I’m not the person who normally wears hats but a hat that has catched my attention lately is the newsboy cap. This is thanks to people like Antonio Ciongoli and Fabio Attanasio that always wears them to perfection. Today’s Monday inspiration will focus on this particular cap how to combine it in a way that’s not to dressed or to casual (header, Antonio Ciongoli and Quinton Clemm over at Eidos Napoli).
A personal favorite when it comes to tailored clothing is without any about Isaia Napoli. Their campaigns and lookbooks with the softer Neapolitan silhouette and richer color palette always delivers high quality inspiration. For this spring and summer, Isaia Napoli have set course to one of the world’s most beautiful panoramas, the coast of Amalfi in Italy.
The new collection from Isaia Napoli is inspired and dedicated to the Amalfi coast, a coast that’s famous for it’s rich and varied heritage. The color palette is taken directly from this stunning place and the team behind the campaign shot the lookbook on site to catch the right atmosphere. The colors are inspired by different pieces of the town and the coast, such as the color blue that’s inspired by the clear blue water just outside Amalfi, yellow from the colored houses and the beaches and green with inspiration from the plants and trees that’s growing up-hill. Other interesting colors that’s featured in the collection are shades of pink and turquoise that without any doubt will need its character to been worn.
The design inspiration doesn’t stop here, instead another limited collection was made called the Coral Bandana Collection. This draws upon the regions history of the Amalfian Laws that’s considered to be the oldest maritime laws which was complied in the 12th century. The rules were followed throughout the middle ages and the Amalfi sailors proved its military power, success that developed a place on the Italian Nayv’s tag. The Amalfi sailor also wore a neckerchief known as the solino, which was later on adopted as a part of the uniform for the Italian navy. And that’s how the Coral Bandana collection came to life, a interesting touch to the main collection.
To make it more interesting I’ve included my own photos from Pitti Uomo 86 as a detail shots of the lookbook photos, or a photo that have something in common with the styling (the full official lookbook can be found here).
A color that has got my attention for a while now is the color brown. Brown matches with nearly all colors that you can think of, it’s only your imagination that stops you what to combine it with. I think brown works best with blue, green or beige and that’s what today’s inspiration is about, my favorite colors combined with the brown jacket.
I could not resist to visit one of the most interesting and mentioned men clothing store on the internet when I visited New York in February. I visited The Armoury NYC, an extension of the famous store in Hong Kong, a store that will be provide the New Yorker’s with one of the best tailored clothing assortment for many years ahead.
The Armoury is a relative young store which was established in Hong Kong in 2010 by the duo Alan See, Ethan Newton and Mark Cho. The plan behind the store was simple, to offer products that’s been crafted by passionate people and to work closely with them to improve or change the products. This means that only a selective number of brands will be sold in the stores, brands that the staff at the Armoury can be proud of selling. A more than welcome sight to today’s trend with products that’s masked by expensive advertising and mediocre quality.
In late 2013 a extension of the Hong Kong store was opened in New York at 168 Duane Street. New York, the big apple itself with all its travelling businessmen and the growing interests for men clothing made this a perfect location for the third store. The new store brought some exclusive brands with them such as the Liverano & Liverano, Ring Jacket, Orazio Luciano and St Crispin’s, brands that’s nearly impossible to get a hold of overseas. Another welcome investment is without any doubt the own labeled brand, which consists of garments that’s been put together in collaboration with their favorites workshops and mills. For the last fall season they made a collection of knitwear in conjunction with their favorite mill in Scotland, which is a perfect example how close the store actually works with their manufacturers. This is where the store stands out from the crowd, featuring more exclusive brands than any other shop in city but still bringing something new to a already overstuffed retail market in New York. Aside from the ready to wear assortment, The Armoury also have an impressive line-up for bespoke and made to measure options. From bespoke by the Florentine atelier Liverano & Liverano, to bespoke trousers from Ambrosi Napoli, to made to measure from Neapolitan Orazio Luciano and custom footwear from Austrian Saint Crispin’s.
This is a store that you shouldn’t miss if you’re visiting New York or Hong Kong, it’s a paradise for us who like tailored clothing and offering one of most interesting brands under one roof.
The Armoury NYC, 168 Duane St, New York.
Phone: +1 646 613 7613
Monday – Friday: 11 am – 8 pm (EDT).
Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm (EDT).
I know that I talk a lot about earthy colors but there’s a reason for this. The reason is fairly simple, it’s the easiest group of color that can be used for both men and women. The key to a good wardrobe is to have colors that’s easier to combine with each other, and therefor do I highly recommend to start off with similar colors to build it. Today I’ve combined khaki, brown and beige in lighter tones to catch the right feeling for spring (Header credits to Eidos Napoli).
Suitsupplys latest spring and summer campaign was discussed both here on the blog and on other websites about the bold nature of campaign. Today we will look closer at something completely different from the brand and that’s the latest Jort spring and summer 2015 collection. A collection which has become famous for offering one of the best price-performance ratio on the menswear market.
