– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Blaikie will have swatchbooks from the popular line of casual shirts, trousers, shorts and sweaters to compliment the store’s already substantive inventory of spring fashions. He will also be consulting with customers and measuring for made-to-order sport coats and pants.
The Gentlemen’s Corner, which has been open nearly one year in its location facing Franklin Street on the ground level of the 140 West Franklin compendium of shops, restaurants and residences, is a Crown Shop in the Peter Millar line, meaning it has an expanded collection of wardrobe items from the Raleigh-based clothier.
“Peter Millar is known for color, and they have some great colors this spring,” adds co-general manager Bennett Gibson. “They’re the hot line in men’s clothing today, and we’re excited to introduce their spring line to our friends and customers.”
Blaikie notes there will be an ample array of garments in Tar Heel Blue and that lavender will be popular this spring.
“Lavender is a non-basic color that guys feel comfortable wearing,” he says. “It’s a fashion color, it’s not blue or gray, and it looks great in the spring. You can do so many things with lavender and we’ve got a great selection.”
Customers will also want to check out PM’s Pick Stitch line of dressier wear, “a more upper-echelon line, more sartorial details and the best fabrics from around the world,” Garner says. The Gentlemen’s Corner stocks a deep collection of Peter Millar sports coats, including unstructured models made of a silk-linen blend in a variety of colors.