When you come to Crewners, you're surrounded by some of the greatest crooners and style makers of yesterday. We take inspiration from men who made big splashes in the arts and entertainment world and who were known for their elegant, masculine style. Here are some of the greats we look up to:
He's one of the most popular crooners of the 20th century, and when we started seeing him on the big screen, there wasn't a day that he didn't look dapper. Born in New Jersey in 1915 as the only child of Sicilian immigrants, he knew he wanted to be a singer since he was a teenager in his high school glee club. And that he was - a great singer; one of the most iconic in America's recent past. Between 1943 and 1946, Sinatra's solo career bloomed, garnering him nicknames such as "The Voice" and "The Sultan of Swoon".
In the mid-1940's, he began acting and in the 1950's, he began recording a new sound with strong jazz influence. This led to the founding of the Rat Pack in the mid-1960's and flanked by Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, "Sinatra came to epitomize the hard-drinking, womanizing, gambling swinger…"
His "exquisite sense of style," and the way he lived his life on his own terms is what we love most about Sinatra. He was confident, often wearing his hat cocked at a slight upwards angle, and never turned down the invitation to dress up. Here's what he once said about his fashion sense:
"For me, a tuxedo is a way of life. When an invitation says black tie optional, it is always safer to wear black tie. My basic rules are to have shirt cuffs extended half an inch from the jacket sleeve. Trousers should break just above the shoe. Try not to sit down because it wrinkles the pants. If you have to sit, don't cross your legs. Pocket handkerchiefs are optional, but I always wear one, usually orange, since orange is my favorite color. Shine your Mary Janes on the underside of a couch cushion."
It's hard to not love the King of Rock 'n' Roll. He was daring, suggestive, expressive and a bold style icon. From his pelvis thrusts on stage to his classic and at time whimsical fashion sense, we're fans of Elvis. Born in Mississippi in 1935, his career began when he performed in 1955 displaying some unique dance moves that America hadn't seen so publicly before. He served in the army between 1957 and 1960, and had a successful music career until he passed in 1977. Although he had his demons, he lived large and grabbed life by the horns, and those are characteristics we can admire.
Born in Louisiana, Gene was a crooning pioneer - long before Frank Sinatra became famous. He composed over 100 songs and "the sound of his tenor voice became well-known in the early days of radio and the antique phonographs of the '20s and '30s. "My Blue Heaven" was one of his most popular songs.
He touted the classic black tux and bowtie look of the '20's. He could also be seen with a top hat when performing. He was another one of the great stylish men of our yesteryears.
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