Tailored and Styled Goes to Rio

Rio de Janeiro vista from Corcovado

My wife and I are headed to Rio de Janeiro today, “The Cidade Maravilholsa.”

We’ll be staying for few months as part of a mini-sabbatical following my retirement from a 24-year Air Force career this past Friday.

Even though it’s winter there, classic summer style is still called for.

I’ll keep the content flowing once we get settled into our apartment (which is only two blocks from Ipanema beach).

Ipanema Beach

Needless to say we’re looking forward to it!

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled Writer




Article publié pour la première fois le 30/06/2013

Own Your Style…According to Alan Flusser | Off the Cuff

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“Alan Flusser literally wrote the book on dressing well; more accurately, he wrote the books. When people ask me what they should read to help them learn about dressing well, I typically start off with, “anything by Flusser.”

Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

True enough, Flusser’s books and absolutely first rate, and he does know a thing or two about style.

Flusser expresses concern about the lack of good guidance and role models when it comes to dressing with style rather than according to the whims of fashion.

He believes that owning your personal style is an active pursuit.  You have to be invested in it because it matters to you.

Just getting that far will put you in the upper tier of the style bell curve.

As a final thought, here’s a great quote from this article “Alan Flusser taught, and continues to teach me, that the act of developing and owning your personal style is something that ultimately affects every part of your life – and that’s a good thing.”

I wholeheartedly agree…

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled Writer

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Article publié pour la première fois le 06/06/2013

A Classic Summer Look: Grey and White | A Suitable Wardrobe

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“According to Esquire’s Encyclopedia of 20th Century Men’s Fashions, a gray jacket and white trousers like the ones worn by the man in the also-from-Esquire illustration were once the most popular warm weather casual clothing combination.”

Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

I recently wrote about seeksucker as a classic summer look.

Here’s another look that I think is even better: light to mid grey fresco wool jacket paired with white linen pants and white bucs.

Check out the illustration.  If you get your grey-white ensemble gets anywhere close, you’ve just achieved summer style nirvana in my view.

We need more men to dress like this don’t you think?

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled Writer

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Article publié pour la première fois le 07/05/2013

Friday Style Icon: London Lounge’s Michael Alden | Tailored and Styled

Tailored and Styled Blog Post 13 Jun 13--Michael Alden VI

Today’s Friday Style Icon is Michael Alden, senior administrator of the member’s only London Lounge discussion board.

Tailored and Styled Blog Post 13 Jun 13--Michael Alden I

Michael is an American actor, entrepreneur, and classic style aficionado who lives in Europe.  His approach to style is summed up in one word: elegance.  For him, elegance has very little to do with one’s clothes and a lot to do with the way you wear them and how you carry yourself.

His approach to dressing is much the same as we advocate here at Tailored and Styled: clothes are only a reflection of who you are and they are the frame of the picture that is you.

Michael’s sartorial roots run deep.  He grew up in Beverly Hills in the fifties and was a fan of movies from the thirties and the forties.  He admired actors such as Cary Grant or Fred Astaire and from time to time encountered the Hollywood elite around town.  These experience had a strong influence on him.

Michael has made it a personal mission to resurrect the classic fabrics of the Golden Era of the 1920′s and 1930′s and to replicate the iconic cloths worn by earlier style icons such as Agnelli, Eden, Cooper, and Marvin.

Toward this end he has established ongoing relationships with a number of British fabric mills such as Lovat in Scotland and Fox in England.  Through the London Lounge cloth club, like-minded gentlemen come together to commission one-of-a-kind fabric runs.  Michael also designed a line London Lounge linen fabrics and a book of flannels manufactured by Fox.  These fabrics are made in classic weights, weaves, and colors and are a cut above what passes for quality cloth these days.

Naturally Michael is a snappy dresser with a style that is decidedly British.  I’d say he is partial to tweeds and country fabrics in general.

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But as one who is a financier, you can be sure he turns out well in classic business attire as well.

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Especially noteworthy in my view are Michael’s choices in overcoats.  Check out these examples below.

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And this iconic Paletot with its turned down lapel notches.

Tailored and Styled Blog Post 13 Jun 13--Michael Alden Overcoat

Michael knows the “rules” for dressing, but believes that everyone needs to find the style that words for them, check out this “No Brown in Town” video to get a better idea of where he’s coming from.

For my part, I’m very appreciative of his efforts to bring back the classic fabrics of the Golden Age of men’s style.  I can personally attest that the cloth club fabrics are first rate.

Michael’s work to keep alive standards of sartorial quality and excellence is a true achievement, and I applaud him for it.

London Lounge’s Michael Alden.  The Friday Style Icon.

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled Writer






Article publié pour la première fois le 15/06/2013

“Inside the Ropes” at Cesare Attolini | Esquire

Attolini DB Blue Suit

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A visual tour of how one of the best tailoring companies in the world makes its wares.

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

This piece from Esquire takes you on a tour the workshop Cesare Attolini, a storied Neapolitan tailor.

Attolini has suit silhouettes I pine for. The lines are exquisitely refined and supremely elegant. The unsurpassed hand-crafted quality and aesthetic beauty represents the pinnacle of Neapolitan tailoring.

Attolini SB Blue Suit

Read this from the Attolini web site to get an idea of what goes into making one suit:

“The executive expressiveness of chief Attolini is close to art: we need 25 to 30 hours to make a suit. Each tailor is dedicated to a single step. Cutting techniques are absolutely unique. Each sewing step is followed by a passage of ironing, followed in turn by specific periods of rest, which vary according to the characteristics of the fabric.

Highly strict control of all stages, that begins with verification to receipt of textiles. Any imperfection, even microscopic, conditions the ever sought perfection. Each department manager is responsible for checking all main points of the jacket. We proceed with the intermediate testing and inspection after each phase of ironing.

Then the garment stands still for several hours, for us to assess its reactions and to make any small changes.

Only this thoroughness of execution and control of handmade production processes can ensure the absolute quality, which is unparalleled, and has always been a source of pride for those who produce and, even more, for those who wear garments labelled Cesare Attolini.”

Attolini DB Blue Suit

Enjoy the tour…if you start salivating by the time you reach the end of the slides, I won’t blame you.  :>)

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled
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Article publié pour la première fois le 13/03/2014