Gift Ideas for the Picky Guy on Your List

Figuring out what Christmas gift to get for a guy with very discerning sartorial tastes can be difficult. You know that not just any sweater, tie, or pair of socks will do. No, they have to be the highest quality and most luxurious sweaters, ties, and socks around. Understandably, this can leave you feeling like, “what on earth do I get him?”

Luckily, we here at Binghams are well-versed in the tastes of picky men, and don’t even blink when presented with the challenge of finding something for the guy who has super fine taste. We love it, in fact. And to show you just how much we love it, we’ve come up with our own holiday gift guide.

All of the items on this list are available right here at Binghams, and we’d be happy to help you pick them out.

1. A bow tie or classic necktie
Now, before you say, “how unoriginal,” consider this: a tie is only a lame gift if the tie itself is lame. Therefore, you want to get him a tie that far surpasses any you’d get at a department store. Here at Binghams, we have a plethora of ties so fine and elegant that they can make a guy purr. Some of the brands we carry are Robert Talbott, Byron, and Hickey Freeman.

Tie boxes

Just a sampling of the ties we have at Binghams

2. Fine grooming products
Great style isn’t just about fine clothes; it’s also about fine grooming. Pamper him with luxurious products from Moonshine, an exclusive line of men’s cologne, soap and aftershave balm.

Moonshine cologne

Moonshine cologne

3. Sophisticated sports wear from Barbour
Upscale sportswear (or “outdoor wear”) is the trendiest way to stay warm this season, and Binghams has today’s hottest brand for outdoor wear: Barbour. We have vests, shirts, hats and satchels that will absolutely turn heads.

Barbour vest

Barbour vest

4. A pair of Allen Edmonds shoes
Harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on a guy’s favorite shoes, so get him a pair of Allen Edmonds, shoes that are known for withstanding the elements and lasting for years. In fact, A.E.s last so long and wear so well that owners typically repair rather than replace them.

Allen Edmonds

We have a wide selection of Allen Edmonds footwear.

5. David Donahue dress shirts
A guy can never have too many David Donahue dress shirts. They are among the finest in the world and Binghams has a wide variety for you to choose from.

David Donahue

David Donahue

Did that help? If you’re still unsure of what to get him, Binghams also sells gift cards. With a gift card, he’s guaranteed to get something he loves.

We also offer gift selection services, and would love to meet you in the store and take you through all our many gift options. Call to set up and appointment at (573) 442-6397, or just come on in. You can find us here.

How to Tie a Bow Tie (VIDEO)

Tying a bow tie can get some guys all up in knots. But have no fear, men of Columbia, Missouri, Binghams has made a simple, step-by-step video that demonstrates just how to fold and loop the classic necktie.

Whether you’re wearing a tux or just spiffing up an every day look, this tutorial, given by Binghams’ co-owner, Dave Danuser, will give you the skills necessary for any occasion that requires a bow tie.

The video was originally filmed for Inside Columbia magazine a few months back, but now that we have this great new blog, we think here is a perfect place for sharing this video with you.

Check it out:

See, that wasn’t so bad right? In fact, it’s super easy. Don’t worry if you don’t get a perfect knot the first time. It usually takes a couple tries before you become a pro.

Then, once you master this skill and want some shiny new bow ties to show off your talents, don’t hesitate to come see our amazing selection, which ranges from traditional to trendy. We are sure we have just the bow tie for you.

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Why You Should Get Your Clothes and Suits Made-to-Measure

made-to-measure clothing suit and measuring tape

Binghams is proud to offer the best off-the-rack clothing for men in Columbia, Missouri, but what we do even better is made-to-measure suits and apparel. We excel at personalization, customer service and attention to detail, and helping a man make his perfect suit is our passion.

Yet, many men shy away from made-to-measure or custom clothing because they think it is time consuming and expensive.

We respectfully disagree.

You actually save time

Getting made-to-measure clothing is, in fact, a time saver. You can spend a headache-inducing number of hours at a department store trying on countless off-the-rack suits or shirts that don’t work for some reason or another. Then add the time you spend taking it to a seamstress or tailor and the duration of the time spent finding a suit is longer than that of a football game that goes into over time (we know where your priorities are, gentlemen).

