Morris Chronicles

The Best Things We Ate - Italy buying trip A/W 2019

If you’ve shopped with us at Morris & Sons, it’s no secret that we are a family of foodies. If you’re visiting Chicago from out of town, there isn’t a chance you'll leave the store without being asked where you’re headed to dinner or if we can offer some suggestions. Need a reservation? We’ve got you covered. No available tables? We’ve got a guy!!

As seriously as we take buying in Italy, we also take the eating very seriously. There are a handful of restaurants we’ve been visiting for years and years and newbies that also have our attention. Here are our favorite things we ate on our most recent buying trip in Italy: 

Florence 

Osteria delle Tre Panche - Osteria Delle Tre Panche translates to the three benches, because the restaurant quite literally has about three benches total in regards to seating. This is one of of favorite meals in Florence, if not all of Italy. If you are a truffle enthusiast, this spot cannot be missed. Highlights of our meal there were the steak tartare with truffle, the spaghetti carbonara, and the Florentine style cheese cake. If there’s one meal we won’t forget in Italy, it’s this one. 

 

 

Harry’s Bar - Stop here for a spritz or two… and apperetivo before dinner. An old school classic, Harry’s Bar has been around since 1952. 

Rome 

Nino Ristorante - Just a flew block from the Spanish Steps, is Nino Ristorante serving up delicious Tuscan fare with an old school flair. Start with the warm roman style braised artichoke. Then contemplate having another. Finish with the Osso Buco. 

 

Ristorante Tullio - It wouldn’t be a trip to Rome without a stop at Ristorante Tullio. Another old school gem, you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. Order it all— we sure do. Start with the eggplant parmesan, roman artichokes, and giant shrimp scampi. Finish with their simple spaghetti with tomato sauce and osso buco.   

Milan

Rigolo - Rigolo is one of the most historical and famous restaurants in Milan. Highlights of our meal here were the risotto Milanese and the house made Testaroli pasta with pesto. Save room for the Mont Blanc dessert, which features chestnut purée piled on top of meringue rounds that are topped with whipped cream.  

Trattoria Torre Di Pisa - Another stop we always make in Milan. On this trip we loved the risotto milanese with sausage, pesto pasta, and the veal saltimbocca. 

Peck - Stop at Peck’s for a simple lunch of delicious of cured Italian meats, cheeses, and simple veggies. 

Marchesi - We frequently stop at Marchesi for breakfast or a quick lunch when we’re in Milan. This is also our favorite espresso and Latte in the city. Do not miss their croissant filled with jam or their ham and cheese sandwich. 

Nobu Milan - After a week of pasta and risotto, NOBU offers a delicious change of pace. Everything is good here but we love their spicy scallop roll and soft shell crab roll. They also make a very nice spritz. 

Life Stories - Insight From The Morris & Sons Man

No two Morris & Sons customers are alike : our customers come from every background and profession. We find it interesting to hear their life stories -- why they choose to shop with us, when and how they started, and how the art of dressing well has helped to shape the men that they are today. 

Here is a clip of our customer Andrew on why he loves shopping at Morris and Sons:  

    

Countdown to Christmas - Ties For All Occassions

Wondering what to get the gentleman on your list this holiday season?

If you’re looking for a last minute gift this season, you can’t go wrong with a necktie. The necktie is a classic gift, and something perfect for the man who has everything. At Morris & Sons we have a wide variety of ties by Dolce Punta, Kiton, Italo Ferretti, Stephano Ricci, Drake’s, Massimo Bizzocchi, Brioni, Zilli, and Luigi Borrelli. o look sharp and professional, there are a few signature ties every man should own. Consider adding one of these to your shopping list.

 

For the man who wears the power suit to work everyday: 

you’ll be happy to know we just received a large Stephan Ricci tie shipment in time for the holidays. SR is best known for their paisley ties. Wear these vibrant colors with your best suit this season and you’re sure to get a slew of compliments at the holiday office party 

 

For the more casual guy: 

’Tis the season for wool and cashmere ties. We love a cool knit tie from Drake’s of London. Pair them with your favorite Baldassari sweater jacket or sport coat. Knit ties add some relaxed flair to a shirt. 

 

 

Morris & Sons Hanukkah Gift Guide 2018

 


You can't go wrong with any of these Hanukkah gifts! We've got you covered! 

Roller Rabbit Pajamas: Cozy up in a pair of our Roller Rabbit pajamas. For the first time ever, we’ve got pajamas for the entire family in so many adorable prints! These make the perfect holiday gift for her or all the little ones in your life. 

Women's Roller Rabbit Makeup & Travel Cases: These makeup and travel cases are perfect for the women in your life, who may need a little help staying organized :) These are great for your carry on suitcase, purse, or even backpack for the kids. These are nylon lined, which helps when traveling with makeup and other liquids. Easy cleanup! 

Socks: A little something to keep your feet cozy during the cooler months. Wear these lounging around the house in your Roller Rabbit pajamas or with your Noah Waxman fur lined chukka boots. 

Quarter Zip Sweater:  Not your average sweater. This bright indigo is made with the coziest cashmere and has subtle details like a suede trim! It’s sure to keep you warm and stylish this season. 

Cableknit Sweater: This overdyed cobalt and navy sweater is great paired back to your favorite pair of Jacob Cohen or Brax jeans. 

Assorted Ties: A man can never have too many ties. Come pick out a special one for him. 

Scarf: For comfort and style, you can’t go wrong with a Colombo cashmere scarf.

Morris & Sons Holiday Gift Guide 2018 !

Ending the year with a big bang -- our first ever Holiday Gift Guide! We hope you enjoy taking the time to flip through this catalogue filled with photos and anecdotes of some of our merchandise found in the store! From "Gifts under $125" to "Gifts For The Man Who Has Everything." We've even got "Gifts For Her!!"

