The perfect summer wing-tip, Walk Over Shoe’s Eliot.
Saint Crispin’s Model 505
ESPADRILLES: A SUMMER LEISURE SHOE
by S. Charlie Weyman
Brush the dust off any menswear history book, and inside you’ll find that much of what we wear today can be traced back to either military or work uniforms. Sport coats, for example, originate with hunting in England, neckties with the kerchiefs that Croatian soldiers used to tie around their necks, and jeans from the canvas overalls made for Gold Rush miners in California. Some may be surprised to learn that espadrilles – those casual summer slip-ons that we associate with an easy life on the Riviera – also originate from war and work. Well, sort of. Men have been wearing jute soles for thousands of years, but early versions of the modern espadrille can be found in Spain during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Some say they debuted on the feet of infantrymen in the King of Aragon’s army. Others say they start with peasants in the mountainous regions of Catalonia. Regardless, the originals were not meant for easy living.
Today, however, espadrilles are worn for leisure.
But see for yourselves: www.shibumi-berlin.com/Ties/Woven:::1_3.html
A Collected Style:
I’m never afraid to mix colors even when the weather isn’t on my side. Don’t let the elements rain on your parade. Even though this isn’t a super bold look, it has enough color to stay true to my personal style. I always think it’s uplifting to add color to your outfit on those dreary days. What are your favorite colors? What do you think of today’s style post
I had the privilege to style a few pieces from PeterFieldCustom out of Chicago. The tie I’m wearing is called “The Watlington” and it’s pretty dope and well constructed. I loved the design and colors and thought it would go great with this outfit. Also the ties they design are super customizable , so they will fit your preference. Stay tuned they’re working on some new products for the spring.
Outfit Details: The Watlington Tie , Courtesy of PeterFieldCustom || Alpha Khakis by Dockers $40 || Chambray Button Down,Salvation Army $3 || Oxford Hills Field Coat , Courtesy of L.L.Bean Signature || Wingtips by Kenneth Cole, Nordstrom Rack $60
The appeal of soft Italian tailoring has set style trends in men’s clothing for at least a few decades now. Although the technique is commonly attributed to Giorgio Armani (particularly in the business press), it really goes back to the Rubinacci and Caraceni families in Naples and Rome, respectively. They’re the ones who took the “stuffing out of suits” by using thinner and lighter shoulder pads, reducing the weight of the canvassing and haircloth inside, and striping away the lining.
In popular writing, this technique often gets reduced to a simple description about a “soft shoulder,” but when I think of what makes this style appealing to me, it’s about much more than a shoulder line. Instead, I think of style icons such as Gianni Agnelli (who often wore Caraceni) and Vittorio de Sica (who often wore Rubinacci), as well as the many men who represent Neapolitan style today (Rubinacci, Solito, Ciardi, Panico, etc). The styles worn and created by these men isn’t just about their softer shoulder, but rather the overall “roundness” of their silhouettes.
Carson Street dress shirt, Orley tie, and Eidos Napoli. double breasted summer jacket. (at Carson Street Clothiers).