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FERDINANDO CARACENI: THE PRINCE

  Ferdinando Caraceni is alive and well. Under the tutelage of his daughter Nicoletta, the house produces prodigious garments that are perhaps closer to Domenico Caraceni’s DNA, more than anyone else, although not related to the Caracenis. He trained with … Continue reading

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ULDERICO BASILI ROMA: MORE CARACENI THAN CARACENI

    There are times when the essence of craft is elevated beyond the mentor. In the world of bench tailoring, the house, as legendary as it may be, is only as good as the trained tailors they take on. … Continue reading

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SAVILE ROW? NO, CHEO!

Years ago there was a window on East 60th Street, 30 E 60th Street to be exact. In that window, there was always a covert wool chesterfield coat draped on a dress form. In the summer months it would be … Continue reading

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BEAUTIFUL BOUTONNIERE

The boutonniere is the eye of the jacket, and it can reveal the soul of a garment. Take the label out of a jacket, and the boutonniere is the clue to it’s origins. When not used for the requisite flower on … Continue reading

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REX ORDINE SAVILII

Self-indulgent as Prince of Wales and self-indulgent as would-be king just hanging out. Which leads to the question: Is a man who is so consumed by his clothing shallow? A gentleman does not speak of his clothing, or discuss who … Continue reading

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H. HUNTSMAN: JASON ROBARDS “GET SOME”

Legendary actor Jason Robards’ portrayal of Ben Bradlee in, “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN” was without question brilliant. His performance won him an Oscar at a time when they actually meant something. There’s a scene in which Bob Woodward tells Bradlee, … Continue reading

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THE MOST PERFECT SHOULDER OF ALL-TIME

Is this the most perfect shoulder of all-time? Well of course it’s open to debate. But  I’ve seen them all, in their glory. Shoulders with roll, no roll, Spalla Camicia, Spalla Insellata, the pagoda, and on and on. They all … Continue reading

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