The Seersucker Suit
Although this year Summer has been shy, at least here in Porto, I didn’t want to let the opportunity go by to highlight one of the most iconic and timeless summer fabrics: Seersucker. Originating from India and brought to Europe back in the 18th century, seersucker features a unique puckered texture that translated to a crinkled effect fabric. This effect is permanent and achieved by uneven amounts of tension on different warp yarns. Most commonly found in a blue and white striped pattern (as the one depicted here), the actual range of shades is much wider, including pink, green, yellow, red, etc. The one constant element is that one of the stripes is always white.
After a recent visit to Gentleman, one of my go-to local stores whose garments I’ve highlighted several times in the past, we decided to go with a double breasted version of the classic seersucker suit. When bespoke is not a mandatory requirement, Made-to-Measure is the perfect alternative…The semi-industrial line provided by Gentleman allowed me to tweak just enough details to my liking and end up with a “unique” suit. This is a perfect example to dispel the myth that a MTM suit can’t portray special features and outstanding quality: from additional inner pockets for cigars, to lapel width, grey mother-of-pearl buttons or invisible inner lining slots on the patch pockets to conceal what you’re carrying, everything was customized to my taste.
Here I went with a more traditional, prep-inspired aesthetic, playing with white and blue for added visual contrast, portrayed by the club tie, fedora, pocket square and navy suede loafers.
Details: MTM double breasted seersucker suit and club tie by Gentleman Tailors, Giza 87 slim fit tab collar shirt by Emmett London, blue suede loafers by Buttero, fedora by Borsalino, shades by Linda Farrow Luxe and pocket square by Add-On.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Horse Cycles x Kaufmann Mercantile Fixed Wheel
Atelier de L’Armée x Smog Bicyclettes
An amazing collaboration between the Amsterdam based bag specialists and Paris Smog Bicyclettes. The result is a superb custom designed fixed gear bike, featuring a camo frame, wooden handlebar and leather Brooks saddle. It also comes with an exclusive Atelier de L’Armée backpack and roll kit, both made from a 1950’s French army duffle bag and dead stock cowhide leather.
My brother and friends just finished their first custom fixie, have a look!
The first fixie coming out of DwC’s workshop is ready and waiting for the online store.
Our bicycles are build with refurbished steel frames and fitted with a mix of new, used and vintage old stock components.
A new ride
One of the most discussed topics of the past years has been global warming and the contribution of C02 emissions to that effect. This concern has led to worldwide innovations in several fields, aiming to deliver more environmentally friendly products, preferably described as sustainable for added projection in the market.
The transportation industry as a major player when it comes to carbon dioxide emissions’ rankings, was greatly affected. On this note there’s much each of us can do to change the paradigm, be it opting for public transportation, starting a car pool or embracing hybrids. Despite all the recent additions and innovations to the vehicle stock (Segway comes to mind), I’d like to focus on one of the oldest, and still to this day, most beloved of all: the bicycle.
The number one choice for millions of people worldwide, it has become a part of the urban landscape for cities such as London, Milan, Tokyo or Paris. Granted, it’s not for everyone, especially if you live in a place with uneven topography, but other than that you should consider the option. It’s a win-win deal: cheaper, greener, healthier and, let’s face it, more stylish (depending on your ride of course). Remember Scott Schuman’s and Tommy Ton’s pictures of dapper Italian men perfectly suited up, riding their bikes in such rakish ways?
I’ll leave you with my brother’s ride, along with some of those pictures to get you inspired…
My brother’s fixed wheel bike from back when he lived in London.
Photos by The Sartorialist