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Keeping up with the latest trends, fashion and fabrics is a daily effort; and determining which of these is a bonafide winning style is near impossible. It requires a professional eye; someone who has spent a lifetime in the industry and someone with discriminating taste. B'SPO-KEN was founded by Kenneth Booras, formerly of Exposure. Kenneth takes his 30 plus years of experience and expertise in the custom made suit arena and brings them to you. His personal styling services are second to none. For more updates, join the B'SPO-KEN mailing list and let Kenneth keep you up to date with all the goings on.

Bspo-ken Introduces Scarpe di Bianco Shoes to Complete Your Look

Posted On: February 27, 2016

You already know that your appearance can make the difference in both your business and your social life. You’ve discovered the value of well-made and custom tailored clothing with novel accessories to match, but have you considered your shoes? Bspo-ken thinks you should and to assist you we now carry a line of shoes from Scarpe di Bianco; handmade classic shoes with a twist for the modern man.

You know the drill; Oxfords and Monk Straps for those important meetings, Brogues and Bluchers for those slightly less formal occasions or tooling around the office, loafers for business casual or strictly casual affairs, Spectators for those jazzy events or the golf course, and finally the Chukka boot when you’re all out relaxing. Though these shoes can be purchased anywhere, the Scarpe di Bianco line has an edge on everyone else; their shoes are each handmade and hand tooled with the finest materials. Their collection is more than functional... it is art, so much so that only 25 shoes are produced per day.

You’ve chosen to have your suits and clothing custom made, and even if you haven’t, why skimp on the shoes? After all, you can hide your suit with an overcoat but your shoes? They are visible all the time. That is why we chose to offer the Scarpe di Bianco collection. They are constructed with the finest materials and extraordinary attention to detail, and better yet, unlike the mainstream shoe you can purchase, they are styled with contemporary colors to make you, and your clothing, stand out from the crowd.

In addition to their elegant look, this collection is known for its outstanding craftsmanship. These shoes aren’t glued together as are many off-the-shelf shoes, but are painstakingly hand-sewn with an emphasis on detail. They are made of the finest sourced leather with grains to match the style; “Scotch grain,” “box calf,” “reverse calf’ suede, “sport suede,” South American Crocodile, American Alligator and “patent leather.” No matter your style, event or occasion, there is a shoe that will make you and your apparel the talk of the town.


Introducing New ETON Collections for 2016

Posted On: February 08, 2016

Clients of B'SPO-KEN have come to appreciate our tireless effort and our committment to new and amazing styles and fashion innovation that ensures they are always teh best dressed in the room.  We also appreciate the efforts made by our international vendors, new and old, that assist us in this endeavor.

Eton of Sweden is one of those vendors and they have just announced an updated Eton brand and have improved their stock service. They have created an impressive method and have provided their exclusive stylists, including B'SPO-KEN, to work with their clients using their newly released 2016 Collection Books

Eton 2016 Collection Books

The New Eton

As you might have noticed, the Eton brand has been through a reinvention. Spring/Summer 2016 reveals a new Eton with a fresh brand platform that clearly illustrates our new and improved direction. We have updated our logo, store concept, brand colors and packaging. And last but not least, we have renewed our most recognized and valued asset - the Eton Stock Service.

We have separated the books by assortment to give the buyer, store staff and end consumer a more easy-to-understand approach to the Eton Stock Service.

Eton Collection

The Eton Collection book includes shirts with our unique, crease resistant finish. All Eton Collection shirts from the SS16 delivery will have the new Eton blue ribbon in the collar. The book is divided in six parts: super slim, slim, contemporary, classic fit, French cuff and extra long sleeve.

Eton Green Collection

In the Eton Green book, you will find shirts made from soft touch materials such as denim, linen, Oxford and flannel. These shirts have been washed and they also have a softer interlining in collar and cuff for a more casual style.

Eton Accessories Collection

The accessories book is filled with timeless and classic ties, pocket squares, scarves and evening accessories. We have also added best sellers and a range of fun and unique styles for those who want to give their look a further personalized touch.

Eton MTM Collection

We have not only made a new, separate Made-to-Measure book, we have also simplified the Eton Made-to-Measure concept. In six short steps you can help your customer find the perfect fit and look, just for them.

Eton Evening Collection

The Evening book has been divided by body fit for an even better overview of the available options. We have also added information about the different shirts to make sure no details are missed out in the party preparations.

The Statement Made by Men's Accessories

Posted On: February 03, 2016

Men's AccessoriesWhat do you see when you meet a man who is dressed in the bare necessities and nothing more? What do you see when you meet someone wearing a simple shirt and trousers without any accessories to accent his look or bring out his personality?

