Sartorially Speaking By Marc Kadish

It's old fashioned but people ask me how they can obtain more information about the store and my role. So now I have a business card and the column has a separate button on the top of the home page.


I've written the column for a year. I still don't know whether it's called a column or a blog. It's just a hobby. I addressed that in my first column, " Since I Don't Play Golf." 

As I grow older I spend more time thinking about family, friends and my experiences growing up. I started working at my uncle's clothing store in South Orange, New Jersey when I was 14 . I worked there through high school, college and law school. Spending time at Syd Jerome brings back those memories. Sid reminds me of my uncle; Scott reminds me of my cousin Marty; the salesmen remind me of the salesmen from my uncle's store. I like men's fashions; talking about the business with Scott, the salesmen and the sales reps who visit the store.

I also like helping men find their personal style. Last week I exchanged emails with a former associate from Mayer Brown. He worked with me as a high school Summer Intern. We kept in touch while he was in college and law school. He came to the firm and is now clerking for a federal judge. More importantly he is getting married this Summer. The emails went back and forth about what he and the men in his wedding party should wear. 

One other thing I want to express in this column is my love for Chicago. I moved here in 1969 when I received a Reginald Heber Smith Poverty Law Fellowship. My Mother's Day surprise for Suzin was tickets for the play " Shakespeare in Love " at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. The play is an adaption of the movie of the same name. The theater space is magnificent; the play was great. It was a bright sunny day. During intermission Suzin and I looked through the huge windows seeing the lakefront and the skyline.

It's easy to celebrate Chicago on such a day. Just as it is easy to celebrate the unique role that Syd Jerome plays in men's fashions in the city.

Feel free to contact me through the store. Remember it is just a hobby. I am still the Pro Bono Advisor at Mayer Brown.

Syd Jerome Presents....

June 12, 2018

                                                                                                    “HONOR THY FATHER “

Was a popular book by the well known author Gay Talese. It was about the Bonanno crime family in New York. I don’t want to honor the Bonanno family. I want to honor the memory of my father, Gil Kadish. He was born in 1918 and died in 1994.


That’s him in the picture kneeling in front of my Uncle Harry who is looking very dapper in his double breasted suit. My father is wearing a short sleeve white shirt with a collar. He looks like Kevin Costner’s father John Kinsella from “ Field of Dreams.”

At that point John Kinsella has his whole life ahead of him. My dad had his whole life ahead of him. He was 28 in 1946. I was three. My brother Jeff was one. My brother Jed and my sister Robin weren’t even on the horizon.

Kevin Costner got to play catch with his father at the end of the movie. I don’t remember playing catch with my father. I do remember that he taught me to play outdoor one wall paddleball at the Cabana Club in West Orange, New Jersey.

Even after he, my mother and sister moved to Florida in his early 50’s he continued to beat me at paddle ball. He would stand in the middle of the court with a baseball cap on backwards, a cold cigar clamped in his mouth and run me all over the court.

What other memories? He, my grandfather and an uncle built the house where I grew up. It was built as a two family house. We lived on the top floor. My grandparents lived on the first floor. After my grandmother died we took over the entire house.

The house was built in the early 40’s. The Pleasantdale section of West Orange was still considered the country . There was a cornfield behind our house and a small apple orchard nearby. My grandfather had a large vegetable garden.

My father did work in my Uncle Harry’s store for a time. But that was not him. Like Willie Loman in “ Death of a Salesman” there was more of him in our house than any work he did. He built my bedroom. He built out our basement for my Bar Mitzvah party.

He added a laundry room at the back of our house and built a deck.

He was a quiet man. Like many men of his generation he did not talk about his feelings. But I still have a letter he wrote me when I made my first trip on a plane and went to Florida with a group of my friends in my senior year of high school.

He was able to put his feelings in a letter.

But when he decided to die we had a conversation I will never forget. He was on dialysis and decided he had enough. I received a call and was told he wanted to see me one more time. I was on my way to teach at a law and literature conference for Illinois state judges.

One of the assigned stories for the conference was a famous short story by Tolstoy, the famous 19th century Russian author, called “ The Death of Ivan Ilych,” a lawyer who was dying and feared death.

When I arrived at the hospital I spoke with his doctors. They told me my father could change his mind up to an hour before his death. They would just put him on the dialysis machine and clean out his system.

