These Feet Were Made For Walking- And Looking Great in J&M 1850 and Collection Shoes at Christopher James!

With all the craziness going on we had to cancel our J&M 1850 and Collection Trunk Show. Always a fan favorite we had to find a way to show you the spring line so please check out the complete collection here and as a thank you we are offering 10% off any shoe or belt that you select. Simply call or text me at 260 413 0794 or email me at and we will place your order. I can either deliver it to you, have you swing by the store for curbside pick up or I can have it shipped to your home or office at no charge.

The highlight of our event is seeing our good friend Jimmy Richmond. Besides being extremely talented at his job he is a dear friend and brings his personal style to any event. Well, we cannot have Jimmy live but here he is stuck in Chicago. He can’t wait to get back doing what he does best and he extends his warm wishes to all his friends in Fort Wayne.

Guess how many bracelets Jimmy is wearing and the winner will receive a $100.00 Christopher James Gift Card. Just e mail me your guess and the closet one will be the winner. In case of a tie the very scientific coin toss method will be used to determine the winner. Contest ends Wednesday at 5:00 pm. Good luck!


Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all doing ok during these crazy times. My friend Cliff sent me this video. I challenge you to watch it and NOT smile…

Have a good day and I hope to see your smile again soon!

Be well,



Keep it or Lose it?

To Shave or Not to Shave and A Special Offer from Christopher James…

We trust that you and your families are staying healthy during these challenging times and we look forward to the time we are allowed to re-open and see your smiling faces.

Speaking of faces, because of my hair stylist also being deemed non-essential I am unable to get my bi-weekly (or fortnightly for my friends from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand) haircut. Thus, my hair is in a state of flux. Slowly growing and making me look like a baby bird. I have decided to also pass on shaving during this time. Well, we are in the second week of this science project and I need your input as to whether to let it keep growing or shave it at once. I know I’ll never be able to compete with Joel as he has “THE” beard which all others are judged against but I’m open to hearing what you have to say. In addition, the wittiest comment will receive $100.00 Gift Card just for participating.

A Special Message from Christopher James Menswear

I never imagined having to write an e mail like this. They didn’t teach us how to handle pandemics at “suit school.” Nonetheless, we find ourselves in a situation that needs addressing. Our customers’ and associates’ safety is our number one priority and with that in mind effective Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm we will discontinue our regular store hours until further notice. I live 7 minutes from the store and the store will still be receiving mail and some shipments so I plan on coming to the store from 12 to 3 pm Monday through Saturday. If you have any needs, alteration pick ups, etc. I will be here to assist you. In addition, I am available for individual appointments at the store or in your home or office and am happy to work with you via Skype or send photos via text messaging. I can be reached on my cell at 260-413-0794 or via e mail at I’m hoping my limited presence will still allow your needs to be met while allowing for needed safety precautions for all.

I apologize for this disruption but for many reasons feel it is the right thing to do.

I have received some very touching e mails and in store visits from friends who have asked how can they help as they want to support us during this difficult period. You will never know how much those gestures have meant to me, my family and the staff at the store.


If you are interested, we are offering you an opportunity to purchase gift cards and as a small thank you we will discount the purchase price by 10%. A $100.00 gift card will cost you $90.00; $500.00 gift card will cost you $450.00;  $1000.00 gift card will cost you $900.00. You get the idea. To Order GO HERE and Use Code: SHOPLOCAL at checkout to get the 10% discount .  These tough days will pass and you will have plenty of time to take advantage of your gift card for Father’s Day gifts, a new outfit for yourself, or even to apply to a cool pair of Edward Armah socks…

Even if you pass on buying a gift card from me please consider those less fortunate and make a donation to a local food bank or a different local charity. Those folks need our help now more than ever. In addition, if you do so remind me that you did the next time you are in the store and as a thank you I’ll give you a pair of Edward’s socks on me.

On behalf of my entire team we thank you for your continued support. As a locally owned family business we know that we all are being affected. We are in this together and we all will get thru this. Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Chris, Joel, Oleg, Sherill, Cathy, Vince, Jay, and Bob

Fashion Clues from Timeless Icons

Fort Wayne Fashion Tips from Famous Icons

Styles for men are increasingly more casual, but that doesn’t mean your closet should be devoid of several essential timeless pieces that have graced the bodies of fashion icons throughout the years. All it takes is a few items to give you a classic, effortless and smart look. Read on and then we’ll see you in Christopher James soon. You’re welcome: George Clooney


a portrait of a man


Talk about aging gracefully — and handsomely. Clooney is among a crop of actors who might be an oldie, but is always a goodie. And he seems to get better with age, according to the ladies. He’s evolved his style from his TV sitcom days when he sported the disheveled look many young actors find to be de rigueur. But he’s aged to be a lovely man with more gray and crow’s feet, but always donning a well-coiffed haircut, a sport coat and shirt, or a neat shirt and slacks. He’s the essential gentleman. 

George Clooney’s timeless item to have in your wardrobe: A Hickey Freeman or Coppley  smart sport coat or two in varying weights. It never hurts to have a tie or two in your closet as well. A Robert Talbott tie will do the trick.  


Miles Davis

Saxophonist Sonny Rollins once said that Miles Davis was the “complete package.” He was often spotted in three-piece Brooks Brothers suits. A slim gentleman, he preferred to forego padding in the shoulders and a breast pocket. There are iconic photos of him not only in suits, but also in smart cashmere sweaters, slim-cut khakis and a narrow scarf tied stylishly tied around his neck instead of a necktie. 

