Binghams is Your Source for Bills Khakis in Columbia, Mo.

If you’re looking for khaki pants, Bills Khakis is the brand you should buy. They are high quality, comfortable and affordable. They are also something of an American tradition, with a story as American as apple pie.

Back in 1984, in an Army surplus store in Ohio, a college student named Bill Thomas came across a pair of original WWII khakis. Thomas was instantly enamored with his newfound treasure. “They were made from better cloth, the pockets were deep, the pocketing was made of drill cloth, everything about it was better,” recalls Thomas in this video. “That pair of khakis turned out to be the best pair of khakis that I’d ever found,” he says.

U.S. troops golfing. Photo courtesy of Bills Khakis.

U.S. troops golfing. Photo courtesy of Bills Khakis.

Thomas was so inspired by those pants that he started his own line of khakis, and in 1990, in Reading, Penn., Bills Khakis was born.

All of Bills’ khakis—and the apparel they added in 2007—are made in in the U.S. This makes sense, given the brand’s mission to pay homage to the American ideal of hard work and the country’s industrial history.

Learn more about Bills Khakis in this video (the same video linked to above):

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And a man doesn’t just feel patriotic when buying a pair of Bills. He also feels sensible, given the brand’s top-notch quality. You can feel the durability in a pair of Bills in its stitching, the slight heft of the fabric, and the way it feels on the skin.

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Photo courtesy of Bills Khakis.

Colorful array of Bills Khaki's shorts

Photo courtesy of Bills Khakis.

Classic Bills Khakis khakis on man lounging in a boat

Photo courtesy of Bills Khakis.

Bills Khakis are definitely a comfort fit, and a little looser than most pants you find these days. This doesn’t mean, however, that Bills has ignored the widespread skinny trend. They just incorporated it in a way that did not alter their core product.

In 2014, they launched Tea Label, a collection of slimmer fitting apparel geared toward the younger, trend-conscious customer.

“Men who buy Bills Khakis do so because of the fit. They know what they want, which is comfort and quality,” explains Dave Danuser, owner of Binghams. “I think having the separate collection shows Bills commitment to not changing a good a thing, and to their core customers.”

And, as much as we love trends here at Binghams, we equally admire a clothing brand that sticks to what it does best, regardless of fads.

See for yourself what has made Bills Khakis a lasting American brand by coming into Binghams today and trying on a pair of their excellent khakis. We are located here and look forward to seeing you.

Get Your Winning St. Louis Cardinals Gear at Binghams in Columbia

It’s baseball season, which means your fan game should be in full swing. If it isn’t, Binghams is stocked with Cardinals tees and hats that will help you channel winning vibes to your team. So whether you’re at Busch Stadium enjoying a $10 Coors Light or on your couch eating take out, you’ll be dressed for the occasion with St. Louis Cardinals sports gear from us.

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Hurry in, St. Louis needs you. Who knows, you just might purchase a World Series-winning t-shirt. It is possible. After all, our shirts are sprinkled with magic.

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What Your Hat Says About You

Hats should be worn for more than just bad hair days. Yes, they are practical in that way, and we love a St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap as much as the next guy in Columbia, Mo. However, we also know how much a hat or cap can say about a man (aside from his favorite sports team). For the guy who likes to make a fashion statement, here are the messages a few of our favorite hats and caps can send: 

The panama

The panama is the classic summer hat. What it says: “I’m at the beach…in my mind.”

The newsboy

Most newsboy caps nowadays are a cross between a flat cap and the classic newsboy, which has a rounder, fuller shape and a button in the center (cheers to you if you can pull off the traditional version). What a newsboy cap says: “Sophisticated. Trendy but a little irreverent.”

A casual fedora

Fedora’s come in various shapes and sizes, but the crown is always creased lengthwise. It is usually made of felt, but casual fedoras come in a variety of materials. What a casual fedora says: “Classy like Frank Sinatra, cool like Dean Moriarty.”

Hats are not for every guy, we know. But if there is ever a time to try one out, it’s summer. The vibe is more relaxed, so you’ll feel more confident wearing something on your head.

Come into Binghams today and sample our selection of summer chapeaux. And don’t worry, we will be brutally honest if you can’t pull off a particular hat (and then we will promptly find you one you look awesome in).

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Short-sleeve dress shirts by Stone Rose

Keep Cool and Stylish with Short-Sleeve, Woven Shirts

T-shirts are popular warm-weather attire, but a cotton tee can sometimes be too casual for guys who enjoy getting dressed. Thankfully, there is a happy medium between a button-down work shirt and your favorite St. Louis Cardinal’s tee: the woven short-sleeve shirt.

It’s dressier than a tee, but still decidedly laid-back. The woven fabric provides that bit of heft necessary to feel like you’re a bit more dressed up, but the short sleeves keep it from looking like you’re going to work.

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Short-sleeve dress shirts by Stone Rose

A short-sleeved woven shirt, like one by Robert Graham or Stone Rose (we carry both), is perfect for a weekend barbecue, strolling in downtown Columbia, or an afternoon lunch on a patio.

