Camoshita SS15 Pitti Preview
Yet another outstanding selection from one of my favourite designers and style inspirations. Yasuto Kamoshita keeps on delivering perfectly balanced collections that combine tailored and casual elements with unique sophistication. A representation of his personal style, the collection merges a variety of influences that translate into a brilliant mix of colours, patterns, textures and luxurious fabrics. Apart from the inherent visual appeal, the pieces on display just screamed to be experienced in person: bouclé effects, open weave knits, seersucker suits and blazers, lightweight cottons or brushed jerseys create a distinct universe where even the simplest of garments is on another level.
Ph: Beyond Fabric
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Brand Review: Tailor4Less
For a blogger who is passionate about menswear and delves deep into its universe on a daily basis, it’s surprisingly difficult not to get carried away with brands and garments that embody my aspirational style. While I try to present an extensive selection suitable for all wallets, I must admit that most personal favourites are way out of my budget: be them bespoke suits or pieces from top tier brands. Although my predisposition to spend on clothing is (way?) above average, my purchases are carefully chosen, taking into account all the variables in the equation. That being said, this time around I’m reviewing a brand for all those who don’t want to go bankrupt in the process of updating their wardrobe.
Founded in 2008, Tailor4less has established itself as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to affordable, customizable garments. Its website presents a wide selection of custom made garments, including shirts, trousers, suits, blazers and coats. Recently I got a chance to order one of their blazers and fully customize it to my liking and body measurements. The ordering process is quite intuitive, giving you the option to customize a model from scratch or tweak an existing one: everything from style (single, double breasted or nehru), fit, pockets, buttons, vents, lapels, linings or embroidery can be adjusted accordingly. Following model choices, you are presented with a variety of fabrics to choose from and although technical specs can be found, my experience recommends that you order samples prior to completing your order so there are no surprises there. Finally, you move on to body measurements which can be estimated according to a surprisingly accurate algorithm, or introduced manually; needless to say that optimum results are achieved by measuring each required parameter.
For my blazer I opted for something different. A 6x2 double breasted version in aubergine, featuring peak lapels, patch pockets, kissing buttons and paisley lining with my initials embroidered. A rarely seen shade, aubergine portrays a subdued elegance which pairs as beautifully with classic navy or charcoal as with contrasting colors such as white, camel or light grey. Even with several additional options, the final price was 160€ and shipping was free using DHL. The quality and fit are similar to ready to wear alternatives retailing for about double the price, which is quite impressive for this price point. By dressing it up and accessorizing in the right way, the blazer immediately shows its full potential. However, you get what you pay for: the lower price tag of made in China comes at a cost which is more noticeable when you examine details such as stitching and buttonholes or actual construction.
Overall, I find Tailor4less to be a great alternative for everyone looking for affordable custom made garments, either as means to express their creative side or because their body type isn’t suited to off-the-rack clothing. The hard to match price tag, nice fit and decent quality, make it a valid option for all those on a tight budget.
Details: double breasted blazer by Tailor4less, cardigan by H&M, mto spread collar shirt by RCC Premium Shirtmakers, white denim by Purificacion Garcia, limited edition Buttero x Por Vocação suede derby shoes, shades by Linda Farrow Luxe, polka dot tie by Vicri, pocket square by Lobo Marinho and watch by Rolex.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Ph: Filipa Alves
AIGLE AW14 Lookbook
AIGLE is a perfect example of how a brand can adapt its timeless designs to an updated feel. I remember it back when I was 16, mostly for its lightweight waterproof parkas, but its continuous evolution elevated it to a much more versatile and refined label. Inspired by the woody outdoors, the collection presents a variety of garments in beautiful mineral and earthy tones, along with great use of pattern and textures.
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