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


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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. 

YOU’VE Got the Look, With Help from Christopher James

Style and Service in Mens Fashion

Circa 1987 from the Prince album Sign ‘O’ Times, the song “You Got the Look” can be the theme for your relationship with Christopher James. The dedicated and hard-working staff at Christopher James will help you get the look you’re looking for to fill out your summer business wardrobe.

A motto we stand by is that Christopher James in Fort Wayne is a place where “style and service are always in fashion.” Don’t take our word for it! Test the waters for yourself today by dropping in to check out our latest line of suits and sport coats from brands like Coppley, Byron or Maurizio Baldassari.

It’s always the right time to feel good about how you look. The right fit, style and length of a sport coat or suit can do wonders for your appearance. There are several guidelines to keep in mind that the staff at Christopher James can walk you through. If you generally veer toward a more conservative look, put yourself in the expert hands of the Christopher James associates and they’ll help you summon the courage to try something edgier. Don’t limit yourself to muted tones and solid colors. We can show you how to pair patterned sport coats with the right dress shirt from Robert Talbott or Peter Millar that’s right for your personality and work setting.

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See you soon this summer at Christopher James!



Sport Coats in Fort Wayne

The Versatility of the Sport Coat

The sport coat has evolved from being hunting attire to a wardrobe staple in many a gentleman’s closet. Sure, a suit is a must, but a sport coat is a necessary staple. At Christopher James in Fort Wayne, we’ll show you how to dress it up with slacks or pair it with jeans or casual chinos. Wear one to a funeral, for an evening out, to a more affable job interview, to a wedding, to your child’s school play or a special work function.

At Christopher James, you’ll find smart, quality sport coat selections from Coppley and Byron, among others. If you’re more prone to play it safe and stick to a traditional solid navy blue blazer, visit our store for the guidance and courage to step out of your comfort zone. Our expert Christopher James staff can show you how patterned sport coats and can truly act as a neutral for dress and casual occasions.

Now is a great time to consider new additions to your sport coat collection, thanks to a special offer you can find here. You’ll love the lightweight spring options, colors, styles and fits. See you at Christopher James soon!

Giddy Up Tyler Eifert!

Tyler Eifert Rocking a Christopher James Custom Coat at the Derby!

They say that clothes make the man but we think Tyler Eifert is making our custom sport coat rock at this year’s Kentucky Derby! Gladson silk and wool fabric and customized Derby print lining was a great choice and Tyler wore it well.

Can’t promise you’ll be an All Pro NFL tight end but we can make you look your best with a custom suit, sport coat or pant designed by Christopher James Menswear.

Thanks Tyler and good luck this coming season!

Love That Custom Lining

Ending Soon: Get 20% Off Your Coppley Order

Heads up, folks: until January 31, 2016, we’re taking 20% off all Coppley custom orders. Don’t miss this opportunity to save on a brand new suit, shirt or garment of your choice.


As always, Coppley has tons of incredible, high-quality fabrics to choose from, and you’re still entitled to all their customization options including vents, buttons, lapels, cuffs and more.

Coppley’s fall and winter collections (what we’re carrying now) are stunning, so don’t miss your chance to get a great looking, custom-made garment for a fraction of the regular cost.

Come in and see us today. We’re located here.

Join Us for Our Biggest Event of 2015!

fall trunk show fort wayne

October 1-3, 2015, Christopher James Menswear will be hosting its biggest and best trunk show of the year. It’s three days of the newest and best clothing from your favorite brands: Allen Edmonds, Coppley, Robert Talbott and Scabal. Representatives from each brand will be on hand to show you what’s new, answer your questions and take special orders.

It’s really just a big party

The trunk show kicks off on Thursday, October 1, with a huge party. We’ll have live music by the Alicia Pyle Quartet, free food and drink from Casa’s, complimentary straight-razor shaves from Executive Barbershop, a choice selection of cigars from Riegel’s Pipe and Tobacco, the latest eyewear from Cunningham Optical, and a display of the hottest cars in Fort Wayne, presented by Dream Makers Automotive.

But it supports a great cause, too

5% of our sales during the event will be donated to Camp Whatcha-Wanna-Do, a Fort Wayne-area summer camp for children living with cancer. Learn more at

Bring your wife!

Our friends at Etcetera, a great line of women’s clothing, will be on site showcasing their latest fall looks. Learn more about Etcetera at

Enter to win stuff (you actually want)

Register to win a Coppley blazer, Allen Edmonds shoes, a Robert Talbott Seven-Fold tie and custom shirt, Prada frames, and a bundle of Riegel’s premium cigars. No purchase necessary!

So mark your calendars!

