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Cobbled Together

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It’s hard to find a good cobbler this side of Florence…but maybe we just haven’t been looking hard enough.

Our old friends at Michael Andrews Bespoke are starting up an eponymous cobbling line, with 30 styles, 50 leathers and a fit molded to the unique shape of your hoof. It’s the kind of service that’s a lot easier to find in Savile Row and Hong Kong, but surprisingly thin on the ground in the states. It’s also a lot easier to find if you’re willing to drop a few thousand dollars, but this time around the damage is limited to six to eight hundred dollars, especially useful if you’re a banker with a new budget.

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Declaring Vittorio

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For all the bespokery surrounding shoes and suits, there’s remarkably few limited edition operations on the tie front…which is why we’re so happy we’ve actually found one.

The tie-maker’s name is Vittorio J, and it turns out we’ve been admiring his work for much longer than we’ve known his name. He’s a staple of the shirt-and-tie boutique 20 Peacocks and takes appointments for bespoke tie service at Michael Andrews Bespoke, two of our favorite Manhattan outposts that just happen to be neighbors.

As you might guess from the name, Vittorio favors Italian styling over the British flair that’s currently popular, but most of their stock won’t look too familiar anyway. They specialize in exclusive designs and very small runs, sometimes making as few as two ties.

In other words, you can be sure they haven’t seen it before.

Kenneth Cole, Topcoats, and Victoria’s Twinkie

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Bitterness in Print: The Times tears into *Victoria’s Secret*’s Herald Square outpost. Apparently one of the perfumes “smells like an alcoholic twinkie.” [NYT]

Tartan Life: Pondering the subtle charms of the plaid topcoat. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Arms Race: Kenneth Cole prefers tattoos to guns. [Racked]

Sounds Familiar: Our favorite sunglasses get a little more recognition. [Refinery29]

Bespoken: The national press catches on to the LES tailoring boom. Even if they do call it “Mark Andrews Bespoke.”[DNR]