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Passaggio Cravatte–Q+A with founder Gianni Cerutti

May 24, 2012 | No Comments
Passaggio Cravatte–Q+A with founder Gianni Cerutti

Guest post by Grant Harris Gianni Cerutti is a passionate Italian craftsman using his talents to create handmade seven-fold ties in the heart of his home country. Styleforum recently featured Sette Neckwear in our D.C. Shopping Guide, and after talking with them for the SF10 event, they are highly recommended. However, options are among man’s ...

Styleforum first cut—May 24

May 24, 2012 | No Comments
Styleforum first cut—May 24

Bruce Pask gives the T Magazine endorsement to Orlebar Brown’s photo printed shorts. Wear Slim Aaron’s sun-drenched beachside photos while lounging poolside. META. Uniqlo signs Novak Djokovic as brand ambassabor. Djok will debut his new duds at the French open–I assume Uniqlo Vintage Chinos and a +J parka. Our Legacy releases image of their fall ...

Styleforum first cut–May 23

May 23, 2012 | No Comments
Styleforum first cut–May 23

Simon Crompton visits with Alan Flusser. Dressed in track pants and a suit jacket, Flusser touts a new age of Chinese manufacturing (0). Michael Williams endorses the Nike/Cole Haan Lunargrand chukka. The designs almost compensate for previous Nike/CH models, which were  a hybrid Dr. Moreau would find grotesque. Complex publishes a list of men’s style ...

Impressive: A Conversation with Designer Siki Im

May 22, 2012 | No Comments
Impressive: A Conversation with Designer Siki Im

When Siki Im moved to New York in 2001, he had no intention of designing clothes. After graduating with honors from England’s Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, Im took a position with a New York architecture firm, but over time realized the job wasn’t satisfying him. Since high school he had liked clothes, admiring  iconoclastic ...

10 Years of Styleforum–we celebrated in style

May 11, 2012 | No Comments
10 Years of Styleforum–we celebrated in style

On May 4 and May 5, we had a celebration for our 10 year anniversary, at the W San Francisco.  Over 400 people took part in the event, which included a screening of O’Mast, our vendor showcase, and a party. We kicked it off Friday evening with cocktails and a sneak preview of the next ...

The Styleforum First Cut–May 10

May 10, 2012 | No Comments
The Styleforum First Cut–May 10

Ivy Style on the noreasterly direction of the costumes in Wes Anderson’s upcoming Moonrise Kingdom. Bound to be just precious. Bruce Pask sees a trend in rubberizing your shoes on the T Magazine blog. Will provide an excuse to make cheap “rubber” jokes in the office. A Continuous Lean revisits Brimfield, where vintage dreams are ...

The Styleforum First Cut—May 8

May 8, 2012 | No Comments
The Styleforum First Cut—May 8

Styleforum hosted a little party over the weekend. I’m still hungover, and I wasn’t even there. Photos and summaries in the forum thread and on various tumblrs, like a bit of color or edwinzee. The Wall Street Journal goes in on the watering down of the term “bespoke.” “Made to measure” crackers just doesn’t have ...

The Styleforum First Cut–May 3

May 3, 2012 | No Comments
The Styleforum First Cut–May 3

Don’t forget, Styleforum’s 10-year anniversary party is in San Francisco this weekend. Trend-driving Los Angeles boutique Fred Segal has sold rights to the brand to Sandow Media. Sandow may set up e-commerce,  which comes as good news, because good f—ing luck buying something on fredsegal.com right now. The Kentucky Derby is this weekend–Esquire reminds you ...

Sartoria Formosa, Napoli.

May 2, 2012 | 2 Comments
Sartoria Formosa, Napoli.

Sartoria Formosa has perhaps one of the best reputations in Naples. The tailoring house is tucked away in the same courtyard as E&G Cappelli, right on Via Cavallerizza, between Via Mille and Via Cavallerizza. It’s a small, woody courtyard–not a lot of foot traffic. However, the workmanship brings its own clientele, and people throughout Naples ...

Nick V. talks with shoe care magnate Sergio Barange

May 1, 2012 | No Comments
Nick V. talks with shoe care magnate Sergio Barange

Styleforum’s resident shoe care expert Nick V. of B. Nelson Shoes, New York, has been sharing his conversations with some of the biggest names in the footwear business. Check out his interviews with Nick Horween of Horween Leather, Paul Grangaard of Allen Edmonds, Peter Agati of Paul Stuart,  or William Church of Cheaney Shoes. Today ...

