Camoshita United Arrows AW14 Pitti Preview
Yasuto Kamoshita is, simply put, one of the most stylish individuals around. With a background in architecture and a refined aesthetic sense, heavily influenced by the strong Ivy League movement lived in Japan during the 1960s, his creations embody a modern Japanese dandyism. As creative director of United Arrows, this unique blend of Japanese and American styles results in outstanding collections, marked by beautifully tailored garments and exquisite use of fabrics, patterns and textures.
The AW14 collection maintains the line of thought, delivering a modern take on classic essentials through small tweaks and attention to detail. While the Ivy League and European tailoring references are still at its core, the Japanese will to evolve and elevate things to a new level is visible in each piece. An extensive (and for some, unusual) color palette is paired with a variety of textures, print and patterns, portraying classic elegance with unique panache: bold stripes, diamonds and polka dots come to life in topcoats, suits, blazers and shirts, adding a refreshing twist on these menswear essentials. All perfectly complemented by an array of luxurious accessories such as the paisley silk scarfs of which I’m an unconditional fan.
Ph: Beyond Fabric
"In the late 1800’s, a Scottish weaver created a series of fabrics in a limited edition for the world’s four most prominent universities: Harvard, Yale, Cambridge and Oxford. As a whole, the series of fabrics was quickly forgotten—only Oxford found a place in the modern closet. Similar to poplin, Oxford is based on a plain weave, though it uses double threads in both weave directions for a more distinct texture"
- Eton Shirts on Oxford Cloth.
Woolrich x Topo Designs Accessories Collection
ts(s) AW13 Lookbook
Undoubtedly one of the most talented families I’ve seen so far, there’s something unique about the Suzukis. Brothers Takuji (ts(s)) and Daiki (Engineered Garments), have been constantly delivering refreshing takes each collection. This lookbook however, focus solely on ts(s)’s AW collection and its unique use of outstanding fabrics, pattern mixing, plays on length and perfect layering.
Massimo Dutti June Lookbook
Back from Première Vision in Paris. Word of advice: don’t touch a 300 2-ply cotton fabric - your regular shirts will seem worthless…
Ermenegildo Zegna Fabrics SS11
Last week, while I was at Gentleman getting my herringbone overcoat measured for tailoring (expect a post once I pick it up), they were kind enough to let me go through the new SS11 Zegna Cloth Catalogue.
Zegna fabrics are known for their quality and elegance, assuming a leading role as the choice of excellence for tailors worldwide, when it comes to made to measure or bespoke garments. Their array of options is suited to cater to your every need, presenting fabrics for every occasion, all of which bear the brand’s renowned quality.
Whenever I get the chance to see and feel these types of fabrics, I get overwhelmed with ideas and enthusiasm…the turning of each page is accompanied by a constant brainstorming of potential garments in the making. I easily get sucked into that sartorial universe, becoming completely immersed in the variety of shades, patterns and textures, only to be brought back to reality when the answer to my inevitable question is given: - “a blazer will cost you around 1000€, suits start at 1500€”…