Hawaiian shirt fabrics at Fabric Mart. Photo credit: Juhn Maing

Sartorial Honolulu part 2: tropical bespoke

As I noted in Sartorial Honolulu part 1, sartorialism and tropicalism are by no means polar opposites. But pairing the two requires a bit of an effort. Otherwise, if you have your sartorial blinders on, you’d skip the place. The key to finding interesting examples of sartorialism is paying attention to the underlying work that …

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Leather Soul window display - John Lobb shoes

Sartorial Honolulu part 1: can sartorialism & tropicalism mix?

Sartorial is probably not the first word or image that comes to mind for tourists visiting Honolulu or Hawaii. Beaches, swimming and surfing are the more likely associations. Other easy associations would be the savory local island cuisine (poke, plate lunches, shave ice and much more) or the open air shopping at Ala Moana and …

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Mood Fabrics

After a very good walking tour of the Garment District led by Mike Kaback, I spent some time at Mood Fabrics on 37th St earlier this week. The store was actually the last stop of the walking tour which is very convenient. I last visited Mood about a year ago and picked up two tie …

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Sleevehead’s first dress shirt

Happy new year! I recently took my first menswear sewing class which focused on cutting, sewing and finishing a men’s dress shirt. The class ended last month and here’s the result – a shirt made from inexpensive cotton shirting sourced in NYC’s Garment District ($2/yard) and constructed after many hours in front of a cutting …

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A Messina tailor’s worktable

This summer I visited one of the tailors I reviewed in my e-book on Sicilian tailors – Pippo Arrigo in Messina. Here are a few photos of his workspace and table:  

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