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Where to the best fabrics come from?

I received this question from a reader: Where do the best fabrics come from? This is what I shared with them: Traditionally, the fabrics made in Italy are known for their quality in raw materials and workmanship. We carry many of these select Italian fabrics. We also carry fabrics made in England and other locations devoted to quality textile construction—each has been chosen to join our fabric selection based on quality of threads, dyes, and weave. High-quality fabrics last longer and wear better than those made to lower standards. Off-the-rack clothing is often designed to be worn for a year or two at most, so quality isn’t always paramount to the makers. We insist on first-class fabrics to ensure your custom clothing is wearable for years to come.  ...

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Sprezzatura: The Art of Carelessness

Some of us work hard to create a look of elegance. They study, they learn, they make careful style decisions. Others of us seem to achieve elegance naturally. They have an air of easy grace and carelessness that seems to belie the effort involved in looking fantastic. What’s the difference? It’s sprezzatura: the Italian concept of nonchalance with excellence, which we might call studied carelessness. And it’s a fantastic way to create your own individual style. But how to achieve it? What’s the difference between painstaking perfection and effortless perfection? It’s the imperfections. Good style shouldn’t look like you worked hard to create an ensemble; it should look like it sprang into being spontaneously, joyfully. Avoid being overly careful when placing your pocket square. Let your tie knot be off-center. Wear shoes that do not exactly match your suit. A small imperfection may be the key to creating the perfect air of...

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The Elegance of Italy—Right Here at Home

The elegance of Italy, especially Italian clothing, is known around the globe for its well-designed style. Achieving “la bella figura,” a way of life that encompasses refined aesthetics in clothing and manners, is a traditional Italian goal—but it’s not limited to Italians. When you design your own customized wardrobe, you can bring the traditions of Italy home. Each minute detail of your tailoring can help create the sense of style and sophistication embodied in the Italian mentality. Sometimes, the traditional ways are the best: generations of Italian tailors have dressed their clients with style and elegance. Your custom wardrobe offers you the same degree of luxury in clothing—all without leaving the comforts of home....

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