In the morning it was time to head back to office after three weeks of vacation. Ended up making it easy and playing safe by going with my favorite suit from Caruso together with some subtle shades of blue for shirt and tie. It was nice to be on vacation but it’s also good to be back at work.
Suit: Caruso Shirt: Isaia Napoli (mtm) TIe: Berg&Berg
Shoes: Crockett&Jones PS: Eton of Sweden
Today taking a look at the fall and winter collection of Norwegian Berg&Berg, a company known for producing quality accessories and knitwear with a reasonable price tag which has made it a favorite for many, including myself.
This season it seems that especially in ties Mathias and Karen have taken a big leap forward. There are more handrolled and untipped ties, more sixfolds and a wider range of fabrics than ever before which as they say themselves - makes this their most exciting tie collection ever. In terms of fabrics there’s gonna be ties made of silk grenadine, wool/silk grenadine, shantung, ancient madder silk, various printed silks, jacquards, wool, wool/silk blends and even cashmere.
For the first time the company also has a wide selection of untipped handrolled ties as well as several untipped six fold versions. But still for many ties they have kept the traditional self tipped option. All Berg&Berg ties are still handmade in Naples or Como with Italian fabrics.
In addition to ties Berg&Berg also seems to be taking forward their knitwear game. Favorite of previous fall and winter season - basket wave sweater is available again with multiple choices of colors. In case one is looking for a sturdy piece of knitwear to be worn with denim, button-down shirt and a parka jacket - the basket weave is an option to take a look at.
As the collection is still not fully launched one might want to keep an eye on the website in the upcoming weeks.
Most of #menswear-afficianados want their ties untipped and with hand rolled edges as it gives the tie a more lightweight feel and maybe even makes it feel a bit more elegant as one can more easily see the details of construction and quality of handwork.
Striped shantung silks - Shantung’s natural slubs gives the tie texture and a bit more rustic feel. A really good choice to wear at work during the fall - paired with dark (grey or blue) colored wool suits.
One of the new additions to the selection are the wool/silk grenadines, made of a fabric with an open weave texture that together with the wool fabric gives the tie kind of deep and intense look.
The scarf selection seems to include a full range of choices featuring cashmere, wool, silk and merino - all made in Biella, Italy or in Scotland by the iconic maker Johnston of Elgin. In terms patterns the selection includes classic plaids, prince of wales, paisleys, houndstooths, solids, herringbones and dots. The most inspiring pieces though are definitely the Jacquard silk / wool scarves with a woven paisley pattern - these are made to be worn with solid wool / cashmere overcoats during the cold and windy days of fall.
In terms of pockets squares there are some really nice new editions made of soft wools and silk with rich and vibrant colors featuring nicely detailed patterns. Definitely an affordable alternative for many makers such as Rubinacci, Drake’s of London or Vanda Fine Clothing for example.
Back home after great trips to Barcelona and Stockholm - more about those later. It’s been pretty quiet at the blog but time to get back on track here as well as the fall keeps coming.
Earlier this week I got featured @ Yhden miehen tyyli - a blog by Finnish writer Jani Niipola (who is also the man behind the book Vapaa Tyyli - probably the best men’s style book written in Finnish).
In the summer Jani got me answering few questions and my thoughts can now be read from here. They are in Finnish but I guess google translator will help in case it seems to hard to understand…
Photos by Elina Simonen.
Suit: Rose&Born Shirt: Kamakura : Tie: Arcuri Cravatte via Linkson Jack
Shoes: Alfred Sargent via AFPOS Watch: Larsson&Jennings
Wallet: Chester Mox Bracelets: Viola Milano
Thanks a lot for this Jani and Elina.
A few quick shots from this morning - taken at our hotel before heading to the airport and back to Helsinki.
Been busy as trying to unpack and pack the bags again for tomorrow as we continue to Stockholm to see the Fashion week and especially the launch of Eidos Napoli x Eton of Sweden new collaboration. More about that in the end of the week.
Sport coat: Lardini Shirt: Ralph Lauren Trousers: Finealta
Driving mocs: Bexley Bracelets: Viola Milano
To see what’s up in Stockholm and for more pics - instagram / facebook
Heading just nowto Barcelona for vacation for few days…
For updates from Spain check and follow on instagram @dresslikea. And in case you’re interested in having overload of pics in terms of our trip - check out and follow @mhsandberg as well.
