Mannina shoes. Made in Italy with love
I am the lucky and proud owner of four pair of Mannina shoes - two loafers and two lace ups. He is a wonderful fiorentino gentleman, and an old-school craftsman. His prices for measured made-to-order (my sense is they are not fully bespoke, individually lasted shoes) are incredibly reasonable - about $450- (they used to be absurdly cheap at $225 before the euro) and the quality of the loafers in particular is fantastic. Plus, he’s precisely the kind of artisan I love to support.
We’re not going to sit here and let you bad mouth the United States of America!
Gentleman, pitti uomo 85, perfect!
Sekretpolice’s Guide to getting photographed at Pitti Uomo:
1. Go to Pitti Uomo
2. Buy suede shoes and a turtleneck
3. Grow a beard
4. Have your brother become a celebrated menswear prodigy and icon and tell you how to dress
5. Hang out with your brother’s coolest friends — like @agyesh, @kiddandy, @theArmoury, @Ethandesu, #saintcrispins, #carsonstreet, @andrewseibert — as much as possible. >6. Leave the Fortezza late afternoon when things are slow and all the cool kids are sleeping off Gilli from the night before
Kidding aside, merci Maxime.
Today I received my fantastic new Roberto Ugolini suede chukka boots. They fit well (which given my very large and hard-to-fit feet is an accomplishment in and of itself). It is the details however, such as the perfect balance, the elegant last, the contrast leather edge piping and the Norvegese construction that make these boots stand out. Grazie tante to my friend Roberto - he is truly a maestro.
Movie Director Gianluca Migliarotti at Pitti Uomo.
Looking sharp, Kid Dandy.
The incomparable Agyesh Madan
I have been fortunate in life in a lot of ways, but among the biggest blessings is the extraordinary caliber of people who I get to count as my friends. And I am very proud to say that that includes Agyesh Madan.
He is a man of extraordinary talent and vision, a fantastic sense of creativity and style, a wonderfully obsessive attention to detail, and a most loyal sense of friendship. These qualities combine to make him..well…incomparable.
A toast to my spectacular brother.
One of the high points of a truly incredible week at Pitti was being introduced to Antonio Liverano by @kiddandy, and then being measured for my first Liverano jacket (photos courtesey of Gianluca). Signore Liverano is precisely the elegant gentleman you would expect. His showroom, cutting room and workshop are nothing short of awe-inspiring to those of us interested in the art and craft of tailoring. And @kiddandy is as affable and generous a friend as one could ever hope to have. Grazie tante. I can’t wait to get back for my first fitting.
Full dress shirt with detachable starched collar for white tie and tails. The Philadelphia Academy ball (tonight) is one of the last white tie events in America. And of course, Brooks Brothers is the only place that still makes an authentic full dress shirt in a 17.5/37. Wearing a garment like this is like a time machine. Things were better when people understood formality.
Custom Ugolini mocha suede norvegese chiseltoe chukka with matching leather-piped seams. Arriving shortly.