Made-to-measure clothing eliminates the search for hidden treasure by allowing you to easily pick out the colors, fabrics and accessories you want all in one visit (don’t worry, Binghams has expert staff members who will help make the decision process easier). You also get all of your measurements taken in one visit, so your item will fit perfectly the first time you put it on.

The fit is nailed

A perfect fit is probably the best part of made-to-measure clothing, especially when it comes to suits. Fit is everything with a suit. Make no mistake: the nicest fabric or fanciest designer name cannot save an ill-fitting suit. Even a three-piece suit made of the finest Italian wool will look like nothing more than a grocery bag if it fits like one.

It’s a better value

As for cost, Binghams has plenty of pricing options, so we are sure to have a price that fits you as well as your suit or custom shirt. Also, it worth noting that spending a little extra on clothing that is built to last will pay off in the long run.

Come see us and let us walk you through the made-to-measure process. It’s less painful than you think, we promise.

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Show Off Your Confidence with Robert Graham, Available at Binghams in Columbia


Robert Graham is perfect apparel for the man who wants to make a statement.

Now, making a statement with clothing can be tricky. There are lots of prints, colors and textures (often of so-so quality) out there, so if you don’t have the right pieces, you risk telling the world, “I’m a goof,” instead of, “I’m a rock star.”

Robert Graham, however, has all the right pieces, from sweaters to shirts to socks, which make a man look confident and sophisticated. The brand is known for its attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, and luxurious fabrics.

But, what is most appreciable about Robert Graham, however, is that their clothes show no fear in the face of neon yellow, paisley, houndstooth, electric blue or the oft-debated pink. They revel in contrasting collars and cuffs, and celebrate small details like colored zippers and buttons.

“Robert Graham is great for the guy who doesn’t just do the standard white, black or navy,” says Dave Danuser, co-owner of Binghams. “Robert Graham goes bold, but they never go over the top, so men can feel comfortable expressing their fun side a little more.”

Danuser notes that Binghams also has a Robert Graham “concept shop” within the Binghams store. This means they have the latest and best selection of looks from Robert Graham. Even better!

So, if you’ve wanted to try a brighter hue, or reinvigorate that old gray suit with a pop of color under the lapels, Robert Graham is the way to go. Come see us at Binghams in Columbia for our wide variety of Robert Graham apparel. We look forward to seeing you.

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Take an Inside Look at What Peter Millar Fall 2014 is All About

Have you seen the new Fall 2014 Peter Millar look book yet? It’s a stunner, and we have many of its perfect fall looks in store here at Binghams in Columbia, Missouri. (After all, we are the Peter Millar’s Missouri HQ.)

For the full Peter Millar Fall 2014 look book, visit our earlier post here.

For a sampling of what’s inside, see below:

Peter Millar Look Book 1

Peter Millar Look Book 2

Peter Millar Look Book 3

Peter Millar Look Book 4

To see what other great Peter Millar pieces we have right now, give us a call or stop by the store. We are located in downtown Columbia on 9th and Broadway. See us on a map.

Allen Edmonds Shoes Available at Binghams in Columbia, Missouri

What do Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush all have in common?

Each wore a pair of Allen Edmonds shoes on his Inauguration Day.

Allen Edmonds, a world renowned, Wisconsin-based shoemaker, produces some of the best men’s dress shoes in the business, and as proof, their shoes are beloved by many presidents, popes, and high-powered celebrities.

It is obvious why Allen Edmonds is the best of the best. Their shoes last for years, and owners typically repair rather than replace their worn down A.E.’s. In fact, while President George H.W. Bush was in office, he wrote a letter to the company thanking them for a pair of shoes they gave him, but signed it saying:

“The problem is all my other pairs of A.E.’s still are in great shape; but these will be a great addition.”

In addition to their beauty and classic shape, each A.E. shoe is crafted via an exacting, highly skilled 212-step process that is a mix of machine and hand. So, technically, that’s 424 steps per pair of shoes. Definitely no pun intended.

