Drake’s AW14 New Arrivals
With Winter collections making their way into retailers, it’s time to start browsing your wardrobe for lacking essentials. With (hopefully) still a couple of sunny months in store, the best approach is likely to invest in transitional pieces, starting with accessories. Adapting them to seasonal patterns and fabrics is a perfect way to amp your game, and Drake’s knows it. Their latest offerings in shantung, wool, mohair and cashmere are now live at Exquisite Trimmings.
Wooster + Lardini Collection
One of the most hyped events taking place during the latest edition of Pitti Uomo, was undoubtedly the debut of the Wooster + Lardini collaboration. Held on the amazing terrace of the Pitti Immagine Foundation, the presentation gathered some of the most renowned bloggers, magazines and fashion personalities, all thriving with anticipation to witness first hand what Wooster had in store for them.
After a brief presentation from the Lardini family, expressing their desire to deliver an updated, innovative take on the sartorial universe they are renowned for, Wooster quickly broke the ice with his trademark sense of humor. Blending his creative vision with the quality craftsmanship of the Italian brand, the collection was brought to life in a matter of weeks through a fluid brainstorm of concepts that were brilliantly executed.
Making the most of Lardini’s exceptional tailoring skills and research in manufacturing processes and garment treatments, the collaboration is exactly what one would expect from Wooster’s influence - a rugged, irreverent take on the sartorial universe, slightly hinting at imperfection. From color block and prints, up to tailored shorts and crinkled effects achieved through “unfinished” garment dye techniques, this refreshing approach definitely sets a new standard for Lardini. The subdued color palette of navy, grey, army green and khaki, further reinforces the balance of the classic/modern dichotomy.
Onfront SS14 Neckwear Collection
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.
The Hill-Side AW13 Lookbook - “Twelve Brooklyn Apartments”
Unionmade x Gitman x Liberty London Capsule Collection
An outstanding collaboration resulting in a variety of shirts and accessories, portraying unique floral prints over indigo chambray fabrics
Bespoke Excellence - Biagio Santo
Although not as prone to change as its counterpart, menswear has also experienced its share of cyclical trends, coming and going as both society and designers saw fit. Throughout the years, garments and accessories rotated in and out of the men’s fashion scene, with recent years seeking strong inspiration in early menswear influences, namely through the comeback of accessories. However, during this period, a handful of staple pieces prevailed, only to become menswear essentials in their own right. Among those, few carry such a timeless and quintessential connection to gentlemanliness as the tie.
I recently came in touch with Mr. Leo Faggiano: entrepreneur, artist, traveler, stylist… a man with a rich and unique background in the fashion business. Having studied arts in Rome and London, Leo then moved on to work with André Laug, one of the most renowned designers at the time, granting him the opportunity to travel the world and meet some of fashion’s most influential people.
Nowadays, he’s manager at one of the oldest and most exquisite bespoke tie manufacturers in Europe: Biagio Santo. Founded in Salento, Southern Italy, Biagio Santo brings to life the unique beauty and craftsmanship of traditional tailoring, acquired through a lifetime of dedication and passion for the art. The sartorial skills and techniques are now applied to a variety of luxurious neckwear and pocket squares, entirely handcrafted according to customer’s specifications. Their offerings include a wide array of available fabrics to choose from, including an exclusive vintage library and they are able to craft every model you can think of: 3 fold, 6 fold, 7 fold, unlined, the works. Crafted by an experienced team of tailors and seamstresses, each specialized in a particular step of the manufacturing process, every item is unique and embodies the brand’s values of perfection and excellence.
Drake’s London SS14 Pitti Preview
It’s a fact that Drake’s range of accessories hardly ever disappoints and this time was no exception. The welcoming stand filled with warm lightning and that quintessential regal British feel, featured a healthy dose of bright colors, bold patterns and interesting textures. By now, you all know the quality and variety behind Drake’s offerings, so there’s little more to be said…nonetheless, it’s great to see how they seem to strike the perfect balance between classic and updated pieces, ensuring that in this unique mix you are bound to find something to your liking.