Video: The Young Tailors Symposium

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Looking back on it, our summer 2016 edition of the Symposium series - which focused on young tailors - was particularly interesting.

It's easy to forget until you see our film, shown here, how much the backgrounds of each tailor varied. Each was also more interested in the Symposium itself than perhaps some of the bigger names we have included in the past.

Hopefully some of that comes across in this film, the aim of which was to give access to the hundreds of thousands of Permanent Style readers that couldn't be there on that day in Florence.

Thanks once again to Stefano Bemer and Holland & Sherry for sponsoring the event, to BluPhox Media for the filming, and to Davide, Eithen, Satoki, Gianfrancesco, Chad and Arnold for their involvement.

We couldn't have done it without you.

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Ahh finally!! Been waiting eagerly for this one! Excellent as usual, Simon!


I could watch stuff like that for hours


Great video and a very interesting exchange.
That said, I was not at all inspired by their choice of projects. I didn’t see one jacket that I thought yes, I must have that.
Perhaps it was an issue of cloth choice. The check was particularly appalling whilst the cut seemed to be quite good. Similarly the Donegal fabric colour would be difficult to match and I just can’t stand those Italian patch breast pockets. To me they look like something that’s been stuck on as an afterthought.
I sometimes think giving a tailor a showcase is like asking a hairdresser to do show work. They invariably bust a gut but come out with something completely unwearable.

Nick Inkster

I’m inclined to agree with David. It’s a nicely made film and the exchanges are interesting, particularly hearing a bit about their routes into tailoring. The pieces of work looked uninspiring though given the rather muddy cloths and the fact that nothing looks good on a dummy. I did, however, like the cut of Gianfrancesco’s suit.


I don’t understand why they all decided to go for a bit softer shoulders, then they would usually do. Was this somehow requested?
The most striking difference was between the jacket that Davide Taub is wearing and the jacket he made.
I agree with the comment from David. It is difficult to make a showcase jacket, which is at the same time different enough to draw attention and to set you apart from the rest and which is at the same time wearable. But I think on the Bentley Jacket project there were some very good hits. The driving jackets from Davide Taub and from Tristan Thorne were very good.

Tim Fleming

Very well done. I think the videos on this site are a nice extra touch. It adds extra value and experience to hear from the personal side of tailoring, which I think is a very wirthwhile side to this industry. Luxury items are available to buy anywhere, but one substantial value, I feel, to the bespoke clothing industry is the personal experience that is experienced and mirrored in this film.