Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Messina style: Elbow patches and quilted coats

During my recent trip to Sicily, the noteworthy thing was elbow patches. In Messina, I saw them everywhere from sport jackets in window displays to a customer's jacket that a tailor (Epifanio) was working. Below are a few of those photos:

Epifanio working on a tweed jacket

It's also the season for quilted jackets and toggle coats:

Finally, a repost from my Facebook page of Messina tailor Epifanio's beautiful DB 4x2 cashmere overcoat. I especially love the blunted tips of the lapel and collar. It's a subtle vintage-looking touch. The overcoat also has a half-belt or martingala in the back.

Epifanio 4x2 DB overcoat

Friday, November 04, 2011

Bruce Boyer: Reading and writing about men's style

The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed noted men's style writer Bruce Boyer regarding his forthcoming book, Gary Cooper: Enduring Style, his career as a fashion writer, and his thoughts on the future of menswear.

My favorite quote appears when he recounts what the editor at Town & Country found most appealing about his approach to writing about fashion: "We like the way you write about men's fashion because it isn't like other fashion writing. We see you're trying to take an intelligent approach to the subject and we respect that."

An intelligent approach to the subject...Believe it or not, this is exactly the approach I strive for in my own writing. I enjoy perceptive, insightful writing on any subject, but all the more so with a topic as slippery and seemingly insubstantial as fashion. Mr. Boyer is one of the very few writers on fashion who provide true depth of field to a subject that often registers at the retina only with other writers and journalists.

Admittedly, I share these thoughts for somewhat personal reasons. Mr. Boyer recently read my e-book, Sleevehead's Guide to Sicilian Tailors and I'm truly delighted by his response to it: "Very impressive, well written and balanced advice. All in all, this is the definitive guide to the subject, all the information any man will need."

Well, I couldn't ask for a better ending to the week!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Introducing Sleevehead's Guide to Sicilian Tailors

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I'm pleased to announce that my guide on Sicilian tailors is now available. Please check out the description of the e-book or click on the navigation button above for more details. To purchase, click on the buy now button above. Payment is accepted via PayPal, Visa and Mastercard.

Below are teaser photos featuring the work of a couple of mystery bespoke Sicilian tailors:

Note the lack of chest darts in the middle photo with the 2 jackets.