Thursday, October 1 (4-8 p.m.)
Friday, October 2 (10 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Saturday, October 3 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

See you there!

Take 20% Off Coppley Made-To-Measure Clothing

There is no better time than now to buy Coppley custom clothing. We are currently offering 20% off most Coppley items during our Coppley Summer Value Event, which is happening right here at Christopher James Menswear in Fort Wayne.

Save on suits, sport coats and trousers made from the finest fabrics in the world, and constructed by Coppley’s expert craftspeople. As always with Coppley, your garment will be made and delivered in record time.

See also on our blog: “What’s New with Coppley for Spring 2015”

Coppley has always strived to make clothing that fits you like a glove. Now, with this sale, they’ll fit your wallet too.

Hurry in for best selection. We are located here.

What’s New with Coppley for Spring 2015

This season, we are loving what Coppley has to offer to our dapper (and aspiring-dapper!) clientele. Their fabrics are lighter and the colors are more natural, the silhouettes are clean and the quality, like always, is top notch.

More Natural Colors
2015 is all about earthier, more grounded tones, and Coppley has adeptly executed this trend. They’ve creatively combined grey, blue and tan with emerald green, indigo blue, ochre and plum.

Coppley Spring 2015

Grey and blue jacket and shirt

Lighter Fabrics
Spring is all about ditching your heavy wool suits and sport coats for lighter, more breathable ones. So, Coppley blended fine summer-weight merino wool with linen and silk, both natural fabrics that keep you warm but don’t retain moisture.

Their suits and pants in fine twill or soft plain weave, and jackets in open textured weaves lend a casual elegance to those warm summer evenings. Meanwhile, their softly constructed unlined jackets provide a distinctive lightness that is ideal for every summer occasion.

Coppley Spring 2015

As always, Coppley offers 450 select fabrics, so you are guaranteed to find a fabric you love.

Speedy Delivery
As always, Coppley will turn around your suit or garment in record time, without compromising on quality. They have expert tailors and craftsman working to ensure you get a garment that meets your high standards.

Come see for yourself what Coppley is offering this season at Christopher James Menswear in Fort Wayne.

Find us here.

We look forward to seeing you.

Our Spring Trunk Show is Happening Today!


Today, Christopher James Menswear in Fort Wayne, Ind. is hosting a spring trunk show, partly in hopes of making the warm weather come a little sooner, and partly (and most importantly) to show you new apparel from four top-notch designers that will definitely be big this season: Coppley, Scabal, Robert Talbott, and Allen Edmonds.

Here’s a little bit about the four brands we will be showcasing today:


Few things are better than knowing you are wearing a suit that fits like a glove. If you want something tailor made, Coppley is the brand you want to work with. They are one of the best when it comes to made-to-measure suits. They have more than 500 luxury fabrics to choose from too. Come see what’s new with Coppley this season!


Scabal manufacturers some of the rarest and most unique fabrics in the industry. If you come to our trunk show, you’ll be able to have a suit made with the Scabal fabric of your choice.

Robert Talbott

Spring is the perfect season for layering and mixing up colors and patterns, and Robert Talbott is the king of layering. Keep several Robert Talbott pieces in your closet and you won’t even have to think about what goes with what. See RT’s newest spring pieces today. (Also featured in the video above).

Allen Edmonds

What can be said about Allen Edmonds that hasn’t been said a million times? A.E. is the best in men’s dress shoes, beloved by presidents, popes, and businessmen across the globe. They are built to last, they look good, and you make better business decisions while wearing them. Okay, maybe that last one is conjecture, but who’s checking facts here? Anyway, CJM will be debuting A.E.’s newest, highest-quality dress shoes.

Special pricing is available on all these brands during the trunk show.

This a 3-day event, but our friends from these companies and hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages from Catablu, will only be available today from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

See you there!

Only a Few Days Left in Our Winter Made to Measure Event




You have until January 31st to save 20% on custom suits, sport coats and trousers by Coppley, one of the best made-to-measure clothing manufacturers in the world.

Maybe your New Year’s resolution isn’t going as planned. That’s OK! Lose 10 pounds instantly with a made-to-measure suit that slims and flatters in all the right places. See how here. Anything is possible with M2M clothing.

Or, maybe the winter weather is wreaking havoc on your favorite suit. Maybe you’re kicking off the new year with a new job and need a wardrobe that expresses your confidence and abilities. Maybe you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something in the new Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala. Or maybe you’re getting married, attending a wedding, graduating college in the spring or heck, maybe you just deserve to treat yourself to something nice.

Whatever the reason, we’ve got the solution. With Coppley, you can choose from hundreds of fabrics, colors, fits, so that your garment fits your body and personality to a tee.

Come see us today. The sooner the better for the best selection. Find us here.