The bomber jacket has received an enormous popularity the last couple of years and there are various of alternatives to choose from in stores and online. Many brands takes inspiration from the original design to create something own and unique, and one of these are the English based Private White V.C. Thanks the versatility of the bomber jacket, it can almost be worn with everything that you are able to find in your wardrobe. Wear it with a pair of denims, or why not a pair of flannel trousers? The choices are many, so I created an inspiration collage to make it easier for everyone out there.
Today, I would like to introduce you to a different kind of online store. With focus on craftsmanship and the artisans behind every unique product, the online store Jeeves is an online store for those who value authenticity in design, materials and production. We are able to find handmade shoes in the finest quality, and accessories to accompany you along the way.
Allow me to introduce Tom Brone, a guy that recently graduated in finance and menswear enthusiast from Brugels in the north western Brussels. Tom always had a passion for beautiful things and in particular shoes and accessories, and that is where the journey began. He started to learn more about the craftsmanship and secrets behind the creation of shoes and accessories.
The idea behind the store Jeeves began for Tom by reading and listening on different members in forums such as Styleforum (Jeeves has an affiliate thread on Styleforum here). With numerous of read posts and articles about different types of leather, construction methods and fabrics, Tom started the idea to sell an unique set of shoes and accessories online. He went to different trade shows and leather fairs to be able to get the opportunity to discuss topics and to find the right persons and suppliers. Since the start, it has always been important to find the right persons for each product. The vision was to create classic and timeless products, and Tom only wanted to work with smaller workshops that shared his idea.
Tom was able to create a close relationship with the well known shoe maker Vass Shoes from Budapest, which naturally became the first line of products for the store.
Vass Shoes was founded in the early 1970’s in Budapest and have went through a lot changes since then, but the passion and attention to details have always remained. Vass only creates shoes with leather from the finest tanneries in the world and the shoes are completely made by hand in the workshop in Budapest. Old techniques are only used and Vass are one of the few brands in the world who are still crafting the whole shoe by hand. Jeeves offers both ready to wear shoes from Vass and made to order shoes that can be ordered here.
During his travels in Budapest, he also met a craftsman and his team with an obsession of creating the the best possible belts from scratch. Some small changes were introduced to the manufacturing and it was decided that only full grain leather should be used for the belts. The most common way is that manufacturers uses lower quality leather for the lining and synthetics such as polyester for the interlining to save on the material costs. The full grain leather will however be more flexible and last longer.
With Vass Shoes in the lineup, Tom naturally continued to expand the collection with the Italian socks specialist Bresciani and their famous socks in cotton, wool and cashmere. With a combination of long experience in the Italian socks industry and advanced machines, Bresciani creates one of the finest socks available to date. The socks features a hand-linked toes and over 13 hand controlled station to be able to provide the highest possible quality.
To provide a full range for the shoes lover, a few accessories are also added from the Abbeyhorn in England. Since 1749, Abbeyhorn have provided horn buttons and accessories to companies all of the world. With the beautiful finish and durability of horn, the accessories will last for decades.
Jeeves is a young and interesting store that have created a reputation among the style forums on the internet. They belong to one of the few official retailers in the world that provides ready to wear and made to order shoes from Vass. That if something says a lot about the online store Jeeves.
Let’s face it, blue is the most forgiving and easiest color to match. It can be matched with the full color palette, but what has been on the table for a while is the monochrome way of styling. For today’s inspiration collage, I would like to show how to combine this in an elegant and usable way.
Today I would like to present something that you do not see every day. Let me take you on a journey through the magnificent landscapes of Sweden in the latest collaboration between Blugiallo and R.Culturi, Welcome North.
Blugiallo of Sweden, a made to measure company from Borås in Sweden started a journey to explore the opportunity of creating something unique to complement their tailored clothing line. With an already strong experience within tailoring clothing, a natural idea was born to create a set of accessories. The idea later developed and became an extraordinary collection of artistic pocket squares in collaboration with the New York based brand R.Culturi. The result was the collection Welcome North.
