Bloom’s 11th Annual Wedding Guide – Pleasant Surprises! (photo gallery)

Jourdan Eastling (left) and Sarah Hugus share a quiet moment after their ceremony. Photo by Icarus Photography PLEASANT SURPRISES! Couples who have been together for years can still find ways to surprise each another — or be surprised. Such was the case for each of the four couples featured in our 11th Annual Wedding Guide. For Carolyn Chang and Chris Wells, that surprise came from a change of venue. While they had planned an outdoor ceremony at the Rose Well House, a special site where they shared a magical midnight kiss, showers forced the ceremony into Indiana Memorial Union’s Tudor Room. Jourdan Eastling and Sarah Hugus had an even bigger surprise — the fact that they could get married at [...]

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Bespoke Formal Wear Shop: Downtown on the Square (Photo Gallery)

BY JEREMY SHERE Last December, men’s clothier Andrew Davis, located on the south side of the downtown Square, opened Andrew Davis Bespoke, a new shop adjacent to the main store featuring custom and made-to-order formal wear, especially for weddings. “We’re appealing to a recent trend of grooms having a garment made for their wedding instead of just renting a tuxedo,” says John Porter, manager of formal wear at Andrew Davis. “After all, if the bride is going to spend money on a dress she’ll wear once in her life, why shouldn’t the groom make a similar investment in a custom garment he can wear many times?” The only wedding shop of its kind in Indiana, according to the Andrew Davis […]

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At Andrew Davis Clothiers, Technology Comes to the Fitting Room

BY MIKE LEONARD With the new ADesign software acquired by Andrew Davis Clothiers for men, a customer can sit down with a salesperson and a laptop computer and see every aspect of the design and fit of a custom-made sport coat, suit, tuxedo, or topcoat. Selections of different fabrics and colors instantly appear on a human image, enabling the customer to quickly compare details that would be difficult to discern otherwise. “Sometimes it can be hard to imagine what a swatch of a patterned fabric will look like over an entire suit, for example,” says Retail Sales Associate John C. Porter. The customer can also select from scores of shirts and ties in different colors and patterns to see how they […]

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Direct from Detroit: Shinola Watches at Andrew Davis

BY LEE ANN SANDWEISS Slow down as you pass the window at Andrew Davis Clothiers at 101 W. Kirkwood, and a display of funky, distinctively American-looking watches is liable to catch your eye. Look closer at the brand name, Shinola, and it might ring a bell somewhere in the distant recesses of your mind. Ever hear the phrase, “You don’t know shit from Shinola”? Shinola was a popular shoe polish brand back in the 1940s — hence the phrase. Fast forward to 2011 and marketing genius Tom Kartsotis, founder of Fossil, bought the rights to the name and created a line of retro-looking watches, bicycles, and leather goods. Since its launch, Shinola has garnered considerable media attention, in no small […]

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Shopping Local with Kaye: Bloomington Sidewalk Sale

One day, as I was absently scrolling through my Facebook feed, I saw three words that made my mouse stop dead on its track pad: Bloomington Sidewalk Sale. I immediately clicked on the event and added it to my calendar. And did a little dance in my office chair. So, here is a rundown of my first Bloomington Sidewalk Sale experience. Be ready next year, shoppers! This event, organized by the new Bloomington Fashion Collective, was amazing! First off, I was handed a brochure that mapped out all the locations participating in the Sidewalk Sale. This was super helpful — I planned my route and shopped along until I got rained out. 1) AZ Vintage TONS of clothing and a few […]

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