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One of the best - or well, the best thing that has come into my life through #menswear and blogging is the opportunity to meet new people and making new friends. Giving the fact most of guys are living in different parts of the world you might not see them very often but there are guys you come to be friends for good.
I started my tumblr late 2011 and in fact at that time I could not even dream about the experiences or people it would bring along. One of the “earliest memories” in terms of my tumblr relates to Pitti Uomo 82 which was the first fair in Florence I ever took part. I remember that a bit before the trip I got a message via tumblr from a guy who at that time used to keep a blog called aneapolitandream (now dreams I MADhouse), a known blog for every guy following menswear - kept by Agyesh Madan, also earlier director of product development of Isaia. The message itself was an invitation for a lunch hold at the Isaia stand during the fair - not that big of a deal when you put it like this but for a guy who did not know almost anyone in the industry and who was just writing his own blog in Finland it was kind of nice to “get noticed” by one of the most inspiring men in this field, from a guy whose pictures had been used as a source for inspiration multiple times.
Since June 2012 a lot has happened and nowadays I’m happy to know this man - who also is one of the most humble, sincere and genuine guys I’ve got the honor to be dealing with - and be able to call him a friend. Although some things hasn’t change - still this guy is one of the most inspiring people in the field, a guy one can learn a lot from by taking a look at the person, proportions, fit and especially combining and use of texture, materials and colors by him. His thoughts of style really comes real in him. As he puts it himself “style is just better left undefined, it’s this intersection of comfort, ease in one’s way of life and pure enjoyment. It shines through, irrespective of what one is wearing.” And definitely - it shines through.
Recently Agyesh was kind enough to take his time and answer few questions I had in mind. Check below his thoughts - read and learn.
"Style is not a beginning or an end, just a state of continuous evolvement with who you are, where you are and what you are doing."
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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. 

image 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.

imageStriped 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.

imageOne 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.

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imageThe 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.

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imageIn 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.

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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.

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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

Starting my vacation on Friday, three weeks out of office - feeling pretty good already. Moving into a new apartment, after that long weekend in Barcelona and few days in Stockholm checking out the upcoming Fashion week. In addition to that some new stuff regarding the blog and tyylit.fi - more than enough to be inspired by.

To put it shortly, this is what this vacation will be all about…

Casual wear, drinks and good food…

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Building up new home - simple and clean it will be…

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Traveling - next up Barcelona and Stockholm…

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Beach-wear Sunday
Temperature being around 30°C while waking up, there’s basically no other choices than head to the beach.
I’m not sure if there’s any garments that can keep you cool enough in that heat but opt for lighter tones and light, breathable materials such as linen and light-weight cotton. Rivieras slip-ons are one of my favorite summer shoes as they are suitable not just for the beach but to be used in the city as well.
Good book, a nice towel (and maybe some drinks and sunscreen) into the bag and you’re set to go.
Shirt: Gant Rugger Shorts: Gant Rugger Slip-ons: Rivieras
Tote bag: Jack Spade Shades: Super Sunglasses
Beach towel: Apolis  Book: Mies

Beach-wear Sunday

Temperature being around 30°C while waking up, there’s basically no other choices than head to the beach.

I’m not sure if there’s any garments that can keep you cool enough in that heat but opt for lighter tones and light, breathable materials such as linen and light-weight cotton. Rivieras slip-ons are one of my favorite summer shoes as they are suitable not just for the beach but to be used in the city as well.

Good book, a nice towel (and maybe some drinks and sunscreen) into the bag and you’re set to go.

Shirt: Gant Rugger Shorts: Gant Rugger Slip-ons: Rivieras

Tote bag: Jack Spade Shades: Super Sunglasses

Beach towel: Apolis  Book: Mies

Inspired by Mr.Porter
As Mr. Porter (euro site) started today their final sale (reductions up to 80%) here’s some pieces that are worth checking out. Some of them might already be sold out and some might be available in limited sizes only but there are definitely some very good deals going on. Especially that Aspesi field jacket for 120 euros is a steal.
Jacket: Aspesi Silk sweater: Ovadia&Sons Shirt: Orlebar Brown
Trousers: Ovadia&Sons (can be replaced with these Hartford ones)
Shoes: Common Projects Shades: Tod’s

Inspired by Mr.Porter

As Mr. Porter (euro site) started today their final sale (reductions up to 80%) here’s some pieces that are worth checking out. Some of them might already be sold out and some might be available in limited sizes only but there are definitely some very good deals going on. Especially that Aspesi field jacket for 120 euros is a steal.

Jacket: Aspesi Silk sweater: Ovadia&Sons Shirt: Orlebar Brown

Trousers: Ovadia&Sons (can be replaced with these Hartford ones)

Shoes: Common Projects Shades: Tod’s

In general one can find very varying opinions regarding Massimo Dutti, their selection and the quality of their pieces, especially in terms of their men’s selection. 

I’ve personally always been kind of in favor for the aesthetics and overall look of their pieces and considered that MD is definitely an option worth considering especially for anyone looking to build up a wardrobe on a bit more limited budget. Although it needs to be said that MD is also (as H&M, Gutteridge, Uniqlo etc) a place where one need to be careful and “know what to buy” as there are pieces in the mix where the price and quality unfortunately are not in balance.