SF10: the philosophy of Revolver, San Francisco.

Apr 27, 2012 | No Comments
SF10: the philosophy of Revolver, San Francisco.

Robert Patterson runs Revolver, a San Francisco shop and gallery that has stocked plenty of the lines Styleforum joneses for: Yuketen, Monitaly, Creep, Crate, and Journal Standard, among others. Revolver’s stock and atmosphere are very Pacific—somewhere between the Haight and Japan. But Revolver is just one among several successful projects that Robert is involved in ...

Styleforum’s “While You Were -apping”–April 26

Apr 26, 2012 | No Comments
Styleforum’s “While You Were -apping”–April 26

Title courtesy Jian Deleon. Neighborhood‘s spring/summer 2012 line editorial from stylist Stephen Mann and photographer Neil Bedford. Put em on the glass! (stephenmann) Panta gets the GQ treatment from Stephen Pulvirent. No mention of spaghetti? (GQ) The Smiths may be reuniting. Tuck some flowers in your pocket and Mozzen up that hair. (Pitchfork) Michael Williams ...

Styleforum Swag Bulletin–April 24.

Apr 24, 2012 | No Comments
Styleforum Swag Bulletin–April 24.

Woolrich introduces the Woolrich Elite Concealed Carry line. Bulge only in the places you want to. (NYT) Cucinelli IPO oversubscribed! I don’t know what that means! (Reuters) The eloquent and esteemed Reginald Jerome de Mans discusses the value of character via a pair of someone else’s bespoke shoes. Careful, there’s some big words in there. ...

SF10: Learn your numbers in Italian with Peter Watkins of Sette.

Apr 24, 2012 | 4 Comments
SF10: Learn your numbers in Italian with Peter Watkins of Sette.

Styleforum regulars won’t need a primer on terms like seven fold and bartack, places like Como, Italy, or names like Robert Talbott. Them’s tie terms. Sette specializes in limited runs of handmade ties—not everyday ties, maybe, but neckwear you can reach for when you need your “closer.”  Fok talked with Peter Watkins about Watkins’ luxury ...

The Styleforum Daily Mentioner–April 23

Apr 23, 2012 | No Comments
The Styleforum Daily Mentioner–April 23

“Never underestimate the power of what you wear. After all, there is just a small bit of you sticking out at the neck and cuff. The rest of what the world sees is draped on your frame.” –Oscar Schoeffler Savile Row turns out in its finest to turn away Abercrombie and Fitch. (Richard James blog ...

The Styleforum Portmanteau–April 19

Apr 19, 2012 | No Comments
The Styleforum Portmanteau–April 19

Britain shakes its head as Aquascutum is placed in administration (i.e., files for bankruptcy). The Bureau in Belfast made an exceedingly relaxing lookbook film. I want to buy everything then take a nap. Dior is remodeling their E 57th St. store in NY. Meantime, Homme in on 133 Greene St., where the brand is setting ...

Ask the expert—shoe care with Nick V.

Apr 17, 2012 | No Comments
Ask the expert—shoe care with Nick V.

Nick V., owner of esteemed shoe repair outfit B. Nelson Shoes, NYC, knows his stitch. And his welts, and his vamps from his throats. He knows shoes. He takes abused, worn-out kicks and recrafts and resoles them–rehabilitates them. In an ongoing series, Nick will be answering some of my questions to help you treat your ...

The Styleforum Occasional Intelligencer–April 17

Apr 17, 2012 | 2 Comments
The Styleforum Occasional Intelligencer–April 17

In the U.S., today is the last day to file your taxes. So, you know, get on that. Adam Gopnik proposes the Golden Forty-Year Rule of nostalgia in the New Yorker.  Quick question: can tapered pants be bellbottomized? Derek Guy continues his seven-part Put This On series on ordering custom shirts. Good commute reading. New ...

The Styleforum Reader–April 16

Apr 16, 2012 | No Comments
The Styleforum Reader–April 16

Lapo Elkann wearing Rubinacci in L’Uomo Vogue, via Rubinacci Club. Lapo is touching the ground in exactly half of the photos. Hipsterpalooza: Mister Mort’s been posting Coachella style shots on his tumblr. Ladies in vintage Air Jordan teeshirts = HYFR. Simply Refined’s Stephen Pulvirent talks ordering butterfly loafers from Ed Et Al shoes, a Singaporean ...

SF10: Jack Knife denim.

Apr 12, 2012 | 3 Comments
SF10: Jack Knife denim.

