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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by medtech_expat, Oct 31, 2010.
che piccola parola, "hot". Ed anche povera. (Grazie, Sig. Belragazzo)
che c'entra? non ho capito
I enjoyed my meeting with Mina, DIno and Marco today. I was supposed to pick up a navy suit and get fitted for my brown herringbone jacket.
The fit of the suit pants was amazing. These are easily the best fitting pants I've ever tried on (including better than my Ambrosi pants that I wore today to the appointment). The jacket looked great and Mina had made it longer than my last jacket as requested. The only problem was that the fit was tight as I raised my arms out in front. Mina tried some "tweaks" but it was decided that she would take it back with her to adjust it.
My herringbone jacket looked better than I imagined. I had asked her to make it "long and relaxed" like a country jacket. And, it was. My only disappointment is that I want it now! ......Oh well, it will be worth the wait.
Here is the back of the herringbone in brown and ivory
A close up of the fabric and the finalists for a coordinating tie.
Click on the photos for a larger image.
^ PSguy, is that herringbone from one of Mina's books? How heavy is it?
Yes, it was a book she brought along in July. Not sure of the weight. It has bulk but isn't heavy like a Harris Tweed. It is a wool and cashmere blend that feels like a cozy blanket.
When I selected this, I had in mind photos of Gary Cooper and Davis Niven in the 40's. They wore jackets made of thick, lofty fabric with larger scale herringbone or patterns. I imagined this to be something from that golden era of Hollywood or for hunting truffles in the country.
It looks good, I bet she said that in Naples, it would be used for an overcoat. I'll try to look it up, I like the big herring.
Great herringbone! I commissioned a similar jacket from the Sherry Kash book
When you guys commision your suits and jackets, do you strike them with a bottle of bubbly?
"I christen thee, 'Horse Blanket Victory!"
No, she didn't bring it up. But I was thinking that. Many older overcoats in the US had a larger scale herringbone, usually in charcoal. I was really smitten by the rich color (and it looks richer IRL. Think coffee bean brown and antique ivory/cream)
I had seen pics from the 40's using large scale HB on jackets. These larger scale patterns also remind me of vintage fabrics from the French countryside. Arny's Paris offers them as a fabric option on their architect jackets. To me it is a nice change from the standard small scale Harris tweed "Not that there is anything wrong with that "
Here are a few ties that Mina had on display.
More tie fabric samples.
Those ties on top are sick.
NSM jacket, pants, Hamilton shirt, wool tie from some place in Florence.
I off to Napoli for New Years.
Anyone have recommendations of any shops I have to visit?
Meant to post this earlier:
I was in London last month and wore my NSM coat while visiting one of the largest SR names for a fitting. The cutter was very impressed, astonished even, by the quality of NSM's construction. He freely admitted that handstitching of that extent and quality was unavailable on Savile Row. Understandbly, while he liked the fit, the styling was not to his taste ("our friends at Andersons would perhaps appreciate it more"). And he nearly keeled over when I told him the price.
So for those of you are sitting on the sidelines, don't let concerns on the quality of construction hold you back.
I hope you went with 6811.
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