"Tropical Wool." The whole idea boggles the mind of those new to the world of fine menswear. An oxymoron, surely? Customers come to us with only one thing that they are certain of: They do not want wool suits. No one would recommend a wool suit for a wedding in July in the deep South, would they?
Seersucker is a wonderful material. Stripes are woven into the fabric and then the fabric is washed. Some of the stripes shrink and some do not, creating a puckered pattern. Seersucker is generally made from cotton and is the ideal summer fabric that breathes well and is a bit more relaxed. Wear a seersucker suit […]
This in a linen suit that stands out in the crowd. Think 007 arriving late for a semi-formal luncheon. . . by parachute. We made it for a customer in North Carolina for his wedding after searching through hundreds of fabrics and hunting down the best colors of petersham ribbon for the trim. The fabric […]
I have a book of Edwardian patterns from 1907 in which the author refers to the frock coat as “our splendid inheritance from our ancestors”. Even in that age, the author lamented the modern choice of the less fitted sack coat over the slim-waisted frock. Today only British royals seem to wear frock coats on […]
It is hard to think of anything more classic than getting married in a 3-piece tweed herringbone suit. The blonde herringbone suit that you see here was designed for a customer who wanted to flavor his wedding with a bit of the old West. In particular, he wondered whether we couldn’t make him a suit […]
Here are some pictures of a suit that Lianna and I designed awhile back. I wanted to make a suit that was similar to Victorian seaside and reefer suits, but that had a slightly more updated and modern fit. The fabric I ended up choosing was a silk matka. This tweedy raw silk fabric (blended […]
Often when men decide that they want a special occasion suit, a suit that does not have to be very specifically bound by the conventions of their workplace, they turn to the movies for inspiration. This is a suit we designed for a customer who had just seen the movie, Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp, […]
This is a houndstooth double-breasted suit lined in grey silk habotai that we completed today for a customer in London. The suiting is an incredible British woolen that entrances the more one looks at it. For this piece we put buttonholes on each of the lapels with a boutonnière ribbon on the left side for […]