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.
I wrote a post about the customer clothier Marcus Malmborg earlier this fall and today it is time for the second part. For today’s post, we will look at the process behind ordering an Eidos made to measure suit through Marcus Malmborg. We will talk about fabrics, details, prices and much more.
In the first post about Marcus Malmborg, we talked about the history and the vision behind his self-titled company. As mentioned in the first article, I decided to order an Eidos made to measure suit through Marcus and today it is finally time to take a closer look at it. We will focus on the process to create an unique made to measure suit and the end result.
Marcus is actually the only person, except Eidos themselves, that have the opportunity to offer made to measure garments from the brand. It makes me proud to have such a personal clothier as Marcus to offer this service locally here in Stockholm. This adds even a more unique experience than other made to measure services are able to offer, where many retailers shares the same manufacturers but under different labels.
Eidos have chosen to use a simplified process for the made to measure service. Let us start with jackets where we have two different options to choose from. Here we are able to find two different models, the so called Ciro and Tenero. The Ciro is my personal favorite and probably the model that people recognize the most when someone mentions Eidos due to it characteristic details. This particular model features wider lapels measuring generous 10.5 cm and open quarters that takes inspiration from the Florentine tailoring.
If we instead look at the Tenero model, we are able to find slightly narrower lapels measuring 9.5 cm, a higher button stance and a silhouette that does not stand out as much as the Ciro. Both models features a full canvas construction, which means that the canvas covers the whole front and not only the upper part as half canvas do.
The trousers follows the same pattern and features two different choices, Lorenzo and Sal. The difference between these trousers are that the Lorenzo features double pleats, where the Sal trouser instead is flat-fronted. Both trousers are available in two waist heights, either the normal or high waisted. I would say that the normal waisted trousers would be the option that reminds what most people are used to wear or see in the stores. The high waisted option is at the other hand something that are you not able to find in any ready to wear trousers. These trousers features a waist height that sits at your bellow button, which is a lot higher compared to what most people are used to.
When it comes to details for the suiting, there are a small selection of choices such as choosing buttons, braces buttons, and what kind and type of lining. Eidos will not win in terms of the selection of details, but I believe that too many choices could make it even harder for the normal customer. In this case, I believe Eidos have chosen the right path with a smaller selection of details to choose from.
I decided to order a navy suit that would be wearable both for spring, summer and early fall. My choice fell on a navy hounds tooth pattern in a so called tropical wool fabric. This type of fabric is without any doubt one of the most usable fabrics for warmer climates when temperatures are reaching over 20 Celsius. It drapes great and wrinkles very little due to the structure in the fabric, which aslo makes this the ultimate travel companion.
Eidos starts at 14 000 SEK for the suits and coats, 11 000 SEK for jackets and 3500 SEK for trousers. Normally, a brand or tailor offers a starting price which most often only include a smaller selection of basic fabrics. What is unique with Eidos is that nearly 80% of the fabrics are included in the starting prices for the garments, which will make it easier for new customers to know what the end price will end up at.
As I’m already a big fan of Eidos, and have owned a few Ciro and Lorzeno jackets (previous model of Ciro) in my days, I picked the Ciro alternative for the jacket. I went for the Lorenzo trousers as I’m more comfortable to wear high waisted trousers nowadays. Due to my length at 1.87 m and longer legs, I really feel like high waisted trousers adds a great balance to my silhouette.
Last but not least, I picked a half lined jacket and brown Corozo buttons as a final touch to be able to wear it with most of the garments in the wardrobe. When all the choices are finished, a order is placed to Eidos factory in Italy. The delivery time is normally 6-8 weeks, and in my case I ordered the suit late in February and received the suit in the beginning of May, which means exactly as promised.
A first fitting was done to be able to see if any smaller adjustments were needed, and for my suit we choose to take adjust the back just a bit more and repressed the trousers for a more precise fit. The adjustments are made by one of the best tailors in Stockholm just to make sure that all the adjustments and details will be same or better than original.
And the result? Absolutely brilliant and this will without any doubt be an all time favorite in my wardrobe. The fit for both the jacket and trousers have a fuller silhouette, which adds up to a more balanced outfit in my opinion. This was something that I asked Marcus about during our first meeting when I tried out different sizes and he succeeded perfectly to deliver my vision.
To be able to find a tailor, person or custom clothier that can understand your vision, with the combination of one of your favorite brands, is in my eyes an unbeatable combination. I will for sure pay a visit to Marcus again, either to buy something from the ready to wear collection, or place another order for new a suit.. or maybe a coat for the winter?
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.