Schostal: Socks, shirts and pyjamas in Rome

Read MoreJul 10th 2023

In quite a few European cities, including most in Italy I’ve visited, you see small, slightly old-fashioned shops selling underwear and nightwear, often with these little hand-written price cards.  Although charming, the quality in these shops is ...

Schostal: Socks, shirts and pyjamas in Rome

In quite a few European cities, including most in Italy I’ve visited, you see small, slightly old-fashioned shops selling underwear and nightwear, often with these little hand-written price cards.  Although charming, the quality in these shops is ...

Jul 10th 2023

Atelier Bomba, Rome: Chic handmade tailoring

Read MoreAug 3rd 2022

Rome doesn’t have the menswear reputation of Milan, Florence or Naples. But there are some unusual little gems nestled in different parts of the city.  One of the most interesting is Atelier Bomba. Started by Cristina Bomba in 1980, it has a reput...

Atelier Bomba, Rome: Chic handmade tailoring

Rome doesn’t have the menswear reputation of Milan, Florence or Naples. But there are some unusual little gems nestled in different parts of the city.  One of the most interesting is Atelier Bomba. Started by Cristina Bomba in 1980, it has a reput...

Aug 3rd 2022

Bocache & Salvucci, Rome: Bespoke shoes and much else 

Read MoreAug 19th 2022

Bocache & Salvucci was a bit of a surprise when I visited last month.  I’d come across the shoemaker at Jean-Manuel Moreau, in Paris, and had assumed that in Rome I would find a small (because relatively unknown) bespoke craftsman.  What I ac...

Bocache & Salvucci, Rome: Bespoke shoes and much else 

Bocache & Salvucci was a bit of a surprise when I visited last month.  I’d come across the shoemaker at Jean-Manuel Moreau, in Paris, and had assumed that in Rome I would find a small (because relatively unknown) bespoke craftsman.  What I ac...

Aug 19th 2022

Sartoria Ripense: Visiting Andrea Luparelli in Rome

Read MoreJul 17th 2023

By Manish Puri Whenever an article related to Rome is published on Permanent Style I’ve noticed there’s usually a reader comment or two about Sartoria Ripense – either asking about their style or praising their work. With this in mind, I decide...

Sartoria Ripense: Visiting Andrea Luparelli in Rome

By Manish Puri Whenever an article related to Rome is published on Permanent Style I’ve noticed there’s usually a reader comment or two about Sartoria Ripense – either asking about their style or praising their work. With this in mind, I decide...

Jul 17th 2023

Chez Dede: Andrea Ferolla and Daria Reina

Read MoreAug 26th 2022

Chez Dede is a lovely little multibrand shop in Rome. It sells clothing and accessories, books and furniture, including some familiar brands such as P. Le Moult and Camoshita. However, for me the most lovely thing about the store when we visited was ...

Chez Dede: Andrea Ferolla and Daria Reina

Chez Dede is a lovely little multibrand shop in Rome. It sells clothing and accessories, books and furniture, including some familiar brands such as P. Le Moult and Camoshita. However, for me the most lovely thing about the store when we visited was ...

Aug 26th 2022

Tommy & Giulio Caraceni: Modernising the Roman tailor

Read MoreSep 16th 2022

Tommy e Giulio Caraceni is one of the great tailors in Italy, but it’s fair to say they’re in a process of transition.  The shop is run by Andrea Caraceni, grandson of Tommy. His father retired last year, and now when in the shop you’re greete...

Tommy & Giulio Caraceni: Modernising the Roman tailor

Tommy e Giulio Caraceni is one of the great tailors in Italy, but it’s fair to say they’re in a process of transition.  The shop is run by Andrea Caraceni, grandson of Tommy. His father retired last year, and now when in the shop you’re greete...

Sep 16th 2022

Sartoria Giuliva and Giuliva Heritage: Inspiration from Gerardo

Read MoreOct 3rd 2022

Gerardo Cavaliere is someone whose style I've admired for a while, but rarely had a chance to talk to for more than a few moments at an event.  While Milad and I were in Rome recently, therefore, I spent some time with Gerardo and his partner Margar...

Sartoria Giuliva and Giuliva Heritage: Inspiration from Gerardo

Gerardo Cavaliere is someone whose style I've admired for a while, but rarely had a chance to talk to for more than a few moments at an event.  While Milad and I were in Rome recently, therefore, I spent some time with Gerardo and his partner Margar...

Oct 3rd 2022

Gaetano Aloisio - by Bruce Boyer

Read MoreNov 1st 2019

I do not know Roman tailor Gaetano Aloisio. But I've heard good things, and seen one or two as well. So when Bruce Boyer told me he was having a suit made by Gaetano, I asked whether he would write something brief about his experiences.  It's not a...

Gaetano Aloisio - by Bruce Boyer

I do not know Roman tailor Gaetano Aloisio. But I've heard good things, and seen one or two as well. So when Bruce Boyer told me he was having a suit made by Gaetano, I asked whether he would write something brief about his experiences.  It's not a...

