Labels? Stitching? What for?
Portuguese brand AGVA is now on the process of developing some exquisite seamless pants. My friend Álvaro the brand’s founder, was kind enough to send me this short video showing the laser engraving on the waistband…
Brand Feature: Agva
A couple of days ago I was contacted by my friend Álvaro, founder of portuguese bespoke menswear brand Agva, to check a few of his recent pieces before he delivered them to clients. Bet on creating unique items according to the client’s specifications, nothing is overlooked during the manufacturing process which takes place entirely in Portugal. Having nothing short of perfection in mind, their offerings range from shirts to full suits and even shoes. The final pieces I had access to included several shirt models and a 2 button blazer with an outstanding attention to detail. Here’s one of my favourites, more to come…
Houndstooth widespread collar shirt with french cuffs and mother of pearl buttons
n.d.c. Pablo suede espadrilles
Originally resulting from a combined handcraft effort of both men and women in the 19th century, this unique French variant of the slip on has recently become one of the most sought alternatives for men’s Summer footwear. Usually consisting of a braided natural fiber jute sole and canvas uppers, espadrilles are perfect for hot Summer days, allowing your feet to breathe and adding a stylish vibe to your attire.
Nowadays, besides the traditional models, you’ll be able to find more refined ones, with rubber/leather additions to the rope sole and a variety of materials for the uppers. Although the essence of the espadrille itself remains intact, the use of higher quality materials allows for a longer life span and a sleeker look than the originals; the downside? Instead of a 20€-30€ price tag, you’ll be looking at something in the 100€-200€ range.
I guess it all comes down to what you’re looking for…I was after a model which would stand out amongst the crowd of cloned offerings out there, and as such, was willing to spend a tad more. These n.d.c.’s feature super soft greyish brown suede uppers, leather stitched soles and the characteristic rope layer; to top it off, they’re made right here in Portugal.
I’ll be wearing the s**t out of these this Summer…
Photographed @ Praia da Luz, Porto, Portugal.