I went into the room alone to discuss his decision. Having just read the Tolstoy story I summoned up the courage to ask him if he was afraid of dying. He looked at me, laughed and said no- he wasn’t afraid.

He never changed his mind. A quiet man who faced death on his own terms. I am afraid I won’t be as brave.

What brought this topic up for me? The store is having an event for Father’s Day on June 14th. ( See the announcement below).  But even more importantly it called up a flood of memories about my father.

We don't need Father's Day: “To Honor Thy Father.” Anyone who wants to share memories of their father just write me and it will be posted.

Father's Day Specials


Syd Jerome Presents...
May 2018                                                                                                 
She is the newest sales consultant at the store and has been in the industry for 15 years. She has worked in both wholesale and retail in men’s fashions. She managed stores for the Custom Shop in both Chicago and Los Angeles. She also worked for the Individualized Apparel Group handling custom orders for Oxxford Clothes and custom shirts. She had been coming to the store for custom shirt trunk shows for as long as she was in the industry. Scott reached out to her when the store needed a new sales consultant. She is at the store on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
In writing this column she and I had several discussions. We discussed her notion that men dress for women. She believes men like having a woman’s opinion on fashion.
As I’ve written about in many columns my relationship with the store reminds me of my family’s stores in New Jersey. One of my mother’s sisters was Aunt Sarah (also known as Mickey). She ran the East Orange store with my Uncle Gene. She was an early female pioneer in the industry. One of the Newark papers even ran an article on her in the 50s.The story highlighted how she was well known for measuring trouser inseams when fitting a man’s garment!
Lori, like my Aunt Sarah, has a long history in the business. In writing this column I read other men’s fashion blogs. Many of them give advice on how and where to shop. This column is different because I write only about the store. The sales consultants, like Lori, have all the expertise one needs.
SO stop in and say hello to her and even let her order some custom made shirts for you!
Lori Vaughan-Dailey

Syd Jerome Presents...
February 20, 2018
“ IF IT DOES NOT FIT, YOU MUST ACQUIT.” –Johnnie Cochran, OJ Simpson closing argument
              Mike Bornhorst Buys Two Suits
Mike, a lawyer at the Chicago office of Mayer Brown, is a colleague and a friend. He came to talk with me because his suits were hurting his suits ( lawsuits where he is counsel)… his wife said he needed some new suits to make him look like a grownup.
He asked me to take him to the store. Gary and I suggested a number of suits for him to choose from. He chose a Samuelsohn and a Hickey Freeman.
Every suit you buy has to be altered. It could be anything from just lengthening or shortening the sleeves on the suit coat or finishing the cuffs on the pants. The jacket may have to be let in or let out.
Now comes the part that I enjoy the most-accessorizing the suit. The suit should be part of an ensemble. Gary and I helped Mike select two shirts and two ties that can be worn with both suits.
The Samuelsohn and Hickey Freeman models fit Mike a little differently. So when he came into the store to try on both suits the Hickey Freeman suit needed some further alteration. Patrick, who is in charge of the tailor shop at the store, chalked and pinned the suit for additional alterations.
P.S. My cultural references seem to be consistent with my age. When I discussed the column with my younger daughter Izzy, who wants to be a writer and is now working in Hollywood, her first response? “Who is Johnnie Cochran?” She was born in 1994 and Cochran used the phrase in his closing argument on September 28,1995.
THE PHOTOS? THE PROCESS-START TO FINISH WITH THE END BEING A SATISFIED MAN. Like I said, if it does not fit, it does not leave the store !
Click below to see the photo album:
Photo of Mike Bornhorst in a well tailored suit. Quote "If it does not fit, it does not leave the store. - Scott Shapiro-Syd Jerome

Syd Jerome Presents...
January 29, 2018 




There is a story I always heard about an oral argument that took place in the Seventh Circuit. A young lawyer from Madison, Wisconsin had an oral argument on a case.  Unfortunately, he had to take his child to the Emergency Room. He called the court to advise he was on his way, but requested that his case be moved to the last argument for the day. He periodically called the Court to advise he was on his way. He was still late. Upon his arrival, one of the three judges presiding over arguments that day lambasted him for being late. Judge Bauer leaned forward and said "you have to excuse my colleague, he does not have any children."

