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A Big Vote For Isaia and Miscellany


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Nov 27, 2020
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I've always been a fan of Isaia, maybe because their standard "Base S" fits me like bespoke, maybe because they're usually a lot cheaper than their Neapolitan cousins. Even Gianluca, the red-headed stepchild of the brand which is usually sneered at on this forum, offers beautiful fabrics and cut for an everyday price and has a place in my heart.

I recently scored big with a mint condition cashmere-and-silk blazer from TheRealReal for $95. Can't beat that. Still, it needed some minor alterations so I took it to my guy—Mike of Mike's Dry Cleaners on Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn. I don't need to tell the denizens of this forum about the importance of a good alterations tailor and Mike earns the nickname "Maestro" every time I see him.

The sleeves had to be shortened and the jacket came with surgeon's cuffs, a point omitted by information-scarce TRR. God knows that I love surgeon's cuffs and love leaving the last button undone and I used to run towards anything that came with them but I've learned that, when buying second-hand, one needs to run the other away. If they're not installed for you at the start, they're nothing but a pain in the neck.

Anyway, Mike gave the jacket back to me earlier today, buttons no longer functioning. But having been inside the blazer, he made a point of saying, "That's a nice sport coat." And when Mike talks tailoring, I listen.


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May 10, 2005
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I gave up in Isaia when they moved on from the Sirio/Stuart models
from more than a decade ago. The original Base S fit well enough
but then it became shorter and tighter, more appropriate for a
slighter build than I have.

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