From the editor:

Twice a year, carnage descends on Florence. Pitti Uomo, the largest gathering of pocket squares in the world, takes place in the heart of a city best known for its beautiful streets and extensive collections of paintings of naked religious figures. For four long days, the fashion cognoscenti stumble along the cobblestones, their vision obscured by alcohol and rampant bear growth. Pitti is a bit like Las Vegas - horrifying, debilitating, exhausting, and perversely enjoyable.

We’re there as you read this; a small crew of six in the middle of an angry sea. We hope you’ll come and join us in the Pitti Uomo threads, where we’ll be posting our daily progress as well as our rants and musings on everything from planes to puttanesca.

2014 was a big year for Styleforum. We’re fortunate to have the best community of menswear aficionados in - dare I say it - the whole world, and that means a constant stream of scintillating discussion, threads full of beautiful images, and the most knowledgable posters that you can imagine. On top of that, December’s Charity Auctions raised over fourteen thousand dollars for the Spokane branch of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Thank you to everyone who helped!

We’ve got tons of new ideas, new projects, and new goals for 2015 - this newsletter is only one small piece of the puzzle. For all of our dreaming, nothing is possible without you, dear members. Thank you for making 2014 such a wonderful year, and we hope that you’re looking forward to 2015 as much as we are.

Happy New Year, everyone - and stay warm out there.

- Jasper Lipton, Editor-in-Chief

The Pittilogues: Pitti Uomo 87

By Jasper Lipton

Have you ever wondered what madness feels like? What it tastes and smells like? I can tell you: a combination of jet-lag and a hangover, too much coffee and even more pasta, and two thousand sweating men wearing oceans of perfume to cover up their body-odor. The only way to survive the ocean is to give in to the tide.

Why Styleforum Matters
By Andrew Yamato

You can’t deny the power of the internet. As print media struggles to reinvent itself, more and more people are turning to online communities like Styleforum for fashion news, musings, and information. Andrew Yamato examines the role that Styleforum plays in shaping and reflecting our changing culture.

The Pleasures and Perils of the Long Coat
By Jasper Lipton

In Colorado, winter means cold temperatures and snowfall. If you want to stay warm without busting out the puffer, your best bet is a long coat. They come in many styles; some of which are more accessible than others. Jasper covers the ins and outs of looking like you might be a flasher.

Professor Fabulous Returns to the Closet
By Professor Fabulous

Pitti isn’t the only fashion fair that happens in January. Among the chaff that has consumed Paris, Milan, and Tokyo, there is nevertheless an occasional gem. Join Professor Fabulous as he peers into the depths of his bottomless closet and examines two of his favorite - and two of the most influential - menswear designers.

Styleforum Interviews Yasuto Kamoshita of United Arrows: a Japanese Take on Italian Style (Part 2)

By David Isle and Jasper Lipton

Back at June’s Pitti Uomo 86, David and Jasper sat down with the man in charge of Camoshita and failed to ask him where to find a jacket as cool as the one he’s wearing in this photo.

Sneakers for Boot-People
By Fok-yan Leung

At Pitti, you tend to spend a lot of time - ten hours plus (closer to twenty if you’re doing it right) - on your feet. Our beloved publisher, who hates walking, also loves sneakers - and it’s a love he wants to share with you.