A Tribute to 1ST PAT-RN
It’s interesting to evaluate how unwillingly and seamlessly, our individual style seems to mutate over time. During the last few months, I’ve found myself incorporating vests into my attires on a regular basis, a garment which, until now, was an occasional alternative. This progressive transition results not only from my growing awareness of the vest’s versatility, but mainly from just how much it has evolved in recent years. The reinterpretations of the more formal suit vest, have allowed for unique versions that can be worn by themselves as outstanding layering elements: this model from 1st PAT-RN is a perfect example and the main responsible for my newfound love…
A gift from Cristiano Berto and one of my most treasured pieces, this particular vest is unique in the world: a sample trial developed using “tinto in capo”, to achieve the uneven faded light blue shade and worn in effect. Resorting to their trademark knitted cavalry fabric and vintage military design, the vest features a super soft feel and unique tailored construction with raw jersey on the inner seams, and 4 pockets: two on the sides, a ticket pocket and a biased chest pocket. Here I paired it with a green oxford button down, beige cotton chinos and vintage loafers inherited from my father (these are over 10 years and still look perfect). The melange ecru/green knit tie and plaid pocket square pick up the shades of the other elements and give the look a more polished feel.
Details: exclusive knitted cavalry vest by 1st PAT-RN, oxford button down by Ralph Lauren, chinos by Acne, loafers by Tods, melange knit tie by CAMO, mto pocket square, vintage braided leather belt, watch by Gucci.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
A Rugged Feel
I’ve stressed before the importance of fabric and fit when it comes to adapting to seasonal climate. When the temperature rises there’s one essential I can’t do without: linen. Be it in shorts, trousers, shirts or suits, this organic fabric is one of the best, yet most underrated Summer staples. People often avoid linen due to its delicate nature which easily wrinkles and creases with use, but make no mistake, that’s the beauty of it. This lightweight and breathable fabric is not meant to look pristine, instead it conveys personality and even a sprezzy feel to its wearer, through those “I don’t give a damn” wrinkles. I’d been looking for a pair of slim fitting linen trousers in a darker shade than the usual white or ecru, until I came across this navy version from Zara. Although I only have a few select pieces from the Spanish retailer, the quality of its linen garments is outstanding for the price and well worth taking a look. A few alterations later (cropped and cuffed) and they’ve become one of my heaviest rotated pieces this season.
Details: pale yellow oxford button down shirt by Our Legacy, navy linen trousers by Zara, sunglasses by Linda Farrow Luxe, club tie by Gentleman, tie bar by Tie Rack, leather braided belt by Acne, watch by Rolex and bracelet by street vendor.
Model and Styling: Miguel Vieira
Photography: Rita Lino
Rome: 1st day
Deciding on what to pack for a week long getaway while fulfilling Ryanair’s cabin luggage requirements can prove to be a real pain in the ass. Faced with a miniature trolley and a 10kg weight limit, you better plan ahead: my selection was comprised of a knit cardigan, a couple of v-neck sweaters, oxford shirts, jeans and cargo pants, a camel peacoat, ties, sneakers, boat shoes and loafers. Carefully packed, I managed to get several different looks and still save some space for some “unexpected” shopping. The first day was also the hottest, so a simple combination of Levi’s with an oxford button down and sneakers did the trick. The military tucked regimental tie works perfectly with rolled up sleeves and the cotton shopper, besides light, was enough to carry around my belongings.
Details: pink candy striped oxford button down by Our Legacy, jeans by Levi’s (511 slim - tailored), dark green leather sneakers by Buttero, aviators by Ray-Ban, regimental silk tie by Ralph Lauren, cotton shopper by Driftwood Collective, vintage braided leather belt, bracelet by street vendor and watch by Gucci.
Shot @ Piazza del Popolo, Rome