in liverano

My basted Liverano, in vintage Zegna Electa sharkskin, ready for the first-fitting.  To say I’m excited is an understatement.

A quick story - when Antonio, Taka, and Qemal were in town this past April, I had the opportunity to see how they conducted their fittings.  Some clients, who were very specific, knew exactly what they wanted while others took Antonio’s guidance wholly.  I was one of the latter.  I asked Antonio to pick something out for me that he felt was representative of what I’d like and I left all of the details to him.

After a few minutes of deliberation with Taka and Qemal, he handed me a single, tiny swatch of fabric on a old, yellow card.  I started laughing.

In reality, he could have handed me any swatch and there was a 95% chance that I would have said yes.  But the fact that he picked something that immediately resonated with me made the process that much more enjoyable.

I saw one swatch that day and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Clothing nerds unite.

The Perfect Collar Roll | Buttoning Down The Hatches 

Like every other sprezz obsessed menswear nerd under the sun, nothing makes me smile like a good collar roll. Being one of the parts of the shirt that moves with the wearer the most, a rolling collar embellishes shirts with a liveliness that the uninitiated tend to forget about in favor of the more obvious details (i.e. the jacket). 

P Johnson’s new button down collars are a great example of well executed ‘roll’ and furnish the wearer with more than mere aesthetic appeal. A well rolled button down collar also helps affix one’s tie, centering it and assisting in the creation of the much desired tie arc. With such a collar, the chances that one’s neckwear will hang limp and lifeless on the chest are greatly diminished. Together the tie and rolled collar give the wearer’s v-zone a distinctive dimension, working in harmony with the jacket’s lapel roll and other such details.

Liverano button down collars would be another great - if more aggressive - example of this detail. 

(Source: Patrick Johnson Tailors


The Nomos Metro.

The Armoury NYC was lucky enough to take delivery of a Metro recently.  Conceived by Mark Braun, a berlin based designer, the simplicity of the Metro is really what stands out.  In a sense, it’s a lesson in restraint.  Using only a handful of colors and showing only the time, running seconds, and date, it’s all about the details.

I particularly like the power reserve indicator at 1 o'clock, something that Nomos has patented, as well as the oxidized black hands that narrow abruptly ¾’s of the way through.

We hope to get more of these in as soon as they become available.  This one, unfortunately, was already spoken for.