Monday, December 09, 2013

English buttons - James Grove & Sons

After more than 150 years in business, James Grove & Sons closed for business in 2012. Below is a video describing their history as the largest manufacturer of horn and synthetic buttons in the UK. If it is still intact, I would love to spend a day looking through their button archives.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Neapolitan tailoring revisited - Rubinacci

Five years is an eternity in modern fashion, especially women's fashion. Yet half a decade is but a diversionary song in the longer, still evolving epic (or is it myth?) of men's clothing.

It was roughly five years ago that Rubinacci and Neapolitan tailoring made its dramatic appearance on the internet and the world of #menswear changed forever.

Well, actually not. Hindsight tells us that Neapolitan tailoring is less revolutionary than it seemed. It's simply the other primal option in modern men's bespoke tailoring. The original option was of course Savile Row. But back in 2008 without the benefit of history what a novelty it seemed.