I met John Alburl and Nick Kemp of Jack/Knife Outfitters in their SOMA (San Francisco) workspace when a friend of mine was getting his jeans finished.  Tailors for the well-known SF shop Unionmade, and former tailors for Levis, John and Nick create custom jeans from paper patterns for individual customers.  While the styles I saw ...

The Styleforum Daily Collar–April 11.

Apr 11, 2012 | No Comments
The Styleforum Daily Collar–April 11.

Put This On released the second episode in their second season, further footage from New York including thrifting with the Street Etiquette guys, jacket construction with Len Logsdail, and the handsome stylings of Dave Hill. Lucas Ossendriver talks Lanvin men’s with Barney’s. Worth watching, at the very least, in order to hear someone say “Lanvin” ...

Rough & Tumble from Nepenthes

Apr 10, 2012 | No Comments
Rough & Tumble from Nepenthes

The Nepenthes NY store in New York’s garment district stocks a lot of Engineered Garments, the company’s best-known brand in the United States (and often the easiest to wear). But EG has a lot of stockists, while some of the lines in Nepenthes stable are much more limited in distribution. Rough & Tumble, billed as ...

The Styleforum Mirror—April 10.

Apr 10, 2012 | 2 Comments
The Styleforum Mirror—April 10.

Tuesday, April 10th. Raf Simons named couturier at Dior (WWD). A menswear designer first and a student of subcultures, Simons succeeds John Galliano. It was bound to be a controversial move on the forum, as Simons often styles his suits with the bottom button fastened. Facebook buys Instagram (NYT). According to Mark Zuckerberg, “The Hefe ...

Washington, D.C. shopping guide, part II.

Apr 6, 2012 | No Comments
Washington, D.C. shopping guide, part II.

Guest post by Grant Harris of Image Granted. Image courtesy Rue 14. Rue 14 1803A 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20009 Owned and operated by a husband and wife tag team, Rue14 has been a fixture of D.C. shopping since it opened in late 2008.  Husband Andrew brings his experience as a buyer at Brooks ...

Catching up with Jesse Thorn and Put This On.

Apr 4, 2012 | No Comments
Catching up with Jesse Thorn and Put This On.

Jesse Thorn didn’t set out to be a menswear authority—but through happy accidents and hard work, he finds himself as the main dude of Put This On, a video series and blog about “dressing like a grownup.” Jesse and the PTO crew, including directors Adam Lisagor and Ben Harrison, comedy-type-person Dave Hill, and blogger Derek ...

Washington, D.C. shopping guide, part I.

Apr 3, 2012 | 5 Comments
Washington, D.C. shopping guide, part I.

Guest post by Grant Harris of Image Granted. Streets of Georgetown 1254 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC 20007 When Joseph Abboud sold his namesake label to become chief designer for HMX Group, the largest manufacturer of tailored menswear in the country, he worked with HMX CEO Doug Williams to open Streets concept stores in select ...

Shopping Naples: Magnifique.

Apr 2, 2012 | One Comment
Shopping Naples: Magnifique.

There’s English Style and then there’s English Style, and located just a few steps away from London House is Magnifique, a store with a real Anglo sensibility about it. Magnifique is a small but densely packed shop that has been on via Filangieri for nearly 50 years. Inside, an entire wall of neatly stacked cashmere ...

SF10: Talking shop with Tom Park of Leather Soul

Mar 29, 2012 | No Comments
SF10: Talking shop with Tom Park of Leather Soul

Leading up to Styleforum’s 10th anniversary showcase and party, we’ll be talking to some of the people who’ve helped make Styleforum what it is today. First off, Tom Park, owner of one of the world’s finest footwear sources: Leather Soul. With locations in Waikiki, Hawaii and Beverly Hills, California, Leather Soul puts Aldens, Edward Greens, ...

Shopping Rome: Jaja Camiceria

Mar 27, 2012 | 2 Comments
Shopping Rome: Jaja Camiceria

  By serendipity, I found Jaja Camiceria while walking around Rome one day trying to find a good lunch. I’ve always believed that when you’re in a touristy area, you’re better off searching for food off the beaten paths. So while walking down a smaller side street near the Spanish steps, I came across this ...

A visit to Panico, Naples, part II

Mar 22, 2012 | 2 Comments
A visit to Panico, Naples, part II

See also part I of Derek’s piece on Panico. If you know your way around, some of the best food can be had in Naples. Our dinner with Antonio Panico, for example, took place at Pizzeria Mattozzi, a modest restaurant located just a short walk from Rubinacci. I was actually there earlier that day, but ...