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Behind the Scenes Look at Fashion Week 2019 - Day 2

We're back with another behind the scenes look at day 2 of our buying trip in Milan. We start the day off with a trip to the bakery followed by appointments with Baldassari, Caruso, Jacob Cohen, Massimo Alba, and Eleventy. We finish the day with dinner done the Milanese way!

Behind the Scenes Look at Fashion Week 2019 - Day 1

This video is a  behind the scenes look at Day 1 of our most recent buying trip to Milan, Italy for men's FW fashion week 2019. Follow along on our appointments to see some of our favorite brands and their showrooms such as Eleventy, Doriani Cashmere,  and Maurizzio Baldassari.

Behind The Seams - Antico Setificio Fiorentino

On our most recent trip to Florence for Pitti Uomo, we were lucky enough to be taken on a private tour of Antico Setificio Fiorentino, one of the last remaining workshops for silk manufacturing in the world. Founded in Florence in the Eighteenth century, Antico Setificio Fiorentino is located in Lorenzo Bartolini 4, in the heart of the San Frediano historical quarter. Today as in the past, it weaves made-to-measure fabrics on antique looms following Florentine tradition.

Game Day with Kai

We know you are all gearing up for this Sunday! We couldn’t be more excited to shop with you and enjoy some tailgate treats before kickoff time. Reminder our Superbowl Sale takes place this Sunday 2/3 from 8am-3pm!

Besides sharing some of great game day savings we thought it would be fun to share a Game Day recipe with you. We are so lucky to have Kai help us with all things creative at the store but most importantly she never lets any of us go HUNGRY! Have you checked out her blog yet? https://www.kaiandthekitchen.com/ You are sure to drool over every recipe- make sure to search TACOS- currently craving.

Kai decided it would be fun to share an easy recipe if you are hosting friends and family this Sunday. Here is her recipe for Loaded elote corn guacamole:

 

Ingredients for the Elote:

  • 3 ears sweet corn
  • 1 cup crumbled cojita cheese (I buy a pre crumbled bag, if you are crumbling yourself get them pretty small)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole 30 or light mayo 
  • 1/2 lime juiced

Ingredients for the guacamole: 

  • 3 ripe avocados 
  • 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced 
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper seeded and minced 
  • 1/2 medium red onion diced 
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 1 lime juiced 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon pepitas

Instructions for the Elote:

  • Shuck your corn and throw it on the grill over medium heat. Grill until it is golden brown and has quite a bit of color and charring. Remove from the grill and allow it to cool slightly. Then remove the corn from the cob to a small mixing bowl. 
  • Combine grilled corn with cojita cheese, lime juice, mayo, and salt. Mix. 
  • Dice your red onions very small. I know I will see pictures of this recipe made with giant pieces of red onion. Do not do that!
  • Next, dice your jalapeño very small. No heaping chunks of jalapeño either.
  • Next tomatahs, spoon out most of the seeds. Dice. These can be bigger then your jalapeño and red onion but not much bigger.
  • Chop your cilantro.
  • Set all of this aside, do not add to the guacamole bowl yet.
  • Now, halve your avocados and remove the pit. Cut avocado into smaller sections in the skin, then scoop out with a spoon into a bowl. Using your fork smash the avocado until its creamy. I like to leave some chunks and some very creamy. 
  • Combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and garlic with avocado. Add olive oil. Add salt, cumin, and lime juice. Stir gently to combine. 
  • It's time to combine forces. In your guac create a few hole areas for the corn to sink in to. This will ensure that all the corn doesn't get eaten off the top leaving none for the bottom. Then add your corn to the top of your guacamole. Top with pepitas and an extra sprinkle of cheese for good luck. Do not mix together, this is meant to be layered.

We hope you enjoy making this recipe & see you this weekend for some SHOPPING!

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. 

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!!"