As Massimo Dutti a while ago started their summer sale I decided to take a quick look of their offerings and there are actually some really nice pieces available and some worth of a look combinations in case looking for summer inspiration. In the pics actually can be seen (what I feel is) the strength of MD; use of simple and toned down colors and casual but still chic mixing of different pieces. As I’m having the second week of my vacation, these combinations are actually pretty much like the ones I can be seen wearing during the days in the city.

If just at some point they would start shipping to Finland…

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Recent acquisitions part II - Lardini double-breasted blazer
I’ve personally always been fond of double-breasted jackets and as they’ve recently come more and more popular (again) it has luckily brought many new and nice options available. 
The jacket pictured is another db-blazer I just recently decided to go for in addition to the G.Abo Napoli one posted couple of days ago. Had been keeping an eye for this since the guys at Sauma showed it to me for the first time couple of months ago.
The jacket (by Lardini) is made of nice cotton x linen mixture, unlined and features a bit bolder pattern that might even be a deal-breaker for some people. One thing that is worth paying attention is the pattern matching which is done with utmost care and finished perfectly. Just look at the (patch) breast pocket for example.
Next week you will probably see some fit pics of this one as well, paired with some suede loafers and white cotton slacks. Recent acquisitions part II - Lardini double-breasted blazer
I’ve personally always been fond of double-breasted jackets and as they’ve recently come more and more popular (again) it has luckily brought many new and nice options available. 
The jacket pictured is another db-blazer I just recently decided to go for in addition to the G.Abo Napoli one posted couple of days ago. Had been keeping an eye for this since the guys at Sauma showed it to me for the first time couple of months ago.
The jacket (by Lardini) is made of nice cotton x linen mixture, unlined and features a bit bolder pattern that might even be a deal-breaker for some people. One thing that is worth paying attention is the pattern matching which is done with utmost care and finished perfectly. Just look at the (patch) breast pocket for example.
Next week you will probably see some fit pics of this one as well, paired with some suede loafers and white cotton slacks. Recent acquisitions part II - Lardini double-breasted blazer
I’ve personally always been fond of double-breasted jackets and as they’ve recently come more and more popular (again) it has luckily brought many new and nice options available. 
The jacket pictured is another db-blazer I just recently decided to go for in addition to the G.Abo Napoli one posted couple of days ago. Had been keeping an eye for this since the guys at Sauma showed it to me for the first time couple of months ago.
The jacket (by Lardini) is made of nice cotton x linen mixture, unlined and features a bit bolder pattern that might even be a deal-breaker for some people. One thing that is worth paying attention is the pattern matching which is done with utmost care and finished perfectly. Just look at the (patch) breast pocket for example.
Next week you will probably see some fit pics of this one as well, paired with some suede loafers and white cotton slacks. Recent acquisitions part II - Lardini double-breasted blazer
I’ve personally always been fond of double-breasted jackets and as they’ve recently come more and more popular (again) it has luckily brought many new and nice options available. 
The jacket pictured is another db-blazer I just recently decided to go for in addition to the G.Abo Napoli one posted couple of days ago. Had been keeping an eye for this since the guys at Sauma showed it to me for the first time couple of months ago.
The jacket (by Lardini) is made of nice cotton x linen mixture, unlined and features a bit bolder pattern that might even be a deal-breaker for some people. One thing that is worth paying attention is the pattern matching which is done with utmost care and finished perfectly. Just look at the (patch) breast pocket for example.
Next week you will probably see some fit pics of this one as well, paired with some suede loafers and white cotton slacks. Recent acquisitions part II - Lardini double-breasted blazer
I’ve personally always been fond of double-breasted jackets and as they’ve recently come more and more popular (again) it has luckily brought many new and nice options available. 
The jacket pictured is another db-blazer I just recently decided to go for in addition to the G.Abo Napoli one posted couple of days ago. Had been keeping an eye for this since the guys at Sauma showed it to me for the first time couple of months ago.
The jacket (by Lardini) is made of nice cotton x linen mixture, unlined and features a bit bolder pattern that might even be a deal-breaker for some people. One thing that is worth paying attention is the pattern matching which is done with utmost care and finished perfectly. Just look at the (patch) breast pocket for example.
Next week you will probably see some fit pics of this one as well, paired with some suede loafers and white cotton slacks.

Recent acquisitions part II - Lardini double-breasted blazer

I’ve personally always been fond of double-breasted jackets and as they’ve recently come more and more popular (again) it has luckily brought many new and nice options available. 

The jacket pictured is another db-blazer I just recently decided to go for in addition to the G.Abo Napoli one posted couple of days ago. Had been keeping an eye for this since the guys at Sauma showed it to me for the first time couple of months ago.

The jacket (by Lardini) is made of nice cotton x linen mixture, unlined and features a bit bolder pattern that might even be a deal-breaker for some people. One thing that is worth paying attention is the pattern matching which is done with utmost care and finished perfectly. Just look at the (patch) breast pocket for example.

Next week you will probably see some fit pics of this one as well, paired with some suede loafers and white cotton slacks.

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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.

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