On The Selvedge: Fernando Garcia de la Calera
The Rake talks to The Concrete Tailoring Co's founder and Spanish artisan Fernando Garcia de la Calera on how he is breathing new life into the age-old art form of denim design.
Denim is arguably one of the coolest and most culturally ingrained fabrics in modern menswear – what began as a functional, weather resistant material for sailors and manual labourers has become an integral part of the civilian wardrobe of stylish individuals all over the globe. Fernando Garcia de la Calera, bespoke tailor and founder of The Concrete, his atelier in Madrid, is bringing new life to the art form of tailoring in denim, rejuvenating it with fresh designs and a thoroughly modern perspective on bespoke tailoring. Located in the metropolis of Madrid, Garcia de la Calera is dedicated to learning about and developing upon the history of those fabrics he chooses to work with, believing as he does that they more accurately reflect his – and his clients’ – day to day lives. From his indigo-dyed 10oz selvedge denim to remarkable 5oz herringbone natural cotton, he works in weathered lightweight fabrics ideal for the heat of European cities. His own sense of style has an undeniably contemporary edge that perfectly balances the technical understanding of a tailor with the vision of a creative artisan, whose obsession with detail doesn’t stop at just his clothes alone.