For this weeks inspiration we will leave the colorful Pitti Uomo behind us and get back to my favorite color palette, combining it in a more casual way. It’s not more complicated than this, use a cotton suit and a pair of loafers to dress it down. The diver on your wrist will be the perfect companion for the summer, break the rules by wearing it with a suit, exercise or even take a swim with it.
We continue with the colorful theme from Pitti Uomo and stays in the region of Tuscany. We head out from the city centre and drives to beaches of Tuscany, to the beach where Sartoria Rossi shot their latest campaign.
Sartoria Rossi is brand that has been with us since 1979 and has delivered high quality clothing made in Italy ever since. The brand isn’t close to as famous as its Italian rivals such as Corneliani or Canali but the company offers a different design philosophy compared to these brand. Sartoria Rossi isn’t afraid to show of bold combinations both when it comes to colors and choices of patterns which clearly can be seen in their collections. For this summer I would actually say that they have been using more sober combinations with louder colors in the accessories instead of in larger garments.
Pitti ended last week and it’s without any doubt a place of inspiration. The true inspiration isn’t seen inside the fair from all the new collections, it comes from the visitors attending. A person who always captures my attention is my friend and executive editor of Manolo, Andreas Weinås. This inspiration is dedicated to one of Andreas outfits during the fair that was just brilliant in all thinkable ways (header credits to Style.com & Tommy Ton).
Jacket – Suitsupply, Shirt – Alessandro Gherardi, Tie – Viola Milano, Trousers – Camoshita, Pocket square – Francesco Serraiocco, Sunglasses – Illesteva, Bag – Vass Shoes, Shoes – Edward Green, Watch – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202
Pitti Uomo 88 is over for this time and open its doors once again in January. In last fair we started seeing longer jackets and high-waisted trousers and this could be seen seen even more this time, a sight for sore eyes without any doubt.
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.
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).
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.
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.