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Introduction: Tailoring Brands I’m Into Post-Ciongoli-Eidos

When #menswear was at its absolute peak (or possibly even slightly just after its peak) with Italian-made suits, leather-bottom dress shoes and sprezzatura on everyone’s lips, Antonio Ciongoli brought his brain child Eidos into the world. The first collection, called “This Is Rome,” introduced a likable and approachable angle to what everybody was clamoring for. He hit all the normal bases (full-canvas, made in Italy, soft shoulder, spalla camicia, barchetta, lower patch pockets, etc.), but  ...

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Getting Excited About Ties

A friend and coworker shared a photo with me recently—a still from a video taken several years ago, when my hair was at its longest. We laughed about it, but what I noticed was that I was wearing a tie! I posited to him that perhaps the reason my hair didn’t raise more eyebrows at work was because at that time, I was dressing more formally more often—suits during the week and ties almost every day. I basically never do either anymore. But ties still get me pumped. The allure of the  ...

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Antonio Ciongoli’s 18 East Officially Launches

Antonio Ciongoli, former creative director and founder of Eidos, officially launched his new brand 18 East last week with a party at 180 The Store in Tribeca, in New York City. In a last-minute, impulse decision, I flew out for the party to support the guy (thanks to my generous brother who paid my way with airline points). Not that he needed it, particularly (the collection is off to a very strong start), but I love his approach to menswear and wanted to be there. And, as my brother put  ...

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The Mirrorless Camera Race Is On

  I present this brief interruption of clothing posts to discuss the new Canon and Nikon mirrorless cameras. Last month, Nikon announced the Z6 and Z7—their first full-frame mirrorless cameras, with the new Z-mount lens, ZTF adapter for old lenses, and a trio of lenses for the mount (a 35mm, a 50mm and a 24-70mm). It was the first camera that gave me genuine gear lust in years. Today, Canon has announced their own full-frame mirrorless camera, the R. There is only one, and it was  ...

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