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Barchetta Blazer

Our Barchetta Blazer is our version of a soft unstructured jacket. Oscar always wanted to make the lightest and softest jackets possible. There is no competition nor prize, but intellectual curiousity, and to push the limits of what is possible.

We started and ended with fabric, sowing thread and buttons. That is it. There are no shoulder pads, no padding, no lining, no canvas, no plastic, just the bare essentials.

This is a clean sheet design. We didn't take an existing jacket and try to engineer it backwards, like Giorgio Armani famously removing the stuffing from a jacket. Our jacket is more of a shell than a whole jacket. It is soft and weightless. Many of our clients comment that they don't feel that they are wearing a jacket.

We cut a one piece front, the way jackets used to be made over a century ago. This requires more fabric but removes a whole seam that would need to be finished which adds bulk and weight. We couldn't have that now.

The blazer sits at the neck points not at the shoulders like most jackets which ensures a better fit in our opinion, and further enhances the feeling of weightlessness.

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The jacket is crafted with a notch lapel, patch pockets and a patch ticket pocket that caused quite a stir when we introduced it over a decade ago. Side vents and functioning cuffs complete this jacket. The curved breast pocket which mimics the profile of a small boat - a barchetta in Italian, also gave its name to this jacket.

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Our Barchetta Blazer can be worn as a separate jacket / blazer, or combined with matching khakis in to a casual suit. For summer we craft quite a few seersucker suits, and winter we cut corduroy, moleskin and tweed versions - including rare Scottish tweeds. We also cut jackets in jersey fabrics which make great travel jackets, are decadently comfortable and still retain their shape. These are available to order during one of our trunk shows. If you would like to know more about our unstructured approach, more information can be found here:

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Pitti Peacocks Prancing at Pairing Party

It is that time of year again, where menswear brands, artisanal makers and retailers meet to market and sell the ready to wear collections that will be available in fine menswear shops for next summer. Or that was the original idea of Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy. Instead, through the advent of social media, it has become THE place to be seen and photographed, preferably as many times as is possible. The fact that it is an actual trade show, has passed many people by. I have included pictures taken by Sebastian McFox for Styleforum to give you an idea of the peacocks strutting their stuff at Pitti:

There is the "I am wearing my pyjama" tribe:

Which is also part of the tribe of "My trousers are so crazy I could find anything to wear with it except a matching jacket" tribe:

And if that wasn't enough, they try and find someone else in the same predicament:

But then decide it is better to dress as a pair for maximum visual effect in case you didn't see it the first time:

Some take inspiration from films such as this Star Wars inspired outfit:

or take theatre gowns:

Or their great aunt's table cloth to fashion a waistcoat:

And if they don't attract enough attention, they can always take a snap of themselves for validation:

What was I wearing? I somehow ended up in a shot by accident:





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