A BBC documentary on one of the most popular, classic, and influential garments of all time: Levis’ 501 jeans. Well worth a watch. 

(via Gwarizm)

O’Mast Screening and DVD

O’Mast will be having its first screening this Wednesday, November 30th, at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. The building is located at 24 West 12th Street in New York City. The event starts at 6 PM and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. I recommend getting there a little bit early. 

The director of the film, Gianluca Migliarotti, will be in attendance, as will Mark Cho of The Armoury and Drake’s. I’ve been told that The Armoury will be the exclusive retailer for the DVD, and that it will be available for Christmas delivery. 

* Special thanks to Gianluca Migliarotti for cutting the above teaser clip for us. Mr. Migliarotti will be working with Jesse and the team in Milan for Season Two of Put This On’s video series, so be on the watch for that!

I saw this on Put This On two years ago. It continues to be one of the funniest clips I’ve ever seen, so I figured it was time to dig it up again.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I own a motif tie - it’s navy and has pheasants on it. I wore it once with a brown tweed jacket, and then later realized I looked ridiculous, so I’ve never picked it up again. I’m sure it works for some men, but definitely not on an emaciated Asian like me.

Daniel Goodbaum sent me this video he shot last month in his hometown, Toronto. Video’s a wonderful medium for street style. Love the variety of folks shown here - note that none of them is smoking a cigarette outside a fashion show.

"I know what you are! You’re one of those fancy lads, aren’t you? Gosh what a sweet little outfit. Is it your little spring outfit? You couldn’t be cuter. You’re so adorable. Oooooohhhh my." - A Real American Hero

The day you wake up with 10% of Sam Cooke’s class, elegance and soul is the day you’re a better man.

The very funny Steven Merchant, co-creator of The Office, meets up with comedy legend Ronnie Corbett of The Two Ronnies for a bit of a polish-up. Hopefully an inspiration not just for comedy fans who like to dress, but also for those of us who are of, well, distinguished stature. Physically.

"Look at this face. What do you see?"

Handmade in Italy

Before I started blogging about this stuff, I was an avid reader of menswear blogs for years. One of my favorite blogs was A Continuous Lean, partly because I shared Michael’s passion for knowing how my clothes were made, not just how they were styled. Some of my favorite posts by him were those that showed the manufacturing process behind the stuff I loved so much. 

So, given my (well documented) love for Italian menswear, I thought I’d share a special set of videos of hand craftsmanship in Italy. The videos were produced by Mad About Town, an online boutique that brings some of Europe’s most exquisite luxury items to customers around the world. 

There are three videos. The first is of a Genovese tie maker, Finollo. Lapo Elkann once named this as one of his favorite companies, and given that their wares are so beautifully handmade, it’s easy to see why. The second is of Riccardo Bestetti, an Italian cordwainer based out of Vigevano. Bestetti handmakes everything from Italian styled double monks to British styled wingtips to American styled cowboy boots; the man has an incredible range. Finally, we have Barbisio, a hat company inspired by the Italian notion of La Dolce Vita (“the good life”). These hats were big in Italy during the 1940s and ’50s, and men would wear them to tell the world they’ve reached an apex in their careers. Today, Barbisio makes hats with the same machines they used a hundred years ago. The manufacturing process is truly something to behold. 

There are two other videos that I haven’t included here. The first is of Nicky, one of the finest tie makers in the world. The company was founded in Milan sometime in 1920, and since then, they’ve been hand making incredibly elegant ties. The other is of Valigeria Beretta, another Milanese company. They handhandcraft luxury bags out of French and British leathers. I’ve left them out because they’re not motion picture videos, but rather a sequence of photographs. However, you can see the two videos here and here. I do think they’re still worth watching, however, if you’re as into European menswear as I am.