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De Paz, a Bologna menswear institution. Photo credit: Juhn Maing
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Sartorial excursion: Bologna

Sartorial Bologna has long been on my list of places to visit. This year I decided to piggyback a half-day trip in January as a part of a more extended itinerary including Venice. What struck me initially was Bologna’s medieval character as expressed in its fortified yet interconnected architecture. Not only is Bologna a walled

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Close-up of a Savoca DB jacket shoulder. Photo credit: Juhn Maing
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Sartoria Savoca

Thanks to the timely assistance of a dedicated reader (special thanks to Otto), I was able to confirm that Catanese tailor Sebastiano Savoca was still active in 2017. I therefore retained his profile in the latest update to my book SGST published the same year. In spring 2018, I finally had the opportunity to reconnect

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Palermitan jacket shoulder
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Update: Sicilian Reserve

Beginning in 2019, my other project – Sicilian Reserve – will become more of a platform to help connect Sicilian artisans to US and other customers. Our primary role will be assisting tailors and artisans to organize their visits and trunk shows. This has one main advantage – you can express interest in having a

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Bespoke vest by Vito Randazzo close to completion
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Update: Sartoria Randazzo

In February 2019, I had the chance to stop by the workshop of Vito Randazzo who has taken over his father’s reins as the head of a well-respected and much-loved tailoring shop in Catania. I first wrote about Salvatore Randazzo in a short profile for the second edition of Sleevehead’s Guide to Sicilian Tailors. The

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The artisan’s dilemma: a view from Venice

Clayton Christensen famously coined the more well-known version of this dilemma from the point of view of the innovator, specifically the tech innovator. For Christensen, the innovator’s dilemma is the problem of the second act, the sophomore slump if you will. Tech innovators tend to fail because they essentially free ride off of an initially…

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