration...more on that later!

Images courtesy of Jere Visalli Photographics and Discovery Bay Studios

I coordinated a wedding at Swedenborgian last September and it was beautiful.  I love the space...it feels warm and intimate, and you can feel the history when you walk in.  It is a pleasure to work there and I hope to many more times!

2.  Our video!  Front page news, people!  On the Allure Home Page, check me out!  I shot this a few months ago with Martin Rossetti of Fill in the Blank Media.  I wanted to put something on the site so that visitors could get to know me a little, and to find out what makes Allure different than other wedding planning companies.  There are plenty out there now and I believe that our training (Cal State Wedding Planning Certification Program), our many years of experience and our commitment to marriage equality do make us stand out.  My goal was to get that across in 45 seconds.  I'm proud of the video and I'm so happy to see it on the site.  Thank you, Martin!

3.  This week I've been doing a lot of planning for my clients K and AJ.  I was hired to do 'Full Planning' for them and they live in LA, so I have been researching, referring and booking vendors this past week...we have a busy Saturday next weekend when K and AJ come up to visit.  4 meetings:  florist, photographer, hair stylist, baker.  Candlestick maker!  Just kidding, but if I needed to find a candlestick maker, I would, no problem!

A week in the life of a wedding planner.  Lots of time on the computer, lots of coffee, lots of phone tag, more cupcakes than other professions (job hazard), sifting through pretty pictures, sending thank you notes, tweeting, blogging, linking, quickbooking, filing, researching, attending fun meet-ups, and shopping for deals on vases and containers...at least that's what this wedding planner did in a week!  The work never ends.  I wouldn't have it any other way! P.S.   Promotions! Facebook

Wedding Wire

Yelp

    

A New Friend

Hi!  I hope you all had a delightful Valentine's Day!  I want to take today's blog to introduce you to a new friend of mine.  I met Lauren Cohn Frankel just a few days ago and I'm so happy I did!  Lauren emailed me several weeks ago after finding my name on Bernadette Smith's blog post listing graduates of her Gay Wedding Certification Course.  I was excited to hear from Lauren--she reached out exactly when I needed someone to!  Making sure Allure is a wedding vendor for the LGBTQ community is so important to me, but sometimes it feels like I'm treading water uphill.  Or something.Anyway...Lauren is an awesome photographer.  I love her style--I think she's refreshing, and I love her storytelling.  Lauren's pictures are edgy and honest, but feel immediatley genuine and they're just so beautiful.  I really like Lauren.  I like how she presents herself, I like where she stands and I like that she reached out.  And her pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy!

 

Prop 8: The Fight Continues

Yesterday (2-7-12), in California, the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals deemed Proposition 8 unconstitutional.  Hooray!  This is certainly a positive ruling as far as Allure is concerned, and for all others who believe in marriage equality.  A step in the right direction for civil rights.  But...it's a familiar step for the crazy state of California.  We've been down this road before, and we've been disappointed before.  For now, not much changes for same sex couples in California that want to legally get married.  In fact, nothing does.  They still can't get married.  Prop 8 is a ban on gay marriage, and it will stay in affect until the deadline for an appeal--one that will likely be filed immediately by the homophobic opposition. It's no secret where I stand on this topic.  I am a fierce supporter of gay rights and believe whole heartedly (it's topic's like this that the term 'whole heartedly' is made for) in marriage equality.  Michelle, Kaella, and I are on the same page.  Allure is in business to help couples have amazing, personal, emotional, fun, fabulous weddings...we are here for all couples in that regard--L, G, B, T...it's all the same to us.  It's all wedding...it's all love.  And we love love!

For now, we keep on keeping on.  Yesterday was a victory in this civil rights movement, but we have a long way to go.

I love hearing what Bernadette Smith, gay wedding planner extraordinaire, has to say about Prop 8, and all things gay wedding.  Here is her post on yesterday's Huffington Post.  Follow her for updates and info--I do!

And I also love Randy Roberts Potts.  He is the grandson of ultra-conservative televangelist Oral Roberts, and he is gay.  He taking his cause "The Gay Agenda" on a tour through the bible belt and documenting the journey. Keeping up with him also helps me to stay informed and inspired.

"Gay and lesbian people fall in love. We settle down. We commit our lives to one another. We raise our children. We protect them. We try to be good citizens."  California Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica

 

pic from 14stories.com

Allure: 2nd Week in Review

I'm writing this weeks 'Week in Review' as the delicious smell of chorizo queso fills the room.  It's Super Bowl Sunday and we have traditions around here, folks!  My husband considers Super Bowl Sunday an important national holiday, and I consider it a day to eat lots and lots of bacon.  The party we'll be heading off to soon has an annual appetizer contest and 90% of the food entered in will have pork as the first ingredient.  My Quesizo will have to compete against (among others) my husband's famous spicy mac and cheese, homemade sausage stuffed jalapeno poppers, and the ever popular sausage-roll-wrapped-in-bacon-basted-in-it's-own-fat.  Disgusting, I know.  Please don't judge me.