A mensch is the Yiddish word that signifies someone is "a person of integrity and honor." That's Judge Bauer. Not only is he a mensch, but he's a dapper gentleman! He's 91, and looks very sharp, as you can see from the pictures below of the Judge and Ty Fahner. Ty Fahner, a former Chair of Mayer Brown and I had lunch with the Judge recently. It was after the oral arguments for the day were finished: 91, looking sharp and working every day. Ty and I should be so lucky.


Early in my career — different times. It's a class action civil rights suit on behalf of inmates placed in an early behavior modification unit at the now-closed Joliet prison. The case was assigned to Judge Bauer. One of the inmates was serving a natural life sentence for his involvement in an infamous attempted armed robbery of a Thillens check-cashing truck at a Bell and Howell plant in Lincolnwood. A shoot-out with police occurred. People died.

Somehow this inmate meets a nice woman who is willing to marry him. Judge Bauer agrees to perform the ceremony in chambers. No idea what happened to the marriage, or any memory of what happened to the lawsuit, but the guy is still in prison 47 years later. But I never forgot the Judge's kindness.


It's 1985 and the parents of a girl I dated in college (the relationship was short-lived, but the parents became life-long friends) took me to Italy and Greece. We were in Sorrento at a hotel overlooking the Mediterranean. We agreed to meet at the large outdoor bar. I was early. The bar was jammed. There was a man with his back to me sitting alone at a small table. My Italian was limited to "Me Scoozi" and I tapped him on the shoulder. It was Judge Bauer! As Humphrey Bogart said in Casablanca: "Of all the gin joints in the world."


One of the great private legal service providers in Chicago is the Chicago Legal Clinic. It was started in 1981 by two law students from DePaul Law School, Father, now Bishop, Thomas Paprocki and Ed Grossman. From one office they set up after the South Works of U.S. Steel shut down; it has grown to a multi-office, multi-legal project organization. But what does this have to do with Judge Bauer? He has bcen the Master of Ceremonies at the organization's annual fund-raising dinner for years (check out their website and consider a contribution).

One of Mayer Brown's main pro bono projects is the Seventh Circuit Project where we have handled around 170 appeals on behalf of indigent clients. I've sat at counsel table with our lawyers for many of the oral arguments. When Judge Bauer sits on the panel, I know our lawyers will be treated with courtesy and respect.

Does this have anything to do with the store? No, but I hope you don't mind me stretching the column a bit.

But let's go back to keeping warm in the winter — two additional tips:

1)    Over the calf wool (not cotton) socks add another layer of warmth for you legs;

2)    Toe warmers you can buy at places like Dick's Sporting Goods for about $2.00 each.

Goodbye to Kathy Bryja, who helped me post the column.  Thanks to Thane Johnson, whose company works on the website for the store and will now help post the column.

 Judge Bauer to the left and Ty Fahner to the right

 Judge Bauer to the left and Ty Fahner to the right

Syd Jerome Presents...
December 11, 2017 




The last column was about Canada Goose and Norwegian Wool coats. I included photos of various Mayer Brown friends wearing the coats. Any non-professional photos were taken by me; any professional photos were taken by Jessica Fletcher, the Graphic Design Specialist in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown. What I neglected to mention was that page 62 of the Fall Syd Jerome magazine contains a photo of a down red hooded down coat from Canada Goose. Page 63 contains a photo of a light brown coat from Norwegian Wool. Those two pages gives you a much better close up of what the coats look like.

But what else do you need to stay warm this winter? Good boots, gloves, scarves and something to cover your head and ears. Winters in Scandinavia are supposed to be brutal (Just read Jo Nesbo’s book “The Snowman!”) which is why the store carries Swim boots; gloves from Hestra and baseball caps with earflaps from Wigens - all three companies are from Scandinavia. 

This year the store carries a storm gaiter with zippers from SWIMS. They are not overshoes. You wear them in lieu of shoes (SWIMS also makes some great lightweight non-leather loafers for the Summer. I have a pair of navy/orange loafers that I wear without socks with jeans and a casual cotton sport coat).

Moving onto gloves. This year the store started carrying Hestra gloves. I bought a pair. The front is light gold leather; the back is gray wool. They have a nice warm lining. One of the photos below has a shot of the Hestra glove collection in the store.


