In a perfect world, we’d all be walking around in bespoke clothing made to our exact dimensions.
But that’s not the case. And even if you visit your local tailor often for the usual hem and taper jobs, there are still some nips and tucks you probably haven’t even been considering—what we like to call “micro-alterations”—that can end up making a big difference.
Because Read Wall, the Americana-bent menswear label from Washington, DC, has just opened a showroom in the Flatiron District, replete with overstuffed leather couches, bourbon and a fellow named Paul who knows his way around an old-fashioned measuring tape.
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.
NYFW barrels into another day. Once again, we traipse across the city to see it, in an indefatigable quest to keep you informed (and show you how stylish future-you could be). Hence, a series of quick-and-dirty posts on as many of the shows as we can get to.
Up next: Bespoken Clothiers.
The Background: Bespoken Clothiers is designed by a couple of buddies who met playing rock and roll—and then went and earned their Savile Row tailoring cred. You can see bits of it in this year’s show, which took place in the dark and dusty library room in the impossibly hip, downest of the downtown venues, the NoMad Hotel (in a room that seemed like a better place to meet your archnemesis than to look at clothes).
Degree of Difficulty: High if you live in a town with less than 100,000 people; low if you go to a lot of independent film premieres.
The Showstoppers: Updated black tie, some beautiful cap-toe boots.
Let’s talk about Fashion Week. While we try to steer clear of the capital-F-ness of it all, there’s plenty of worthwhile menswear happening. So, to recap it all, we’ve scoured the usual boots-on-the-ground suspects to bring you a compendium of everything you need to know about what happened (and what you’ll be wearing in six months). Just the facts.