Terra cotta basket weave cardigan - $595 Pine/white with navy deco gingham spread collar shirt - $225 Pine/terra cotta medallion printed open weave silk tie - $150
Inspiration for our Duomo scarves and ties
Brick "Duomo" wool challis scarf - $175
Terra cotta/pine/stone gun check sportcoat - $995
Various ties in the pine/terra cotta stone story, including prints inspired by Medici family shield and Ghiberti's bronze panels for bapistry doors - all $150
Pine donegal "Medici" rolleck sweater inspired by the diamond windowgrates of Michelangelo's Capella Medici in San Lozenzo - $595
Terra cotta casentino wool maremanna jacket - $995
Terra cotta Italian chamois work shirt popover - $250
White/terra cotta/pine bold tattersall twill spread collar shirt - $225
Navy/white/lavender japanese flannel spread collar shirt - $225 & Gray knit toggle vest with suede trim - $595
White/charcoal stripe Japanese cotton tab collar shirt - $225 Fatigue green knit toggle vest with suede trim - $595 & Fatigue green/charcoal shepherd's check belted peacoat - $995
Cashmere blend crewneck with wool "guild shield" embroidery - $650 - The shields represent the Florentine tailors and shoe makers guild as well as the Medici family coat of arms
Shearling asymmetrical peacoat - $2995 & Brick "Duomo" wool challis scarf - $175
"...he might hear a young grandson being greeted
at the Cosenza train station by packs of jubilant relatives
who would make the boy feel like a McArthur returned, or
a kind of Latin Lindbergh in a ticker tape parade -
except instead of confetti, the boy would be showered
with wet kisses from endless uncles, aunts, and cousins who
could not understand a word of English.
With an 8mm movie camera, the boy would begin to
click off scenes of these relatives…Perhaps these films
would later be shown in a kitchen back in Brooklyn
where a bedsheet, serving as a projection screen,
would be tacked up to the flowered wallpaper.
And when the lights would go on in this
Brooklyn kitchen, tears would be seen in the eyes
of some older folks."
The Ethnics of Frank Costello by Gay Talese
Esquire Magazine, Sep. 1961
A few years ago Antonio Ciongoli introduced me to Gay Talese. A meeting was set up at Gay's home and we talked for a couple hours. I brought up the excerpt from the Costello cover story in Esquire and while Talese remembered the story he couldn't remember his unusual but beautiful meandering off subject and loaded with remembrance and nostalgia. I told Talese how much it moved me and he smiled, his eyes narrowing into slits, and said with some surprise that he should probably revisit the story if only to see it if it was worth republishing.
New York Fashion Week is a cold slog through mostly forgettable designers who are all trying too hard. Throw in the pushing and shoving by remarkably nasty attendees and it's a scene light years from what I envisioned when I attended my first show in what would be Bryant Park's last.
I've cut back on shows and a lot of shows have cut back on me. Probably as it should be since I'm not a fashion guy. But like Talese, I love storia and especially the kind that connects to something completely foreign and unknown. Only in this way is it possible to continue to misspell people's names.
Antonio Ciongoli of Isaia's Eidos showed me his new line for Fall / Winter 2014. The show room is still in the understated quiet of Elizabeth Taylor's townhouse on West 56th. If you're quiet, you can almost hear the walls talk as Anthony Perkins gets drunk and Richard Burton orgasms. Antonio has had a lot to do with educating me in Italian apparel. But I still think, as a whole, the Italians are too studied.
If American sportswear is about being relaxed and casual, then the Italians have taken that and extruded it through endless and needless details: scarves in July, wrist dental floss, double monks and now triple. Pitti is all you need consider to get my point. I like the billowing sail of an oxford button down over a man's alligator belt -- Antonio prefers a more fitted silhouette…over an alligator belt. Seems there's always something to agree on.
I'm not writing for anyone but me so what you see here is what I like. I love green and don't think anyone uses it enough. It's everywhere in this collection along with my appreciation for the even rarer color I call, 'dried blood' or what Antonio calls, 'terra cotta." If you cut yourself shaving a lot then this is a no brainer for you. Even the chamois pop over comes from another place but the roots are so American. What you do with Eidos is your business…tang it up all you like -- Or, just leave it alone and let it speak for itself.
Update: Following are retailers for Eidos Napoli.
For spring, it will be available online via Carson street clothiers, CHCM, The Armoury, Haberdash (Chicago) and Lawrence Covell (Denver). All of these stores will also carry in store as well as Charles Speigel (Pittsburgh), Boyd's(Philadelphia), Pockets (Dallas), Sy Devore (LA area), Carriere (LA Area), Steven Giles (Oklahoma city) Scoop (East Hampton and Brentwood), Syd Jerome (Chicago), Mr. Sid (Boston area), J3 (Cleveland area), AK Rikks (Grand Rapids), Butch Blum (Seattle), Shaia's (Homewood, AL), Oak Hall (Memphis) and Got Style (Toronto).