Saturday, October 13, 2012

Eating out... yet again

Yes, more food. What can I say? Even menswear bloggers have to eat from time to time.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Considerung Perfumes

Some samples of a (at least to me) new perfume line arrived at my desk thanks to the team at Aus Liebe zum Duft. I love how they put so much effort into sampling the newest stuff as well as perfume classics to their clients. In this case, it was the full range of Maria Candida Gentile. Gershwin, a scent of complex citrus notes and incense was right up my alley. I have been using a number of incense-themed perfumes in the past. Unfortunately, most of them are too soapy or sweet for me. Gershwin, which is named after the famous composer and father of Rhapsody in Blue, does not fall into this category, but delivers a dry, crisp interpretation of an incense. Other perfumes from the collection I liked were Sideris and Cinabre, which show the same affinity for lean structure and elegant composition. Highly recommended!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The notepad of Thomas Mann

"Ich schreibe immer noch auf Prantl-Papier" (I am still writing on Prantl paper), writer and Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann noted in his diary. And what is good enough for Mr Mann certainly will do for aspiring writers and stationery connoisseurs today. As one of the oldest stationery suppliers and fine printers still in existence, Prantl produces a range of house papers suitable for pen and ink. In honor of one of their most famous clients, they also introduced a series of pads and memo books Thomas Mann could have used. The "Thomas Mann Schreibblock", an A5-sized note pad contains 50 sheets of ivory white writing paper and makes a perfect filling for your private portfolio — or mine, since I am using it myself. Both the notepads and the memo books come in various colors. They are not listed in Prantl's webshop, but can be ordered by phone and sent worldwide.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

"O'zapft is!"

It's the end of september again, which in Munich and throughout Europe is traditionally linked with the beginning of the Oktoberfest. Just in case you are planning to go but lack an adequate set of clothes, here is a hint: As I have written before, traditional Bavarian outfitter Seisser & Cie. does a capsule collection for one of Munich's oldest department stores, Loden-Frey. Especially for the Oktoberfest, they produced a limited edition called "Wiesn-Joppe". It is beautifully handcrafted in Germany from old-stock hand-woven linen in a delicious melange of fawn, cream and chocolate tones. The inside is neatly finished and lined in a sturdy cotton drill — hand-printed, of course. Handmade buckhorn buttons and a collar in cotton reppe, woven to Seisser's specifications lend a unique, luxuious touch to this modern interpretation of a traditional garment. Get yours while you still can, stock is already low!

Friday, September 14, 2012


Very interesting correspondence cards, seen at Prantl in Munich. For those who are interested, these are available in packs of six at their webshop, too.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Holiday Cooking

Your Suitorial Co-Editor is... welll... enjoying his few free days a year right now which means mostly sunbathing, killing some great bottles of wine and, of course: Cooking! Included here are some shots of a three-plus-a-few-tidbits course menu I prepared for guests the other day.

 The bottles are a mixed bag of wine and non-alcoholics, including a sparkling drink made of apple and quince juice from my own plantage. As you may have guessed by now, it is the ugly bottle on the right.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Munich — the fox and the hen

Finally, the first pair of shoes on my new-and-improved bespoke last is ready for delivery. I am quite satisfied with the outcome. Especially the sole is nothing short of spectacular (in a very modest, non-Paolo-ian way, of course...). I am starting to really appreciate the qualities of suede (this one is fox colored), especially for travel purposes. Next on the list are a pair of chelsea boots in dark brown suede and a pair of burgundy whole cuts in a hatch grain calf leather as well as some modified penny loafers. And then, there is still a pair of green cordovan hides waiting for me...


Monday, April 2, 2012

A very special capsule collection

Last week I was invited to have a first look at a very special capsule collection. Seisser & Cie., a traditional Munich-based brand some of our readers might know from my articles over at  teamed up with Loden-Frey, one of Munich's finest department stores to create small line of luxury jackets in a typical Bavarian style. The idea was to take the old and dusty bits out of this regional dress and make it young and relevant again by using only the best materials and construction. The result of this effort is a collection of three models, all of which are made from handwoven linen with handprinted soft cotton linings. Some of the less typical production steps (at least for a ready-to-wear garment) include an individually hand-dressed and hand-finished collar as well as shanked buffalo horn buttons. In order to make the jackets soft and comfortable, they have been made with minimal interior structure. All the materials as well as the finished jackets have been washed several times and ironed only lightly for a relaxed look. The only let-down for me are the machine-sewn buttonholes, but that is a personal thing. All pieces shown here are exclusive to Loden-Frey and made up in very limited quantities. It may be a bit early to think about your outfit for this year's Octoberfest, but these jackets would definitely not make you look out of place there — interested readers, you better stop by soon!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Vintage finds

