For a blogger, attending Pitti requires weeks of careful planning and packing. Each day’s outfit must be cohesive not only in itself but within the wider story of one’s wardrobe, mood, and life. And then of course one must be ready to parry a blow dealt to the best-laid plans, by unexpected weather, a wayward dollop of pasta sauce, or a fellow fair-goer with an identical tie or pinky ring.
Men have never had more options when it comes to outerwear. Browse any shop and you’ll find dozens of styles taking inspiration from military, workwear, and outdoor traditions. Materials range from heavy wools to bonded cottons to performance fabrics – all designed for different weather conditions.
Men’s magazines often focus so intently on their readers’ self-advancement that they forget how much of a public service menswear can be. Your stack of GQ magazines might have told you all about proper fit, for example, but they probably neglected to mention the ways your wardrobe can save the livelihoods of a bunch of cheese farmers you have never met.
If you’re a regular patron of No Man Walks Alone, my guess is that you’re a man who enjoys the curiosities of clothing and style as much as the clothing itself. And, that being the case, you’ve probably read one of the innumerable articles on the invention of the “No White After Labor Day” rule (feel free to Google) for tailored clothing. I, however, am going to ignore the very existence of that rule, since 1) Who cares? and 2) I don’t wear suits and ties anyway.
The light blue shirt is a staple of the classically styled men’s wardrobe. You can wear one with just about any suit or sport coat. A button-down version in oxford cloth fits in under a sweater or by itself worn over chinos on warm casual days. All of the great male dressers have relied heavily on the light blue shirt.
Yuki Matsuda’s clothing line, Monitaly, is - like the man himself - playful, humble, and good natured. It’s also a collection, in the true sense of the word. Some of the pieces he’s been making for years. He picks favorites, he iterates, he revisits old ideas and constantly updates them. The result is a collection of garments that feels like a hand-picked assortment of favorite items, full of love, history, and character.