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The Art of Valstar
16 Sep

The Art of Valstar

Valstar is mostly known today as the Italian company who came up with a casual, sporty take on the classic A-1 blouson – a type of flight jacket with a button front and stand-up, knitted collar. The A-1 was originally a military flight jacket worn by American fighter pilots, but Valstar turned it into a sporty piece of outerwear that civilian men could wear in the city.

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The Fight of the Century
13 Sep

The Fight of the Century

This weekend, Floyd Mayweather will fight Canelo Alvarez in the biggest boxing match of the year. Ringsides are going for just under $25k each; Mayweather makes over $40 million just for showing up. As is prize fight tradition, the ringside announcer, broadcasters, and scattered spectators will be wearing black tie. Finery in the seats and fury in the ring go together like a bloody steak and single malt scotch.

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Big John and the start of Japanese Denim Culture
09 Sep

Big John and the start of Japanese Denim Culture

Much of denim culture today owes itself to Japan. There are many theories about how this quintessentially American garment was introduced to the Far East, but it’s most widely believed that they came with the American soldiers who decided to stay in Japan after the Second World War. By that time, jeans had evolved from being a workwear garment to a fashion item.

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A Workshop Weathered by Time
23 Aug

A Workshop Weathered by Time

If Gaudi had ever built a shrine to umbrella-making, it would look like Mario Talarico’s workshop.

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Quick Study in Neapolitan Shoulders
02 Aug

Quick Study in Neapolitan Shoulders

When commissioning a bespoke jacket in Naples, the choice of which shoulder construction to use tends to fall into two main categories.

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