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I started writing a blog called The Dicky Bow in 2006. For a few years, I just posted content and small write-ups about what I learned about men’s wear. I was not a guy that wore flashy poorly designed modern clothes. I do not like tees, denim jackets, saggy or skinny jeans, shirts with decorations or weird designs and my sneakers or what the British call trainers, I buy them only when I need a new pair. If I am repairing items in the house then I wear the appropriate work clothes, boots, tees and jeans.

What I do like is classic men’s wear, beautifully cut suits, jackets, and trousers, beautifully crafted shoes. I like the period of the ’30s and the 40s when men dressed for every occasion and even dressing down or casual was smart looking.

After a few years, I started an event company called EDB Cravatta as well as its forerunner Papillon Cravatta (I had a few partners). These web-based companies were outlets that I used to throw live catered events for providers of bespoke and made-to-measure men’s wear.

I still provide the service when a maker of bespoke or made-to-measure men’s wear needs the service. EDB being more successful allowed me to display bespoke and made-to-measure clothes made from fabrics from mills like Dormeuil, Reda and Vitale Barberis.

I had to rent spaces from warehouses, private showrooms, public areas, and art galleries. I hired staff, had the entire event catered (I use an excellent cook that caters luxury events), provided security, designed and printed the marketing materials, placed banner ads, created email blasts, purchased keywords, curated wines and was in attendance overlooking the entire event in a made-to-measure or bespoke suit.

It is always exciting when I handle these events, and while I do not do as many as I once did, I learned a lot about the business of bespoke men’s wear as well as made-to-measure which I love. I work as a marketing specialist and still do everything above but I do it on a corporate level, costs more money and dressing down with corporate polos is the norm.

In the mean-time, I will be sponsoring an event in CT, probably in October, featuring a firm that provides made-to-measure at a really good price point for the entry-level dresser who is really just getting into dressing as a man.

So here is the history of The Dicky Bow, and hopefully, it provides a little insight into my passion for men’s wear.

Made-to-Measure Men’s Wear

Fabric Selection
Guest is talking to my co-founder. We do not like to show faces, private event.

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