Sample scarves - here I used Mayer Brown models. Lindsay Brown, a finance associate at the firm, who was a student in the class I co-taught at Northwestern Law School makes a very able model by wearing a medium blue matching scarf and beanie cap from FLY 3. Jessica Fletcher, our favorite photographer, who took the pictures of Lindsay, is wearing a multi color beanie from the store.


Lindsay is also wearing a black cap from Wigens of Sweden. The exterior is a synthetic blend that wards off wind, snow and rain. The lining is a fur like polyester. I have had two Wigens caps for several years – the black one and a beige wool one with a quilted polyester lining - also with ear flaps.


The store also carries inexpensive expandable earmuffs that I sometimes wear over the earflaps from the Wigens caps on those days when the wind uncomfortably blows against your ears. If it gets any colder than that…stay home. Don’t wear a balaclava that covers everything except your eyes. The police might mistake you for a bank robber!


Syd Jerome Presents...
November 17, 2017 


“With a Little Help From My Friends” 

It’s getting colder. You need or want a new winter coat. You decide it’s too cold for a topcoat (Good for a Fall day; The store has these). You already have an overcoat for court, weddings, bar-mitzvahs, important business meetings etc. (the store has these also.) 

You want something else. Do you want a coat to walk your dog or go hiking in a forest preserve on a snowy day? Or do you want a coat that’s warm but still stylish enough to wear over a sport coat or you can wear to the movies or dinner on a Saturday with jeans and a sweater?

The choice is not limited to “Canada” or “Norway.” The store carries other lines, but I have decided to limit this column to these two companies. I like Norwegian Wool coats. Besides Suzin and I don’t have a dog anymore. I’m waiting for a good snowy day to go tramping along the lakefront or in a forest preserve…but warm footwear will be just as important as the outerwear.

So I enlisted friends from Mayer Brown to model some of the coats. (You’ll note that the more professional looking photos were taken by Jessica Fletcher, the Graphic Design Specialist from the Chicago office of the firm. The other photos were taken by me. I even enlisted a friend, Kathleen Przywara , to model one of the coats - without realizing that the store carries a few Canada Goose coats for women. I also took a picture of one of the windows at the store, which has a Canada Goose ensemble.

The Norwegian Wool coats, as the name implies, are made of a special treated wool to make them practical for a Chicago winter where you can get a bitterly cold rain, sleet or snow. The Canada Goose coats don’t have a wool shell. They come in either a quilted or solid exterior. I never liked the quilted look because it made me feel like the “Michelin Man.” The Canada Goose coats come with a hood; the Norwegian Wools do not. They both come in a variety of lengths. My Norwegian Wool hits me about the middle of my thighs.

Both coats have a down interior. This makes them warm enough to survive a Chicago winter. The down also makes them easier to come on and off. The down also makes them more lightweight. I remember years ago buying from a thrift shop what I was told was a military officer’s coat from WWI. I thought it was historical, stylish etc. The problem was I got a hernia every time I put it on. It was very heavy and to make it even worse it was not very warm! It was discarded long before I started shopping at the store.

Hopefully you will have use for both coats. But for me, if I had to choose one I like the Norwegian Wool look. I bought a similar coat from the store a number of years ago. It has always met my needs. It’s been warm enough for your average Chicago winter day. It battles the diverse Chicago winter elements. It’s lightweight. It’s long enough to cover a suit or sport coat. I can wear it to work or to the movies on a weekend. It does not look or feel too bulky. So this year I bought one of the Norwegian Wool coats in a medium blue shade! Two of the “models” in the photos are wearing the same coat.


Next column - Let’s continue with winter accessories and talk about hats, gloves, scarves and Swim over boots. 

Syd Jerome Presents…
October 27, 2017



Last year around this time I did a column on Canali, an Italian clothing line featured at the store, and one of the scenes from “The Godfather” with the lines “Leave the gun,take the cannoli.”

The picture below was taken with Peter Belci, the Canali sales representative, and me at last Fall’s trunk show. I’m wearing a Canali suit which is still one of my favorites.


So lets talk about this Fall’s Canali clothing and what that has to do with Phil Corboy Jr., a well known plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer in Chicago, whose picture is also set forth below. He and I have been friendly since he was a States Attorney and we opposed each other in criminal cases.

 Phil shops at Syd Jerome. He likes Canali clothes. Scott calls him at the beginning of each season when the Canali suits and sport coats arrive. Scott knows what Phil likes.

