Brand Review: Tompkins

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Recently, Manhattan-based menswear line Tompkins, launched as the brain child of founder & designer Clay Tompkins. Over the past few weeks I’ve been in correspondence with Mr. Tompkins. Through many conversations, he expressed his passion for designing quality menswear pieces at bespoke levels, that can be purchased without the bespoke wait-time.  Below is a full review of the brand and pieces offered.

DSC_0227Spread Collar Gingham Shirt & Grey flannel trousers by Tompkins

  • Who: Tompkinswww.TompkinsCollection.com
  • What: Dress Shirts and Trousers
  • Special Features:
    • Shirts: This spread collar shirt comes with built-in collars stays, and a hidden “Party Pocket” under the left underarm (You can also use it as a hidden iPhone holster). The best feature is the “Cocktail Cuff” that simulates a French cuff without the need for cuff links. 
    • Side note: the “Party Pocket” is called the “Johnny Pocket” by the Brits. It’s the place you stash your condoms.
    • Trousers: They are made from amazing twill and wool fabrics. The side tabs for waist adjustment are a great touch (especially if you’re an anti-belt guy). The lapped side seams really add a bit of definition and elongation to your legs (huge plus if you are a shorter guy).
  • Added Bonus: All of these pieces are produced in the United States, with factories in Brooklyn, NY and New Jersey.

Men’s Style Pro Opinion of Tompkins

There are a lot of things I like about the Tompkins brand, but, the best  is the quality of the garments. A well-constructed pair of pants is often hard to come by, and I will say that Tompkins has made the perfect pant. The weight of the fabric, the side tab adjustment, and the fact that they come unfinished so that my tailor can hem them to my liking is key.

At first, I was thrown off by the hidden pocket under the left arm of the shirt. But I grew to like it as I started putting random things in there, primarily business cards. Traditionally, I am a French Cuff guy, but the “Cocktail cuff” did sell me. If you look in the bottom picture, you will see that I’ve paired this shirt with a blue blazer to illustrate what the shirt cuff will look like layered. I think the “Cocktail cuff” is a great option for the guy that doesn’t have cufflinks or doesn’t have time for cuff links. In all, Tompkins delivers  great shirts and trousers, and Mr. Clay Tompkins truly is passionate about the quality of his brand. You can see the passion in each detail of the pieces.

DSC_0235_2Trouser features: Side Tabs – Shirt Feature: Hidden Under Arm Pocket

DSC_0252Shirt Feature: Cocktail Cuff (instead of French Cuff – same effect with not cuff links needed)

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Best,

Sabir

@MensStylePro

Editor In Chief/Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man, Sabir finds his way around the web in an attempt to seek out "the cool" of #menswear. Stay updated on Men's Style Pro doings on Twitter & Instagram @MensStylePro.

  • Aj

    Love the additional easter eggs/touches (side tabs, hidden pocket) and the fit looks good too. Also, where is the blue blazer from?

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Hi Aj,

      The blazer by Indochino. I’m happy that you like the look.

      Best,

      Sabir

  • http://gravatar.com/oziejackson oziejackson

    I never knew there was such a thing as a cocktail cuff. That’s why I like coming here I always learn something new to step my game up.

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Hi Ozie,

      Yeah, the cocktail cuff is becoming more popular now, but, it’s definitely not a mainstream thing.

      Best,

      Sabir

  • L.L.

    I like the features of this shirt. I can definitely see myself purchasing shirts with the cocktails cuffs. Everytime I come to this site i get put on to something new. Sabir how do you feel about shirt stays? Good investment?

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      HI L.L.,

      Shirt stays are always a good investment. The cocktail cuffs are an unique option. They have been made popular by James Bond.

      Best,

      Sabir

  • Bradley

    I’m assuming these are the grey trousers and not the charcoal, correct?

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Hi Bradley,

      You are correct, these are grey!

      Best,
      Sabir

  • http://www.facebook.com/bradley.stayton Bradley Stayton

    I’m looking to purchase these soon and would like to ask another question: how much did you have to alter these aside from getting them hemmed? Was tapering necessary?

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Hi Bradley,

      Tapering wasn’t necessary, but, it’s more of personal preference.

      Best,

      Sabir

      • http://www.facebook.com/bradley.stayton Bradley Stayton

        I meant necessary for them to have no break and a slim cut, but you answered it anyway. Thanks for the help!