For today’s Monday inspiration I wanted to try something different. There is no secret that I like the color blue and for today I would like to take it to another level and combine the color in all garments. To be able to succeed pulling off an outfit like this, try to find different shades of blue that reminds of each other.
To find affordable and good looking sunglasses can be a tough mission, especially with expensive designer brands taking most of the space in stores and online. But there are brands that do offer something else, and one of the newest additions to the market is The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear. Today we will take a closer look at the brand and my thoughts one of the sunglasses from the collection.
Most of the people that are reading this blog will probably know about The Bespoke Dudes by now, and something that I would call the leading Italian blog about craftsmanship and bespoke tailoring. This blog is run by the Italian gentleman Fabio Attanasio, who have been praised for his expertise and for spreading the word about unknown artisans.
Fabio wanted to take this a step further and recently launched The Bespoke Dude Eyewear along with his friend Andrea Viganò. The vision for the brand is to continue promoting the Italian image for its unique and excellent craftsmanship. The aim is to offer the connoisseurs a pair of handmade sunglasses, that stands out from the other brands with small details defining the creativity of the Italian artisans.
The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear sunglasses are handcrafted in Cadore in Italy by the finest materials that can be found. The lightweight acetate frames are provided by Mazzucchelli Varese, an Italian company that are famous for its production of one the finest acetate in the world. Lenses are also made in Italy to the highest standards and elegant frames with small details clearly shows that the brand do not compromise with quality.
Review of Cran
I decided that I wanted to try one of the sunglasses to see how they hold up in real life. I choose the Cran model as they fit perfectly on my nose and look balanced when worn. For the frames I wanted to stay classic and ended up choosing a pair in the so called classic tortoise with tobacco colored lenses.
The first thing that hit you is how lightweight and neat the sunglasses are. The acetate does of course contribute to the lightweight frames, but also the thoughtful design of the sunglasses. A closer look at the frames reveals small but interesting details that make them stand out in a good way. In the front, where the two ends of the arc meets, you can see that the two screws that are fastened are shaped like a bow-tie. The most common way is that two screws are shown in the front of the frames so this detail creates an interesting front of the sunglasses.
To make the sunglasses last even longer, the arc is fastened in the longer end with two screws instead of one that are used by most brands. This will also help the frames feel more sturdy and qualitative when folded together.
I have been a loyal follower of Fabio Attanasio and his blog The Bespoke Dudes since long and he never disappoints delivering interesting and qualitative insight of Italian artisans through his articles. This time is no different, but instead of articles, he does deliver one of the most affordable and best fitting sunglasses that I have ever worn.
Summer is closing in and today we will focus on one of my new favorite colors for summer, chocolate brown. I will also have the opportunity to present my newest project from Sartoria Francesco Guida in the near future. A suit in a chocolate brown lightweight wool, perfect for summer, and Pitti Uomo.
I discovered Francesco Serraiocco nearly two years ago and have ever since followed the footsteps of the brand. I decided to take a closer look at the brand and ordered a custom tie, and today I’m able to show the result.
Francesco, or Frank as he is called, has always had a creative and artistic side and in 2012 he finally decided to create his self-titled brand, a brand that goes back to his Italian roots and focus on the finest craftsmanship and quality. The inspiration behind the brand comes from the Neapolitan tradition and its classic construction and techniques. Cucito a mano, or handsewn is a key word for the company and the tailored clothing are made in the heart of Napels. Wider and higher placed lapels, exaggerated quarters and breast pockets, and the characteristic spalla camicia shoulder are just a few of the details that are featured.
With inspiration from the Neapolitan style, Frank started to learn the craftsmanship behind tie making and ended up developing his own pattern. The idea began with creating a true seven-fold tie but after hours of researching and creating different patterns, Frank ended up creating an unique nine-fold pattern. The ties are made entirely by hand and takes nearly 4-6 hours of labor to complete.
I just want to emphasize the overall goal of my brand is to create a product that is for the connoisseur. I want to make something that no machine can replicate. These are lifestyle garments and my hope is that they are appreciated by the wearer in the same way a painting is to an art collector. – Frank Serraicco
The tie pattern is always cut by hand and with extra attention for the alignment of the fabric.
Hand rolled edges are a sign of craftsmanship and creates a luxurious feeling.
All ties are made in an exclusive nine-fold pattern which is folded 9 times from the same cloth.
The hand sewn saddle stitching are made in complementary colors to create an interesting look for the ties.
One of the final steps of the tie process is to sew the bartacks by hand.
The last step of the process is to sew on the logotype of Francesco Serraicco. By hand of course.
