Sunday, February 17, 2008

Spanish tailors

Thanks to a LondonLounge thread by Guille, I recently discovered that I had misspelled the Teba jacket in my previous posts on the jacket and Barcelona. These misspellings have been fixed. Apparently the jacket is quite popular in Madrid. Guille also provides a photo of Madrid-style Teba jacket, which looks a bit different from the one Bel y Cia made for me.

He has also helpfully compiled a list of five tailors and one shirtmaker (Burgos) in Madrid.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Update: Nedo Bellucci Napoli

I wrote last year about my experience chatting with Nedo Bellucci who is based in New York City. As far as I know, Nedo is the only purveyor of custom Neapolitan-style suits and shirts who is actually based in the United States. There are of course visiting tailors as I described in my earlier blog entry. But for the most part, those who are partial to the soft-shouldered Neapolitan cut need to travel to Naples.

Unless of course you travel to NYC or Nedo travels to you. He is in fact launching his first travel itinerary to Atlanta (from February 15th to 19th) and Florida (from February 19th to 27th). I also believe he is offering a promotion on shirts (regularly $225 and up) and suits (regularly $3,000 and up). For more info, contact him at or by phone at 212.810.9536.

Additionally, I do have some photos of a Bellucci suit and shirt I can share:

Single breasted, 3-2 button suit in glenplaid

Bellucci 3-2 SB glenplaid 02

Bellucci 3-2 SB glenplaid 05

Spread collar shirt

Collar and collar button (with crow's feet stitching)
Bellucci spread Conclini 170s pinstripe 04

Exterior view of sleeve attachment
Bellucci spread Conclini 170s pinstripe 03

Interior view of sleeve attachment
Bellucci spread Conclini 170s pinstripe 02

Handsewn buttonhole
Bellucci spread Canclini 170s pinstripe 01

Leather Soul Hawaii

I was in Honolulu last week for a quick visit. It doesn't get much better than 80 degrees with light trade winds in Waikiki in February. Since I was in town, I also visited Leather Soul in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center (which is currently under renovation but already looks great). Also recommended: stroll down the newly constructed Waikiki Beach Walk (Lewers Ave) and have lunch at Roy's.

By coincidence, I stopped by when a reporter from the Pacific Business News was doing a follow-up story on owner Tom Park. I mentioned that even in Los Angeles we don't have an independent shoe store like Leather Soul selling both Aldens and Edward Greens under one roof.
Leather Soul storefront 04

Leather Soul storefront 01

Leather Soul storefront 03

Leather Soul storefront 02

Before leaving, I naturally picked up a pair of a Alden cigar shell wingtip boots in the Plaza last.

EG Ashby 808 burnt pine & Alden cigar shell Plaza wingtip boots 01