Dress Shirts You Never Have to Iron

Your grandfather was probably a great man. He likely taught you to value hard work, which you’ve applied to all things in your life. All things except for ironing your shirts, that is. Pop Pop may have pressed his shirts by candlelight, but let’s be real: nowadays, ain’t nobody got time for that.

Especially not when the no-iron dress shirt is now a thing. A big thing.

The no-iron dress shirt is not your grandfather’s over-starched, pilly blouse. It de-wrinkles with a light spritz of water and a gentle pull. Sometimes, all you have to do is put it on and wait 20 minutes. It’s brilliant.

Binghams is currently carrying no-iron shirts by Ike Behar, Andrew J and Enro.

Ike Behar

Ike Behar

Andrew J

Andrew J

Enro non iron shirt

Enro

We love you gramps, but this no-iron shirt thing is here to stay. And it’s better actually. Eliminating the slog of ironing frees a guy up to devote more energy to things that really matter, like prepping for an important pitch meeting, or charming the missus on date night.

Make your grandpa proud by coming into Binghams today and picking up a few no-iron shirts. Or like five, so that you have one for every day of the workweek (a.k.a. you will never iron again).

We are located here. We look forward to seeing you.

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A New Reason to Love Allen Edmonds

There are many reasons to love Allen Edmonds. They are the best in the business at making good-looking, long-lasting shoes, and they make all of their footwear in the U.S. 

Read: “Why Allen Edmonds Shoes Are Better Than the Rest”

Now, there is another reason to admire Allen Edmonds, and it’s their new Road Warriors Collection. It comprises five different shoes, all outfitted with AE’s “Road Warriors Comfort Technology. If you’re on your feet a lot, either for work or travel, this collection is for you.

The technology is fancy, but basically, Road Warrior shoes are softer, extra cushioned, super breathable, flexible, lightweight and mold to the unique shape of your feet. In other words, they feel like tennis shoes but look all business.

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Photo courtesy of allenedmonds.com (note: video doesn’t work–this is only an image)

The collection was born out of necessity. As the Allen Edmonds company grew, staff found themselves traveling a great deal, both across the U.S. and throughout the world. They needed shoes that would tolerate their constant moving and shaking, and not leave them with aching feet at the end of the day.

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LAX derby

LAX derby

But, you needn’t be a jet setter to wear a pair of AE’s Road Warriors. “They’re also great for guys who spend a lot of their time on their feet,” explains Dave Danuser, owner of Binghams. Danuser knows what it’s like to be on his feet all day, being the owner of a retail store. “I’m always moving or standing, either helping customers, moving product around the store, so you know, my feet can get pretty tired. The Road Warrior shoes are great though—they feel like tennis shoes all day long, and my feet don’t hurt at the end of the day.”

Unlike tennis shoes, however, all Road Warrior shoes are slip-ons, eliminating the hassle of laces. “They’re especially great at the airport,” Danuser says. “You don’t have the hassle of having to untie your shoes and then sit down and retie them after you go through security.” 

And now, before you ask, “why can’t you just wear drivers?” let us explain. The problem with drivers sometimes is that they don’t look professional enough for business travel. They are comfortable and easy to slip on and off, but you wouldn’t want to run into a client or boss in them. AE’s Road Warrior shoes look like regular Oxfords, some with wingtips and all. They even have laces (you just don’t need to tie them). An AE Road Warrior can take you straight from the tarmac to the boardroom, no change of shoes required.

We highly recommend these shoes, and think you should at least come in and try on a pair. We guarantee you won’t leave the store without them.

Come into today. We are located here.

3 Colognes That’ll Make You Smell Like a Man

Cologne is tricky for guys. Dudes want to smell nice, but not like a bouquet of fresh-cut roses, or worse, overly perfumed man-meat. Here are three colognes that will keep you smelling fresh and manly:

Moonshine

Moonshine cologne in beautiful wooden box

Does a cologne name get more masculine than “Moonshine?” Probably not. But don’t worry, this won’t make you smell like something brewed in a bathtub. Moonshine has a woodsy aroma with hints of spice, including notes of black pepper, tobacco, leather, gin, and patchouli.

Royall Lyme

Royall lyme cologne in green bottle

This vintage style cologne captures the essence of colonial Victorian gentleman. Its combination of Indian Royall limes (“lyme” is the old English spelling) and essential oils creates a clean, zesty scent that is very subtle (just like a gentleman should be).

St. James of London

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St. James of London is like the barrel-aged fine wine of men’s grooming products, and this goes for their cologne as well. It comes in five manly fragrances: black pepper & lime, sandalwood & bergamot, lavender & geranium (perhaps not as manly but it’s subtle, we promise), cedarwood & clarysage, and mandarin & patchouli.

See, cologne doesn’t stink.

Smell these scents for yourself right here at Binghams in Columbia, Mo. We are located here.

Get Your Perfect Shirt with Measure Up

A handsome dress shirt is three things: 1) it fits like a glove; 2) the fabric is high quality, and 3) it sends the message you want, e.g. I’m powerful, I’m unique, or I’m ready to party.

This trifecta can be difficult—if not impossible—to achieve by buying any old thing from a department store. The best way to get the shirt you want is to have it made to measure by Measure Up, one of the top custom clothing makers in the world.

Lucky for you, we carry Measure Up right here at Binghams.

Learn more about made-to-measure clothing here…

First, having a shirt custom made by Measure Up allows you to nail the fit because we take approximately 14 measurements to get the shape right. This is better than buying and tailoring a pre-made shirt because it’s actually harder to cut and re-sew a ready-made garment than it is to make one from scratch with the correct measurements.

Also with Measure Up, you get choose from nearly 400 fabrics, all of which are sourced from mills around the world. So be picky about hairline vs. bengal, pink vs. salmon, or two-button vs. two-button-cut—you can be with custom shirts.

Measure Up is as much about quality as they are individuality. They pride themselves on hand-making each shirt, one at a time, in their Tennessee factory. They’ve been doing it for more than 20 years and are among the best custom shirt makers in the business.

Come check out Measure Up custom shirt options at Binghams today. Your perfect shirt awaits.

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