The Wisdom of P. Johnson Tailors
It’s not a lookbook exactly—he only bothers with pictures every couple of years—but it’s a great reminder of what a sharp tailor can do. If you’re having a suit made any time soon, this is one to bookmark.
This is how you pull off a knit tie without looking like a substitute teacher. Get a fine enough silk, a wide enough cut…and suddenly you’re in Elkann territory. Tom Ford’s been saying it since the Gucci days, but it’s still a great and underutilized trick.
A wide collar, a wide lapel and a tie that has never known fear. You don’t see many neutral shades like the grays and browns here, but they can be just as much fun as louder hues and a lot more versatile to boot.
Far too many gentlemen are sleeping on the velvet blazer. Not coincidentally, this is what we wore for New Year’s Eve.
The shiny stripe you see is a mark of Solaro, one of the new fabrics Ariston has been pushing lately. It gives the suits a texture you don’t often find in a cotton suit—which should be just as useful in L.A. as it is in Hong Kong.
And just to show you he can, here’s a suit made from Neapolitan denim. The lesson: any tailor worth his salt has a few tricks up his sleeve. If you trust him enough to ask, you could be in for something brilliant.
- — Russell Brandom