MIles Davis’ timeless item to have in your wardrobe: Flat-front slim fitting neat khakis from Bill’s Khakis or Peter Millar. Dress them up or dress them down. 


Jack Kennedy

The epitome of preppy, Jack Kennedy opted for two-button tailored suits and Brooks Brothers shirts and ties. Sure, photographers snapped him casually playing football or sailing off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in summer whites and collared shirts. But that’s as casual as it got. Jack Kennedy’s trip to the presidency saw him keep up his timeless style with his equally elegant wife Jackie at his side. 

Jack Kennedy’s timeless item to have in your wardrobe: A slim fitting tweed or wool sport coat from Coppley or Byron.   


Sam Shepard 

The playwright Sam Shepard has always sported a rugged look. Perhaps the opposite of Jack-Kennedy preppy, he was as relatable as the person shopping in the next aisle at the grocery store. His style was comfortable, a bit disheveled and meant to move with his mind — always working toward the next play, the next piece. 

Sam Shepard’s timeless item to have in your wardrobe: Comfortable jeans from Paige, 34 Heritage, Agave or Alberto

We’ll see you at Christopher James soon where we’ll help you dress like the star that we know you are. 

This Valentine’s Day Give Her What She Really Wants- YOU!


Why should you shop at Christopher James Menswear?

To quote ZZ Top, “ ‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.”  Help her go crazy with a new outfit from Christopher James. New spring merchandise is arriving daily and now is the time to get in and check out the latest fashions from Canali, Stenstroms, Eton, Paige, Peter Millar, Meyer, Mark Calder, Magnanni,  J&M 1850, and more…

Just so you have some dollars left over for candy or flowers take $50.00 off any regular price purchase of $250.00 or more this Thursday – Saturday.

We look forward to seeing you.

PS Remember when MTV showed videos? We do! Here is ZZ Top performing one of their hits.

Celebrate Groundhog Day with Savings

Phil Didn’t See His Shadow But You Can Still See Some Great Deals at Christopher James Menswear!

Groundhog Day star Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow but we saw a LOT of happy customers in Fort Wayne over the last few days so we decided to extend our Super Sale thru this weekend, Saturday, February 8.

Save 50% -75% on all remaining Fall/Winter Sale merchandise!

We look forward to seeing you (and your shadow) soon

Get in the Nude This Winter at Christopher James

We know how to get your attention around here. We don’t mean to literally get in the nude, but rather pair earthy and neutral tones together, which is a popular trend we at Christopher James are spying these days. 

We’re here for you if you think this look will take a little extra courage to pull off, but you *can* pull it off. Nix any views you have of beige being boring. Neutral tones are calming, infinitely mixable and versatile. Collect a few basics like a luxurious shirt and sweater from Stenstrom’s and either put them all together to take center stage or opt to pair them with more intensely colored separates later. Neutrals not only include brown, but also gray, black and white — all colors that are appropriate for any season or occasion. Check out the options from Stenstrom’s and you’ll be impressed.  

If you’re not ready to take the plunge and go monochromatic just yet, dip your toes in by pairing a neutral sweater or blazer over a colored button-down shirt. You’ll immediately notice how it tones down your look and polishes it off perfectly. Gradually introduce a second piece in a similar tone and put it together. Don’t forget about factoring your shoes into the mix. 

As one of our colleagues at Christopher James says, “When in doubt, tone it out!” Drop into Christopher James today and we’ll help you achieve a cool, neutral and minimal look today. See you soon! 

Versatility at Its Finest: The Suit

Yes, the suit! It’s time for a new year and a new you. Wipe the slate clean, give your closet a bit of a clean-out and refresh, refresh, refresh. 

A new suit from Christopher James that fits you well could be one of the most comfortable, luxurious, versatile pieces of clothing in your closet. Many an office in the area is going suit-free and opting for casual dress codes, but a suit from Hickey Freeman, Coppley or Byron is like having multiple outfits at the ready. 

Here’s how: Wear your blazer to work over a button-down shirt from Robert Graham and sweater for that important breakfast meeting, dinner out with your significant other, that meeting with your boss when you talk about your next move up the career ladder or brunch with your in-laws this winter. Your in-laws will be thrilled to see you look even more spiffy than usual. 

And the suit trousers, you ask? Nowhere to be seen. Pair the suit jacket with 34 Heritage or Paige jeans. Colored chinos can also do the trick. You’ll look neat and put together without fearing that you’re overdressed. You’ll also thank us for recommending you wear layers in the dead of winter. Restaurants are drafty and temperatures in older office buildings are sometimes not well regulated. You’ll appreciate having a blazer and a few extra layers of warmth. 

Now it’s time to let the trousers shine. Skip the suit jacket and pair the pants with an extraordinarily soft cashmere sweater from Peter Millar. Or pick a boldly patterned button-down shirt from Stenstrom’s. It’s a new year! Be bold! You can also wear the quarter-zip sweater by Robert Graham you received for Christmas over a shirt. A pair of leather refined sneaks by Trask and you’re set! Yes, you can pull it off. 

Stop in at Christopher James and we’ll show you how to pull it all off. Start with the ever-versatile suit and you’re set for anything life throws at you.