While extremely interesting, Super Bowl Sunday is not actually what this post is about.  This post is my second Week in Review for Allure.  And we had another fabulous and productive week!  So here goes!

1. Baby's Breath.  This week, I was doing lots of research for my full-planning clients; getting married in September at the Rengstorff House.  I love this historic Victorian house venue...the ceremony and reception will be outside on tailored lawns and brick patios, and the land around the house is lush and wild and just beautiful.  I was thinking of some decor and floral ideas that would complement the natural setting and fit in with my client's wedding vision, and speak to their personal style.  I've always liked the way that baby's breath looks when it's bunched together tightly, so I started with that.  I loooove what I found and I sent a description of my preliminary plan (line the aisle with baby's breath on the grass, possibly use baby's breath to decorate the cake and escort card table) over to my clients and they jumped for joy and celebrated my brilliance over champagne and caviar!  (They talked about it and decided they liked the idea, and told me to proceed.)  Here's an example of what I am talking about.  I'll post pictures of my creation in September, of course!

Flowers by Heavenly BloomsI love this topic so much, I might just post more on it later!

2.  Kaella.  This week, Kaella (my assistant, mentoree, and friend!) had her second class at Cal State Hayward's Wedding Planner Certification Course.  She aced the quiz and will post about the class later this week!  This is the same certification course that Michelle Martinez and I both took, so we are so proud of Kaella and can't wait for her to be certified!

3.  Allure's first styled shoot.  I'm thrilled to announce that a special project is in the works for Allure right now.  We are planning our very first styled shoot.  Kaella and I are putting together the details right now and we'll shoot in late March.  I don't want to give too much away, but I will tell you that the reason I am so very excited about this is because we will be styling and shooting vingettes for a wedding with two grooms.  Another super exciting thing about this shoot?  Our friend Meg Perotti will be shooting it.  She is ridiculously talented--here's her site, you want to take a look, trust me!  Here's an example of a styled shoot that Kaella did last month with Edyta Szyszlo.  It was featured in Style Me Pretty! 

That's it for now!  I have to taste this queso...

This one's for the boys!

Hello Wednesday!  I am excited to introduce the very first of our 'Vendor Love' installations here on the blog.  Occasionally, when we are working with a particularly awesome vendor and we want to tell you all about said vendor, we will here on the Allure blog!  We have so many fellow industry pals and sharing the love is important, so here we go! I have an ongoing list of fabulous photographers, designers, florists, venues, artists, musicians...you get the point....all wedding vendors that I could start showering with love and blog affection here in the first post.  Instead, I am going to get the ball rolling with the oft-neglected needs of the GROOM.  Oh yes, I know you are out there, gentlemen.  You may not be reading this blog, but I hope to get you!  For now, dear readers, pass it on, will you?

I would like to introduce Georges' Creations.  You want a suit?  Here's how it works:  A tailor comes to you--your house, your office, or you can meet at the SF City Club, or in a suite near Santana Row in San Jose.  Remember, this is an experience.  Bring your best man.  Bring some cognac.  Bring your wedding planner.  This is the bespoke tailoring experience perfected.  The tailor, expertly trained in France, takes precise measurements as an advisor discusses style, color and fabric with you.  Decisions are made.  High fives are exchanged.  The suit (and we are talking the WHOLE suit--pants, jacket, shirt, vest, even tie) is made to order in France and delivered to your door in 4 weeks.  A tailor is available if any final alterations are needed.  But they won't be. 

 

Listen, I've seen the suits and they are exquisite.  And not as expensive as you would think, considering.  Depending on what you choose, prices range between $940 and $3000.  This is a suit or tuxedo that will stand the test of time.  Looking through the website and brochure, I can't help but think of my brother Alex.  At 6'4" and thin, he has to get his suits tailored pretty extensively and he is quite the fashion plate, so one of these would be perfect for him.  Plus, Georges' can add whatever flair a man desires...bright orange lining?  Sure.  Swarovski crystals?  Of course.  I know the latter takes a 'specific' kind of guy...and I love him!

mmm...sharp!  Allure.  Loves.  Georges'.

While we are on the topic, check out The Distilled Man.  Offering classes in "Essential Man Skills".  I kid you not.