Reshaping Traditional Inspirations
When it comes to menswear, one could argue that its embodied nature is somewhat stale, lacking the outbursts and creative momentum inherent to women’s fashion. In fact, apart from a select few forward thinking designers and fashion houses who aim to disrupt traditional male silhouettes, proportions and overall garment design, menswear has created deep roots in what regards its origins and sources of inspiration. Nonetheless, this doesn’t necessarily mean that men’s fashion is boring or static for that matter: similarly to a fine bottle of wine, it has been maturing and refining its distinct traits over the years.
One of the aspects that presents a most cyclical nature, is the inspirational sources brands and designers resort to when developing new collections. Albeit driven by a desire to reshape and reinterpret classic garments with a modern take, there is a reminiscent comeback to the eclectic catalyst subjects of the creative process: uniforms (army, navy, etc) workwear, dandies or gentlemen are but a few. Personally, I find this process of continuously traveling back in time to draw inspiration from multiple sources truly fascinating. Focusing on the army/military universe (one of my favourites), and after featuring the Sahariana, this look presents 1ST PAT-RN’s interpretation of the utility jacket, the Tropicale.
One of my purchases during last Pitti, the unique fit and details on the jacket turned quite a few heads during the event. Fully unstructured and featuring their trademark knit twill fabric in a rich camel shade, along with four pockets, strap details and unique buttons made with milk protein, the Tropicale is proof that military garments can be revamped with a tailored look.
Details: Tropicale jacket by 1ST PAT-RN, oxford button down shirt by Our Legacy, twill pants by CAMO, tasseled loafers by Bexley, pocket square by Lobo Marinho, polka dot socks by Pé de Meia, watch by Baume & Mercier and vintage knit tie, suspenders and leather messenger.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Ph: Filipa Alves
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Inspired by black shoes part I - Alfred Sargent Ramsey double-monks
Excluding 2 pairs of oxfords (and a pair of velvet slippers) my shoe collection has been lacking black color for a long time. Most of my shoes come in different shades of brown as in terms of usability I feel brown is in general much more versatile and easier to combine than black.
However, recently I thought I could add the amount of black in my rotation and decided to get these Alfred Sargent Ramsey double monks in black via A Fine Pair Of Shoes.
In general I think Ramsey is one of the most successful double monks when it comes to the aesthetics, last and overall looks. Therefore I’m still a bit sad I had to let go of these MTO-Ramseys as they in the end came in one size too large.
Black color and calf leather can make a shoe to be very formal and that’s the combination one should obtain when choosing a first pair of oxford dress shoes. However when combined with the casual look of a double-monk the result in this case is a versatile option that can be combined not just with a suit for the office-wear but as well for example with jeans and a lightweight unstructured blazer for a more relaxed after work-occasions.
- Alfred Sargent Ramsey
- Last 99
- Black calf leather
- Single leather soles