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The Journal: Knowledge is Style

It’s a simple conceit; we believe style is best informed by knowledge.

Paolo on the White Dinner Jacket

“The Tuxedo, which is the essential evening dress of a gentleman, is simply the English dinner coat. It was first introduced in this country at the Tuxedo Club to provide something less formal than the swallow-tail, and the name has clung ever since. To a man who cannot afford to...

On the viability of the White Suit

It’s worth a moment to consider the White Suit.  Is there a more declarative sartorial statement to be made in a single turnout? The pedigree of the White Suit stretches back to the British Raj, where the forecast regularly ranged from blistering to sweltering and demanded comfort without compromising the...

Paolo Martorano on Dressing John Pizzarelli

I’m often asked about our clients who are in the public eye, whether they are in the performing arts, politics, or are gentlemen of letters and the like. Customarily I demur, out of respect for their privacy, but every so often, I’m fortunate enough to work with an individual whose...

Introducing 100 Hands for Paolo Martorano Bespoke

Paolo Martorano Bespoke is pleased to announce its first co-branding association. 100 Hands – which Simon Crompton of Permanent Style has rereferred to as “perhaps the finest shirt in the world” — is now available, under the dual label ‘100 Hands for Paolo Martorano Bespoke’. This affiliation will present a...

Paolo on the differences between English and Italian fabrics

We tend to work, predominantly, with fabric from the great mills in the U.K. and in Italy. British and Italian fabrics are known for their distinct characteristics, which reflect the respective textile traditions and styles of the two regions.  Here are some key differences between British and Italian fabrics:  Material...

Paolo Describes the Made-to-Measure Process

It’s worth noting what differentiates Made-to-Measure from our Bespoke  garment. Basically, Made-to-Measure tailoring is a garment production process that falls between bespoke tailoring and ready-to-wear clothing. It involves creating garments that are based on standard-sized patterns but are customized to fit the individual client's body measurements and preferences. Our Made-to...

The Paolo Martorano Bespoke Town and Country Jacket: The Liberated Alternative to Proper Tailored Clothing (that is still proper tailored clothing)

  The wearying hunt for an alternative to the tailored jacket has been having “a (wearying) moment” for the last few years. Still, the notion of donning a “chore” jacket to do something other than, say, gardening, that should be a pleasure and not an actual chore (gallery visit, theatre...

Paolo considers the notion of ‘Formal Yacht Wear’

A journalist I quite respect recently asked if we’d ever done anything that might specifically be termed as Bespoke Formal Yacht Wear. After thinking a moment, and assuming that he was referring to the millionaire (and his wife) rather than to the Professor, (let alone the Skipper or Gilligan), I...

Paolo offers a definition of bespoke tailoring

Another question that usually precedes a new — specifically a first time client — across our transom is simply “what is bespoke tailoring?” Bespoke tailoring refers to the art of creating custom-made garments specifically designed to fit an individual's unique body shape and personal preferences. The term "bespoke" itself originates from...