“Now that spring is here, guys should have short-sleeve dress shirts in their closets. They’re great because you can wear them off the clock, but you can also add a tie or bow tie and be ready to go for work on Monday,” says Dave Danuser, co-owner of Binghams.

They are also exceedingly cool. Just ask white-hot country music star, Sam Hunt, who stopped in our store and purchased a Robert Graham short-sleeve dress shirt:

Yes, Sam Hunt was in our store. See what other cool stuff we have going on by following us on Instagram: @binghamsclothing

Yes, Sam Hunt was in our store. See what other cool stuff we have going on by following us on Instagram: @binghamsclothing

Come in and try on our great selection of short-sleeve woven shirts today. Binghams is located here. We look forward to seeing you.

Everything You Need to Know About Pocket Squares

A pocket square is the ultimate sign of a well-dressed man. The simple-yet-powerful accessory has been back in form for several years now, though truthfully, we here at Binghams in Columbia, Mo., feel they never left. Because more customers have been asking us about pocket squares, here is a crash course in everything you need to know about pocket squares.

1. It doesn’t always have to be white.

Hardly. In fact, it’s better if it’s patterned.

2. Nor does it have to match your tie (or bow tie).

There is no scientific formula for pairing a pocket square. If it complements your outfit, and is folded properly, you’re good to go. A helpful way to think of complementing is as “echoing.” For example, if your tie or shirt has subtle blue threads in it, try a white pocket square with blue edges. In this case, the blue-trimmed pocket square echoes the blue hue in the shirt and tie.

3. A pocket square can be worn alone.

Pocket squares are traditionally worn with a tie, but it’s 2015 and style rules are laxer than ever. We fully support wearing a pocket square sans tie. It’s a debonair yet raffish look, and perfect for an office dress code that doesn’t demand a full suit and tie.

4. There are many ways to fold a pocket square.

How you fold your pocket square depends on the look you’re going for. Here are links to helpful tutorials for the most popular folds (thank you to The Rules of Style’s Youtube channel):

Fold #1: Classic (or Straight)
Fold #2: Pyramid
Fold #3: One Point
Fold #4: The Poof

And remember: just relax. It’s not origami. It’s okay to spend a few minutes fussing with it in front of the mirror.

5. Overall, don’t over think it.

It’s just a pocket square—not rocket science.

We have a wide selection of pocket squares here at Binghams, so come in and see us. We carry Robert Talbott, R. Hanauer and more.

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Binghams Has the Best Selection of Bow Ties in Columbia, Mo.

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Just a small sampling.

The spring season is a time for fun, freedom, and a little jolt of energy after a long winter, and there is no accessory that encapsulates this trend better than the bow tie. It’s fun, shows personality, and can be the cherry on top of a perfect ensemble.

We have a plethora of season-appropriate bow ties here at Binghams, and we’d love for you to come check them out.

We have bow ties that’d look great with a pair of crisp jeans, a button down shirt and a blazer, and others that are perfect for a Monday morning business meeting. It’s all about being versatile guys, and Binghams is nothing if not versatile…

We’ve got stripes, polka dots, bright yellow, pink, blue, shiny, matte, butterfly shaped, batwing shaped, and more. You’ll just have to come in to the store and see for yourself how many bow ties we have.

 

We also have this excellent video of Bingham’s owner, Dave Danuser, giving a tutorial on how to tie a bow tie.

See, we think of everything. This is also proof that we can make a bow tie work for you.

Come into Binghams today and let us help you. We are located here.

Socks for Spring in Columbia, Mo.

It’s not quite sandal season yet, but this doesn’t mean you can’t let loose with your footwear. A pair of lightweight, silky smooth, and brightly patterned socks is just the accessory you need to get you through until it’s toes-in-the-sand time.

Binghams has an array of fun socks from Pantherella, Per Pedes, Nigel Knox, Unplugged and Robert Griffin, so we guarantee we have socks in stock that match your style and personality.

Here’s just a bit of what we have:

Per Pedes socks

Per Pedes socks

You can always count on Robert Graham to bring a strong color game.

You can always count on Robert Graham to bring a strong color game.

Also, stylish socks go with a tailored suit as much as they do a sleek pair of denim, so they are a wise, versatile investment. Plus, you’ll look a little extra polished, no matter where you are or what you’re wearing.

Come into Binghams today and pick up a couple pair of socks. They’ll put a little spring in your step.

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RFID Wallets Are the Perfect Traveling Companions

If you plan on traveling this summer, consider purchasing an RFID wallet. It will keep your personal information like credit card numbers, passport info and driver’s license number safe from thieves who prey on unknowing tourists.

According to this website, radio frequency identification, or RFID, is “the technology that lets you simply wave your credit, debit, transit, identification card, passport or license in front of a nearby scanner instead of having to slide the magnetic stripe through it. It’s a fairly simple concept. The electronic scanner sends a signal that an antenna in the card receives and uses to activate the RFID chip.”