With influences of the astonishing landscapes of Sweden, the brands succeeded to create an unique collection of pocket squares that breathes quality, craftsmanship and creativity. By combining Blugiallo’s passion for menswear and R.Culturi’s mark of perfectionism, a collection was slowly born. A red thread was created for the collection by the Swedish artist Sara Johanna Svensson which has her homecoming in same town as the founders from Blugiallo.
Sara was able to draw a series of stunning motifs consisting of five pocket squares that describes the journey through the landscapes of Sweden. The design focus on the Swedish view and importance of the sun and stretches from the vast gate of Lapporten in the north, to the open seas in the west coat of Bohuslän.
The collection will at the beginning be available by contacting Blugiallo, through Blugiallo’s trunk shows and later on at their new online shop.
Gates to the Unknown. A drawing that describes the incredible gates of Lapporten in Kiruna located in the northern part of Sweden.
Northern Lights, Northern of Sweden.
Northern Lights. A pocket square that illustrates the magnificent color of the nature in the sky filled with stars. A unique act of nature that are only found in the Northern parts of Sweden.
Elements. A pocket square inspired by the elements of the nature reserve of Jätturn in the middle of Sweden.
Open Seas, Bohuslän.
Open Seas. The design of the Open Seas pocket square is inspired by the calmness and beauty of the open seaside in the west coast of Sweden.
Island Harmony, Gotland.
Island Harmony. A colorful pocket square drawn with influences from the iconic stone coast of Gotland.
The tie as we know it today are not for everyone and may feel too formal for some. But there are other alternatives, and today we will talk about the knitted tie.
The knitted tie is an unrated choice among accessories for men and in this article I wanted to change that view. I favor the knitted tie due to its casual nature and that it can be worn with almost everything. Wear it with a suit, a pair of odd trousers and sport coat, or why not with a pair of raw denims? The choices are endless. I have even seen people that have worn them with suede and denim jackets with great results.
What stands out with the knitted tie is first of fall the shape of it with its squared bottom. Compared to the normal tie, it does not have any lining, folds or edges and is instead stitched like a knitwear garment. Secondly, the width of knitted ties are in most cases narrower and are commonly found in widths of 6-7 cm. All these details makes the tie less formal and the perfect choice for more casual oriented outfits.
I have included my favorite knitted ties that are available on the market right now.
We start off the new year on To Quote by looking at Berg & Berg latest fall and winter collection. At the same time, I will also pick my favorites that can be found from the ongoing winter sale.
The fall and winter collection from Berg & Berg takes inspiration from its Scandinavian roots and with a touch of Italian elegance. Wardrobes staples are still a big part of the collection, but we are also able to see new and refreshing products and colors. Colors such as navy, grey and brown dominates the fall and winter collection. These colors, no matter what garment we are talking about, are the foundation for your fall and winter wardrobe.
A tradition over at Berg & Berg the last couple of seasons have been to add a new category, and this season does not disappoint. Except of updating the current categories with new options, the new addition for the latest collection are gloves. These gloves are hand stitched and hand cut in Naples from the finest leather available. Pricing starts at approximately 900 SEK for the more basic leather such as the lamb leather, and stretches to 1900 SEK for the luxurious peccary.
With the new addition consisting of Creative Manager Andreas Larsson, the brand also shows a promising future for more editorials, social media activity and broader collections.
The annual winter sale is also ongoing as we speak with a discount ranging from 30-50%. There are still a lot of goodies left in the sale, and here are a few of my favorites.
Drake’s and Stoffa are an all time favorite here on To Quote and what could be better than a collaboration between the brands? That is exactly what happened and now the brands are presenting their first collaboration with Stoffa’s famous hats and Drake’s special attention to details.
