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Windowpane Winter Suiting With Knot Standard
Knot Standard Ariston Windowpane Suit

Suiting up in the winter is all about warm wool & flannel fabrics, but, sometime they can be a bit boring. One of my favorite fabric mills for bold pattern fabrics is Ariston and Knot Standard is tailor that carries more than their fair share of those fabrics in-house. Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Knot Standard’s Creative Director, Lewis Malivanek to discuss menswear, booze and the Philadelphia 76ers (it was a funny conversation), but, most importantly decided to put together some windowpane pattern suiting pieces. 

Touting five domestic showrooms and one international, Knot Standard give customers the option to meet with their expert clothiers for a complete hands-on experience and shop their more than 7,000 fabric selection. If you don’t have time to make it to a showroom, you can shop part of their collection online here. In this post, I’ve styled a full windowpane suit & a double pane blazer — both from Knot Standard. 

Single Pane 

Knot Standard Ariston Windowpane Suit

Wool Windowpane Ariston Fabric Suit – Knot Standard | Shawl Collar Peacoat – Natural Selection London | Denim Shirt – H&M | Boardroom Bobby Wool Tie – Armstrong & Wilson | Arrow Tie bar – Gents Mode | Guillaume II Boots – Cobbler Union | Aviator Sunglasses – Boast USA 

Taking the dive into a full windowpane pattern suit takes some balls, but, can be done easily with the right fabric choice & base color. The dark grey fabric paired with the rich burgundy takes this suit from eye-soar to a sartorial masterpiece due to its pattern neutralizing effect.

Suit Details & Style Tips

  • The jacket of this suit is completely unconstructed (which means there’s no lining). Being unconstructed, the jacket has a natural drape over the shoulders and molds to the body
  • Spacing: Each square measures 2 x 2.5 inches wide. These dimension allow for the right amount of space to not be a dizzying pattern
  • Shirt Pairing: like any suit, this windowpane pattern suit can be paired with a white shirt. To make the windowpane pattern really pop, adding a deep blue denim shirt is ideal. Plus, the texture of the denim shirt is a direct complement to the natty texture of the suit
  • Versatility: break this suit up. The pants look great with a pair of white sneakers (see: Instagram)
  • Jacket Buttons: the button stance is a 3 button with a two button roll (real old school)
  • Pant Waistband:  the waistband fastener has been extend with the belt loops removed
  • Replacing the belt loops with side tabs is a smart option and looks much cleaner

Knot Standard is deserving of an A+ grade based on fabric selection, knowledge tailors, accessibility and overall style aesthetic.

Knot Standard Ariston Windowpane Suit

Knot Standard Ariston Windowpane Suit

Knot Standard Ariston Windowpane Suit

Knot Standard Ariston Windowpane Suit

Knot Standard Ariston Windowpane Suit

Double Pane 

Knot Standard Ariston Fabric Windowpane Jacket

Blue w/ Brown Double Windowpane #Ariston Wool Fabric Jacket – Knot Standard | Navy Vest – Forever 21 | Hemmingway Yellow Oxford Button Down – Mizzen + Main | Grey Moto Jean – Forever 21 | Boots – Johnston & Murphy | Green Leather Gloves – H&M | Fedora – Forever 21 | Custom Sunglasses – Lookmatic 

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The double windowpane pattern blazer is a versatile piece of outerwear that’s perfect for layering. Even though this jacket is unlined it’s extremely warm. When there’s a “warm” winter day, you can take the risk and rock this jacket as your outer piece over a thin puffer vest. The faint brown and grey coloring of the windowpane pattern are the perfect complement to the base blue color of the jacket. The blue base color acts as a grounding agent to the windowpane pattern. 

Knot Standard Ariston Fabric Windowpane Jacket

Knot Standard Ariston Fabric Windowpane Jacket

Knot Standard Ariston Fabric Windowpane Jacket

Knot Standard Ariston Fabric Windowpane Jacket

Photo Credit: Marina T. Peele



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  • Another instance of a blogger being given anything they want, including Knot Standard’s undivided attention, in exchange for a good review. I challenge you to go through the same process as myself and the countless other unknowns I’ve encountered online when it comes to Knot Standard.

    In the course of a year, I went through the process of designing three shirts and one suit, yet at the end of that year, I was left with only one shirt and one suit jacket (that’s right, no pants), neither of which fit well. At least the company was decent enough to finally offer me a full refund (they offered me additional custom items to offset the sorry service, but those never materialized either, just more empty promises). Before you ask, I work only a few blocks from their DC showroom, so access was never an issue, yet they would go radio silent on me for weeks, sometimes months at a time.

    I don’t doubt that they can make a quality product when they give customers the type of attention they deserve, but with so many options in the M2M marketplace, service and availability are almost just as important as materials and craftsmanship. I hardly think the pampered blogger experience translates into what regular Joes like myself can expect, and I think your reviews would be much more realistic (and taken seriously) if you went through the process anonymously. I would challenge you to try it.

    • Hi Graig,

      For and foremost, thank you for dropping by. After reading you detailed encountered, I do understand your frustration and from your encounter it’s seem like one of the worst experiences that I can recall.

      In regard to the “pampered blogger” treatment, I think it’s more apt to say that I’m in the business of building brand relationships. I to have had issues with almost every M2M brand & off-the-rack brand that I’ve worked with. The one that I can say is that having this blog platform allows me to work with brands directly and give them my honest feedback. I’ve had garments made by Indochino, Dragon Inside, OwnOnly and countless others that didn’t come any where near perfect after my first go round and I took that feedback back to the brand to have garments remade.

      There’s no real point of going in anonymously to a brand because this is my business as well. I like for brands to know I’m interested in their product and hopefully create a long term partnership. If a brand really produces terrible products or the service is well below par I can decide to hit the bricks. Brands don’t reach out to me saying, “hey we’ll work with you, if you give us a nice review.” In many case, along these brands marketing schemes, I’ve been on their radar and they’re been a mutual admiration because I’ve seen and have experience they’re product before.

      • I certainly understand brand building, more than I’m going to go into here. I guess if I want to oversimplify things, it comes down to two reasons people come to your blog, or any other similar sites: 1) pointers on fit, design, and execution or 2) experiential reviews of the services offered by these companies. I think it’s pretty clear you’re looking to build a reputation in terms of the former, which I would add you do quite well. I imagine blending the two together would make the former somewhat more difficult, or at least time consuming.

        Being burnt so badly by Knot Standard, I just feel like not confronting the… and I hesitate to use the term conflict of interest, but something just short of there, in terms of reviewers speaking about the attention to detail and service they receive, when it’s clearly not what a guy like myself can honestly expect to encounter.
        All that said, I do love the pieces in this post!

        • Thanks for the well thought out comment. My goal is to always bridge both side (informational & experiential). From my end dealing with M2M and bespoke brands as a customer and as MSP, the treatment has reportedly been the same (for myself and others). Hopefully, this was in the early stages of the brand and they really address these types of issues.

          Thanks for the kind words, they are truly appreciated!


          • I’d like to take a moment to revisit my earlier comments. After reading my posts here, Knot Standard and specifically Alex Kramer, who’s responsible for customer experiences, reached out to me directly. She, with some help from the CEO, seemingly bent over backwards to fix the poor experiences that I had previously received. I can’t say enough about the effort made to right the ship here. If the direction Knot Standard is headed is based anything on the customer service shown recently, I would have no reservations in saying Knot Standard will definitely be rising to the top of the M2M market soon, seeing as their quality and construction was never a question mark for me, just the service.

            Sorry to bump an old thread, but this update was definitely earned.

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