But many men don’t come to the store like Phil with a clothes line in mind. They come in because they need a suit or sport coat. You can depend on the expertise of the sales personnel to ask the appropriate questions and have you try on a number of suits or sport coats to see what fits best and meets your needs.

The store features many clothing lines ( Take a look at the new Syd Jerome magazine which just came out…and even features an article on this column.) but the store carries a large volume of Canali clothing.

We carry several Canali models. They all feature a softer shoulder with little padding, a slimmer and shorter two button jacket (but not too extreme),side vents and plain front trousers.

The cost of a Canali suit runs between $1800 to $2200.We also carry overcoats, sport coats, dress shirts and ties from Canali.

Phil likes Canali clothing because the various models fit him so well. He occasionally will have a vest made to complement a new suit.

If you want something different such as a three button jacket, an even slimmer cut suit or a double breasted suit the store has books from Canali called Su Misura.You can order something special from the book or look at it to see how Canali puts together a complete look with ties and shirts to go with the clothing.

So come in and look at the new Canali fashions. This year they are showing British inspired fabric with an Italian twist!

Syd Jerome Presents...

September 29, 2017 











Lindsay Connolly is Eton’s Sales Activator (interesting job description!) for North America.

That’s her with Scott Shapiro and me in front of the Eton shirt display at the trunk show in the store.

Eton shirts are made in Sweden. The company was founded in 1928. Syd Jerome was one of the first stores in the U.S. to stock their shirts. They offer dress shirts, sport shirts, ties, pocket squares, scarves and some jewelry. Eton shirts were featured in a July 5th, 2017 issue of the Wall Street Journal. They have a sophisticated Internet presence so check it out.

I have a number of Eton shirts and ties. I am wearing a pink striped Eton shirt and tie in the photo. The shirts retail from $245 to $285. The ties retail for $145.The shirts are made from wrinkle free cotton. I can wear them two to three times before they have to be laundered (always by hand by a good laundry and never have them starched ) They never shrink. They have perfected a way of embedding permanent stays in the collars which never shift and never show a “stay outline.”

Eton offers slim, contemporary and classic fits. I wear the contemporary. It fits me like a custom made shirt. Their most popular collar style is a moderate spread (which I am wearing in the photo). This fall, they are showing hidden button down collars (e.g. the blue and red plaid in front of the collection in the picture) in patterned designs which are supposed to be worn as sport shirts. They are part of a program called Nordic Getaway featuring outdoor fall colors like rusts and greens. Eton has even designed ties to complement the shirts.

I like the Nordic Getaway look. I would wear them as both a sport shirt and under a sport coat with a wool tie. I like the softer casual look of the collar. The hidden buttons anchor the collars and keep them in place.

ON AN UNRELATED NOTE….I want to do a future column on the perpetual question of what a lawyer should wear before a jury. Any lawyers with thoughts on the subject, feel free to email me at

Syd Jerome Presents...

September 8, 2017 

Meet Brian Lighty

He's got to be the guy in the middle, flanked by Gary Palay, who helps pick out suits to go with his extensive collection of bow ties…and me!

I've known Brian for about ten years, but we did not discover our mutual interest in men's clothing until recently. We met through his spouse, Andy Bigelow, who is a history teacher at the Francis Parker school in the city. Both of our daughters were in classes with Andy.

Brian is 52. He was in the Marines from 1982 through 1986. Because of his life long experience with woodwind instruments, he was at the White House as a member of the U.S. Marine Corp President Band. He is the Regional Sales Director for the Lincoln Financial Group.

Brian is always dressed impeccably. He was nominated for the Chicago History Museum's "Men of Style" award. He should have won!

Brian and I agree on all things of men's fashions except for his love of bow ties. He's been wearing them for 25 years and can even tell you about the history of bow ties. He likes Armani and Canali suits, and Eton shirts. He's wearing an Armani suit and Eton shirt in the picture. For the fall season, Gary will be helping him find a tweed suit.

Me - I've always liked tweed suits and sport coats. But I've never warmed up to bow ties - perhaps because I never learned to tie them properly. But other than a bow tie with formal wear, I just don't like the horizontal look of a bow tie. I like a neckties vertical look under a suit or sport coat.

