It was nice to meet Simone Righi in Florence. I’ve been into Frasi, and Tie Your Tie as it was before, but not when he has been in the shop.

Simone rebranded his shop three years ago, leaving the Japanese group Tie Your Tie. The stock and service were always very much Simone’s own, however, and therefore little has changed. It offers a range of luxurious knitwear (Fedeli, Hawick), knitted ties (Mattabisch, Tie Your Tie) and jackets from the likes of Sartorio Napoli and Orazio Luciano. 



One thing Simone has expanded is the ‘bespoke’ service, in which he measures customers and has suits made up by one of three tailors – Kiton, Attolini and a Florentine tailor. There is one basted fitting, changes are sent back and then the final suit arrives. Simone is not a trained tailor, but he is certainly a perfectionist when it comes to fit – as you can see on any customer he is fitting, and of course on himself. (My favourite ever shotfrom The Sartorialist is of Simone.)

The shop is fun and worth a look in. The stock isn’t much of a draw, but the appeal has always been the man, the space and the community around it.    


Photos: Luke Carby
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Anonymous

Simon I am a huge follower of your blog and a big fan. I am curious as to what you think the effect physical appearance and looks should have on the way you dress. I don’t mean to sound vain but is there not a danger that extremely well dressed good looking men have the danger of appearing very vain?

Anonymous

Thank you very much. I was also wondering if you would be interested in doing a piece on upcoming young talent on the Row and that scene, if there is any its great to hear of young blood!

Anonymous

On that note I was in Chittlebrough & Morgan the other day and bumped into a young chap called Harry Mundy who appears to be working on ready-made Row designs. Simon do you know anything about him as extensive Googling has given me nothing? If not could you possibly look into it as I am really quite interested, quite a charismatic young boy (at least compared to an old buffer like myself…)

Anonymous

Oh thank you Simon. I very much got the impression that it was a slightly more youthful and dare I use the word “edgier” style but still very much incorporating a traditional tailoring feel and style, something I believe this business needs to help keep it all fresh!
I would really appreciate it if you could keep us updated on his movements, if they ever amount to anything!
Francis

Anonymous

What is the etiquette on one wearing OE socks?

Anonymous

Simon, that suit you are wearing is lovely, it deserves so much better than a turtleneck!!

Jeff H

Simon, that Lesser flannel is a beautiful shade of blue. And, damnit, A&S can cut the hell out of a double breasted suit, that thing is incredible. And hilariously enough, you were part of two trends without knowing it (turtlenecks & shawls) and you looked more natural than anyone else.

Ruben

Hi Simon, I got gifted a jacket from Frasi, I was wondering whether you know how the Florentine tailor in question is called?

Ruben

No worries, thank for the quick reply, I’m a huge fan of your work and am thankful of what you do for menswear on a daily basis.