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Robb Report: Bespoke Suits and Jackets Made With Rare Vintage Fabrics

Bespoke clothing is the pinnacle of a man’s sartorial arsenal. With hundreds of different fabrics to choose from, the best tailors create a wardrobe that is individually crafted to your own tastes and desires. But there is a level above that still, provided by the best of the best: one-of-a-kind or vintage cloth, unavailable elsewhere, affording clients unsurpassed exclusivity.

That’s what we’re offering here with this special transatlantic partnership between English mill Fox Brothers, one of the most famous fabric manufacturers in the world, and Paolo Martorano Bespoke, one of America’s most accomplished tailors. Fox has opened its vaults to Robb Report to give six readers the unique opportunity to select from over two dozen vintage and archived materials to be incorporated by Martorano into a capsule collection of two suits and two sport coats, one pairing for spring-summer, the other for the colder months.

Fox Brothers has forged its reputation over more than 250 years, since its founding during the reign of King George III, in 1772. It’s officially credited as the creator of flannel, the luxuriously soft-to-the-touch woolen textile, but is almost as well known for its tweeds and tropical lightweight wools. Readers can choose from lustrous glen plaids—ideal for a goes-with-anything sport coat or a debonair two-piece—to vintage twill, a classic gun club, or breezy checks for sharpening up your summer.

Martorano (pictured) comes from a long line of tailors and, based in New York, has rapidly become a prominent name stateside, blending Savile Row rigor and Italian élan to create a soft-shouldered garment that is eminently wearable.

“Fox Brothers’ willingness to grant access to their archive and share these rare bolts is an unprecedented privilege,” says Martorano. “The suits and jackets we craft from this assortment will become instant classics: elegant, luxurious, and indisputably unique.”

Fittings can be scheduled at Martorano’s New York studio or at one of his trunk-show locations, including Palm Beach, Boston, Texas, and California.


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