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.
I have always liked smaller and more personal stores instead of those big department stores. These smaller store can often carry smaller brands that are unique and hard to find, which makes it even more pleasant to wear these garments as few people actually owns them. And today, I have the honor to present one of theses stores which is called Andrew’s Ties.
Henrik Granqvist opened a small store in 2010 at Rörstrandsgatan 10, located in the homey streets of Vasastan. The store itself are surrounded by small local restaurants and cafes in one of Stockholm’s coziest streets. During 11:00 – 18:30 on weekdays, and 11:00 – 16:00 on Saturdays, we are able to find the founder Henrik or his trusted staff in the store, giving excellent service and knowledge to whoever enters the store.
The store is part of an Italian concept and brand called Andrew Tie’s, which have been in the accessories business since 1991 and have offered high quality products since. Henrik saw an opportunity to have this company behind him, using their knowledge and production to be able to create something of his own. He had a vision to offer a wide and unique assortment of high quality accessories and shirts to an affordable price tag.
With a flexible production in Italy and Bosnia, Henrik are able to produce unique products after his liking under the label Andrew’s Ties. This also means that he have the freedom to develop and make changes to his products, something that few have the possibility to do without owning the label themselves. One recent example of this is that he started to offer nearly all of his ties in both a standard construction and an untipped alternative.
We are able to find find two main categories at Andrew’s Ties, shirts and and accessories. The shirts starts at reasonable 699 SEK, where most of the shirts end up in the 799 – 899 SEK vicinity with fabrics from renowned italian mills such as Tessitura Monti. They are well built and manufactured in Bosnia with balanced collars and where my favorite choice would be the button down alternative.
Accessories such as scarves and bags are made in Italy, where the ties, pocket squares and bow ties are made by hand in Como. We are also able to find belts and bracelets in the store, which adds the last accessories that a gentleman may need to stock up with.
For the accessories, can see various of textures, fabrics and constructions. The ties starts at 499 SEK and most of the ties are using the 3-fold construction, but the brand have recently started offer the same models in a 4-folded construction with untipped edges. The pocket squares starts at 199 SEK and are also offered with hand rolled edges and in all colors and fabrics that you can think of. Last but not least, we have the bow ties. Henrik have successfully turned the well discussed bow tie into one if his best selling product. With a wide selection of self knotting bow ties in different fabrics, colors and texture at an affordable price at 449 SEK, I can really see why he have been able to do this.
Henrik owns without any doubt one of those stores where you just want to come back. It does not matter if it just for a chat, a coffee or taking a look at the newest collection. He always listens to his customers and taking any feedback back to the workbench to be able to develop and improve his products. With that said, I would not be surprised if Henrik have something new up his sleeves as he recently started to offer the well known Passaggio Cravatte ties. Until more is reviled about any new projects, I highly recommend you to pay a visit the store as you will find a good amount of friendly service and a recent started sale that no one should miss out.
I know that stating that green is the new black is a bit of cliche, but green is such an underestimated color. By now, most of my readers probably know that I often wear blue, grey and brown, but green colored accessories have become a favorite in my wardrobe. It it just a matter of time before I start to wear this color for sport coats and suits. Who knows, maybe a forest green flannel suit will be next on my list. So for today, I choose to wore green accessories and wanted to inspire you to do the same.
Today, I would like to introduce you to custom clothier Marcus Malmborg, a person that have brought exclusive and unique brands to Stockholm such as Eidos Napoli and Stoffa. Who is Marcus Malmborg and what makes his business so unique? That is exactly what we will take a closer look at today.
Let me introduce you to Marcus Malmborg, a custom clothier, located in the central parts of Stockholm. We are able to find Marcus at the 5th floor on Strandvägen 7A, a location which delivers one of the most breathtaking views in Stockholm. The first thing that hits you when you enter the first floor in the building is the old and characteristic architecture. Afterwards, an elevator ride awaits to the 5th floor where you will reach the final destination, the showroom. The showroom, located on the highest floor, will give you a glimpse of what service you can expect from Marcus. With a beautiful view over the harbor of Stockholm, Marcus will offer a refreshment, a drink, or whatever you would like to drink. Then sit down, enjoy your drink or cup of coffee and let the fun begin, either trying ready to wear clothing or looking through the latest fabric swatches for Eidos Napoli’s exclusive made to measure service.
For Marcus, it is very important that not everything circuits about the garments, but instead about the whole experience. The location of the showroom is not intended as a show-off, but instead a statement to show that the Marcus only wants to offer his clients the best possible service. Some call him a custom clothier, other an agent, personal shopper and some a friend. What I’m sure of is that Marcus devote all his awaken time to this and with years of experience within fashion and tailored garments, he finally took the step to open up the showroom on Strandvägen 7A in 2015.
Marcus carries four different brands at his showroom which includes Stoffa, Christian Kimber, AW Bauer and Eidos. Stoffa is founded by Agyesh Madan with focus on handmade accessories and made to measure trousers and jackets. The brand are most famous for their rollable rabbit and beaver hats in various of colors, but what makes this brand unique is the opportunity to order a made to measure jackets and trousers. Here we are able to find different types of jackets, such as the classic field jacket and an asymmetric rain coat. The measurements are taken during one of Stoffa’s trunk shows that are hosted every fifth week at Marcus showroom.
Then we have Christian Kimber, a humble friend and designer located in Melbourne, Australia. I did an article about Christian in 2014 which I recommend reading as it describes his whole story from his birthplace in England, to his studies in London and his final success of creating his self-titled brand. Do not forget to look into his latest collection which I took a closer look at last week.
And if Stoffa and Christian Kimber were not enough, Marcus has also created an exclusive collaboration with the local based bespoke tailor AW Bauer. Thanks to this collaboration, Marcus are able to offer made to measure shirts in the highest possible quality, and also a larger fabric assortment for the made to measure service for Eidos Napoli,
Last but not least we have Eidos Napoli, the brand that everyone are talking about. I have talked about Eidos and the mastermind behind this brand, Antonio Ciongoli, a couple of times on the blog. I looked at their latest collection, interviewed Antonio and described why he is one of my style icons. To get the full story about Eidos and Antonio, I highly recommend to read the posts as you will get an better understanding of his creativity and style.
Due to my interests in the brand, I decided that I wanted to try to order a made to measure suit through Marcus and placed an order earlier this spring. I have now had the whole summer to be able to test it in the field, both during my travels and at home in Stockholm. I can assure you that this is one of the best suits that I have ever worn. More of that in the next article that will be posted in the upcoming weeks.