yo man, love your blog. even seen you around NYC and you look fabulous. I have a question for you...I'm looking to get a bespoke suit in NYC for around $1000, just a basic one. Is that possible? Where should I go? Thanks in advance!
Thanks very much - feel free to say hi next time, if you’re inclined. Bespoke might be tough for that money. I’d suggest you get a better quality suit made to measure. Some quality names I’ve heard about, but have not used, include Ercole, Mr. Ned, and WW Chan, when here. There’s always Paul Stuart and Suit Supply as well. Haven’t tried or heard anything about any of the newer mtm shops like J HIlburn or any of those online spots.
I am thinking of purchasing the Brooks Brothers tartan trench, found by googling just that. I own very few lighter items and am trying to move towards a less dark look. Conservative brights during the winter, and more Liberal brights during the summer. I am curious. What do you think would be some great pairings with the coat?
I assume you are talking about the Black Fleece trench, which is pretty sick. I would pair it with mid-navy donegal or flannel trousers. Or maybe some British khaki-coloured trousers and a blue DB. Or how about a thick navy mock neck sweater and some grey flannels? Add some cordovan-coloured loafers or some brown monks to any of those looks and you’d be all set. There are clearly a lot of possible combos out there, but I would keep the accompanying items pretty basic with a coat like that.
What do you think of Aspesi? Do you happen to know whether their blazers are manufactured in Italy or whether they are imported? How do they compare qualitywise to e.g. Boglioli?
I love Aspesi and think they make some great casual jackets like their classic M-65 - they seem to put a premium on making uncomplicated, unbranded, quality outerwear. I believe the majority of their collection is made in Italy, while a few items are likely made abroad. I have no experience with their blazers, but I’m not going out on a limb to say that they fall below Boglioli in terms of quality (construction, fabric, etc).
Looking for a suggestion re a double breasted shawl lapel tuxedo - preferably in white - I know it would be hard to find such a thing OTR but if you have any leads it would be greatly appreciated. Pics would also be handy! Bless bless!
Have you been watching Casablanca? That sounds like an extremely difficult item to find OTR, and even if you were to find one, the drape and fit of a DB shawl are such that you’d have to be pretty lucky to find the perfect one. I would suggest going custom.