Just recently, I had a beautiful suit made, it was a six-on-two double breasted with patch pockets. Very different and very stylish and yet one problem arose, in the initial fit the jacket was actually cut too small. They just finished making me two suits that fit superb and now the third one was cut too small. So it does fit but a little too snug for me and my arms feel a little constricted in movement.
It highlights one thing, that bespoke and made-to-measure is still the only way to go but keep in mind that human error does occur. In these situations, there is never a need to get bent out of shape. The tailor realized it and fortunately for me, they will cut my jacket again free of charge but I will have to wait 4 weeks for the new jacket to come back. Remember that well-made clothes is an art and even artists can make mistakes even if the mistake is small like 1″ (inch) in the measurement. Below is an image of me wearing the suit at the tailor.
This light-hearted video by Aaron Christian shows what happens at Pitti Uomo. Pitti Uomo is a biannual gathering that draws retailers, editors, and menswear enthusiasts from around the globe.
I like to dress but I keep a low profile it is just me. However at Pitti Uomo a four-day long menswear trade- show, in Florence Italy. It’s a place where attendees spend all day walking around, visiting stands, eating and enjoying the sun while catching up with fellow menswear enthusiasts.
It has also become a prime spot for the top street style photographers to document and take pictures of stylish men. According to this mockumentary, It’s become a peacock parade where the men show off their outfits in all their glory hoping to get their picture taken by the top photographers.
Aaron Christian’s approach to the subject is quite comical, the way that fully grown men strut around subtly trying their best to get their picture taken. Like I said I keep a low profile but with the rise of Instagram, Pinterest, and the selfie I wonder if we are all peacocks by nature? Well, enjoy the video and you can find it on YouTube.
On the right sidebar, you will see many links, but truth be told I do not have a relationship with any of them. The reason I provide a link is that I am a customer. At one time or another, I have a purchased at least one product from them and find them to be of great design and quality. I am also a subscriber to The Rake Magazine and the Brooks Brothers blog.
I am a firm believer in quality over quantity. I have a decent closet as a man and own some nice bespoke, made to measure and ready to wear pieces. I feel that you should buy quality items that are classic and will stand the test of time. I hate fads, crazy hues, and brilliant shiny material when it comes to what I like to wear. I prefer a certain style but have been known to wear some more modern pieces of clothes as long as they fit alongside my preferred look and they are of great quality and constructed well.
For instance, on my blog, I will only feature great items but truth be told that may come at a slight cost, and there are times I go to vintage clothing shops and look for gently used quality pieces, that I incorporate into my wardrobe. Being refined does not mean you have to spend tons of money but it does mean being discriminating when picking good quality items and being able to identify the material and construction since those are important when buying pieces that you may need to be altered.
So do not worry, I am just a small time fashion blogger, here is an interesting fact, I been blogging as The Dicky Bow for over 12 years, that is how long this blog has been around. The other problem that after 12 years, a system glitch caused the entire site to go down and we lost 12 years of written content but on the bright side we have recovered all our photographs and while doing it found some of the past written content.
My decision though was to move forward blaze a new trail, write new content and along the way make sure we have weekly backups and hopefully after 12 years The Dicky Bow will start to be one of the more recognizable places on the web where you can get honest advise from a guy that really likes to dress and look good and more importantly does not profit from any relationships with manufacturers.
This time of year, many of us start to get new shirts for summer. I like bright colors, lighter weight fabrics this time of the year and I start to get my summer wear ready before the month of June hits and the hotter days are coming soon.
I will not get into the nitty-gritty details of buying shirts and selecting fabrics. However, with so many made-to-measure options available you will have a good time looking for a new shirt maker and trying out different options.
Remember not all made-to-measure programs are not considered equal and yes if you are older there are many great options at great price points that should suit your taste, feel great and can easily be accommodated by your budget.
This is just a short list, there are dozens of online clothing companies that offer made-to-measure shirts that fit great and offer decent prices. I will continue to update the list so that you can try different options and find the shirt that provides all the comfort you need at a good price.