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A(LeFrude)E: One part Lanvin, two parts LL Bean, and a dash of Issey Miyake for flavor The best part of a show like Pitti Uomo are the complete surprises: brands one sees for the first time that give a refreshing take on something classic, or a unique vision assembling familiar materials in a new way. One such surprise for me was A(LeFrude)E (pronounced “ah-le-froo-duh”), a Japanese brand designed in Tokyo by Daisuke Sano. Looking at his FW13 collection, I saw...
How long have you had the coat/where did you get it? The tough thing about Ferre is that dating a piece is made difficult by tons of diffusion lines, changing suit labels/production, etc. This one is tagged "Studio," which hasn't been in production for quite a while. It was one of the better diffusion lines, but still marks the jacket as being fairly vintage (1990's?) There has been a lot of unsold vintage deadstock from these lines distributed out there... most...
Thanks for this link! Aside from the slightly frightening model wearing the stuff, it does a good job of showing the fit and the relatively accessible pricepoints. BUT, they definitely are the kind of garments most appreciated in person; if I simply saw them on a model I'd be unimpressed. Seeing (and touching) them in person, I quickly became a fan.
Yes, I think they do; look at the second pic (with the model in the red coat); you'll see the shoulder strap hanging down.
Unfortunately I don't have a stockist list, at least not yet (probably closer to FW13 being in stores such a list will get distributed)The brand itself is Spanish, but I'm not 100% sure that everything is made there. In any case, for the price, I found it good quality and well designed.
FW13: Yuketen Messenger Bags Yuketen designer Yuki Matsuda is especially proud of his leather bags for Fall/Winter 2013. Made in Italy and fashioned after the famous US mail bags of the past, he’s also added the small details that have made Yuketen a go-to brand for fans of artisanal, quality, unique products. I was able to talk to Yuki and handle the bags in person in Florence. What I like: those who have read the Manbag threads know that I like a simplicity of...
Florentino Etro meets Junya at a Hugo Boss Pricepoint: What's not to like? If you start with a budget of $25,000, it’s fairly easy to look great. You go to the store or tailor of your choice, tell him what you want, and trust that he will provide you with the best of whatever is on offer. A man wearing a Caraceni suit with Scafora shoes, H&K shirt, and all the rest should hardly be surprised when he receives compliments. If you have only $1500, however, the dynamic...
Fragrance Match-up: Lorenzo Villoresi and Torre of Tuscany Pitti 83 wasn’t just about clothes or shoes, but also a wide range of premium accessories ranging from shaving goods to cookies to socks. Two of my favorite parfumeries featured were Lorenzo Villoresi and Torre of Tuscany. The context: The premium fragrance market, like the premium denim market of a decade ago, is supersaturated almost the point of incomprehensibility. A dedicated fragrance fan could sniff a...
Prof Fab doesn't wait in line! (haha) He walks over and spritzes himself. After nearly 400 bottles of sniffery, he doesn't like to listen to an annoying sales pitch the associate picked up in the 20 minutes sales training seminar. Good question. Short answer is that I'm not an expert in shoe construction, details, and technical stuff. SO, I'm going by what he told me and showed me. Basically, he went in and reworked the entire construction on the inside (meaning not...
One of my favorites at Pitti 83 was Barena Venezia: FW13 is a great collection of staples in wonderful fabrics, textures, and great seasonal colors. Like many of my favorites from Pitti, it’s not one that will stop traffic from a mile away, but something you have to try on and grow with over several seasons. The story: The waters around the small Venetian town of Barena recede during low tide, and the local fisherman sail in special flatboats to collect the fish, shells,...
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