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….Read More
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.Read More
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 fromRead More
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.Read More
If you look up the origin of your favorite mill, Vitale Barberis, Loro Piana, Zegna, Guabello, chances are their mills are in this small, northern Italian town 50 miles east of Milan called Biella...Read More
Understanding these three metrics will give you a leg up on menswear salesman, so you can make sure you understand exactly what you’re getting and how to get the best bang for your buck.Read More
As with everything, there are tradeoffs in the amount of time you want to spend on something versus the results you’re getting.
If you want perfect shirts every single time, you have to wash them yourself. If you don’t want to spend that time, you can take them to a dry cleaner, but they are not going to look as good as if you cleaned them yourself.Read More
Summer heat can pose a challenge to those of us that wear suits everyday, and as the temperatures heat up, we’re often asked for recommendations on the types of fabrics to create some lightweight, breathable suits. The fabrics we always recommend for summer are high twist fabrics, linen, cotton, and blended fabrics.Read More
Without proper care, all of those dollars you spent on nice custom fitting garments will all go to waste. The below advice should help you keep your garments looking nice and fresh for years.
If you don’t know how to care for your garments, you’re either Mr. Money Bags, which my hat goes off to you, or you are just reckless with your money.Read More