The Jort collection was introduced last spring with the famous Dutch business man and TV host, Jort Kelder, as a front man for the new project. The concept behind this collection is to offer a classic but playful garments with exclusive materials but still to affordable prices. The main differences between the standard line and the Jort line is that the suits and jackets are fully canvassed, compared to the standard line that’s half canvassed. In terms of fabric there’s always fabric featured from the best mills in the world and with small details such as real horn buttons and hand stitched shoulders. Trousers offers more details such as side adjusters, button fly and suspender buttons. Same goes for the shirts that borrows the details from the “Red Line” which includes the hand stitched shoulder (spalla camicia), mother of pearl buttons and handsewn buttons. Focus is instead on more exclusive fabrics, collars and cuffs for the Jort shirts.
The new campaign for the upcoming spring doesn’t disappoint. The classic colored suits such as the navy, blue and grey is still there but some of them have a unique and useful feature from the new product line, the Traveller. The unique thing about these suits is that they are constructed with a wool and mohair mix that makes them very resistant to wrinkles and creases. Other than that, we have collection with beautiful colors and fabrics for spring and summer and as always offered to reasonable prices.
The legendary M-65 field jacket is a classic piece that will be the perfect companion for the upcoming spring. It’s good against wind, keeps you warm during colder spring days and most of the field jackets nowadays is water repellent and protects very decent if the rain decides to come. I’ve combined two Italian’s specialists together, with a water-repellent field jacket from Apesi in the army green color and a suit from Satoria Formosa in the popular Solaro fabric will get you that perfect spring feeling.
Eidos Napoli, the baby brother to the famous luxury brand Isaia Napoli, released their spring and summer campaign a few days ago. Is this third collection a complete success as the other ones have been? Let’s take a closer look what creative director Antonio Ciongoli has been creating.
This collection was first shown in the last summer edition of the Pitti Uomo fair in Florence. I had the opportunity to take look at it then and I was amazed what the creative director, Antonio Ciongoli had created. Now the lookbook campaign is released and it doesn’t disappoint. The model Zeph Colombatto has been featured for all of the Eidos campaigns in the past and he’s in front of the camera once again. It was shot by Glen Allsop and he has been shooting the last campaigns as well with a flawless result every single time. This is another thing which makes Eidos stands out from the crowd, Antonio is a father figure that takes care of his friends and colleagues. He welcome passionate people to his family and treats them, as they would have been one of his own. If you have the pleasure to meet him in person you will clearly see this and is something that really makes you understand the passion behind the brand.
Another aspect where the brand stands out from the crowd is that the collection always offers something new and exciting compared to other brands. You can clearly see Antonio’s personality in the collection, both when it comes to the Florentine silhouette for the suits and the polo shirts with the amazing collar. For this collection, Antonio takes inspiration from the island of Ischia, also called land of the farmers and fishermen that can be found just outside Naples, Italy.
The color palette goes from versatile navy to more hard flirted colors like the bright green for the fisherman cardigan or the yellow Hawaii shirt. The collection overall is easy to combine with other garments but it’s fantastic to see that Eidos have evolved and now nearly offers garments from toes to top. The overall silhouette for Eidos has always been more casual orientated, and you can see this more clearly than ever in this collection. Some interesting news for this collection is that an improved silhouette from the past ‘Lorenzo’ cut is offered and is now called the ‘Ciro’. It still has the Florentine silhouette with rounded quarters, wide lapels and the longer length for the jacket. Instead the improved cut features different lapels, less aggressive quarters, a bit lower button closure and high waisted trousers. The pieces can without any doubt be worn in the city or in the office but other ones will be more suited for the countryside or at the beach. Antonio did it again and I personally think that this is the best collection so far from the brand.
The full collection can be seen here.
It’s no secret that shades of blue is the most useful color you can wear. It’s easy to match with everything and there’s actually not one single color that you can’t match it with. This combined with a more popular trend where you match different shades of the same color in one outfit, makes the foundation for my weekly inspiration.
Spring is officially here and the temperatures is slowly rising to comfortable levels. It’s time to look over your spring and summer wardrobe and today we’re gonna take a closer look at the popular string loafer, a shoe whose interest has increased markedly in recent years.
The loafer itself has many origin stories compared to other shoes like the classic oxford or derby. However the two most popular ones originate from England and Norway. The first and oldest one was produced by the legendary bespoke shoe company Wildsmith Shoes in London around the 1850’s. The loafer was named the “Wildsmith Loafer”, made by the founder Raymond Lewis Wildsmith and was designed for King George VI as casual shoe for wearing at home. This shoe has later on been produced and sold by other shoe firms in London as the “The Harrow”.
A different design of the loafer was introduced by the Norwegian Shoemaker, Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger in 1908. Nils took a trip to America where he learned more in the craft of shoemaking and in 1930, he introduced a new design called the “Aurland moccasin” which later on was renamed to the “Aurland shoe”.
These two stories is the beginning for the more formal and casual loafers and also where the string loafers originated from. The string loafer is counted to be one of the least formal model and still have the typical characteristics of a loafer, but with a borrowed design from the moccasin and boat shoe. It’s the combination of the laces and that it’s often offered in different colors of suede that makes this a perfect choice for casual outfits. This makes the string loafer a perfect companion for spring and summer and a must in every man’s wardrobe.