How to support craft in the wake of COVID-19

Beyond the public health impact, the current pandemic has also disrupted the global economy at all levels from ordinary citizens to the world’s largest companies. But it has become clear that some of the hardest hit economically are small businesses, especially craft-related ones. For me, a key question is how to support craft in this coronavirus …

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State of the art – Montecristi Panama hats

I enjoyed reading this excellent New York Times piece summarizing the current state of Panama hats, which, contrary to its name, originates in Ecuador. The finest versions of this classic hat are made near the town of Montecristi. Traditional weaving of Panama hats involves no machines – just hands, eyes and enormous focus. The author …

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Perfectly Suited image for Stanford Magazine article on Sleevehead and Sicilian Reserve

Stanford Magazine award for article on Sleevehead

I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that Stanford Magazine’s article on my work in Sicilian tailoring has just won an award for feature writing – the 2020 Circle of Excellence Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Congratulations to the editorial and creative team of Kathy Zonana, Deni Bechard, Timothy Archibald …

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Sicilian tailoring in Ragusa – a sartorial gem worth keeping

In 2017, I discovered a tailoring circle in the small southern Sicilian town of Ragusa. My trip was initially prompted by coming across the name of Giuseppe Schembari. His signature appeared on a certificate for the jury-reviewed Forbici d’Oro selection for Sicily in 1986. This certificate was hanging in the workshop of Giovanni Cinturrino, a …

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Maximilian Mucska trunk show

Vienna trunk show – Slovak tailor Mucska

I had the pleasure of meeting with Erik Mucska this weekend in the lovely city of Prague. Erik handles sales, marketing and customer service while his brother and father oversee the tailoring part of Slovak tailor Maximilian Mucska. I originally visited the Bratislava shop in 2016 and remain impressed with their ability to construct both …

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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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