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Your Guide to Neapolitan Jacket Characteristics

The Internet has played a crucial role in introducing menswear aficionados to the visual nuances that permeate tailoring traditions – whether they come from the good old UK or the sunny shores of Naples, and the Neapolitan jacket has undeniably grown in popularity for men who shop and appreciate classic menswear. The following is a

All About Shirt Fabrics and Weaves

Editor’s Note: although this post, made by forum member and expert shirtmaker Alexander Kabbaz, dates all the way back to 2006, it’s still a great resource. It contains a wealth of information about shirts, shirt fabrics and shirt quality that’s worth reading in its entirety. We’ve re-published the article in its entirety so that you

How to Choose a Suit Fabric: Part 1

how to choose a suit fabric

I remember first stepping into Britex Fabrics in downtown San Francisco several years ago, when the seeds of bespoke clothing had begun to germinate in my imagination.  This landmark building, which has hosted Britex since 1952, sports walls over one hundred feet long, all lined to the ceiling with practically every shade of the rainbow in wools,

Suit Styles: American, English, Continental

First, a history. My great-grandfather hailed from the small fishing town of Mazara del Vallo, on the far southeast corner of Sicily. A little over 100 years ago he emigrated to the United States, where my grandfather was born. My grandmother was born in America as well, to parents from the same Sicilian city. Later

Erik Mannby’s 10 Rules of Style

Erik Mannby 10 rules of men's style

Erik is one of Styleforum’s best-known and best-dressed members, and you may recognize him from our Pitti Uomo coverage. Here, he breaks down his top ten sartorial rules.     Always use the four in hand knot. I’ve noticed that the false notion of the Windsor knot being more formal still lives on in some

Mastering Complex Patterns

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can play weird– that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple complicated is commonplace–making the complicated simple, awesomely simple–that’s creativity.”  – Charles Mingus In today’s post-slacker world, just wearing coat and tie is enough to turn heads in many environments.  Sadly,

Primer: Neapolitan Jacket Shoulder Style

jacket shoulder style

In both bespoke men’s tailoring as well as prêt-à-porter, jacket shoulder and sleeve style have now become details of greater importance thanks to a worldwide increase in both knowledge and interest in menswear. A connoisseur of sartorial matters always focuses the eye (primarily) on the jacket shoulder, and will notice if it “sits” (and takes the right forms) optimally. These

What to Expect from Bespoke

what to expect from bespoke

So you’ve decided to “go bespoke.”  Great!  From now on, everything you commission should be perfect, right? I decided to ask some of StyleForum’s members to elaborate on their bespoke experiences to give the “n00b” an idea of what to expect during the first (and hopefully continuing) foray into bespoke.  Their combined familiarity helps create