With just a few weeks to go before Christmas, the search for great gifts for others – or for yourself – is heating up. That’s when accessories come in to play. Today, I would like to review Exquisite Trimmings, which is run by the Englishman Shaya Green, who started his business in the US but is now based in the UK.
Several months ago, Shaya began selling accessories from well known brands on a basic website out of Brooklyn, New York. As the name implies (in one interpretation), his men’s products were “trimmings” from past seasons, overstock, or lot purchases that he offered to the public.
Now, one might wonder why someone would buy these “old” designs when new ones are available, but that’s the beauty of classic men’s clothing: if you know what you like, ties and for that matter most other accessories can be worn for decades, rather than months, without ever looking outdated. Even so, if you want a particular purple paisley pocket square or a plaid bow tie but you are not sure how much wear you will get out of it, it’s nice to get the workmanship of Rubinacci or Drakes without the full retail price tag.
The New Store
Once Shaya evolved out of the start-up phase of his business, it was time for a new website and more products. In addition, he decided to move closer to his European sources so he could coordinate things more easily, and thus he moved with his family to London. At this point, he was carrying products of 13 brands in his store, but it seems like he is adding new things weekly. The latest edition seems to be the magazine the Rake, which he sells in individual issues as well as as a subscription, and Butler Luxury Hangers, which he sells to customers in Europe.
Due to the nature of Exquisite Trimmings, you will find new things regularly, as opposed to a traditional full collection that turns with the seasons. Happily, you can browse the store every once and a while, and view the latest additions until you find something you like.
The brands Shaya carries are well known in the iGent world, which is why I won’t elaborate on them in detail. To convince me of the quality, Shaya sent me a pocket square from Penrose, a pair of socks from Gallo and a tie from Drake’s.
The pocket square has a typical Penrose floral print, and is very thin and made out of 70% cotton & 30% silk. The edges are machine hemmed in Italy, which makes it more suitable as a flashy handkerchief rather than a decorative pocket square. But then again, even Drakes has started to sell machine hemmed pocket squares rather than hand rolled ones.
The pair of Gallo socks is very colorful and due to the irregular stripe, it is certainly only something for extravagant characters. With a composition of 74% cotton, 24% polyamide and 2% elastane, these socks are made for everyday use with more stretch than a pure cotton sock. At the same time, they are a bit thicker and less puristic, but if you like this kind of pattern, the selection of Exquisite Trimmings is second to none.
The Drake’s Tie I received measured 147 cm / 58 ” and was navy blue with small red woven polka dots. It has a rather thick interlining which ties into a nice four in hand knot, but anything bigger would probably be too much, unless you like large knots. The interesting aspect about it is the cut: micropatterns like this are traditionally cut so the dots are symmetrical, whereas here they were cut so the dotted rows point down in a 170º angle from the left top to the right bottom. You won’t find such details like these at every haberdasher or department stores, but Exquisite Trimmings may have a a limited stock of these special items.
Shipping & Packaging
Shipping from the UK is quite expensive, and so Shaya can only offer free worldwide shipping with order above £50. However, for all buyers from outside the European Union, you will get 20% off upon checkout since you won’t have to pay the value added tax! Furthermore, Shaya has regular promotions;
make sure to check out his banner on the right where the latest coupon codes are displayed. Everything is shipped with Royal Mail, which means it will be delivered via the local postal service in your country
The packaging is functional but not ostentatious. Do not expect gift boxes, but much rather products wrapped in cellophane foil and white packing paper.
When it comes to customer service, you can always reach ET quickly via email or phone, so you should have no problem asking questions.