In my opinion, (suede) loafer is the ultimate summer shoe.
Loafers in general, especially penny loafer is a model that is a classic but has also become increasingly popular among footwear manufacturers (and #menswear aficionados) recently.
One of the best features when talking about loafers is the versatility as they can be combined with shorts in summer on one day and paired with a suit on another. Some wear them sockless some add personal style by using socks with multiple colors and patterns. Finally some want their loafers in brown calf leather so that they can create a nice patina, some prefer suede and for one black patent leather is the right choice.
As said, loafers are a perennial menswear classic and no matter what your style is, there’s basically a loafer for every type of guy. The shoe is a staple for guys in love with the sleek Italian style, essential part of the Ivy League uniform and finally everyday choice for casual oriented streetwear homies.
All in all loafers are really shoes to be worn – as practical as they are stylish.
Had a great dinner last Friday at recently opened Passio - Keittiö ja Baari. This was also the opening for our new series of #tyylit - ravintolakierros we’ll be having at tyylit.fi. The food and service were both first class, a nice way to start the summer weekend.
Check the full post (in Finnish) and more pics @tyylit.fi
Pitti Uomo inspiration - All Blues
Heading to Florence next Monday and for some reason feeling pretty inspired by monochromatic combinations. So this might be something you’ll see me wearing during next week.
Suit: SuitSupply Shirt: Finamore Tie: Saman Amel
PS: Drake’s London Shoes: Crockett&Jones
Shades: Italian Independent Pouch: Mismo
Anonymous said: Hi, looking to buy a pair of mens suede derbys in a dark brown. Have a £200 budget any ideas? Cheers
Not sure if you are looking a plain-toe derby or something with brogue-detailing but I guess you are referring to PTBs so here are few options.
Septieme Largeur (a bit lighter brown though)
Every one of these models is a kind of compromise which I guess one needs to accept when dealing with a budget. If you are able to wait a while and increase your budget a little there are some decent options available from Alfred Sargent, Carmina and Crockett&Jones.
If you are looking something very casual to be worn with jeans for example (and you can live with the crepe sole) I would probably go with the Sanders model.
eunjungjjang said: Hi there! Always appreciate your posts which are full of pictures and informative. I found out about Lardini through your blog and was wondering if you knew any other retailers that sold Lardini's online other than yoox. The fw14 collection is nothing short of amazing. Thank you! :)
Thanks for the feedback. You might already be aware of these but here are some you might find worth to check out.
Anonymous said: Hey A, big up, your blog really is great! I have a question: I'm going to rome in 3 weeks and was wondering whether or not you knew a few really nice shops there? And in addition to that: I am desperate to find blazers from the SS14 LBM1911 collection, but I do not know where I could buy them except online. Do you know any stores, preferably not in Scandinavia haha, where I might be able to find some? In Florence maybe? Because I don't think I'll be going to Mantova any time soon. Thanks!
And thanks for the kind words. I hope this still comes in time, sorry it has taken a while to answer.
It’s been a few years since I’ve been in Rome but here are some places that you can try and check out:
Grisal - Via Monte Zebio
Cosimo Colonna - Via Uffici del Vicario, 53
Davide Cenci - Via di Campo Marzio, 1-8
Then of course there are multiple mono brand stores such as Loro Piana, Brioni, Battistoni etc and Boggi or Suitsupply if you are looking for something a bit more “reasonably priced”.
In terms of LBM 1911 I’m not unfortunately aware of places in Italy that are selling their stuff that I could mention for sure. The best way to find out would probably be sending a message to Lubiam and ask for the retailers.
Will be in Florence next week so I’ll try to keep my eyes open and if I see any stores selling LBM1911, I will post it here.
kulaks86 said: Every time I press my Fresco trousers, I will be placing a piece of cotton ironing cloth on the trousers separating the iron. Do I really need that cotton cloth ? Due to the coarse and porous texture of Fresco, I don't think the pants will become "shinny" without using the cotton ironing cloth.
I guess that’s a question there’s not really a right answer for.. If you choose the right temperature and take care that you are careful enough you probably are good to go even without the cotton cloth in between but I personally would still keep it there, just in case.
As the guys from Isaia were last time visiting Helsinki and Fere I got a chance to make an order for my other mtm-shirt by them. Regarding the process in general, check the post I wrote earlier from here.
This time I decided to go for something a bit more “summerish” and ended up with a chambray-fabric featuring quite a wide spread collar and naturally “neapolitan” shoulders. The cloth itself is very lightweight, suitable to be worn in the office with a suit and a tie but works as well when worn with just a pair of cotton slacks or shorts. Once again the shirt is nothing short of perfect with its hand made buttonholes, buttons that are hand sewn with a coral shape and armholes also stitched and basted by hand.
Will try to come up with fit pics at some point.
This week got a great start as I on Monday received a package from Australia including a pair of suede loafers and a new pocket square I ordered earlier. Both by my friend and highly talented Mr. Christian Kimber, one of the “new hopes” of #menswear. Keep an eye on this guy.
The suit is wool / silk / mohair mixture by SuitSupply in a bit more bright blue, espeacially suitable for summer (and actually acquired to be worn at couple of upcoming summer weddings), white x light blue striped lightweight cotton twill shirt by Eton and brown linen tie by Berg&Berg to balance the ensemble.
Suit: SuitSupply Shirt: Eton of Sweden Tie: Berg&Berg
Loafers and PS: Christian Kimber
At Pitti Uomo 85 Eidos Napoli made its second appearance and after a debut that was slightly describing nothing less than total success the expectations were high for sure.
Whereas the “theme and concept” for the Eidos S/S ´14 “This is Rome”-collection was young man’s first summer in the eternal city of Rome, this time inspiration comes from Florence, showing the “Faces of Firenze”. The line itself is again full of sportswear side garments mixed with fine tailoring and divided into “two different” sides - of which the first one brings out “Italian workwear” and other one is concentrated more tailored “business man” appearance.
In terms of Eidos, consistency is the key. Antonio and the guys have established a clear identity and they are developing vivid color stories with eccentric materials that really blur the line between casual workwear and conventional business attire.
The pictures don’t really make justice to this collection as the beauty of it relies on the materials and textures (as the pictured donegal tweeds and casentino fabrics shows), prints and little details (beautifully made one-piece collars and waistbands of trousers just to name a few) that needs to be seen in real. We are still waiting for the first store in Scandinavia to take Eidos to their selection but if the rumors are true we may not have to wait very long.