One of the finest blazers we’ve seen for the fall comes from Isaia. Dubbed the Doubleface “Aqua Cashmere” blazer, this two-button masterpiece is “exquisitely tailored in the Italian tradition” and has all the proper detailings we’ve come to expect from the Neapolitan master.
Michael Williams over at ACL has been dropping Italian gem after gem as of late. Here, he gives us a preview of what to expect from Napoli’s Salvatore Piccolo and the designer’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Piccolo’s known for making hand made shirts for an impressive clientele across Europe, the U.S. and Japan, but he also makes a small collection of OTR shirts and ties in his factory in Napoli.
Gucci has this leather shirt case that we’re really digging. It’s one of those accessories you thought you didn’t need until you came across it, but now you won’t be able to travel without one. It’s designed to keep your shirts in order and ready to go and will be perfect for your next weekend getaway where luggage space is limited. It measures in at 10″ x 15″, so it’s definitely as portable as it is refined.
MW drops the third installment in ACL’s Made in Italy Tour, this time giving us a look inside the workspace of Isaia located on the outskirts of Napoli. Isaia is a family-run business as it was founded in 1957 by Enrico Isaia and is now helmed by the designer’s grandson Gianluca Isaia. The majority of folks that work in production are second or third generation tailors, with the craft being in their blood. As for the factory, it’s a two-story building that’s “tucked away in an unmarked alley with a large gate.”
This tote bag from Maison Martin Margiela is part of the label’s autumn/winter pre-collection and features a soft tan leather shell that’s textured and supple. The simplistic design is what actually sets the bag apart. The two carry handles, front pocket and signature Margiela quad stitch pattern in white give us more reason to grab this bag before our next trip. The inside features a few handy pockets in several sizes as well as a zipped pocket.
Michael over at A Continuous Lean has started a new segment titled “The ACL Made in Italy Tour” and the first piece covers the Gucci loafer, one of the most iconic shoes known to man. MW goes to the outskirts of Florence to the factory where it all takes place, giving us a look into the loafer-making process. The inside is opposite of what you’d expect and Michael puts it best — “It is the perfect marriage of technology and traditional craft with a seasoned group of shoemakers, sewers and cutters all under one roof.” The tools are old school but the space is so well-organized and the process, well, it’s as efficient as can be for a shoe so timeless.
Head over to ACL to read the full story.
One of the first questions ask is, “What piece would you say is a must this spring/summer?” Without a doubt every guy should have at least one pair of colorful trousers. Howard Yount utterly dominates this category with their Garment Dyed Cotton Gabardine trousers. Made in Italy, they have a slim straight fit and come in a range of colors with great details. Cop a pair… or two… or three.
For S/S 2011, Eties drops an array of silk knots for double cuffed shirts. It’s an easy way to add some colour to a formal outfit and the knots can easily be mixed and matched to set the tone. Eties cufflinks are made by braided silk. The best part about Eties aside from the great styles and offerings across all their categories would have to be the pricing. Their product is extremely affordable leaving you with very few other excuses not to give them a shot.
The fine folks over at Run of the Mill Shop have been working on an in-house label for quite sometime now and we’re finally getting a chance to see the spring offerings via LAS of Sartorially Inclined. The lineup, though slim, is extremely promising with a double monk strap shoe and two cutaway collar oxford shirts up for grabs.
The double monks are made in Northern Italy and feature a brown calkskin upper with silver rounded buckles. The cutaway oxford is American made and comes in both a blue and white version. This is only the beginning of what we hope to be a successful run for ROTM.
Run of the Mill S/S ‘ 11 is available for pre-order now through the ROTM site.
While at this year’s (capsule) show, we had the opportunity to check out Diemme’s Fall 2011 collection and have to say it’s really something spectacular. This past winter was more of a soft launch the Italian brand told us, but with the amount of press coverage they received, you’d think otherwise. Well, expect next winter’s lineup to pack more punch and a more robust collection. Diemme will be dropping a line of sneakers to compliment their iconic hiker boots. Furthermore, the hiker boot styles have received some welcomed adjustments but the craftsmanship and detail isn’t lost.