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.
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.
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.
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.
With inspiration from yesterday’s outfit, we take the double breasted jacket and combine it in an informal way. Double breasted jackets or suits are normally know to be more formal due to its construction and peak lapels. But this does not mean that it can’t be worn with odd trousers or jeans, quite the opposite in my opinion. Today, I wanted to create an outfit to show an example how this could look.