Just landed in San Francisco and heading to meet our client Ethan. Photo credit: Timothy Archibald

An American in Sicily – what I did after discovering Sicilian tailoring

“For me, clothing is more cultural. It’s about how these things came to be used, designed and created. I’m basically an anthropologist in the supply chain of menswear.” Quoted in Deni Bechard, “The Accidental Maven of Menswear”, Stanford Magazine (July 2019) I learned that this summer’s issue of Stanford Magazine has just been published, featuring …

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Freddy Vandecasteele. Photo credit: Juhn Maing.

An afternoon with shirtmaker Freddy Vandecasteele

Last month I had the great pleasure of reconnecting with shirtmaker Freddy Vandecasteele who recently retired from a 40+ year career as a shirtmaker in Los Angeles. We met in Brussels where he is enjoying his retirement. When I was living in LA about a decade ago, Freddy made the bulk of my dress shirts …

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Close-up of shoulder on a jacket by Sartoria Davi. Photo credit: Juhn Maing.

Sicilian Reserve x Sartoria Davi (spring 2019)

Last week we hosted Claudio Italiano and had a very productive trip to New York and San Francisco. We’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting a new visiting tailor in a couple of weeks: Sartoria Davi (@sartoriadavi). Guido will visit New York on May 8-10. Unlike most visiting tailors, Guido and I are experimenting with doing 2 complete …

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Sartoria Italiano sports jacket. Photo credit: Sartoria Italiano

Update: Sicilian Reserve x Sartoria Italiano

I’m pleased to announce that the first visiting tailor for Sicilian Reserve this year is Sartoria Italiano. I launched Sicilian Reserve as a platform to help connect Sicilian artisans to new customers. To kick things off, I will be working with Sartoria Italiano (IG: @sartoriaitaliano) for a spring 2019 visit to the US. Claudio and …

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