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Men of the Hour: Team Italy

061214_Italy-Brazil-SuitsThis isn’t the first time we’ve championed dressing up for a flight, and it won’t be the last, but here’s a perfect example of what we mean...

You’re looking at the Italian National Team stepping off their flight to Brazil for the World Cup. In three-piece suits.

It’s one dapper sight to behold, and unlike Team USA who, naturally, opted for sweatpants—okay, it wasn’t that bad, they wore sleek, Nike-issued warm-ups—the Italians look like they’ve dressed for the occasion. Because it’s not just about getting to the tourney, it’s about arriving on the grandest of world stages and looking like you’re supposed to be there—before even stepping foot on the pitch.

In fact, it looks a lot like their buttoned-up style of play, dubbed catenaccio

Your Pitti Uomo Primer: From A to Z

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The international menswear cognoscenti are descending upon Florence as we speak, for the 84th installment of Pitti Immagine Uomo.

And as any well-read menswear enthusiast will tell you, it pays to know what exactly all the fuss is about (especially if you find yourself flipping through Tumblr or in a heated debate with your tailor in the next few days). So with that in mind, we’ve prepared an A-to-Z primer of talking points and trivia that should get you through the semi-annual spectacle of peacockery.

Herewith, the ABCs of Pitti Uomo.»

Umit Benan, Trussardi and Why It All Matters

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You may have heard the news of the recent split between Umit Benan and Trussardi ringing across #menswear land over the past few days (it only became official yesterday). And while it all sounded like just another power move in the tumultuous business of fashion, anyone with a vested interest in their tailoring—whether or not you’re keeping an eye on the runways—ought to know what it all could mean to them.

A quick dialogue on what went down, and why it even matters.»

Massimo Piombo Lands in the US, Dissecting Louis C.K. and a Haunting Memoir

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Mass Effect: Good news for Italophiles in need of a Massimo Piombo fix: Mr Porter is saving you a trip to Milan.

Not Bordello: The bookworms over at The New Yorker make a case for naming Loius C.K. the modern-day Gogol.

Hot Knife: Well Spent digs up Roman Polanski’s first film (pre-scandal) to find some handsome style cues.

After Visiting Friends: GQ sits down with their very own deputy editor, Michael Hainey, to talk about his highly buzzed-about memoir released this week.

Sideboobs and Double Monks: Five Tumblrs You Should Be Following

Fictional girlfriends aside, there are a lot of great things to be said about the fantastical escapism provided by the Internet.

And there’s no faster escape route than Tumblr. So since it’s Friday and we’ve got a long weekend ahead of us, we thought we’d help guide you on the pictorial menswear journey you’ll inevitably find yourself lost on, sometime in the next 72 hours. Whether you’re in the mood for super-sprezzatura, American nostalgia or just cool pictures of the extremely fashionable people traipsing around Europe—we’ve got you covered.

Herewith, the five #menswear Tumblrs you should be perusing this afternoon.»

Italian Sprezzatura Meets Swiss Precision

There are dive watches... and then there are dive watches—the kind that have been given the stamp of approval from the Italian navy and titans of industry alike.

We’re talking, of course, about the legendary Italian timepieces from Panerai that trace their roots back to 1860s Florence (when the designs were shrouded in military secrecy and tested on top-secret underwater missions).

Luckily, they’re not just tactical timepieces, they’re seriously handsome works of horological art—especially the black Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica, which has all of the telltale signs of Panerai’s rugged Italian-ness and Swiss precision, down to their signature case shape and Panerai P.2002 movement (produced exclusively in-house).

Just in time for your next semiformal scuba trip.

The Italian Bomber

The Italian upstarts over at Esemplare had us feeling for fall months ago, and finally a few of their jackets have begun to slowly trickle westward (to England, which is good news for those of us without an Italian proxy buyer on call).

Oi Polloi has just received a handful of good-looking numbers in some mossy tones that are right on time for a weekend upstate. This bomber-style jacket in particular has got all of the makings of the perfect fall accomplice—replete with shawl collar that can be turned up in the face of any strong gusts.

At all costs: protect your neck.