Small Business Saturday

We hope that you can join us this upcoming Saturday November 24th!  You might be asking your yourself what is “Small Business Saturday”? It’s about celebrating and sharing the small businesses that are part of our lives.  It’s these businesses and the people behind them that make our communities unique. And when they succeed, we all do. 

For 66 years we have always looked forward to helping our customers shop during the holidays! We are lucky that American Express encourages consumers to participate in this day. This is our 8th year partnering with American Express for #smallbizsaturday. Join us for our holiday kick off for the season- we have a FREE gift wrapping station. Bring your list and let us help check gifts off your list!

We have great in store savings on Saturday:

Barbour Flannels take 50% off

Italo Ferretti & Inis Meain scarves take 50% off

All Corduroy Pants take 50% off

Don’t forget customers who spend $350 or more are entered in our raffle! You could win gift cards from Jayson Home, PQM, Coalfire, Barry Regent Cleaners & more!

Spend $350 1 raffle ticket

Spend $500 2 raffle tickets 

3 To Ways Style A Sport Coat

The sport coat is an essential piece of every stylish gentlemen’s closet and depending on how you style it, can easily be one of the most versatile pieces you own. Whether you’ve packed it for a weekend spent traveling or you’re looking to transition your look from day to night, knowing how to style your sport coat will allow you to have completely different looks, even though you are in the same jacket.

We’ve outlined three easy ways to style this Maurizio Baldassari sport coat, which are always popular given their “soft construction”. A man should never feel he only has the option of just wearing a collared shirt with his sport coat. We find many people struggle with incorporating knitwear. But, pairing your sport coat with a sweater vest or a piece of knitwear (did you see our last post about a knit mock)is easy, effortless, and very Italian. Once you have these pieces in your closet, it really opens up the options and expands the look of your wardrobe. Great style comes from getting the most out of every piece you own. Here are three ways to style a sport coat, without looking like you’re wearing the same outfit. 


Sport Coat + Piece of Knitwear 

There is nothing better than a lightweight knit. It is the perfect piece to wear when a jacket is optional. You can wear this Larusmiani quarter zip with corduroys or even with your favorite denim for a more casual look. This is a thin fine gage piece of knit wear made with silk and cashmere, which makes it the perfect garment for layering.

 

  Sport Coat + Sweater Vest + Shirt

 At Morris and Sons we are all huge fans of the sweater vest (have you seen Gary’s collection?). Besides providing that extra layer of warmth it’s a simple way to upgrade your outfit to the next stylish level. This indigo button sweater vest from Doriani is a fan favorite. The bright color brings out the windowpane pattern from the sportcoat. We paired this back to a Fray chocolate brown and cobalt check shirt with brown cotton/cashmere Kiton 5 pocket pant.  


 Sport Coat + Shirt + Tie 

By wearing this Kiton plaid shirt with hints of powder blue & cobalt it lends itself to either of these Drake’s ties (can’t wait to show you our upcoming post of behind the scene @ the Drake’s factory in London). During the Fall try out this paisley pattern chocolate brown and navy Drake’s tie, and during cooler months wear this solid cashmere cobalt blue tie. When you leave the office and head to dinner or drinks you can “ditch the tie” and unbutton the top button of your shirt for a more casual look. The burgundy Kiton 5 pocket pants add the perfect pop of color. Make sure to wear these with your best brown leather Cucinelli sneakers or Noah Waxman boots.

The 3 Fall Wardrobe Essentials Every Man Needs

Can you believe we are only two weeks away from Thanksgiving?! It feels like only yesterday we were toasting the New Year, making resolutions (that we surely would never stick to), and doing our best to survive the winter here in Chicago. If there is any silver lining to the mountains of snow and freezing temperatures that we experience, it’s the full gamut of winter wardrobe pieces we can justify owning. No Californian has that going for them, I assure you. 

Our team at Morris and Son’s has compiled this short and sweet list of 3 fall wardrobe essentials that every man needs in his closet. These are the building blocks for your fall wardrobe. They are each incredibly versatile, with all the style, comfort, and warmth that the Chicago man needs for this season. 

The Swacket 

Baldassari Swacket

The Swacket?! Not a word you hear everyday, we know. But easily something you can wear everyday, we assure you. The swacket is the perfect combination of sweater and jacket which makes it one of our most popular Baldassari pieces every season. We continue to buy new colors for our customers because gentlemen love how it doubles as a piece of outerwear in the fall, but can also be worn in lieu of a sport coat or soft jacket when the temperatures drop. This piece can be worn from day to night. Pair it back to your favorite shirt and Jacob Cohen jeans with boots or wear it to the office with flannel pants, dressy loafers, and a knit tie. 


The Reversible Leather Jacket

 

This reversible Baldassari leather jacket is one of our favorite pieces this season. The Chicago guy always needs to be prepared for the volatility of the weather here. You leave the house for Brunch and it’s crisp, beautiful, and sunny out. You finish brunch and suddenly its raining with wind whipping your face. We've all been there.This jacket is perfect for that “oh shit” moment. Simply reverse the jacket to the nylon side, protecting the soft buttery Napa leather. You’ll still look stylish no matter which side you have facing out.

The Mock Turtleneck 

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 The mock turtleneck is the perfect piece of knitwear for the guy who always claims he is too hot when he wears a sweater. The mock is a fine gage fabric and doesn’t go as far up on the neck as a normal turtleneck, leaving you with freedom to pile on all those extra layers. This is perfect for the guy who travels and doesn’t want to worry about ironing his shirt. It’s great to dress up with a sport coat and Drake’s pocket square. Or for a more casual look, wear it underneath your reversible Cucinelli outerwear vest.