But good for Brian. He has his own style and that's what is important. He may be the only client of the store who wears a bow tie, but he goes his own way. Gary helps him pick out clothing that complements his extensive collection of bow ties.

GRATITUDE! I met Terry Nordlund at the store when Brian, Gary and I were planning the column. He told me he reads the blog - a nice pleasant surprise. Thanks Terry.

Syd Jerome Presents...

August 25, 2017


Last week's blog had a picture of Mr. Boone. I said I would write this week's column on the window displays at the store. Mr. Boone is one of the last of the independent window trimmers in the city.

He will be 67 on Friday, August 25th. He's from the south side of the city. He's been in the men's clothing business since the 1970s, but he did not make a living as a window trimmer until the 1980s. He started doing the windows at the store around 2005.

So what's the how and why of the windows at the store? The store is on the corner of Madison and LaSalle in what we in Chicago call "The Loop." One window runs East and West on Madison; the other window runs North and South on LaSalle. The store is in the heart of the downtown business district. Foot traffic passes by the store all day. To attract the lawyers and other business people who walk through the Loop, the windows are changed three to four times a month to showcase the ever-changing merchandise in the store.

Mr Boone(let's switch to Ted) collaborates with Juan Farfan, one of the salesmen in the store, on the window selections for the store. Ted does the trimming. The windows reflect the seasons. Even though it's the third week in August, the windows are filled with Fall and Winter clothes. The different sections of the window feature either a complete ensemble from a vendor such as Canali or a type of clothing, such as blazers from different vendors.

Writing about the windows, as usual, brings back memories of working in the family stores in New Jersey. I still remember the two trimmers names - Sammy Tuch and Marvin Silber. My cousin Marty chose the window goods for the South Orange store; my cousin Jerry chose the window goods for the East Orange store. The windows were changed monthly. My most vivid memory of the window displays is a long gone custom called Back to School for College Students. Back then, the stores were stocked with college clothing. Now pajamas seem to be worn to classes.

One final thing. In one of the pictures, Ted is shown holding a steam cleaner. I've had a Corby electric pants presser for almost 30 years, but I never used a steamer. One weekend at a friend's house I used their steamer. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked. Ted swears by the Jiffy steam cleaners!

Next blog - Brian Lighty, a friend who shops at the store - the column: " We Agree on Everything About Men's Fashions- Except Bow Ties!"

Syd Jerome Presents...

August 18, 2017 


Let’s just say I was working on a pro bono murder case and helping our older daughter get ready to start night law school in the Fall. She works as a paralegal in Manhattan and lives in “The Promised Land” – Brooklyn. So she will attend Brooklyn Law School.

But also because the store’s website was being redesigned so the column would have its own button at the top of the home page. Just go to and take a look. That also made me think about what I wanted to accomplish through my writing. Billy Cavada, one of the salesman from the store, sends out daily information about new goods and events. There is a new feature called SYDTV which already has videos on “HOW TO: Fold a Pocket Square”, ”HOW TO: Tie a Fat Tie” and “SEASON PREVIEW:Etro Fall 2017.” I hope to do something with SYDTV but the blog has to be something different.

OK-so that explains what I did this Summer (The murder trial ended in a not guilty after a jury trial.) What about future columns?

1) What do you wear for a murder trial?

2) A column about a client of the store who is also a friend. His name is Brian Lighty. We are going to call that column “We Agree On Everything About Fashion, Except Bowties!”

3) “Someone You Should Know-Meet Theodore Boone.” Ever wonder who puts together the window displays at the store? Mr. Boone, who is one of the last of the independent window dressers in the city, works with Juan Farfan from the store on the displays. He’s holding a garment steamer in the picture below. Do they really work? Let’s talk about it next week.




Syd Jerome Presents...
May 9, 2017 


I was looking for inspiration for this column when the new issue of the magazine arrived. I had already been looking through my closets to see what needed altering and what needed discarding (A suit and sport coat were donated through Mayer Brown to the Urban Alliance which requested “gently used professional clothing.”)

Given my supposed slow down and transition to Pro Bono Advisor (I’m a failure at slowing down, but I still enjoy being a lawyer and dressing for court - albeit less than before.) did I want or need a new suit? And if so…vested or double breasted? But while I like both styles, they could be too uncomfortable on a hot Chicago summer day.

