Chicago shopping guide, part II.

Chicago shopping guide, part II.

Our first look at men’s shopping in Chicago covered the venerable Oxxford Clothes, hatmaker Optimo and others. Part two has the goods on a #menswear specialist and some more old-school purveyors. Haberdash 607 N. State St. 312-624-8551 info@haberdashmen.com One of a bunch of new haberdashers that have emerged onto the scene in the last few ...

Chicago shopping guide, part I.

Chicago shopping guide, part I.

Chicago is a pretty classic city. Not classic like London, with its tailoring trade and aristocratic propriety.  And not like Florence, where every cobblestone and sport coat is imbued with history and tradition.  It’s classic in a way that’s equal parts rugged Americana and serious business. At the turn of the twentieth century, Chicago was ...

A visit to Cilento, Naples.

A visit to Cilento, Naples.

Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 in Men's Clothing | 9 Comments

  Cilento is the oldest men’s store in Naples, possibly even all of Italy. Like many good things in Naples, it’s not something you’d easily come across unless you knew what you were looking for. It’s outside of the main shopping districts and close to some government buildings. Nonetheless, it’s quite well known to the ...

Superlative socks from Bresciani

Superlative socks from Bresciani

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in Men's Clothing | One Comment

As Mike from Epaulet mentioned in his post on visiting Pitti Uomo as a buyer, the sheer number of vendors, from small batch manufacturers to industry giants, is enough to drive a blogger crazy. As a visitor rather than a buyer, I had even less incentive to stay focused, especially when it came to the ...

A visit to Rubinacci, Naples.

A visit to Rubinacci, Naples.

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Men's Clothing | 4 Comments

Mention Rubinacci to any tailor in Italy and proper deference is paid, which is impressive given how much petty sniping there can be in the trade. Gennaro Rubinacci founded the company in 1932. “It actually began as a joke,” Mariano Rubinacci told me on my recent visit to Naples. “But of course, we take our ...

A visit to E. Marinella, Naples.

A visit to E. Marinella, Naples.

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Men's Clothing | 2 Comments

By Derek Guy, correspondent at large   E. Marinella’s shop is quite small. It looks out across the park towards the waterfront and its entrance is framed with imported English wood and Calabrian green marble. As soon as you walk in, there is a wrought-iron Liberty-style chandelier that hangs above your head and wooden display ...

Pitti Uomo: A Buyer’s Perspective

Pitti Uomo: A Buyer’s Perspective

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in Men's Clothing, Streetwear + Denim | One Comment

  At this point you guys have probably read a hundred Pitti Uomo recaps. But I figured that I’m chime in with somewhat a different perspective: what it’s like to visit as a buyer, and a first-time Pitti attendant at that. It’s huge. Good lord. I’ve been to plenty of trade shows in my time, ...

Sartoria Partenopea at Pitti.

Sartoria Partenopea at Pitti.

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Men's Clothing | No Comments

Sartoria Partenopea is one of the Italian tailored lines we’d like to see more of in the United States. The company has a roots in the celebrated sartorial tradition of Naples and a reputation for quality, but with a lower profile than the Kitons and Attolinis of the world. Constructed in factory near Naples by ...

Liverano and Liverano, Florence.

Liverano and Liverano, Florence.

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Men's Clothing | One Comment

Thank the lord of #menswear that Pitti Uomo isn’t held at a godforsaken hotel conference center somewhere in the vastness of middle America. As hip as it’s become to whine about the strutting dandies and trade show circus at Pitti, it’s still an event crammed with eye candy and the low hum of new things ...

To guard or not: Nick V. weighs in

To guard or not: Nick V. weighs in

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Men's Clothing | 9 Comments

The debate—whether it’s advisable to add sole guards to your shoes—has been raised many times on the forum. I wanted to share my insight on the topic from years of experience. There are several angles to consider. First, many people refer to sole guards as “Topys.” Topy is a brand that makes sole guards and ...