Next Saturday Helsinki - Torikorttelit in the city center to be exact - is the place to be. That day we will have our #tyylit-kevätpäivä featuring a trunk show visit by Swedish "tailoring house" Saman Amel and shoe brand Italigente.
As you know we have now been working with #tyylit for a bit over a year. We have tried to extend our range in terms of subjects we cover, we have started our seasonal look books (of which the spring and summer piece is on its way) and now we are happy to organize our first tyylit-event - featuring these two Swedish guests mentioned above.
More info about the schedule and program in general can be found @tyylit as well as introductions covering our upcoming guests. But as those are written in Finnish, I thought I might come up a few words here in English.
Atelier Saman Amel
I had the pleasure to meet Saman for the first time a couple of years ago as we were both at Pitti Uomo. At that time Saman and Dag (the other half of the company) were still concentrating on hand-made ties and accessories. In the end of 2013 I actually made a short interview with the guys that can be read here.
Saman Amel as a brand was born in late 2009 by Saman and Dag Granath. What started as secondary activity making quality neckwear has now grown in a way that the guys are looking for a bigger space - to replace their own atelier opened last fall - to better serve clients looking for handmade garments such as shirts, sport coats and suits.
At the moment the key product Saman and Dag are offering is their Su Misura suits, sport coats and overcoats. What Su Misura means is that they are working only with measurements without a sample garment that usually is the way when doing made-to-measure-tailoring. According to Saman this generates a higher stage of personal alteration although at the same time more complex measurement process. After taking the measurements they are send out and a pattern for a suit is made. So consequently the Saman Amel su misura service ought to be regarded as something in-between made-to-measure and bespoke tailoring. The final product will be a result of carefully taken measurements as well as a fluent dialogue will be held between the customer and Saman & Dag.
Prices - as usual - vary depending on the choice of fabric, construction and amount of handwork of the product.
In addition to tailored garments the company still offers their hand-made ties, pocket squares and as a new addition to the selection they have got some pique fabric popover-shirts - a garment that probably will be a popular choice this summer.
For more info (in Finnish) check out the post at @tyylit.fi
Italigente is a company that might not (yet) ring the bell for everyone. The company was founded in 2007 but after a few years of operation they decided to slow down and discontinue making shoes featuring their own label. However they did not shut down the business totally but continued producing shoes as a subcontractor for a Swedish clothing brand Oscar Jacobson.
Since the beginning of this year Italigente is making a comeback. The Swedish shoe company Kavat, where Magnus Ericson, the founder of Italigente is working as CEO, took over the ownership of Italigente, and with the help of the Jesper Ingevaldsson - the writer of the most famous and biggest Swedish blog regarding men's quality footwear - the brand is being build up again.
Italigente's shoes are made in Montegranaro a small city in Italy's largest shoe district Marche. The shoes are manufactured by one family, a business run by father Claudio Marini, together with his daughter Deborah and son Giancarlo.
The shoes of Italigente are made by using the blake / rapid-consctruction. The leathers used mainly come from the French tannery D'Annonay, some from Italian Ilcea. Suede leathers comes from Charles F. Stead in England and Opera in Italy. If you want to read more about the process how the Italigente shoes are made - I highly recommend you take a look of this article - The Making of Italigente - on their blog.
For more details in Finnish - check the post @tyylit.
Conclusion - Torikorttelit 30.05.2015
So #tyylit-kevätpäivä next Saturday 30.5.2015 from 1pm to 7pm @ Torikorttelit. Come to meet us, have a drink and enjoy good company! For more info be sure to check out the posts at tyylit.fi.