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.
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.
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.
In the last couple of years there has been young and passionate entrepreneurs who have started smaller ateliers around the world. These are the ones who dare and have the passion to start new companies in a world with bigger brands who controls most of market. One of the brands that have got my attention lately is the Norwegian based company Based On Norwegian Nature, B.O.N.N, a brand that we will take closer look at for today’s article.
Based On Norwegian Nature is young brand that was founded in 2013 by the siblings Morten and Maren Bekkeseth. The story began when Morten was studying ski jumping at Norges Toppidrettsgymnas in Norway and where he started to sew his own costumes for his training and championships. Eventually he started to sew clothes for himself and his friends, a passion and hobby which later on evolved and became what we can see today in front of us, the company B.O.N.N.
Morten is the guy in the company who makes all the accessories, which includes neck ties, pocket squares, bow ties, lapels pins and bracelets. The products are made by hand, both when it comes to the cutting and sewing of the products or making a bracelet. Only the finest materials is used and most of the materials comes from the famous districts in Sudbury and Macclesfield in England and Como in Italy. This means that every product will be unique, with its small flaws and imperfections, something that only can be seen in products made entirely by hand. This is very important for Morten and something he felt that was missing before he started the brand. He saw that many products were mass produced without any sense of passion or care for the craftsmanship behind them.
Most of the collection is already offered in pre-selected alternatives which means that both choice of fabric and length is already chosen. But it’s here where the company really shows their passion for handmade products and offer a bespoke option for the tie collection. This basically means that you can decide what fabric you want to use (depending on what fabric Morten has in stock), adding personal initials and deciding your own length of the tie.
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 industry for quality bags has been growing rapidly during the last couple of years, something that’s more than welcomed. This also means that it’s a jungle out there and sometimes hard knowing what you should look for when buying your first bag. This development has led that we will start a series of articles on what you should look for when buying your first quality bag. First out in the series is the Massachusetts based company Frank Clegg, a specialist in leatherworks since the 1970s.
Frank Clegg has been producing leatherworks since 1974 in Fall River, south in the Massachusetts region. The story started for Frank Clegg after been graduating from Babson College with an MBA. Frank has since childhood always been fascinated and interested in the craftsmanship done by hand. During his younger years he was a true Gyro Gearloose, he enjoyed making new and exciting things from objects that he found laying around. And it was this drive to create something with true craftsmanship that started this journey, working with different leather material soon became a true passion and the start of the self titled company. The craftsmanship and to work with leather has been in his blood generations back, his great grandfather was a tanner back in England, his mother was a talented seamstress and his father helped him to achieve success in both life and business. Today is both of his sons, Andrew and Ian, working in the company and are ready to take over the company when the time comes.
All leatherworks products are made in the factory in Fall River and development and design is also made in-house. Every product, it doesn’t matter if it’s a weekend bag, tote-bag or a wallet, has a story behind it. The products are only made by the finest leather and workmanship available to offer best possible product for everyone. It’s not only quality that’s important for the company but also about the heritage behind the products. They always state with pride that every single product is designed and made in America, it’s not just a saying, for Frank Clegg it’s a hallmark to be one of the few companies that still produce exclusively on American soil. They would never allow to outsource their production to another workshop or overseas and I think that says a lot about the passion behind the company.
Frank Clegg only use 100% vegetable tanned leather, the same type of leather that’s been used to produce saddles and bags for centuries. Today they offer four different types of leather, every leather with it’s own unique look and qualities. The first one is the most common and that’s been used for ages and is called harness belting. The same leather has been used for saddles and develops a unique and wonderful patina over the years. The high grade of quality of the leather means that theirs no surface finish to protect it, but if cared correctly it will last for centuries.
The second is their signature leather that’s been tumbled to give a soft leather but still maintaining the durability to hold for years. The products are only treated with a soft wax finish to provide the extra softness. This leather is perfect to use for a tote-bag because of its soft skin, and this is also my personal favorite from the brand. Third up is the shrunken gain leather, a leather that’s been heavily shrunken that gives the leather a dramatic texture effect to it. Only a few skins are chosen for this method that posses a significant character to it. This often means that the skins from the first beginning have more visible marks on them, not any defect of any kind but instead something that add even more character to the leather. Last but not least we have the exotic leathers which the company offer a limited selection depending on the current availability and quality at the tanneries. The most common ones to be offered is the ostrich, alligator, lizard but this depends and it’s easiest to email Frank Clegg for more information.
There’s been a lot of talking about Italian tailoring lately on the blog because of my liking to this particular silhouette. Today we will look into something different, and instead steer to the coast of England where Gieves & Hawkes shot their latest campaign.
For the latest lookbook from Gieves & Hawkes, creative director Jason Basmaijan takes us to an English summer on the coast, starred by British models Tom Warren, Mattehew Holt and Harvey Newton-Haydon. In this beautiful scenery the boys shows one of the finest English clothing that’s available, dressed in different tones and shades of blue, grey and sand. The suits have a subtle texture to them but also a softer shape with inspiration from the Italian silhouette.
Most of the garments are made in Italy but the eveningwear is hand-made in England since a few seasons back. Casualwear features the Savile Row precision, both in terms of fabric and quality. Some of the outwear such as the duffle-macs and peacoats are offered with sealed seams with the weather resistance storm system wool from Italian Loro Piana. Everything from the suits to the knitted ties is styled in a monochromatic way, something that’s been seen a lot during the last year in the fashion industry.
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.