I decided that I wanted to take a closer look at the brand and choose to order a tie. Frank offers a form of made to order service as the ties are created upon request. What this means is that you will have the possibility to choose between various of fabrics and just a small amount of these choices are available on the website today. For my tie, I personally e-mailed Frank as I wanted a forest green fabric either in linen, silk or lightweight wool. He ended up showing me a fantastic raw silk fabric in exactly the forest green color that I was looking for.
Once you have chosen your fabric, the tie will be created in Frank’s nine-fold pattern as mentioned earlier. Keep in mind that there are no other options to choose from as Frank only works with his nine-fold pattern. You are able to choose a width of either 8 or 9 cm and your preferred length of the tie, which I would personally say are one of the main reasons for ordering a custom made tie. The delivery time may vary, but it normally takes around 4-6 weeks before you have it at your doorstep.
The delivery time was as promised for my tie and my first impression was that the fabric was absolutely stunning. A closer look at the tie reveled that Frank has put a lot of time and effort into crafting this. The hand stitching and rolled edges are made by an experienced hand, and still has the characteristic feeling of the uneven beauty of a handmade product. The tie feels balanced, which all tailors do not master when using a nine fold construction and without any interlining. You can also see that this is a true nine-folded tie with nine folds visible on both ends of the tie.
With a price starting at $175 and this level of handwork, I would say that this is something out of the ordinary. This has my approval of a product of great craftsmanship and quality and I will without any doubt order from Frank again in the future.
The nine-fold construction creates a rich knot due to the amount of fabric.
Forest green raw silk.
Closer look at the complementary color for the bracket stitching.
A mother of pearl button are fastened on both ends of the tie so the customer are able to view the nine-folds construction.
When the button is unfastened, we can clearly see the nine-fold construction.
Hand rolled edges on the end of the tie for a luxurious feeling.
A color that has caught my attention lately is tobacco, a color that reminds of the color of a cigar. What makes this color different is that it not too light, nor too dark as the chocolate brown may be sometimes. Today I wanted to show you how good the tobacco color can look and I choose to combine it with shades of blue. Due to the nature of the tobacco color, you can easily change the blue accessories to brown or even forest green and still look stylish.
Today we continue our weekly coverage of the latest lookbook for the season. We head to the northern parts of Italy and to the province of Brescia. It is here where we are able to find one of Italy’s leading brands for mens tailored clothing called Boglioli.
Boglioli was earlier run by the Boglioli brothers, Mario and Pierluigi until late in 2012 where the brothers decided to sell their shares to start their new project, The Gigi. With new owners and designers in the company, Boglioli still offers their lightweight and washed tailored garments but also more fashion inspired collections. For spring and summer 2016, Boglioli shows that they are more fashion than ever with interesting combinations.
With inspiration from Brazil during the 1970s, Boglioli delivers a collection with soft colors such as powder pink, cobalt blue and and burgundy. We can see jackets that borrows the shape of 1970s, tailored clothing combined with polo shirts and lightweight knitwear.
There is a lot talking about the navy suit here on To Quote but you can never talk to much about it. Today I would like to show you that it does not matter if winter or spring season, it will always look great. This outfit is inspired by the simplicity of the navy suit and combined with some of the classic pieces that are known in menswear.
For this week we will talk about Canali’s latest spring and summer campaign. With a Mediterranean-inspired palette, Canali delivers a strong campaign with a mixture of tailored and casual clothing.
Canali was established in Triuggio, near Milan in Italy, in 1934 and are today one of the strongest brand in classic menswear clothing. At a start they focused on tailored clothing but has expanded during the years and are today offering a complete collection for clothing, shoes and accessories. Their original values and vision have not changed since the start of the company and Canali are still delivering high quality garments that are exclusively produced in Italy.
For this spring and summer season, Canali presents a collection inspired of a Mediterranean Summer and its colors. We are able the see the core look of Canali with their perfect tailored suits but also a different look with garments for leisure time. The colors and textures stretches from bold checked jackets to suits with fabrics in earthy color combinations. Lightweight tailoring and leisurewear are key items for the collection and Andrea Pompilio does a great job delivering a collection with the combination of them both.
Denim blue suit in a lightweight wool and linen blend.
Colorful checked suit.
Light blue jacket inspired by the colors of the Mediterranean summer.
Functionality jacket that are able to stand against both wind and rain.
Jacket for the spring and summer leisure time.
Exclusive and bold suit in a sapphire blue color.
Different shades of blue.
Casual sporty zip-up jacket.
Classic bomber in a new and bold design with oversized pockets.
Earthy colors combined together to create an elegant look.
It is Monday and we are back with our weekly collage. Today we will focus on a color that may not be most common one, but still can be mixed and matched with a lot of colors. Burgundy is a perfect way to include some color in your daily outfit, without making it too heavy for the eye. Here is my take on how I would combine the color burgundy for this spring, how would you wear it?