Even better, all A.E. production happens (and has been happening since 1922) right here in America—in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

To prove how great a pair of A.E.’s are, the following video gives you an inside look at A.E.’s Wisconsin factory and shows just how their shoes are made:

We are proud to carry Allen Edmonds at Binghams and share these great shoes with the dapper men of Columbia, Missouri. Come into to Binghams today and try on our new fall selection of Allen Edmonds.

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New Shirts from David Donahue, Peter Millar and Ike Behar for Fall 2014

It’s hard to believe it’s officially fall here in Columbia, Missouri, but we here at Binghams welcome the season change. We absolutely love fall fashion, and are ready for warm sweaters, sophisticated outdoor wear, luxurious scarves, and of course, a nice glass of scotch by a crackling fire.

But, before we open the scotch, let’s talk about new fall items we’ve gotten here in the store, namely high quality dress shirts:

We have new, low maintenance designer shirts from our favorites David Donahue, Ike Behar and Peter Millar (the latter two are both no-iron!). Here’s a little preview of each:

David Donahue

David Donahue is a world-renowned menswear designer, revered for his high quality dress shirts, ties and accessories, and providing men with what the company itself calls, “accessible luxury.”

David Donahue dusty rose dress shirt and tie

David Donahue is always so crisp, so clean, so classic.

Ike Behar

Ike Behar’s line of hand-crafted, made in the USA men’s shirts are known for their excellent workmanship and classic New York city look. Of course, you need not travel all the way to NYC to get Ike Behar shirts, as we have them right here in Columbia, Missouri.

Ike Behar fall shirts

We’ve got a great selection of bow ties too, which will add to your sophisticated fall look.

Peter Millar

You probably know Peter Millar as the gold standard for lifestyle golf apparel (they did outfit the entire International President’s Cup Team last year, after all), but the company also makes high quality dress apparel for men. Peter Millar is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and its southern, all-American feel resonates here in Columbia.

Visit us at Binghams in downtown Columbia and try on our new selection of fall shirts. Unfortunately, we can’t promise you scotch, but we can promise you’ll have a dapper, no-fuss wardrobe for fall.

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What’s New With Coppley Custom Clothing for Fall 2014 at Binghams in Columbia, Missouri

We do all of our custom and made-to-measure suiting here at Binghams via Coppley, one of the most reputable custom clothiers in the business. Coppley, which is based in Canada, has been making fabulous custom suits since 1883 and possesses an impressive stock of more than 400 luxury fabrics from around the globe.

This fall, Coppley’s exquisite quality and extensive fabric selection remain the same, but several things are new, and we want to share them with you.

First, fits and silhouettes: Coppley Fall 2014 is a blend of traditional and modern, with fits to accommodate both older and younger perspectives. Meaning, the standard fits are generally on the slimmer side, but of course, your suit can be tailored to your preferences, should you want a more classic look.

coppley fall 2014 1

Second, color scheme: Coppley’s color palette this season is comprised of classic neutrals: black, grey, blue, and tan. However, there is an overall “greying effect” to each fabric, which adds understated elegance.


Third, pops of color: Don’t worry—it’s not all neutrals. To craft a more compelling look, Coppley has incorporated subtle pops of color, either by blending a fabric with indigo, aqua, or cranberry colored threads, making a deep burgundy tie to pair with a brown suit, or an olive vest to go with a deep blue button-down shirt.


Fourth, small but important details: Coppley has also added new tipover buttons, buttonholes with contrasting thread colors, elbow patches and contrast stitching which can help you create a more interesting, fashion-forward look.


They’ve also made shorter topcoats with zip-in vests to keep you warm and stylish on chillier days.

Come into Binghams today and see our Coppley Fall 2014 selection. We look forward to helping you craft a suit that fits you to a tee, both physically and personally. Find us here.

Get the Perfect Fitting Slim Suit at Binghams in Columbia, Missouri

young man in a skinny gray suitAs you’ve probably noticed, suits have been getting trimmer over the last several years. Some say the trend was inspired by the AMC award-winning TV show, “Mad Men,” which featured dapper, though often politically incorrect, ad execs in the crisp, clean-cut suits emblematic of 1960s business fashion. Others attribute the trend to the dress-up cycle America has been in, also for the past several years.

