Monogrammed items might once have seemed hopelessly passé, a relic from the Official Preppy Handbook best suited to those who use "summer" as a verb. That's a short-sighted approach, however, as in fact, the monogram is and always has been an in-the-know style move for guys who are confident enough to have their own initials on their clothing.
A monogram also adds a bespoke touch to whatever you're wearing, elevating it from the mass of other menswear and elevating your look in the process. Here are five cool items you can have customized this way courtesy Moda Operandi, the online shop which allows you to pre-order next season's top designer collections straight from the runway and beyond. Each piece is made especially for you and arrives at your door as soon as it's ready.
This wool and cashmere number wears like a cardigan and has just the right touch of collegiate cool. Where some designer would usually splash his logo you can leave it to your initials.
As cashmere crews go, Elder Statesman's charcoal grey model is an icon perfected. A monogram over your heart rendered in navy blue thread makes it all the more personal.
Crafted in Italy with a more tailored fit, Ralph Lauren's Purple Label oxford is as close as off-the-rack gets to custom made. This is some of the finest cotton you'll ever own.
The monogram on these classic PJs is more subtle thanks to its placement over the ribcage, while the red thread matches the piping. And after all someone has to carry on Hef's legacy.
Not ready to put a monogram on your actual person? Ease into it with this gorgeous leather duffle from NYC's heritage luggage maker T. Anthony that cleverly unfolds into a garment bag.