The website goes on to explain why the technology can make you susceptible to identity theft: “Unfortunately, criminals with minimal technical skills can construct their own RFID readers with a few simple supplies. These devices can steal your private financial information quickly and silently—all the perpetrator needs to do is come near your wallet with the hidden card reader.”

But you can protect yourself, and your personal information, with an RFID wallet, which is designed to shield your cards with something called a “Faraday cage,” which will prevent illegitimate reading of your RFID-embedded objects.

And now, the important part of this blog post: While RFID wallets sound cool and all, you’re wondering if such technology can also look good. (You know, like crocs—they feel like heaven but look like hideous ogre sandals).

So, we are writing this post to tell you that, yes, RFID wallets can look stylish and in fact, we carry several sleek ones in our store. Check them out:

Osgoode Marley

If one of the world’s finest makers of wallets and leather accessories produces an RFID wallet, you know it will look good. Take a look:

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Dr. Koffer

Koffer means “luggage” in German, which makes Dr. Koffer, whoever he is (nobody knows), a doctor of luggage. While we’re pretty sure they don’t offer that course at Mizzou, we are nonetheless happy that a company has put that level of dedication into their products. And, it shows:

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So, if you’re traveling this summer, come in and take a look at our RFID wallets by Osgoode Marley and Dr. Koffer. Both brands are sleek and attractive, and won’t make you stand out (that’s what your Hawaiian shirt and too many Mai Tai’s by the pool are for. Keep it classy, guys).

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Groom Like a Gentleman with Products from the Art of Shaving, St. James of London and Harry’s Shave System

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Impeccable personal style isn’t just about the right clothing—it’s also about the perfect shave. If you want your skin to feel as smooth and supple as your favorite silk tie, you must groom yourself like a true gentleman. But, “how does one groom like a gentleman?” you ask.

Good question. Here’s your answer: use the right products. Not just any disposable razor and $1.99 shaving cream will do. No, sir. You need tools and products that treat your face like you care for your finest suits.

Here are a few high-end men’s grooming lines we suggest (and carry in the store): 

The Art of Shaving

The Art of Shaving offers the largest variety of pre-shave oils and gels, shaving creams, soaps, and aftershaves. They come in several manly scents including sandalwood, lemon, lavender, and of course, the manliest fragrance of all: unscented. All of their products are free from synthetic dyes and alcohol, so they won’t irritate your skin.

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The Art of Shaving pre-shave oil, badger brush, shaving cream and after-shave lotion

St. James of London

St. James of London is like the barrel-aged fine wine of men’s grooming products. Their badger brushes and single-blade razors look as good as they make your skin feel. It seems like your great grandfather was on to something after all…

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St. James of London products in Cedarwood & Clarysage, and the Mach III Ebony razor, brush and stand set

St. James of London has a full line of creams, oils and aftershaves too, in subtle fragrances like Mandarin & Patchouli, Cedarwood & Clarysage, Sandalwood & Bergamot, Black Pepper & Lime, and Lavender & Geranium. You can also get unscented versions of their products too, but these smell so good that it’d be a shame if you went for plain.

Harry’s

Harry’s makes elegant modern razors that, in their words, “feel like an extension of your hand.” They are designed with ergonomics in mind, for comfort and control. Also, with Harry’s, everything you need comes in one stylish box: a razor, two replacement blades, shaving gel or cream, aftershave and soap. It doesn’t get much easier than this.

harrys shave setCome into Binghams today and check out all the great grooming products we have. Your wife or girlfriend will thank us, we guarantee it.

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What’s New (and Great) About Peter Millar’s Spring 2015 Collection

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Spring is here, gents, and we couldn’t be more excited for it. Not only is winter in Columbia, Mo. over, but also Binghams has the new Peter Millar Spring 2015 collection in the store, so you can usher in the new season in style.

Peter Millar’s 2015 spring collection has delivered, once again. This time, they’ve taken spring’s signature pastels given them earthier, more grounded tones, which is a color trend you can expect to see often this year.

“More organic-looking colors are going to be really popular in 2015,” says Dave Danuser, co-owner of Binghams. “Peter Millar’s spring collection perfectly encapsulates the trend. For instance, their signature gingham shirt with the spread collar looks fresh with earthier purples and greens.”

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L to R: Oxford Pane in Parade and White, Oxford Tattersall in Retro Pink, Patriot Navy and Parade

Fabric is also big part of the PM 2015 collection. Linen, in particular, is their focal cloth, and one that is, again, on trend for the season. “Linen is a big now,” says Danuser, and he praises the way the brand has worked with it. “It’s linen, but with Peter Millar’s southern-aristocrat style twist,” he says.

Peter Millar is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and its founder and creative director, Chris Knott, is a native North Carolinian.

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Take a look: Peter Millar linen shirts in retro pink, liberty blue, parade and white.

We’ve said before on this blog that Peter Millar is aristocratic but not stuffy, and old-world elegant but modern day cool. It is the 12-year-old, single barrel bourbon, neat, of men’s casual and golf apparel. Now it’s all that with a spring twist.

To see our Peter Millar Spring 2015 inventory, come into the store today. You can find us here.

We look forward to seeing you.