Here at Paladin Clothiers, it all starts at the top.
Mr. Patrick Shelley is a man obsessed with sartorial pursuits.
As a young boy, he was educated in men’s style by his Uncle during the years he was raised by him.
Shelley spent afternoons in the tailor shop doing all the odd jobs they could find for him, just so that he could practice cutting and finishing on fabric scraps.
Why would a young boy want to do this?
Because, most all of us have had a point in life where something just clicked and you said, wow, I like this.
And then, if you were lucky, you might have even been good at what you loved. It’s truly a gift when you are.
Well, the design of suiting, shirting and coating was something that Shelley not only loved but was incredibly talented at as well.
He just had a knack for knowing what looked good, and maybe even more importantly, what didn’t.
Through thick and thin his love of the cloth never abated over the years.
Then, when a major life change and sartorial timing collided, Shelley decided to finally take up his lifelong dream of helping to usher in a new ‘Golden Era’ of men’s style.
With respects to the sartorial timing…
It is Mr. Shelley’s belief that, following along with the new ‘business casual’ dress trend is a huge mistake.
But also, one that opens up amazing opportunities for those who remain true to the roots of men’s style.
His ideals follow the premise that; if everyone else is busy dressing in jeans and a sweater, you can stand out and gain a massive advantage by not just looking ok, but by looking amazing instead.
The logic is that; companies are always on the lookout for rising stars to promote.
Who is it that gains the attention of the C suites by looking the part and wearing the same tailored clothing that they are?
Who is it, you, the man that looks like them, talks like them and thinks like them?
Or the guy who looks like they have a poverty mentality and should shut up and go get their coffee?
Who is it that gets the attention of all the women in the office and around town?
You who looks like a stud, or the guy wearing that abysmal checkered sweater vest over a cheap worn out shirt that doesn’t fit and crappy shoes?
When the company has clients fly in, who do they want representing them, you – looking like a proverbial rock star, or the guy who thought business casual also meant he didn’t have to iron his clothes either?
Mr. Shelley helps men succeed through dressing the part.
He espouses the statement; Don’t dress for who you are now, dress for who you want to be.
Mr. Shelley believes that you should not just look good, but that instead, you should look amazing!
This falls in line with the ideal of; you don’t have to get ready, if you stay ready.
By dressing the part every day, you stay ready for opportunities.
Then, when opportunity knocks, you don’t just open the door. No, instead you kick that damn thing in and introduce yourself!
And, people will take you seriously, because you look like the man who should be taken seriously.
Shelley also espouses that; when you’re hosting or attending an event or wedding, whether your own or someone else’s, BE THE BEST DRESSED MAN IN THE ROOM.
Let the other guy dress down. You raise your standards and watch what happens.
It’s just human nature. You will be the one people are attracted to, the one they want to meet, because you simply look more important and desirable.
It’s the same with women or potential business partners. What you wear tells them who you are before you ever even open your mouth.
Make them aspire to be with you, NOT the other way around!
If you look the part – you get the part!
These and other Shelley principles guide the actions of each and every person at Paladin Clothiers.
Whether it be the tailors, your style consultant, the shipping department or anyone else, these ideals are what we live by.
With Regards To Sustainability
Shelley abhors fast fashion, where people make cheap impulse purchases that don’t build a wardrobe, but instead end up in the landfills.
With well over 30% of all clothing purchased in the U.S. each year ending up in the landfills after being thrown out it’s no wonder that the fashion industry is one of the top 10 most polluting industries on the planet.
Shelley through Paladin Clothiers aims to help change all that by creating heirloom clothing that is not based in the pointless churn and burn of fashion but in the time-honored traditions of style.
By creating garments that remain in style throughout their full lifecycle and that are made so well that they can be willed from Father to Son and possibly to Grandson, Shelley creates clothing you buy just once and can replace potentially hundreds of frivolous, wasteful, purposeless purchases over time.
The understanding is that, when you acquire amazing, well-made garments and shoes you look fantastic the entire time you own them. When you buy cheap here today gone tomorrow fast fashion you look cheap and spend dozens of times more money in the long run replacing them all the time.
Fast fashion uses unsustainable toxic dyes, detergents and other chemicals that pollute the the environment both during the manufacturing process and when you throw them away.
This is not good for you when wearing them as they are generally made with harmful chemicals and of course not good for the environment when they are both made and disposed of.
So, save a literal ton of money over time, protect the environment and prevent sweatshop labor by acquiring and adding real pieces to your wardrobe that make you look like a million dollars and not a slave to whatever someone else says is the next thing you should be wearing.
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