The other day, while picking up some recent orders from my shirtmaker (some of which make the background for the piece I want to tell you about in these photos), I discovered an old shirt which was never picked up by the client. The shirt was made in 1968 when the store was still named after the two original founders. It is a simple sport shirt with button-down (also called "polo") collar and single button barrel cuffs. The shirt has some features which make it recognizable as a late sixties to early seventies piece of clothing such as a relatively high collar band and a very slim cut (without using back darts by the way). But apart from these minor details, the shirt could have been made today. From the way the cuffs and collar are attached to the cut of the sleeve to the special single needle stitching starting wide at the upper shoulder and narrowing towards the armpit and side seam the construction hasn't changed a bit — even the supplier of the thick and durable oxford cloth for this shirt is the same as today! In times of time saving and thus cost cutting measures in fashion production, this is truly good news to me. This personal satisfaction aside, I am always thrilled when I get the chance to have an in-depth look at vintage pieces of clothing, be it an old tie, shirt, suit or a pair of shoes.
Since I have not had a sport collar made by this shirtmaker, I had one modeled after the old shirt's collar for my next order. We will see how it turns out soon.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Minimalistic try-on shoes

I was at my shoemaker the other day for a fitting on my latest shoe project which will be ready by the end of march. The shoes are going to be in a plain whole cut design from soft suede in a reddish brown (see the shoe in my last picture). Wholecut shoes typically come in one of two variants: With (finished either with a "dog's tooth" or an additional strap of leather to protect the seam) or without a seam at the back. I opted for a design with a seam for one simple reason: durability. A seam at the back makes the shoe less prone to odd deformation. Also, in case of a refurbish, the lasting process is a bit easier.

The soles will be relatively thin and finished with a natural edge-trim. They will also have a step between the waist and the heel plus a special heel design called the "Thomas heel" which is longer on the inside than it is on the outside, with the two sides joined by a wave line.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Much to drink you still have, young Padawan

More wine (including one of the best non-champagne sparkling wines around), accompanied by yet another plate of unremarkable pasta. Oh well, even poor students need to eat and drink from time to time.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

And now for something a little different...

Friends of the Neapolitan tailoring tradition be warned: These photos may contain the exact opposite of your viewing habits. In the first picture, you can see a traditional Austrian jacket with nehru collar and bellows pockets. The last one shows a bolt of silk lining which is commonly used in these jackets. In between is my version of a contemporary women's blazer which I designed for my girlfriend. If everything goes well, it will turn out rather sharp and Tom Ford-esque with full-cutaway quarters, narrow skirt, shirred shoulders and rounded back hem. It should be ready for a first fitting in march.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wine, Vibe and Gesang

The other night, I was drinking one of my current favorite wines. Guess what: A white. Guess what again: A Riesling!

Gernot Kollmann, known to the wine geek as former winemaker for Roman Niewodniczanski's Van Volxem (another one of my favorites), has revived a once-famous estate called Immich-Batterieberg in the Mosel Region. The estate's few hectares are planted with Riesling — and Riesling only. The name originates from the unusual way the main vineyard was brought to life: Batterieberg (German for "cannon hill") was man-built using canon fire in order to achieve optimal exposition.

Kollmann's wines are razor-sharp, although not analytically dry. Prominent but ripe acid builds the backbone of the 2010 "C.A.I."(a tribute to the original founder, Carl August Immich) in my glass, which is accompanied by lemon, lime and very clear slate minerality. A real pleasure to drink, especially at 10 % vol.!

By the way, you can get an idea of Gernot Kollmann's wines at a tasting event in Munich called WineVibes. Klick the link for more information and tickets.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Yes, we are well...

Despite the, err, not so troublesome update cycles at the moment, we are pleased to report that we are well and busy as ever. Paolo is in Naples (again!), bossing around some of his latest, hand-sewing finds while Yours Truly is playing the attentive student. In between, we are enjoying healthy snacks like the one pictured — Austrian Faschingskrapfen.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

If I were to wear glasses...

... they would have to look something like this model from Lunor. Classic elegance, engineered with cutting-edge technology. This specific piece is made of italian cellulose acetate, drum-polished for several days (most manufacturers have their frames polished only for two to three hours in order to save time and money) and assembled by hand in Germany. Lunor also made Steve Job's famous round, non-frame glasses.