In a joint effort to help the victims of the recent Japanese earthquake, Italian masters Boglioli and Japanese brand Kolor are collaborating on a superb, limited and exclusive jacket. Only 600 pieces will be available worldwide and part of the profits will be donated to Save the Children Japan. The jacket itself is a perfect blend of both brands, taking Kolor’s short, snugg cut and Boglioli’s exquisite fabrics and craftsmanship. Soon available at Por Vocação and other select stores worldwide.
A flowering trend…
Although I’ve mentioned florals before, I still hadn’t had the chance to fully address this much hyped pattern. Every other day, some new garment or accessory makes its way into the spotlight simply by sporting this nature inspired print. The sheer fact that its popularity is growing, while struggling with social, cultural and gender-based ill-formed preconceptions, is not only proof that men are more conscious about their style but that this pattern is a resilient one. As with all bold prints, the chances of getting it wrong are proportional to the risks you’re willing to take.
Whereas concepts such as scale, fit, proportion and color matching should be ever present on your attire, when going for more ambitious combinations they become a necessity. For me, the most crucial aspect to successfully pull it off is coordinating the scale of the pattern with that of the item itself, bearing in mind that larger items are harder to work with. When in doubt start by incorporating small notes such as scarves, pocket squares or ties and slowly work your way up the chain.
This shirt by Paul Smith was the result of an impulsive purchase a few years back, which remained stored away in my wardrobe for quite a while…now, it’s one of my Summer statement pieces. Besides the outstanding color scheme, I love its versatility which allows for interesting casual looks as well as adding a twist to more classic ones. Here I went for a relaxed, put together look aimed at toning things down by making use of pieces in complementing solid colors.
Organic cotton floral print dress shirt by Paul Smith, purple organic cotton crewneck tee by H&M, slate creased trousers by Boglioli, brown crepe sole boat shoes by Buttero, watch by Gucci, silver string by Goti (hidden).
Boglioli spread collar shirts
When you hear the name “Boglioli” you immediately come up with an image in your mind of exquisitely tailored unstructured sports jackets: indeed, that’s their trademark. However, this often overlooked Italian label cannot, by any means, be summed up by jackets alone. I’ve been following their collections for quite some time now, and truth be told, the amazing craftsmanship, cut and fabrics are carried on to every item they produce.
For me, one of the pieces that definitely deserves some attention is their spread collar shirts, especially those of Spring/Summer collections. Usually made of a blend of cotton and linen, and combining some interesting plays on pattern and color, along with quality details, these make for the perfect Summer shirt: lightweight, breathable and exuding that rugged Italian feel.
Boglioli: S/S 2011 Lookbook
When it comes to sports jackets and blazers, it doesn’t get much better than Boglioli. This Italian brand produces some of the world’s finest unstructured dyed jackets, with supreme materials and fit, setting the standard for luxury brands worldwide.
For their upcoming Spring/Summer collection, the merging of outstanding craftsmanship with lighter, more breathable fabrics, such as cotton and linen, comes to life in an array of lighter shades and patterns. Despite the exquisite suits displayed, I must say that the pieces that constantly win me over are the signature unstructured cotton blazers: although at first you might find them a bit relaxed and casual, it isn’t until you try them on that you truly appreciate the tailoring tradition and begin to see them as works of art. An interesting aspect is that despite the fact that Boglioli’s signature is the 3 button blazer, which to some might feel dated, the perfect construction allows for the rolling of the lapel, thus portraying a 2 button semblance.
A word of advice: once you’ve tried one of these on, chances are that you won’t be able to go back to the others hanging in your wardrobe. Try them at your own risk!