Nov 1st 2019

Black tops and tonal combinations under

Read MoreSep 5th 2022

In many ways, today's outfit is a natural extension of things we’ve been talking about recently.  There was, back on August 12, our discussion about wearing all black, which has some bearing here. The outfit is not all black, of course, but it is ...

Black tops and tonal combinations under

In many ways, today's outfit is a natural extension of things we’ve been talking about recently.  There was, back on August 12, our discussion about wearing all black, which has some bearing here. The outfit is not all black, of course, but it is ...

Sep 5th 2022

My red socks

Read MoreFeb 14th 2011

Jacques Tiberghien and Vincent Metzger discovered the small house of Gammarelli in Rome several years ago. Although only a small workshop, it makes all the outfits, from robes to mitres, for the pope, cardinals and bishops of Rome. Jacques and Vincen...

My red socks

Jacques Tiberghien and Vincent Metzger discovered the small house of Gammarelli in Rome several years ago. Although only a small workshop, it makes all the outfits, from robes to mitres, for the pope, cardinals and bishops of Rome. Jacques and Vincen...

Feb 14th 2011

Why has Italy been so influential?

Read MoreAug 13th 2021

The reason Milan became the centre of Italian fashion was Florence and Rome couldn't sort out a fight.  Italian clothing itself became successful abroad because people were tired of the 'haughty, arty' French.  Spurred by our recent discussion of A...

Why has Italy been so influential?

The reason Milan became the centre of Italian fashion was Florence and Rome couldn't sort out a fight.  Italian clothing itself became successful abroad because people were tired of the 'haughty, arty' French.  Spurred by our recent discussion of A...

Aug 13th 2021

Tailoring for travelling: tough, comfortable, plain

Read MoreAug 29th 2022

In our recent articles on menswear destinations in Rome, a couple of readers asked about the outfit I was wearing for beating around the hot city.  The individual pieces should be pretty familiar:  cotton double-breasted jacket from Ferdinando Car...

Tailoring for travelling: tough, comfortable, plain

In our recent articles on menswear destinations in Rome, a couple of readers asked about the outfit I was wearing for beating around the hot city.  The individual pieces should be pretty familiar:  cotton double-breasted jacket from Ferdinando Car...

Aug 29th 2022

The history of New York bespoke tailoring: An introduction with Bruce and Alan

Read MoreApr 19th 2023

* This article is the first in a series that will look at New York bespoke over the years* By Manish Puri. In the 1956 version of the song New York’s My Home, Sammy Davis Jr. is eager to address the crazy rumour that some foolhardy New Yorkers are ...

The history of New York bespoke tailoring: An introduction with Bruce and Alan

* This article is the first in a series that will look at New York bespoke over the years* By Manish Puri. In the 1956 version of the song New York’s My Home, Sammy Davis Jr. is eager to address the crazy rumour that some foolhardy New Yorkers are ...

Apr 19th 2023

Sartoria Seminara and Vittorio Salino: Maintaining Florentine tailoring

Read MoreSep 1st 2023

Like most Italian tailors, Sartoria Seminara is hidden away. There is no Savile Row grand entrance, just a name and a buzzer and a short walk up a flight of dark stairs.  The effect is all the greater because this entrance is on Via dei Calzaiuoli, ...

Sartoria Seminara and Vittorio Salino: Maintaining Florentine tailoring

Like most Italian tailors, Sartoria Seminara is hidden away. There is no Savile Row grand entrance, just a name and a buzzer and a short walk up a flight of dark stairs.  The effect is all the greater because this entrance is on Via dei Calzaiuoli, ...

Sep 1st 2023

The glow and romance of it: Douglas Fairbanks on stage

Read MoreJul 31st 2023

By Tom Mastronardi. Anyone that knows me appreciates my resolute affection for being well-tailored. Even as a kid raised in a decidedly blue-collar neighbourhood on Chicago’s South Side, I never required any coaxing to don a jacket and tie. But of ...

The glow and romance of it: Douglas Fairbanks on stage

By Tom Mastronardi. Anyone that knows me appreciates my resolute affection for being well-tailored. Even as a kid raised in a decidedly blue-collar neighbourhood on Chicago’s South Side, I never required any coaxing to don a jacket and tie. But of ...

Jul 31st 2023

Dress like a Parisian woman

Read MoreNov 15th 2023

Among the many pocket-sized books on women’s style, dressing like a Parisian is a popular category. Many, it seems, find the idea of the Parisian woman who dresses fashionably but not fussily, in a way that is simple but chic, appealing. I was skim...

Dress like a Parisian woman

Among the many pocket-sized books on women’s style, dressing like a Parisian is a popular category. Many, it seems, find the idea of the Parisian woman who dresses fashionably but not fussily, in a way that is simple but chic, appealing. I was skim...

