We all know that bespoke is the pinnacle of male sartorial experiences. But, contrary to popular belief, unless you have truly unlimited funds, all-bespoke-everything is probably not the way to go. It’s not bespoke or bust. How about we take a look at a few of the other good options out there.
It’s no secret that the Japanese menswear magazines far exceed anything available in the United States. Just from the sheer variety of niche publications. But it’s not just a numbers game. The American magazines have their place and I’m not trash-talking, but the Japanese magazines educate their readers on a completely different level.
Fashion is to some degree about creating buzz. It’s this way by necessity. New York Fashion Week is winding down, and for every great collection of clothes there were dozens of unwearable collections. I think it is as good a time as ever to talk about separating the statements from good clothes.
The oxford cloth button down might be the most quintessentially American piece in all of menswear. But the perfect button down collar has become something of a lost art these days. I spoke with owners David Mercer, of Yarmouth, Maine’s Mercer & Sons, who think they have solved this problem once and for all.
In the second half of my interview with Steven Hitchcock, we spoke about his unique take on the classic Drape cut he learned at Anderson & Sheppard, how he fits into the new generation of bespoke tailors, and his own views on style.