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Part One. The first recorded sale of Hickey Freeman merchandise to the retailer Capper & Capper of Chicago was in 1912. This was also the year that Hickey Freeman opened its new building, known as the Temple to Fine Tailoring. I recently put my hands on a suit whose exact age was unknown but vintage clothing experts estimated to be mid-1920’s. When I got it I did some research and from the labeling I was
It’s been a while… I’ve been sitting on this post for quite some time; while I was very happy to get my hands on this suit, the circumstances surrounding its acquisition made me a bit uneasy. I had been following the Korean tailors B & Tailor for some time; they post lovely photos on their instagram page, some of which I have nicked and posted below- They certainly know how to dress a mannequin. There
93% cashmere 7% silk.
A few years ago I had posted about the dreaded “divots” but apparently that post has long since disappeared and people have been asking for it. A fit defect dubbed “divots” by Styleforum can be seen in the top part of the sleeve and most people make the mistaken assumption (or assertion) that the jacket shoulder is too wide for the person. It is not. Here is an example of a divot. And here are
These gorgeous hand-turned wooden seam rippers would make a handsome addition to any work room. Available here
When you have a short length of the most incredible cashmere but it’s not enough to make a man’s coat… make a ladies’ one instead.
An interesting read, scanned from the Spring 1932 issue of Apparel Arts magazine
Hand made buttonholes, of course.
A few months ago I was contacted by Dirnelli who had seen something he thought might be of interest to me. A handmade shirt. And before I go much further let me preface by telling recent readers that one of the original intents of this blog was to explore the merits, myths and mystique of handmade clothing, with a particular focus on suits, sport coats and trousers. There is a lot of romance surrounding the