Shantung silk ties for the sunny weather.
#ambrosi in #formosa enjoying his tobacco
An Italian in Hong Kong.
Anthony Eden and texture in the city suit.
A Prime Minister remembered for his style. For example -
“The right suits are dateless - expect when you show the date label in the pocket which all proper tailors include - but they often hint at the archaic (eg the classic double-breasted pinstripe still says ‘Anthony Eden, 1939’).” - The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook.
Gianluca checking the audio for a new project at our makeshift closet/studio at Drake’s.
Dress up to listen up.
6:59am: Lucky that my man opens early. Coomb’s Shoe Repair in Sydney’s Strand Arcade.
I had the good luck recently to be asked by the fine folk at Herb Lester Associates to write one of their guides to ‘the usual and unusual’. Because they were aware of my extreme espresso habit and penchant for theatrical Italian hand gestures they sent me to Rome, a city I know well and have been known to bore people senseless relentlessly banging on about. So it was therapeutic to concentrate my knowledge and thoughts about this wonderful city and get it all down in this guide. As ever with all Herb Lester products it has been executed with some style. The design work by Nate Luetkehans is absolutely charming and manages to capture the mood of the words and the atmosphere of the city perfectly. If you too enjoy the stuff I ramble about on this blog - clothes, espresso, Italy, design and architecture of a particular hue - then this modest guide might be your thing. It costs £4 and can be purchased from Herb’s website and a large number of London bookshops and galleries. You can also find a piece I wrote for the Herb Lester journal and some photographs of Rome I took here.
…for visit to Rome, January 2014.
Austin Wong and Gabriel Zeller