Nov 15th 2023

Naples: A sartorial shopping guide

Read MoreJul 12th 2017

Naples has the biggest concentration of high-end handmade menswear in the world. Although not so much for shoes, for tailoring and shirtmaking this is the motherlode, with hundreds of tailors in the city and surrounding region, and thousands workin...

Naples: A sartorial shopping guide

Naples has the biggest concentration of high-end handmade menswear in the world. Although not so much for shoes, for tailoring and shirtmaking this is the motherlode, with hundreds of tailors in the city and surrounding region, and thousands workin...

Jul 12th 2017

A Caraceni: bespoke tailor, Milan

Read MoreJul 4th 2014

 Although I decided to have my first Milanese suit made at Ferdinando Caraceni (see previous post), I've visited and got to know Carlo and Massimiliano Andreacchio at A Caraceni as well. Between them, they are the highest form of central-Italian tai...

A Caraceni: bespoke tailor, Milan

 Although I decided to have my first Milanese suit made at Ferdinando Caraceni (see previous post), I've visited and got to know Carlo and Massimiliano Andreacchio at A Caraceni as well. Between them, they are the highest form of central-Italian tai...

Jul 4th 2014

The colour fallacy

Read MoreDec 27th 2021

By Tony Sylvester This Autumn past, I took my first trip since before Covid. A short flight to Copenhagen, a city I know well. A very brief holiday, it served as a primer of sorts; a way to ease back into the idea of travel.  Everything was familiar...

The colour fallacy

By Tony Sylvester This Autumn past, I took my first trip since before Covid. A short flight to Copenhagen, a city I know well. A very brief holiday, it served as a primer of sorts; a way to ease back into the idea of travel.  Everything was familiar...

Dec 27th 2021

Cifonelli - Parisian powerhouse

Read MoreSep 28th 2011

Cifonelli Parisian tailors tend to be located on the first floor of big mansion blocks. Savile Row tailors are more likely to be on the ground floor of a terraced house, with workrooms underneath. Though certainly a generalisation, this is not an emp...

Cifonelli - Parisian powerhouse

Cifonelli Parisian tailors tend to be located on the first floor of big mansion blocks. Savile Row tailors are more likely to be on the ground floor of a terraced house, with workrooms underneath. Though certainly a generalisation, this is not an emp...

Sep 28th 2011

Chris Despos: American bespoke tailoring, via Italy

Read MoreJun 12th 2013

When I visited US tailor Chris Despos last month I was slightly surprised to find that his house cut was so Italian in style. I think in London we often forget the influence of the Italians on US clothing – due to immigration, the openness of the m...

Chris Despos: American bespoke tailoring, via Italy

When I visited US tailor Chris Despos last month I was slightly surprised to find that his house cut was so Italian in style. I think in London we often forget the influence of the Italians on US clothing – due to immigration, the openness of the m...

Jun 12th 2013

Ferdinando Caraceni: central Italian tailoring

Read MoreJun 18th 2014

  Back in February I began working on a jacket project with Nicoletta Caraceni, of Ferdinando Caraceni in Milan. There are, as you know, several tailors with the name Caraceni in Italy. They all stem from Domenico Caraceni, the founding father, a...

Ferdinando Caraceni: central Italian tailoring

  Back in February I began working on a jacket project with Nicoletta Caraceni, of Ferdinando Caraceni in Milan. There are, as you know, several tailors with the name Caraceni in Italy. They all stem from Domenico Caraceni, the founding father, a...

Jun 18th 2014

Which house style suits your body shape?

Read MoreMar 7th 2016

  So, how shall we tackle this one then? Look at house styles in turn, or body shapes? I suggest we should look at each major house style, and consider the effects that each has on the body - accentuating one aspect, minimising another. It can the...

Which house style suits your body shape?

  So, how shall we tackle this one then? Look at house styles in turn, or body shapes? I suggest we should look at each major house style, and consider the effects that each has on the body - accentuating one aspect, minimising another. It can the...

Mar 7th 2016

Mark Cho of The Armoury on independent retail

Read MoreJan 20th 2017

Following on from Wednesday's post on the Symposium discussion, here are Mark Cho's specific responses to some of the questions.Mark wrote the below in preparation for the talk (bless him) and he makes some interesting points that never got to be ai...

Mark Cho of The Armoury on independent retail

Following on from Wednesday's post on the Symposium discussion, here are Mark Cho's specific responses to some of the questions.Mark wrote the below in preparation for the talk (bless him) and he makes some interesting points that never got to be ai...

Jan 20th 2017

Expressing yourself: How to dress like Milad Abedi

Read MoreFeb 15th 2023

The photographer Milad Abedi is someone whose style I've liked for a long time, but in a quiet way. Whenever we’ve shot together I’ve been interested in what he’s wearing and found something I liked, but he wasn’t the first person I thought...

Expressing yourself: How to dress like Milad Abedi

The photographer Milad Abedi is someone whose style I've liked for a long time, but in a quiet way. Whenever we’ve shot together I’ve been interested in what he’s wearing and found something I liked, but he wasn’t the first person I thought...

Feb 15th 2023