And some recent pics via the IG-account where I actually am much more active at least in terms of wiwt-pics than what I’ve been here…
What I wore last weekend: Jacket by Pal Zileri, mtm-trousers from Herrainpukimo, Gran Sasso shirt and Christian Kimber suede loafers.
Our new apartment we moved into last week is about ready. And it’s looking pretty good…
Fabric for a new mtm-suit in the making by Vaatturiliike Sauma.
And here we go - heading to Barcelona.
Suitsupply has just launched the the first selection of their upcoming fall and winter collection for pre-order. According to Suitsupply’s head designer Murray Coetzee, the team looked to the past for inspiration to create a collection that combines the archives of some of Italy’s finest fabric producers. Patterns in the collection range from subtle checks and bold windowpanes to classic houndstooth and are featured trough the whole range from suits, coats, shirts, ties and even in the outerwear pieces. In addition to patterns there are multiple plays by textures and fabrics that range from luxe cashmere blends all the way to hardy tweeds.
In terms of colors the collection is build on hard play with the shades of blue ranging from bold Neapolitan blues to deep navy tones with accents that run the gamut from rich shades of burnt orange to ochre, oxblood, and forest green.
All in all there are multiple pieces and combinations that attracts interest. Although the selection for pre-order as well as the preview of the collection relies heavily on the bold standout pieces there are still many simple and plain - classic pieces that are easy to adapt one’s wardrobe - even for them who are not yet hardy (or dandy) enough to go out wearing the three-piece suits featuring big plaids or “look-at-me” checks.
As I know there are many who have wait for this collection I also picked out some of my personal favorites and pieces that caught my eye.
Even though weather is still pretty warm (at least here in Finland) one can sense that autumn is coming as most of the brands are already coming up their fall and winter collections. Viola Milano is no exception as they yesterday launched the first patch of their fall collection for ties.
At this point it’s only about ties as pocket squares, beanies and scarves for colder months will be released in the first week of September.
Cashmere for all occasions
In terms of ties the collection for fall is basically based on two different materials, wool and cashmere. Cashmere ties come in two different folds, 3-folds for the striped ones and 7-folds for the plain, one-colored ones. In addition there’s a selection of 3-fold wool ties featuring classic polka dot pattern. As usual all of the ties are finished with hand rolled edges and untipped.
Personally I’m especially fond of the one-colored cashmere ones as they are (imo) as versatile as a tie can be. Easy to combine with your business suit for work, with denim and a sport coat or even with a wool cardigan and corduroy slacks for the most casual occasion in case you still want to dress up a little. In case you only are looking for one tie to purchase this fall, my suggestion would be a navy cashmere one.
Check here for the earlier posts regarding Viola Milano.
And more post regarding ties - check here.
Spanish Meermin has recently launched a new website including clearer, simple and fresh look & lay-out. But what’s most interesting part of the “reformation” is their newly launched mto-program.
New Meermin MTO-group program
According to the site Made To Order Group is a new & very dynamic way to offer clients a wider range of possibilities. The system is based on crowd sourcing method, where it is left for the clients to decide what items move on to production and what doesn’t.
The program works so that customers support the new item they like and once the number of units supported reaches the campaign goal, the item is successfully funded and Meermin starts the production. This means that Made To Order groups are all-or-nothing, if the 100% of the goal is not reached, the item won’t go into production and all the deposits done so far will be refunded.
What makes the program interesting is that once the goal for one item is complete there can’t be more orders made and the item goes into production.
Double-breasted overcoats, turtleneck sweaters, shades of blue and grey, light weight construction & soft tailoring. In terms of the upcoming fall Italian Tombolini keeps the collection mainly plain and simple - making it interesting by variating fabric choices, patterns and textures.
All in all the look the look book is a good example of “playing simple” with classic elements of menswear - still keeping the look fresh and interesting. Especially some good examples how to include roll neck sweaters to your business wardrobe and how to make them work.
For more pictures of the collection check also the review from Pitti Uomo 85.
Pics via tombolini.it
Next in line for the short reviews from Pitti Uomo is Drake’s London.
Mostly known for their ties, Drake’s is not just the largest producer of premium neckties in Britain (producing around 100,000 ties per year, which includes ties made both under their own name and as private label for other well known brands) but also I dare to say, one of the best and most innovative brands in the accessory business.
As being one of my personal favorite my expectations for Drake’s collections are always pretty high. Still - season after season these guys seem to exceed those expectations.