Recently, the good folks from Frank & Oak asked me to do a product review for some of their pieces, and I graciously welcomed the opportunity. Frank & Oak is a membership website where you sign up through email in order to gain access to their products. The company is based in Montreal, Canada and offers a wide variety of clothing for the everyday gentleman that is interested in dressing well without having to break the bank to do so. Not only do we share similar ideals in that respect, but their clothing matches my personal aesthetic quite well. Therefore, I figured that I would be able to provide a product review that was 100% organic, and not your typical shameful internet product review.
The items that I selected from their extensive inventory arrived rather quickly and came with a hand-written note that read, “Tell someone a joke.” Some people might disregard little things like this, but I appreciate the simple details like hand written notes and the genuine sentiments that it expresses with each individual order. In a generation where everything most things are done electronically, it is refreshing to receive something that expresses a human touch. But enough details about their shipping and handling methods, here are the details that stood out to me the most about their Richmond Pique Blazer in Navy.
Pique cotton fabric
Subtle elbow patch
Soft natural shoulders
Contrast lapel button-hole
Contrast sleeve button hole
Premium chambray cotton lining
The pique fabric provides a great visible texture.
Ideal shirt colors are whites, yellows, pinks, and blues.
The chambray lining provides a subtle pop of color anytime your jacket opens
The navy blue blazer is an essential piece for a well-rounded menswear wardrobe.
The brown buttons provides you the option of wearing either brown or black shoes.
The fabric moves with your body and the unpadded shoulders compliment a slender athletic physique.
Overall, I am very pleased with this blazer for the simple fact that the fit is perfect in the sleeves and torso and it has several little details that one cannot help but appreciate in a casual blazer. For instance, the premium chambray cotton lining, the contrasting lapel button-hole, the subtle elbow patches, and patch pockets. However, if there were any details that I would improve upon it would have to be switching the single vent to side vents. In my opinion, side vents compliment my silhouette and is more appropriate for those move around and live more active lifestyles like myself. One detail that I could also do without is the shorter jacket length. Although I am well aware that shorter blazers are one the biggest trends in menswear today, I will always prefer a traditional jacket length that covers your behind. Also, since I tend to utilize my pockets, a traditional length is the more functional option. All in all, for a price tag of only $125, this blazer kills a lot of its competition especially in terms of fit, fabric selection, and subtle detailing. I would strongly recommend this product, primarily to those that are interested in acquiring an everyday menswear staple.