Do you see someone who is perhaps too sloppy to care about how he presents himself? Perhaps you see someone who gives the impression that he simply doesn’t care about his image? Or, maybe he comes across as simply too lazy to bother with proper attire.

Whatever you think of, probably it isn’t positive. Men’s accessories are an important part of your wardrobe because they show that you care, and that you pay attention to details.

It’s important to convey to the world that you care about how you look. People innately trust those who are attentive and particular while shying away from those perceived as sloppy and reckless. A great set of clothing, finished off with the perfect matching accessories, can really paint a picture that you are someone who is trustworthy and fastidious.

Likewise, if you go out for an evening on the town—whether it’s for business, pleasure, or both—and your clothing is plain and without any accenting accessories, you are going to come across as someone who just doesn’t pay attention. People will—rightly or wrongly—assume that you simply don’t notice the smaller details in life.

This can be detrimental both to your career and your social life. You don’t want to come across as slovenly and inattentive. That’s why it is important that you always round out your ensemble with carefully chosen, high-quality accessories.

While it can seem a bit overwhelming trying to mix and match accessories to your outfit, we are here to help you get it just right so you can achieve the perfect look. We have all types of accessories available and we can offer you the advice on how and when to wear each piece. Looking sophisticated and professional has never been so easy. Contact us today and let us help you look—and feel—your best.


Custom Made and Custom Styled

Posted On: January 26, 2016

You are an individual. You have your own tastes, preferences, and way of doing things. You don’t like the same food as everyone else, and you don’t like the same music as everyone else. When you paint your home, you don’t select from a narrow range of pre-existing colors; rather, you choose something that expresses you.

In all these matters, you want something that fits you, not simply whatever is already available. Your choice of clothing should be no different. Why would you choose to settle for pre-designed clothing that may or may not even hang on your frame correctly when you could choose to have clothing that is made specifically for you? Just as no two snowflakes are alike, no two people are exactly alike. Thus, to look your absolute best, you should opt for clothing that has been selected and tailored by a professional to fit your exact frame—and your exact style.

In addition to expressing yourself and helping you to feel your best, there is another advantage of wearing clothing that has been created specifically for you. It sends a message to those people whom you may meet in your daily activities, people with a discerning eye for style. It tells them that you are someone who cares about the finer things in life and you have the intelligence and wherewithal to act accordingly.

Sophisticated people can tell when someone they meet is wearing custom-made clothing as opposed to just throwing on something straight off the rack. These people will immediately see you in a different light because they will know that you are someone who is a cut above the rest. The dividends of wearing custom-made clothing—both in your professional and your personal life—can be tremendous.

It can be difficult to find clothes that truly flatter you and express your own individual quirks and personality. Fortunately for you, we are here to help you. Whether it’s choosing the type of cloth that slides across your frame smoothly or determining which pattern and cut is right for you, we have the expertise and knowledge to assist you in your quest to find the perfect set of clothes. Contact us today and let us help you look your best.


Getting Your Celebrity On At B'SPO-KEN

Posted On: December 08, 2015

When you see celebrities, whether it’s on television, in a magazine or in person, they usually look great. Upon closer inspection you may take note on how well their clothing looks. They look so GQ, even in casual clothes. You may wonder how they do it. How is it that no matter what they wear, they look fabulous. Well, it isn’t a big secret and it comes down to a couple of things that may seem small but really do make all the difference.

Start with the materials. When you look at a celebrity, their clothes are stunning. Their shirts and pants hang so perfectly and they never have an annoying shiny look like yours do after you get them back from the cleaners. Sure, you think if you have a professional handle your laundry, you’re all good. You’ll get that fresh pressed look and that will set you apart from everyone else. But it won’t unless he clothing is made from truly good fabrics. Need proof?

Go into a clothing store. Just browse around and as you go through the aisles, let your hand drift along the fabrics. Don’t be afraid to touch them. As you do this, you’ll soon see that not all cotton is the same, nor is all wool or silk the same.  You will learn that the simple fact is that some fabrics are simply better made than others. The weave is tighter on some and the fabric itself is different. Some have a finish, others don’t. To be truly dressed with celebrity caliber the first move you must make is to find the right fabric.

The next step to take is to make sure your clothing fits as well as it can. You want to be sure you get a perfect fit. Not a good fit, a perfect fit. This is where your tailor comes in. We’ll be happy to alter even your jeans to ensure that they fit like a glove, not too tight and not too loose, but formed in all the right places to show off your best parts. You too can look like a celebrity all it takes is time and guidance.


A Tailor Made Gift for Your Groomsmen

Posted On: December 03, 2015

You’re getting married and the lavish plans are under way. Though you are looking forward to a new life the preparations for the big day can be downright stressful. There are so many details and let’s face it, it’s not like this is something you do everyday day and they certainly didn’t teach you this at business school. It seems like just when you’ve got it all down someone throws another decision at you. Now it’s what your gift to the groomsmen will be.