I can straight away tell you that Drake’s could be one of the most mentioned brands on To Quote, and the reason for this is simple. Drake’s is one of the few brands that always develop new and interesting products, but they are still maintaining their heritage in everything they do. And they succeed of doing this once again with a unique collaboration with the brand Stoffa.
Stoffa is run by the influential Agyesh Madan, previously known as the Director of Product Development for the exclusive brand Isaia Napoli. Agyesh vision with Stoffa is to offer products that will last for a lifetime, with well thought through designed and personalized garments that are respectfully produced from the raw materials to the end customer. As of now, he offers ready to wear accessories with an unique made to measure service for trousers and jackets.
This hat was originally designed to be functional and easy to bring on your travels. The outcome was a rollable rabbit felt hat that will regain its shape after being rolled. The decorative band and the lining that are normally seen on men’s hats were removed to be able to make it the ultimate travel companion. When being delivered, it will have a generous brim that will be untouched so that each owner and add their own personal flair. The more you wear it, the more soft and relaxed it will be come.
What makes this collaboration such a great match is that we are looking at two brands that shares the same vision and beliefs. Both brands believes that creating thoughtfully designed and tested products will make them last for decades to come.
The final product for the collaboration ended up with a version of Stoffa’s popular rollable rabbit felt hat with an exclusive sweatband designed by the Drake’s team. It will be offered in a limited quantity two different color options, in a rich chocolate brown and forest green.
The Solaro fabric is not a common sight today and are only available at a few selected stores in the world and through bespoke tailors. The weaving of the fabric mixes two colored threads that creates a shiny effect to it which reflects the light. This makes the Solaro fabric the perfect companion for the summer season and something that stands out from the crowd.
No matter how much I love the classics such as the navy suit, formal dressing can sometimes be a bit boring. What I have learned during the years is how to dress down tailored clothing and combine them with more casual garments. One of the guys who always pull this off is Yasuto Kamoshita, also know for his brand Camoshita. Today, I want to pay a tribute to Kamoshita with an attempt of his style.
After a short break with the weekly coverage we continue to look at the ongoing spring and summer collections. Today we will take a closer look at what have become one of my favorite accessories brand. This brand none other than the brand Shibumi, and today we will see what Niels Holdorf and his partner in crime Benedikt Fries have designed for us this season.
Shibumi was founded in October 2012 by the friends Niels Holdorf and Benedikt Fries. The vision for the brand is to create an accessories brand that offers products with extraordinary designs that are crafted only by the best artisans and with the best materials. They exclusively work with manufactures from Italy and England to make sure that they are able to deliver the best possible quality for their products.
Shibumi started to produce ties and pocket squares at first but quickly expanded to deliver almost a full assortment of all needed accessories for men. Today, they also offer braces, handkerchiefs, scarves, socks, belts and an unique collection of products called sen. Sen means selection or compilation in Japanese, and are small collections that they put together with some of the best manufacturers in the industry. Here we are able to find products such as Fedora hats in pure beaver, peccary gloves and beautiful wallets.
If you are unable to find the tie that you are looking for or want to order a specific length, do not worry as Shibumi also offer a bespoke service for ties. This service offers a fine selection of carefully chosen fabrics, the opportunity to choose your preferred length and width, two different types of the 3-fold construction and adding your own monogram.
For this spring and summer collection, Shibumi continue doing what they do best. They focus on the classic designs such as the grenadine tie, but we are also able to see printed ties in colorful combinations with exquisite details such as hand rolled edges and 7-fold constructions. And as always when it comes to Niels and Benedikt, we can expect that every tiny detail are perfect.
Braces in the right colors for spring and summer.
Socks in all colors that you can think of.
Ties for both the business meeting and casual weekends in the city.
Hand rolled pocket squares in beautiful prints and colors.
Knitted ties are a perfect way to make your outfit less serious.
A Panama hat in the making. A unique product that will available shortly for the “Sen” collection.