Mr. Hare SS14 Pitti Preview
Maintaining the outstanding quality and balance between classic and fresh, Mr. Hare’s collection featured several must-haves. That right wing in a beautiful cognac brown showcased pretty much all my favourite essentials (I favour brown anytime), while on the left, a variety of summer staples such as espadrilles and driving loafers brightened the mood in neon green, blue and yellow shades. Other models included two-toned derbies, bucks, loafers and monks in a subtle off-whitish shade, perfectly in tune with the seasonal color palette. On top of the sheer beauty and attention to detail, there’s always a small reflection of its founder’s personality in each of these shoes, as I could attest after going through the collection with Mr. Marc Hare himself. Definitely one of the most charismatic designers I’ve met to date, it’s hard not to be influenced by his overall good mood, wit and humour; plus, he’s passionate about Portugal as well so what’s there not to like?
Ph: Beyond Fabric @ Pitti Uomo
WIW Firenze Day 3
Although I packed light, knowing in advance the temperatures are unforgiving in Firenze, I couldn’t resist throwing a suit in the mix. After screening through my wardrobe, the obvious choice became this unstructured cotton/linen version by Boglioli, which has been in heavy rotation as of lately. However, the focus here is the bespoke shirt, a model of my own creation: inspired by a japanese aesthetic, I aimed to introduce added versatility to a piece which is otherwise static. The unique placket is fastened using silk knots which can be changed according to your mood or to match a particular element of your attire. The extra length allows for interesting layering, while the tunic-like nature is complemented by side pockets and mao collar.
Details: cotton/linen 2 piece suit by Boglioli, bespoke silk knot shirt, suede espadrilles by n.d.c., wayfarers by Ray-Ban, pocket square by Add-On and watch by Daniel Wellington.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
n.d.c. SS13 Collection
Farewell sunny days
While Winter has finally caught up with us, the atypical seasonal weather still allowed me to sport one of my favourite looks. As I mentioned earlier, wearing a blazer in hot weather calls for the right choice of fabric. This herringbone linen blazer from Gentleman Tailors in a brownish shade with slight hints of blue is definitely one of this year’s winners: lightweight, breathable and perfectly tailored to my liking, it’s full of small outstanding details such as two toned functional cuff buttons, patch pockets and paisley inner lining for added flare. It’s a perfect match for the navy/wine check short sleeve button down, which adds depth and pattern to the look. White jeans balance the whole outfit out and look great with the greyish suede espadrilles. Accessories add the final touch through the silk pocket square capturing the shirt’s essence, braided leather belt and timeless watch.
Combining some of my best last season purchases, it exudes a sophisticated nonchalance, perfectly in tune with that relaxed summery vibe.
Herringbone linen blazer by Gentleman, checked shirt by Our Legacy, jeans by Massimo Dutti, suede espadrilles by n.d.c., sunglasses by Rayban (aviators), silver string by Goti, pocket square (vintage), belt (vintage), bracelet (street vendor) and watch by Baume and Mercier (Classima Executive)
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.