So, what about a new navy blazer? They never go out of style and they can be dressed up or worn casually. But I did not want a navy blazer that looked like I was wearing a navy suit sans trousers. I wanted a more relaxed looking fabric.


I stopped in the store thinking I would look at fabric samples to design a sport coat. I knew I wanted an unstructured sport coat. A structured sport coat will have some shoulder padding and a full lining. It will also have canvas between the fabric and the lining. This gives it a more structured look. An unstructured sport coat will have little or no shoulder padding. You will only feel fabric when you touch the shoulders. It will also have either a partial lining, known as a butterfly lining, in the upper part of the jacket or no lining. The butterfly lining makes it easier to take the coat on or off. No lining reduces the weight of the jacket and makes it cooler to wear. The other look I like in an unstructured sport coat is open patch pockets. Flap pockets give the coat a dressier look.

I was looking through fabric selections when Scott brought over an unlined Pal Zileri jersey lightweight wool blazer. It was just what I was looking for - no waiting for a coat to be made. The only change we added was to substitute a lighter button for the ones that came with the coat. This makes it look even less like a suit jacket and adds to the casual look of the coat. As you can see from the photo below, we put together a complete outfit. Paired with a blue Eton shirt, a light colored striped silk tie from Senstroms and a blue denim pocket square from Paolo Albizzati (I like cotton or wool pocket squares because they don’t sink into your chest pocket and they look more casual than silk pocket squares) and dress wool trousers, I am ready for any occasion - even court; so long as I am not in front of a jury! I can dress the jacket down by pairing it with jeans or khaki (chino) trousers and a sport shirt or even a t-shirt.

So stop in and see the large collection of unstructured sport coats. But there are plenty of dressier structured sport coats - if the mood or occasion demands it.

P.S. – As usual, Juan is responsible for making certain the outfit looks presentable in a photo!

Syd Jerome Presents...
May 13, 2016

The Quintessential Men's Suit Accessory

Different styles of pocket squares

A pocket square fits into the breast pocket of your suit coat. Look at any movie where Cary Grant is wearing a suit. You will always see a pocket square. I've been wearing them since I worked at my uncle's clothing store as a teenager. I wore them with both suits and sport coats. For many years I wore a solid color silk pocket handkerchief's, but in my old age I have gotten more adventuresome. As long as the colors coordinate, I'll use patterned squares to coordinate with patterned ties, shirts and suits or sport coats.

One thing that did frustrate me was that the silk squares slid down and disappeared into the breast pocket. So I really appreciated it when fabrics, other than silk, have recently become popular. The new issue of the Syd Jerome magazine had a short story on "Pocket Rounds," which are easier to fold and stay up. Scott and I picked out one with a new suit I ordered last Fall. The pocket round worked just like the article said it would!

A patterned square adds a dash of elegance to your outfit. Try one out for yourself.

Syd Jerome Presents...
August 29, 2016


My wife , Suzin, our younger daughter Izzy and I are on a nine hour flight back from a ten day vacation in Hawaii. Originally, I thought I would take a vacation from writing the column. But I also thought before leaving that if inspiration struck I would comment on the traditional aloha shirt. But other than service people such as wait staffs at restaurants and the people working at the car rental agency, I did not see enough people wearing them to feel comfortable commenting on that fashion item.

It's a long flight. I've already read five or six books during the vacation and watched three films on the flight to Honolulu. I should use the flight time constructively.

OK-so what do you wear on vacation? Obviously that depends on when and where you are going and what you intend to do on the vacation.

We decided to go to Hawaii because we had never been there and it is supposed to be gorgeous. We chose the island of Oahu. We don't like to go to large resorts. We rented a very nice two bedroom house on a hillside overlooking the ocean in a beachfront neighborhood called Lanikai which is part of a town called Kailua. There are no high rise buildings or hotels in the town.Its about forty minutes outside of Honolulu. But other than a trip to Pearl Harbor, the closest we came to Honolulu was arriving and departing from the airport.

Very interesting but what does this have to do with the clothes you wear on vacation ? Stay with me a bit longer. The house was an excellent base to do outdoor activities, cook dinners at the house and even play a bit of Scrabble. We explored the North Shore where the famous surfing contests take place during the Winter. We swam at the beaches at Lanaki and Waimanalo. We kayaked , snorkeled, swam with the dolphins and went on short but hot hikes.

