Shirtmakers and details announced for the Symposium

Monday, December 4th 2017
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I'm pleased to say we have all the details confirmed for our Shirtmakers Symposium in Florence this January. 

Please do RSVP to [email protected] if you would like to attend. We expect it to be quite packed. 

The location is Palazzo Gondi, in the centre of Florence. So no walking south of the Arno this time. 

And the shirtmakers we will be featuring are:

  • Darren Tiernan, Budd, London
  • Luca Avitabile, Naples
  • Paolo Maffeis, Emanuele Maffeis, Bergamo
  • Justin Chang, Ascot Chang, Hong Kong
  • Jack Sepetjian, Anto Shirts, Los Angeles

I was keen with this Symposium to get a range of makers from different locations - hence bringing in both Hong Kong and the US. But I also wanted to keep it to five speakers, as six has felt a little too many in previous years for everyone to get really involved. 

Each of the five will be making a shirt to display at the event - with the theme 'Smart/Casual'.

The idea is that they will be the makers' interpretation of a shirt that can work in a modern, casual office, and also transition to the weekend or another informal occasion. 

Alongside this, sponsors Albini will be presenting their latest development in a separate area. 

It should be really interesting. I'm looking forward to digging into all the details of shirtmaking - and discussing people's views of the future. 

See you there.


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I visited the PS shop at the weekend. It was not bad but lacking on the artisans this time which I for one really enjoyed in the past. Would have been good to see the Parisian glove makers again as they are excellent and also Stefano Bemer and LA Shirts of Napoli.


Simon, will you video or podcast the event for those who wish to learn about it afterwards? Cheers, B


Love the smart/casual theme – very relevant in today’s more casual office environments. Shame I have absolutely no excuse to be in Florence at that time, but looking forward to the write-up!

On a related note, I was watching Kingsman this weekend (not the best movie but… those suits) and my girlfriend asked why I didn’t own any pinstripe suits. I was very sad to have to tell her I just wouldn’t get enough wear of out one; too business-ey for weddings, and too formal for most business settings (I don’t work in finance or law.) Is the pinstripe suit dying? Are there any other ways to wear the pattern without looking quite so Wall of Wall Street-ey? (I’m assuming no PS reader would suggest wearing one sans-tie!)

Custom By Todd

Even though I’m based in casual Southern California, I make pinstripe suits in almost the amount as solids. It’s windowpane suits that are the bigger challenge to convince my clients to add to their closets.


Simon, but where is D’avino, borelli, piccolo ??? Without them simposium will not be as good as it can be


But Neapolitans dominate on high end shirts market . Maybe at least two Neapolitas would be grate.


I think they have to say a lot ))). But anyway it’s your desision))