Sunday, August 26, 2012

Update on Sleevehead's Guide to Sicilian Tailors

I'm pleased to say that my guidebook is finally available in paperback on

Alternatively, you can buy the same paperback edition on or as an e-book (see links to the right).

While browsing Styleforum, I noticed that my guide has appeared on a Styleforum thread compiling a list of "definitive books on menswear". Thanks of course to the original poster of that thread and Styleforum.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A visit to Allen-Edmonds' Shoe Bank

I had the opportunity to visit iconic American shoemaker Allen-Edmonds' corporate-owned Shoe Bank in Port Washington just north of Milwaukee. The Shoe Bank is attached to the AE factory as well as their corporate HQ.

I visited after the workers had gone home so I wasn't able to see the factory but I had a chat with Chris who was working in the Shoe Bank. They're executing a steady expansion plan opening up stores in the US. Their fourth and largest NYC store will open this fall on 43rd St.

In the last 12 months they've enjoyed quite a bit of press coverage and visits as they are enjoying the resurgence of "Made in USA" and heritage brands.

View of wing containing AE corporate HQ

View of factory (left) and wing containing retail Shoe Bank (right)











Thursday, August 16, 2012

MAN SS 2012's NYC show

Officine Generale cotton jacket

Bo neckties

Piola shoes

The Jante Law briefcase

Canvas holdall by Creep

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Richard Anderson RTW Autumn/Winter 2012

The folks at Savile Row tailor Richard Anderson recently sent me photos of their upcoming autumn/winter RTW collection. The RTW line is designed in England and manufactured in Italy.

In general, these suits, jackets, trousers and overcoats are recognizably English but whose traditional lines and features have been subtly nipped and tucked. I especially like the covert coat, whose traditional straight and easy lines have been slimmed, and the three piece suit whose trousers retain the ease of a full cut rather than the trendier slim cut.

As a side note, the mixing and matching of colors and patterns in these photos are terrific (esp. the covert coat, three piece suit and navy blazer) - refined, even conservative, but relaxed and very stylish.

Richard Anderson RTW AW2012
Fitting stage of 3 piece suit

Richard Anderson RTW AW2012
3 piece suit

Richard Anderson RTW AW2012
Tartan sports jacket

Richard Anderson RTW AW2012
Navy blazer

Richard Anderson RTW AW2012
Velvet jacket

Richard Anderson RTW AW2012
Covert coat

Richard Anderson RTW AW2012
Tweed coat

Richard Anderson RTW AW2012
Double-breasted overcoat

Richard Anderson RTW AW2012
Tweed coat

Friday, August 03, 2012

Vass shoes

I came across this comprehensive Flickr photo collection of Vass shoes by an enthusiast and seller of said shoes. He also has a pictorial comparison of the K, U and F lasts. As you can readily tell below, the F last offers the most room in the toebox area.

I've selected a few photos to help you start your online browsing: