A blazer may feel too formal for some, but there are other alternatives to begin with. A knitted blazer is the perfect combination of formality and sportswear. It is leisure, comfortable and easier to wear with everything you throw at it such as a pair of jeans or chinos. Today’s collage flirt with the early days of summer, where you will be able to wear your knitted blazer with the classic and elegant panama hat and a pair of tassel loafers.
For today’s post, I wanted to quickly talk about the grey suit. Let’s face it, the navy suit will always be hard to beat due to its versatility. The grey suit is great candidate for the second place, just behind the versatility of its navy companion. The reason behind this is simple as the nature of the color will make it easy to match and combine with the full color spectrum. Use the subtle color of the grey suit as a foundation, and then add accessories in either tone in tones, earthy or why not some sparkling color? To help you out, I have added a few favorites from the upcoming season in different price ranges.
Spring is finally here and the temperature is reaching the level when you are able to throw off the coat. Instead, you are able to wear a suit on its own to embrace the weather, and instead focus on colorful and lightweight accessories. Today, I choose a navy suit from Oscar Jacobson as the foundation in the outfit, combined it with a casual oxford shirt from Morris and a pair of suede monk straps from Santoni. With the addition of the lightweight regimental grenadine tie from Eton, a colorful and playful pocket square from Drake’s, it becomes a excellent outfit for spring. Do not forget a pair of sunglasses to protect your from the sun, in this case a pair of classic rounded Ray-Ban’s.
Today, I have the honor to finally present the second and last part of my bespoke trousers through Robin Pettersson Tailor. We will look at the end result of the garment and also what changes Robin Pettersson as a company have done since the last article in late 2015.
First of all, I want to clarify a few reasons behind the delay of this article. The third fitting for the trousers was initiated in the beginning of January 2016, and some small adjustments were needed to the achieve the end result that me and Robin Pettersson were after. Due to various of trips from both ends and a long time of sickness, a fourth fitting was not achieved until late in spring 2016. With that in mind, both me and Robin took the decision to postpone this article until late 2016 instead of publishing it in the middle of the summer. As many of you are hopefully aware of, this blog is only a hobby of mine and sometimes there are not enough of free time to spend on it and prioritization are needed elsewhere.
With that said, I would like us to change focus to what changes Robin Pettersson Tailor have been ongoing the last year. Due to an increased workload, Robin started a collaboration with the English trouser maker William Baxter that are putting together the components of the trousers. Robin is still responsible for the fitting sessions and are also the one who cuts the unique pattern for the customers.
Robin Petterson is now officially a trainee in the art of sewing, which means that he is skilled enough to take full prices for his bespoke garments. Robin is normally only accepting new orders for trousers, but in some cases he is also able to craft full bespoke jackets or suits depending on the current workload. The prices for Robin’s own bespoke garments are from now on in line with B&Tailors bespoke garments, starting at 25 000 SEK for suits, 21 000 SEK for jackets and 4500 SEK for trousers. All alternatives includes a fine selection of fabrics, but the final prices could vary depending on your choice of fabric.
Another interesting news is that Robin has now also been approved by 100hands and are now offering their bespoke shirts in his atelier and during his trunk shows. 100hands is a shirt company that offers completely handmade shirts and are known for their manufacturing of one of the finest shirts in the world. To have the opportunity to order one of these shirts in any of Robin’s trunk shows in Europe, and especially in his atelier in Gothenburg, is something unique and another milestone for his career.
The verdict and final result
After a long intro of the article, let us instead look at the final result of my bespoke trousers from Robin. Already during my first fitting, I was very impressed about the way of the fit and comfort of the trousers. For the final result, I would say that this feeling have grown into something that is even better than the first experience. Let us look at the key components of the trousers and what makes me say that these belongs to one of the best fitting trousers in my wardrobe.
The result is in my opinion what bespoke is really about. The first thing that strikes you is the comfort level of the trousers, they are just like a pair of pajamas slacks. Whenever you move, you can feel that they are cut exactly after your body shape as the fabric neither feels to tight or feels baggy.
The only change I would like to do for my next pair of bespoke trousers from Robin Pettersson is to widen the end of the trousers and just lenghten them a tiny bit to compensate the change. These changes are personal changes and do not impact what great trousers Robin has created in the end. This is real bespoke, and made in Sweden.
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.
Some days, it is just cold and the rain is falling outside. Having the proper clothing during these days, which includes a serious raincoat and umbrella will make your day a lot better. If you are unsure about which raincoat to get, the trench coat will always be a true wardrobe classic.
Spring is slowly showing its true color and the spring and summer look books have recently arrived. One of the latest and most interesting look books to be seen is the one from Stockholm based Saman Amel where they focus on the brands core concept.
With Petter Berg behind the camera, the duo Saman Amel and Dag Granath created the lookbook Katalog that shows us the ateliers most classic tailored concepts. It features two of their most classic lines, the more affordable Toscana and the luxurious Napoli line.
The inspiration behind the look book comes from the old school post order catalogs (katalog in Swedish). These post order catalogs where used in the past to buy garments via a phone call or by sending a letter. The idea of being forced to either make a phone call or posting a letter may sound ridiculous today, but we should never forget that this was the foundation of today’s online industry. With this in mind, Saman Amel took inspiration from the old catalogs to show an generic look of the company, showing its core between formal and casual clothing.
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.
I normally wear suits and sport coats everyday, but during the weekends I always like to bring out my casual part of my wardrobe. One of my favorite knitwear pieces for the season is the belted cardigan. Wear it with a t-shirt, a pair of raw denims, classic chelsea boots and an cozy scarf to keep you warm.
For today’s post I would like to present a new series of articles where we will look at my view on wardrobe staples. We will start the series to look closer at my personal favorite, the navy suit.
Some of you have probably heard about the expression “Black suits are reserved for funerals and weddings”. Where this may be true with some expectations, the most common mistake men do is to choose a black suit for their first commission. The first suit is normally the one that you buy for your graduation in school. In terms of formality, this may not be incorrect but a navy suit would be a much better choice in many perspectives.
The main reason in my opinion is that the navy choice gives you a lot more value for your money. It can be used in so many different occasions, it does not matter if it for the office, a wedding or evening events. Another argument that favors the color is that it more than less suits everyone. You will always look sophisticated and elegant, and not pale that can be the case sometimes when wearing black or grey suits.
A fabric with some type of texture such as birdseye, herringbone or hounds tooth will also give you the option to use the suit as separates. Try to combine the navy jacket with a pair of grey trousers for the ultimate menswear outfit, or why not a pair of brown trousers for a subtle but elegant look? The navy trousers in the other hand will be a great companion with just a white shirt or a brown jacket. The choices are endless as you will be able to combine navy with almost every color.
When it comes to fabrics, I would recommend to start off with either the worsted, three or four seasons wool fabrics. These kind of fabrics will first of all make your suit more durable and resistant. And due to the weight and weaving, the suit will all also be wearable nearly all year around.
The rest is up to personal references, but I would highly recommend to choose a more classic fit, details and length like the options that I have provided below.