Everyone started somewhere… This was mine. In this post I would like to show you my first double breasted blazer and the beginning of a sartorial passion.
Like I said, it had to come from something. Years ago in a galaxy not so far away, a young guy goes onto the internet and browses through tons of bullshit before hitting a website which would trigger something in him. This page was www.fashionbeans.com an online magazine specializing in the menswear market and teaching men about all the goodies out there. What I looked at were pictures of people wearing double breasted blazers. It got me immediately, the slik look, the seriousness, and far more important, the older generation pulled it off perfectly. I knew, I wanted one myself but as soon as I went online (this was still way back, when online shopping just became cool. Yeah, you might think I’m old, but I’m fucking not!) the options were rather limited, especially in Germany.
No offense Germans, but our sartorial game and shopping platform is lacking some serious game!
Then I came across a brand that had shops across the United States and some parts of Europe. Suitsupply had been on my radar for a long time due to its crazy style and focus on classic trends making them more modern again. After researching the whole website, I became more and more interested in the products and wanted to buy one. However, back then, I was playing rugby, had big legs and wide shoulders (still do 😉 ), so shopping online always caused a particular problem. I decided to check out the brand in person one day and so, the same year I went on a trip to New York City and had the opportunity to check out Suitsupply on Madison Avenue in person. That year, the collection featured a few tones of purple mixed with brown and the blazer immediately caught my attention.
Wool, Silk, Linen and cashmere blend, that was music to my ears, all I knew was cashmere, that told me it had to be good then. The blazer fits surprisingly well even after 5 years of wearing. I have to say, when I wore it in this combination, I really liked that it consisted of two different colors, meaning, that from one angel the purple stood out more than the brown and vise versa.
Admitting, I don’t wear it that often anymore due to the fact that the wear and tear has been quiet visible and quiet frankly, purple is a tough color to combine. Also, and I’m brutally honest now, I have evolved in looking at more quality. I prefer products that are more unique, cut better to your body and sometimes are made to measure. As I have had the experience in the field of made to measure, I know for a fact what the difference can get you from RTW to MTM. Personally, I find it more convenient to invest in quality instead of quantity, however, that said, this blazer serves its purpose just fine.
Here I combined it with my Artigiano bold striped shirt, a brand that you should be on the look out for. The fit is aesthetic, yet gives you room especially around the chest and shoulder where people with broad shoulders might encounter a problem. Furthermore, I added my beloved Gurkha pants, that have been heavily worn over the last few months. To top it all off, a beautiful handmade tie by Gentleman-Clover which is made out of 100% silk to give an extra touch of elegance to the ensemble. For this outfit I chose a smart pair of footwear with my Alden tassel loafers. I will write a separate article on shoes very soon. These beauties are made out of suede and have done me well over the last years.
If you ask me, this is a style that is individual, yet combines current pieces on trend. Dont be afraid to try something new or widen your horizon. We can learn from one another. No one will be better but significantly different.
Let me know what you think? Lets discuss!