When Detroit Met Naples

For 1701 Bespoke’s styling inspiration, though, we cast an eye 4,700 miles due east of Detroit. There, on Italy’s west coast is a city much like Detroit in that it plays second (sometimes third, fourth, even fifth …) fiddle to more boastful – but not necessarily more fashionable – burgs. But Naples, like Detroit, enjoyed a much glamorous past and….

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Inside Vitale Barberis Canonico

Deep in the foothills of the Alpine mountains, a few kilometers north of Biella, Italy lies the what is probably the oldest fabric mill in the world: Vitale Barberis Canonico.

Nobody really knows who holds the mantle of oldest fabric mill, and Reda, who's mill is very close to VBC's, certainly likes to contest the claim, but we know for certain that Vitale Barberis Canonico was in operation in 1663.

The document to verify all of this is a tax receipt for a gray suit sold to the Duke of Savoy by Ajmo Barberis, as well as a brief description of their wool dying process. VBC is so modest that they claim 1663, but we know their heritage goes back much further.

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All Ties Are Not Created Equally

Grab a tie from your closet. Well, hopefully it’s there, hung neatly on a tie rack or draped over a wood hanger. Or, you might roll your ties and store them in a dresser drawer. Regardless your preference, grab one and place it face down on a table so you’re looking at the backside (the side with the tags).

Study it. There’s a story in your tie. At least in how it was constructed. Commercially-made neckwear — perhaps most you own — is fashioned from

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The Story of Thomas Mason Fabrics

The finest shirting fabrics 1701 carries are Thomas Mason fabrics. Thomas Mason is one of the most well known names when it comes to shirts, but is not necessarily explained as to why it’s great. It almost seems like in fashion you can put someone’s name in front of a product and that gives you rights to mark up 10 times.

But Thomas Mason is a different animal.

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