variancelog said: How did things go with your button down shirts?
Not well, unfortunately. The cloth is pretty awesome, very lightweight and breathable, the cut on the shirt is simply the best that I have ever had from any maker. However, the fusing that my tailor used was not to my taste, too flimsy. The collar band is not able to keep itself up. Also, the collar roll itself is not as I had envisioned.
In spite of that, the beauty of bespeaking a garment is the process. So, we (actually just my tailor, but I like to take some credit) are working on some changes (better fusing and better collar shape) to improve the shirt. What about you? Any projects that you would like to share?
Thank you for your contact, it is always nice to talk about bespoke projects.
Above you can watch a video made by Pierre Spies, a London Lounger, at the beautiful Pèrre Lachise, showcasing the LL’s 14~15oz shetland houndstooth tweed milled by the Lovat Mills made up in a sporty design (unfortunately, he didn’t share the coat’s handcraft provenance). As Pierre described in his tour du propriétaire, the odd coat has a 3 to 2.5 button configuration; notch lapels with a throat latch; crescent pockets; dual vents; and, an action back.
As we’ve already discussed, IMO, a garment’s real beauty isn’t on itself, although it can be admired on itself, but on how the wearer makes use of it. For example, Pierre explained to us how his coat’s features enhances his riding experience. The throat latch warrants more body protection against the elements, which is really important when you’re riding a motorcycle (unfortunately, he didn’t share which motorcycle he rides); the crescent pockets gives easy access to whatever he has on them while he is riding, a detail smartly inspired by hacking coats; and, the action back provides more comfort while reaching for the bike handlebars.
We do admire the coat’s handcraft and how unique the design features are, but it only becomes truly beautiful when we’re “wide awake” to how it improves the wearer’s live. And that’s the definition of effortless elegance to me.