Whatever the reason, we are liking the trimmer suits.

The lines are clean and the silhouettes are flattering. Too much extra fabric around the waist or a really deep pant break can look sloppy, or worse, make you appear 10 pounds heavier. (Seriously, want to lose ten pounds instantly? Get a suit that fits. But that’s a topic for another time).

“Everyone is making slimmer suits now, both in the middle and in the shoulders,” says Dave Danuser, of Binghams. “It’s a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon.”

Since slim suits will be around for a while, Danuser urges men to embrace a closer fit. “You don’t have to go super skinny,” he advises. “There are plenty variations of the trim suit, so there is something for every man.”

Two brands that Binghams carries that come in trim fits and look custom made are Byron and Betenly.

There are many great off-the-rack slim suits on the market, but if you really want to nail the slim fit, Danuser says to get a custom made suit. “When you get a custom suit made, you know it’s going to fit you like a glove. There’s no better way to nail the fit than a custom made suit.”

Binghams in Columbia, Missouri offers custom and made-to-measure suiting, and does so through Coppley custom suiting, which offers tons of fabric choices so you can get a slim suit that not only fits, but perfectly expresses your personality and style.

Also, despite common misperceptions, the made-to-measure process is simple. Binghams’ expert tailors take all your measurements while Binghams’ sales staff helps you choose from hundreds of fabrics, accessories, and style options (don’t worry, the staff help make all the choices manageable). “It is easy, and we have numerous pricing options, so we can definitely make a suit and a price tag that fits,” Danuser says.

For a great fitting slim suit, come see us at Binghams in downtown Columbia. Find us here. We look forward to seeing you.

New and Improved Outdoor Wear for the Style-Conscious Guy

Hi there, and welcome to Binghams’ new blog. We’re glad you’re here.

While this blog is new, Binghams is not. We’ve been in the specialty menswear business for 34 years, successfully helping the men of Columbia, Missouri find or polish their personal style, craft their perfect suit, and find the best, high-quality apparel fit for a guy with superior sartorial taste.

Since we are all about personal service at Binghams, we are excited to have this new, personal platform to share our love of all things menswear with you. Here we plan to discuss the ins and outs of men’s fashion, and highlight our favorite brands and products.

With that said, let’s get right to it. Our first order of business: outdoor wear.

Fall is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect season for outdoor wear, or sportswear. Cozy flannel shirts, warm thermal jackets, and sturdy trousers are all items you need when leaves change and the air gets a little cooler.

But don’t worry—khaki cargo pants and marshmallow jackets aren’t what we’re talking about. Nowadays, outdoor wear is taking on a more sophisticated, refined look, indicative of the dress-up cycle America has been in for the past several years.

The fit of flannel shirts are trimmer and more flattering, while thermal jackets look more country aristocrat and less marshmallow-y (marshmallows are for roasting by the fire, not wearing by the fire, right?).

One brand we carry that exemplifies sophisticated outdoor wear is Barbour, a British line of men’s and women’s sportswear that exudes British countryside sophistication, and is known for its good looks and practicality. Right now, we are carrying Barbour’s famous waxed thorn-proof hunting jackets, plaid scarfs, sport shirts, vests, sweaters and caps.

Here’s a look at a Barbour pullover and hunting jacket:

barbour hunting jacket 2 copy

barbour hunting jacket copy

barbour pullover copy

Another outdoor wear brand we just got in at Binghams (and already love) is Victorinox. You might know Victorinox as the creator of the original Swiss army knife, and while you can’t compare a Swiss army knife with a button down shirt, you can assume that Victorinox applies the same high standards to its clothing as it does its world-renowned knives.

Victorinox is the epitome of classic. The brand isn’t known for making waves and following trends, but that’s why we love it. Victorinox is for the guy who loves timeless, high-quality apparel. Right now Binghams has their popular light-weight jackets, vests, and sweaters.

Stop by Binghams to see our great selection of high quality outdoor wear from Barbour and Victorinox. We know you’ll love it. Find us here.