That’s a good one, right? What do you give your groomsmen that they will use, like or want to display? Well, we may be able to help with that and we’ll tell you how. You and your groomsmen will be wearing tuxedos and though you, as the groom, want to look your best and may have opted for a custom made tuxedo, your groomsmen will most likely rent their tuxes, not realizing of course that they will need them again and again.

So what can we do for you? We can outfit the male section of your wedding party with custom made suits. You and your groomsmen will look spectacular in those photos and videos your new wife is planning. You’re worried that it may cost too much, your guys aren’t exactly millionaires.

Don’t worry, that’s where the groomsmen’s gift comes in. When you choose us to outfit you and your groomsmen in custom tuxedos, we can offer you a deal that will keep on giving. For little more than the cost of a tuxedo rental, we can customize the tuxedos you and your guys are wearing. When we are finished, part of the cost goes to the groomsmen, perhaps the portion that would have spent renting anyway, and the rest of the cost goes to you, the groom.

How exactly does that benefit you? That’s easy. Your portion of the tuxedo gets added to their portion of the tuxedo and when all is said and done, your groomsmen have amazing suits they own that are custom tailored to fit them.  There is no better groomsmen gift than the gift of looking and feeling great in your very own custom made suit and every compliment they receive while wearing them will be a reminder of this thoughtful gift.


Do Clothes Make The Man?

Posted On: November 30, 2015

Custom Suits at B'SPO-KENYou’ve heard the expression clothes make the man and you wonder if it’s true. There’s no need to wonder, just think of your reaction to various men you’ve met. Look around you at the head of your company or the patrons of that classy restaurant you’ve been eyeing for your next date. Look at their clothes and ask yourself one question – was that bought off the shelf?

If you examine their suits with a critical eye you’ll notice immediately that the fabric is high end, the design is unique and the suit fits perfectly. The sleeves are the perfect length and the jacket fits their build exquisitely. When you compare that with the suit you have, that may have been purchased at a high end clothier, you’ll instantly see what sets their ensemble apart.

In this competitive world, perception is everything. When you meet a new colleague, your first impressions are formed by their handshake, eye contact and of course, what they are wearing. Though he passes the handshake and eye contact test, an ill-fitting suit causes you to wonder what you are missing about this man.

When you encounter a man with a perfectly coordinated wardrobe made with materials that move with the man and hang with perfect lines, you notice. You may look at your jacket or pants, and though they fit perfectly, simply don’t project the style this man’s clothes do. You inherently know that this is the look you want.

The secret is that these men whose wardrobe you admire, likely have their clothing custom made. A custom suit made with high end raw materials will determine the look and the weight of your suit.

Make no mistake about it the suit you wear to the office is not the same suit you would wear to the company gathering on the boss’s yacht. Men who stand out realize that the occasion determines the style, fabric and fit of their suit. Your power accessories for the crucial business meeting will not be appropriate your evening at the club. Experienced tailors can help you customize occasion appropriate suits so you are always at the top of your game.


Celebrate your Uniqueness with Tateossian

Posted On: November 29, 2015

Tateossian at B'SPO-KENYou’ve never been a man who flows others. You pride yourself on your uniqueness and your personal sense of style. Sure, you want to fit in, but you want to do it in your own way. You are a non-conformist in a business that requires conformity. But how do you fit in without sacrificing the traits in yourself that make you the man you are?

It’s very simple really. You can have a custom wardrobe and that does speak volumes about you. It says you want to positively stand out, be recognized and blend in with others around you. But that isn’t enough for you. You want to be a part of the crowd, but you also don’t want to get lost in it. There is but one solution – accessorize.

You thought that was just for women, didn’t you? Well, it isn’t. Men need accessories as well. You wear a watch, don’t you? If not, you should. It is not a good look to pull your phone out to check the time. And now that you have that custom shirt you need cufflinks to go with it. Why go to the trouble of a Fabulous shirt only to ruin it with off-the-shelf cufflinks. You are unique and Tateossian is the designer that will celebrate that.

Tateossian offers money clips, cuff links, watches, keyrings, even tablet and phone covers that will be noticed on exposure. Eyes will be drawn to these items and they will say here is a man who can demonstrate his uniqueness without making a scene.

Imagine looking at the time on a watch whose movement is based on the position of the sun or moon on the watch face. The sun rises on the left and at dusk disappears from view as the moon rises on the left replacing it. And the watch is illuminated so it can be read in the dark. Picture yourself with cufflinks that are fully functional compasses with a blue Topaz to set it off. Do you need a GPS? No, you are unique, different, and your accessories prove it.


Kenneth Booras

1612 Richmond Road 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10304
Phone: (718) 351-3256