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
Ralph Lauren Purple Label
Officine Generale SS14 Collection
PG - Blogging My City #4
It was hard to choose from the variety of emblematic places Porto has to offer, but taking into account it was recently listed in an international ranking of “Streets to Visit”, I had to go with the charismatic Ribeira.
This eclectic area, bathed by the Douro River, is one of the most iconic places you can visit during your stay. Overlooking the (Porto) wine cellars on the other side, while portraying a unique view of two of the most renowned bridges that cross the city, it’s definitely a sight to behold. Its beauty is only surpassed by the overall atmosphere that permeates the space, with locals and tourists turning the street into an unmatched multicultural, bohemian rendezvous. From the scattered market stands, to the groups of people sitting by the riverside and the constant flow of sightseeing and traditional boats sailing the river, it’s hard not to be dazzled.
It’s nice to remember that although shorts play a crucial role during the season, Summery attires don’t necessarily need to be sloppy or overly relaxed. Simplicity can still look good in a pair of cuffed, tailored shorts, sitting perfectly above the knee, when matched with a classic white tee and double breasted knit blazer. It’s just right to exude a balanced and polished ensemble that will make you look good on (almost) any casual occasion.
Details: double breasted knitted blazer, white crew neck tee, striped cuffed shorts, suede boat shoes and canvas holdall by Purificacion Garcia.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Add-On ties now live at the store! Presenting a 7cm width and made from soft cotton and oxford fabric, the ties come in two unique versions: a variation on the timeless blackwatch plaid and a beautiful striped pattern. Check them here!
Along with the previous deliveries of pocket squares and the upcoming handmade bowties, Add-on offers a wide range of menswear accessories perfect for all styles and a great alternative for ‘Xmas.