The picture below was taken by Izzy on one of the balconies at the house with Kailua beach in the background. I'm wearing Paul and Shark white jeans, an Agave t-shirt and Swims boat shoes ( All from the store.) That's the only time I wore long pants and a long sleeve shirt. I wore less than half the shorts and shirts I packed for the trip. I brought along a pair of sweat pants and three sweaters but the only time I wore them was on the plane because I am always freezing on long flights. I basically lived in two bathing suits, two work out shirts and flip flops.

My casual look overlooking the Kailua beach.
My thoughts- Oahu is great; the house we rented was ideal (Contact me through the store if you want information about Oahu and the house we rented-Pro bono clothing consultant and pro bono travel consultant are fun activities for semi-retirement). Get a light weight suitcase. Pack your suitcase and then leave half the clothes at home. So what if you wear the same clothes during the vacation. You are wearing clothes for yourself not others, and above all, feel comfortable with what you wear. 

Syd Jerome Presents...
May 13, 2016 



Paragraph 8 –“ Appropriate attire for counsel is conservative business dress in traditional dark colors (e.g. navy blue or charcoal gray)”

For those of you reading this who are not lawyers, the United States Supreme Court is the highest court in the land. The intermediate federal courts are the Circuit Courts of Appeals. The trial level federal courts are the District Courts.

The Seventh Circuit sits in Chicago and hears appeals from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. The court is filled with bright and caring judges, but I’ve never seen any of them mention paragraph eight at a closing argument.

In my 16 ½ years as the Director of Pro Bono Activities and Litigation Training for Mayer Brown, I’ve attended close to 150 oral arguments because our Seventh Circuit Project is one of our main pro bono projects. Perhaps it's because I sit at counsel table supervising the arguments of our young associates rather than making the oral argument, but no judge has ever looked askance at the light gray Samuelsohn suit I’ve worn to a number of oral arguments.

Marc Kadish featured in Syd Jerome Magazine
But if you feel uncomfortable with the suit you are planning to wear for a Seventh Circuit oral argument, contact me through Syd Jerome. I’ll help you pick out an entire outfit for your oral argument.

I can’t guarantee your outfit will win the case, but at least looking well will permit the Court to concentrate on your argument rather than your appearance.

Until next time,
-Marc Kadish

Syd Jerome Presents...
April 29, 2016 

Welcome to my first column for the Sartorially Speaking by Marc Kadish men's fashion blog series. Allow me to introduce myself.

I recently stepped down as the Director of Pro Bono Activities and Litigation Training at the law firm Mayer Brown LLP this past January. I continue to work at the firm on a part time basis, but now I feel it is time to expand my horizons.  Since I don't play golf, I decided to spend my time launching this fashion column.

So why fashion? Since as long as I can remember, I have always loved fashion. Since childhood,  it was always a way I expressed myself. Throughout high school and college, I was dressed to the nines. My fellow classmates even noticed, as they voted me best dressed in our high school yearbook.

I've been a long time customer and fan of Syd Jerome Menswear. So much so that I've even been featured in the Syd Jerome magazine and on recent television appearances modeling Syd Jerome's latest styles from in store.

When I was 14, my family decided I should work at my Uncle Harry's menswear store. I worked there throughout high school, college and law school. I even asked my uncle if I could join the family business, but he said there were already enough family members working in the store. By then, I had my own clientele that included doctors, lawyers and accountants- all inspiring potential professions as I thought about college. At that point, however, I still couldn't do simple math; I hated the sight of blood (despite going on to do criminal defense work for most of the career) - so I decided on law school!

Forty six years later, I'm still a lawyer. But, the love of men's clothes from my time at Uncle Harry's store has continued to stay with me. My wife, who is a long time public defender, even teases me that the only reason I agreed to have Chocolate Labs as part of our family was because their color complemented the earth tones of Fall and Winter clothing that I like.

In my forthcoming blogs, I hope to answer some questions that guys, like myself, have when it comes to clothes: What types of shoes go with the outfits you are wearing; how long should your pants be; how do you decide whether your pants should be cuffed or uncuffed; what kind of socks should you wear with suits and much much more. 

I hope to answer all these questions, and then some. Again, I thank you for reading my first ever blog and I hope to become your source for fashion advice. Stay tuned!

-Marc Kadish