Okay but imagine this: Shimada Bros. Princess and the Pauper AU
Hanzo is the firstborn son of a king and queen, destined to rule next as heir. However, his parents have been getting into some shady business with the criminal underworld to keep up their wealth. The kingdom ends up in so much debt that the royal family has no other choice but to give up their second son, Genji, to the leader of the mafia in order to repay it. Genji ends up given away to one of the mafia’s many front businesses as a tailor under master seamstress Satya Vaswani, working his whole life to save up enough to run away while his brother lives a life of luxury, each oblivious to the fact that the other exists.
Fast forward to when Hanzo is about 22, and Genji is about 19. The kingdom is having money troubles again, but the Shimada family has learned their lesson with the mafia and what that can lead them to. They instead decide to marry Hanzo off to a princess from a wealthy neighboring kingdom, one Angela Zeigler. Problem is, Hanzo is in love with palace guard Jesse McCree, a peasant he knows his parents will never allow him to be with. As a treat, Jesse takes Hanzo out into the village surrounding the castle in order to experience a first (and last) taste of freedom before he marries Angela. There Hanzo meets Genji. The two are shocked at how similar they are in both appearance and desire for nothing but freedom from their inescapable duties. They concoct a plan; Genji will pose as the prince for a few days to finally have a taste of life out of indentured servitude, while Hanzo will take Genji’s tailoring job and finally learn how life is like outside of the castle walls.
While this is all happening, the captain of the palace guard, Gabriel Reyes, has been secretly embezzling money from the royal family, which is why they are in so much debt that Hanzo must be married off. Gabe, along with his two henchmen Amelie and Sombra, plan to strongarm the royal family into marring Hanzo to Gabriel and then “getting rid of” them all so Gabe can usurp the throne. However, when Hanzo is promised to Angela, the three are forced to change their plan. They plan instead to kidnap Hanzo, get Angela to leave since there is no prince to marry, and then return the prince and be hailed a hero. They all believe that the family will be so grateful that Hanzo has been returned that they will give him Hanzo’s hand in marriage out of joy that their only son has been returned to them.
Cue shenanigans with the Shimada Bros. learning how each other lives, finding out they’re brothers, peasant Genji falling in love with princess Angela, Hanzo and McCree already head-over-heels for each other, the Talon trio attempting to usurp the throne, and everything else that comes with this absolutely beautiful Barbie movie that I know way too much about.
James Williams of “A Stylish Way Of Life” wearing a double breasted suit that was made for his father in 1971. The suite was re-cut for him by Master Tailor Halim over 10 years ago. James is the owner of “A Stylish Way Of Life” which produces Made-To-Order (All Handmade) Linen, Wool and Cashmere pocket squares.
stewartchristie_co We were very honoured this week to have a special appointment with the extremely handsome and charming actor Sam Heughan who came to visit us for a bespoke suit fitting.This year, the man of the moment, has been proudly selected by the National Tartan Day New York Committee who announced that Sam will be the Grand Marshal in the 2016 Tartan Day Parade which will take place on Saturday, April 9th. We will be there supporting him and celebrating on 6th Avenue. The fitting went very well and Stewart Christie will be hand delivering the 3pc bespoke tweed suit which he selected carefully for a premiere and press tour of Outlander in NYC. We look forward to sharing his profile and seeing him looking dapper on the red carpet. Sam Heughan is seen here wearing The SC Great Coat // Hand-tailored by our master tailor in our very own atelier, and the first of many historic Stewart Christie patterns we are bringing back to life.
With its fitted bodice and full skirt, Jolie’s dress, designed by Atelier Versace master tailor Luigi Massi, looks every inch the traditional bridal gown – from the front. The back tells a different story: that of the family’s adventure-filled life, as drawn by the couple’s six children and hand-sewn into the gown and veil. Close to Jolie for years, “I have watched the children grow up, and I loved creating with their drawings,” Massi tells People.
Is there a story behind your blog name? I'd love to hear it if you're willing to share!
There is, sort of! ‘Rock of eye’ is a couture tailoring term, which describes the process of constructing a totally custom suit, with measurements only being made by the eye of a master tailor who essentially drapes fabric and cuts it to suit on the to-be suit wearer. It is a totally personal suit–no one else could wear it well, as it is cut specifically to the person wearing it–and it can only be made by a tailor with basically a supernatural sense of how fabric moves and hangs.
I chose this because I have spiritually been built that way by all my spirits–made and constructed totally to their specifications and their knowledge of me.
Dear Dirnelli. Danish blogger Torsten Grunwald and his site Sartorial Notes has several interesting, longer articles in English with pics on master tailor Francesco Guida from Florence. All I know is that Guida used to be head cutter at Liverano. And that his style seems to be very "florentic" with e.g. low side pockets and more stile inglese i terms of both fabric choices and structure than more southern based Italian tailors. Check out Torstens site - it's quite good! Best wishes, Arnie.
Tailor CAID is Yamamoto-san, a master tailor based in Tokyo, who specializes in American Ivy Style (think Mad Men) but is also very capable of other styles. He is a bespoke tailor in the truest sense of the word, tweaking every detail specifically for each individual customer. He excels in creating drape in the chest of his garments, bringing every jacket to life.
I shot some photos to illustrate the gamut of what Yamamoto-san can do:
On the left, an American Ivy Style three button suit. It features a slim lapel, straight, cutaway quarters and a soft shoulder. It has no darts in the body, making the silhouette This particular suit was made in a royal blue herringbone. This suit is designed for business use, eschewing sporty details, such as swelled edges at the lapel, and keeping it simple.
Second from left, an American Ivy Style three button suit but made-up in a much sportier cloth and with details to match. The cloth is a very textured grey herringbone tweed. The lapels, while the same size as the business suit from earlier, have swelled edges and the pockets are done as patches with flaps. The suit is great for everyday use and the jacket and vest can be split off for use on their own in more casual outfits with denim or odd trousers.
In the center, a 30’s style peak lapelled suit. It has wide, straight lapels with a large collar. The chest is draped and there are darts in the body, giving a very defined silhouette. The cloth is a medium weight wool mohair in navy. It is a perfect suit for occasions and events.
Second from the right, is another 30’s style, known as the “paddock jacket”, later popularized by John F Kennedy. Paddock jackets are two button jackets with both buttons designed to be buttoned at the same time, rather than the commonly seen middle button only configuration. The cloth is an unusual design, a country pattern but in cooler, city colours.
All the way to the right is a suit in the same configuration as the grey herringbone tweed but in an aubergine wool/cashmere mix. The jacket was done as a typical sport jacket, with swelled edges and patch with flap pockets. The jacket alone could be worn very beautifully with grey flannel trousers. Not the most practical suit in the world, but certainly unusual and beautiful in its own way, as you’d expect from bespoke!
Tailor CAID’s overcoat is distinctive as well, based on the box coat from the 50’s. It features distinctive details such as swelled edges, a forward-set ticket pocket and turnback cuffs. The length extends to below the knee. It is a dramatic coat, beautiful in motion. It works well as a casual coat in heavy tweeds as pictured or it could be a serious workhorse in navy wool herringbone.
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