The time has come once again to visit the summer edition of Pitti Uomo in the beautiful city of Florence. It’s one of few times when friends from all over the world gets to together to talk about clothing, eat wonderful food and drink infinite glasses of red wine and Negroni’s in the sunset. Inspiration comes from earthy colors, especially colors like beige and brown which what this Monday inspiration will focus on (header credits to W Magazine).
Last week we took a different trip to the coast of England to see what the English brand Gieves & Hawkes had to offer for this summer season. Today will steer the course back to Italy and take a closer look on Pal Zileri’s latest collection, a brand that’s been showing us both modern and classic silhouette in the past.
Pal Zileri may not be as successful as Caruso, Corneliani or Ermenegildo Zegna but they are making well made garments with high quality fabrics and with a impressive range of different silhouettes. They offers three different lines, the main Pal Zileri line, Cerimonia and LAB where the first two have a more focus on fabric, construction with a more classic silhouette compared to the clothing from the LAB-series. The LAB collection offers a more trend sensitive silhouette with much more focus on the younger customer and fashion orientated customer.
Today’s focus will be on the mainline from the brand and as last seasons collection it doesn’t disappoint. The color palette shows different shades of blue, beige and white and we can clearly see that a softer take on the window pane trend for Pal Zileri, a trend that’s been strong during the last couple of the seasons for the brand and other brands. The silhouette is a still a bit on the shorter side but I think we can see a trend that brands such as Pal Zileri is going more for the classic silhouette. Nonetheless, this is without any doubt a collection to look forward.
When it comes to Monday inspirations I always want to create them for one purpose, and that’s to inspire my readers on what to wear for the upcoming week. This means that I often do not look at the price tag on the products that I’m using but today we will do this differently, today is about putting together an affordable outfit for the summer. The whole outfit will cost less than 5000 SEK and includes everything from a straw hat from H&M to an affordable watch from Briston.
We have been talking a lot lately about the more formal way to get dressed, both when it come to our weekly Monday inspirations and articles. Today we change our course to the other direction and take a look at what the summer has to offer for us when it comes to sneakers.
I personally don’t own a lot of sneakers but I appreciate them, especially when it comes to the one colored ones such as the all-white or all-brown. The main reason for this is because I think that one colored garments, regardless if it’s a pair of shoes or a sport coat, is easier to match with each other. I would think it’s wise to start off with colors such as white, navy or brown and that you later on can complement with something far more trendy.
Sneakers do not tend to last that long and it’s mainly because of two things. The first is because of the often used rubber sole and that it doesn’t breath close to a leather sole. This means that more moisture will stay inside the shoes and it will after some time make the shoe smell bad. This will eventually happen with all sneakers but if you use a shoe block it will increase the lifespan of the shoes just like with shoes with a leather sole.
The second is because you can’t repair sneaker as you can do with a pair of well made leather shoes. If you have an Goodyear welted leather shoe you have the possibility to repair the sole almost infinite times (the upper leather will eventually break though). To prevent this happening too early is it recommended to clean the shoes regularly. Try to not use the shoes two days in a row, they need to rest to get the moisture out and don’t forget to lubricate the upper leather if it’s a pair of sneakers with leather or suede. If you maintain your sneakers will they hold up until the sole breaks down.
To make it easier for you gentlemen out there I have chosen my ten favorite sneakers for the summer. Which one is your favorite?
Today’s inspiration is about the gentleman who’s taking a stroll in the city. The weather is nearly perfect with the sun shining against your sunglasses, having an Italian espresso and just enjoying life (credits to Eidos Napoli for header).
The Panama hat, one of the most classic head wear piece a gentleman can wear. It can be worn in various of ways, casually with a pair of khaki trousers and a polo shirt on top, to a navy suit with the tie and leather shoes. I couldn’t decide which one I should choose, so I made a inspiration with a combination between both of them.
Next up in the five favorites series is about the more unusual but venerable Belgian loafer. It’s a simple yet elegant shoe that’s been with us since the 1940s and have seen a resurgence the last couple of years within the menswear industry. Let’s take a closer look on what can be found this spring for this particular loafer.
The popularity for loafers has been increasing a lot lately thanks to both social media and more affordable options on the shoes market. The popularity have been seen for both the penny loafers, tassel loafers, string loafers and it seems that the Belgian loafer is next in line.
Yes the Belgian loafer was first invented in Belgium, a land that’s mostly famous for it’s chocolate, waffles and now shoes. The shoes originate from the 1940s when Henri Bendel designed a elegant loafer with a bow on the front. In an attempt to finalize the design Henri took his idea to a 300 year old Belgian cobblers that produced the shoe with the so called “turn method”. This means more or less that the shoes are firstly sewn inside-out, and once completed, they are flipped to ensure a flawless stitching. The same production techniques is still used today and Bendel’s company is still in business under the name of Belgian Shoes, still located in the heart of New York on the address 110 East 55th Street..
The Belgian loafer is still one of the youngest shoe designs compared to other loafers such as the penny loafer but it’s something artistic about it. It’s more unique than the penny loafer, with its elegant bow in the front and manufacturing method, and without any doubt a good way to add a touch European elegance to your outfit.
We haven’t looked at a lookbook for a long time here on the blog so I think it’s high time that we do this. Today we will take a closer at look on what the Swedish store Gabucci have to offer for us this spring and upcoming summer.
Gabucci have recently expanded their store to take orders online, a highly requested feature from their customers that finally arrived. For this spring and summer campaign, the stylist Lalle Johnson is once again in front of the camera instead of behind it where we are used to see him.
The lookbook contains a lot of different brands such as their own private label, Gabucci Sartoria Napoletana, the Italian outwear specialist Aspesi, lighweight knitwear from Sunspel to sneakers from the new brand Saucony. The inspiration behind the campaign comes from the colors and textures of autumn. We can see different shades of navy, brown, grey and olive in materials such linen, cotton and wool. The combination of this gives a casual summer look even if the colors isn’t what you normally would call colors of spring and summer.
The navy suit is without any doubt the most versatile piece of clothing that you can wear in the office, but sometimes there’s just moments when you want to dress down. We still have the shirt and tie but instead we’re replacing the oxfords with a pair of loafers and a more bold pocket square. This may not be accepted at the more formal meetings, but I think it’s a perfect example how you can dress down for the office without drawing too much attention.
So after a short period off it’s time to get back to business. As of this Monday I would like us to take a closer at what I would call the ‘Italian Preppy’. At first sight a pinstripe fabric makes the suit formal that’s used for business meetings, but when combined right it can be worn in a completely different way. This is how I would wear the grey pinstripe suit, combining Italian flair with a taste of American preppiness. How would you wear it?