Earlier this year, we saw one of the largest flocks of peacocks ever to migrate over to Italy for the biannual Pitti Uomo, the 95th edition. Along with the migration of fashionistas, we see some of the world’s most highly regarded and sought after menswear designers and brands showcase their latest trends.
Being the winter edition of Pitti Uomo, I wanted to play with layers and texture. As most of you know, I am a fan of bold patterns and colours but I also love the feel of heavier weight cloth, flannel and tweed. I sourced this from a very limited collection of fabrics by the Tuscan masters at Lanificio Ricceri. They design and supply fabrics for many of the most acclaimed fashion houses such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Prada. I have loved their cloths for so long now and have been waiting for the right time to work with it. So in almost a homage to the mill and its designers, these suits have gone full circle. Australian wool woven in Italy, luxurious cloth sent back to Australia to be made and then the finished suit returning to Tuscany for their debut on the international fashion circuit.
Sam’s ensemble all began with the made to measure overcoat. From the moment Sam first saw the stunning brown and beige houndstooth cloth, we both knew we were on to a winner. The coat was very simply styled: four-over-three buttoning detail, broad peak lapels and welt pocket. This coat was designed to make you feel like you are being hugged. Wrapping your self in this gorgeous wool and cashmere fabric feels luxurious yet practical. It was finished with a centre vent and a belt detail at the rear.
The suit on the other hand, had to be striking. I loved this ostentatious take on a Prince of Wales by Lanificio Ricceri. The base colour of the cloth is black and white and has highlight checks in blood orange and burgundy hues, which change the entire effect of the pattern. The suit is finished with all the classic bespoke trims: full canvas construction, working buttonholes and hand finishing, but it is the double breasted styling that adds the most drama.