From easy summer to relaxed tailoring, we popped into Mayfair to visit one of our favourite tailors, Caroline Andrew.
"Both looks are created to take me from day to night when I foolishly don’t give myself enough time to change. My
aesthetic is characterised by clean silhouettes, sharp lines for business and formal events, and more relaxed soft
lines for casual gatherings. Generally less means more, making the simple feel elegant and understated."
In the first look, Caroline wears her first raw silk shorts suit. "I chose shorts for this look because it is a
playful take on the classic suit, whilst this jacket is sharp and androgynous, the shorts exhibit the female body
and underlines our silhouette. I made them with playful details so I can wear them with or without the jacket. Heels
are by Stuart Weizman, it must be evening and I’m feeling braver to tackle the cobbled streets of Florence."
The second look Caroline says: “Is a relaxed linen suit with leopard print Sabah shoes. Florence in June is hot and
humid, so I like to wear a relaxed suit. My necklace is my great grandfather’s rowing medal from Paris, 1872, and my
ring is by Gucci. I try not to take a handbag and instead put my phone, a credit card and a lipstick in my
Sticking to tailoring, not many do it as well as the ever-immaculate Chris Modoo of Kit Blake. Chris opts for a
classic English style for doing business at the show for his first look. ⠀
“The Kit Blake blazer is in an English wool mesh and is partially-lined. My PINK shirt is a classic fit and it is
refreshing to wear a shirt with gentleman’s proportions. I like to wear a tie, especially now we don’t have to, and
the classic regimental style is updated by Seaward & Stearn in a shantung silk with an unmatched brown spot
hankie. My trousers are VBC tropical worsted KBs in our pleated Aleksandar style worn sans socks, with simple dark
brown Belgian loafers by Crown.”
“I keep my phone, notebook and Pitti bible in a small folio I had made by Caracalla. The shades are by Kirk
Originals, and the watch is a vintage Seiko Sportsmatic on a Milanese strap.”
“The second look champions the day-to-evening ensemble, especially for The Rake events! I love wool in hot weather
and these pure wool seersucker by VBC are the most comfortable, especially on the KB slim Aleks model as they are
unlined. My cream dinner jacket is made with VBC Montecarlo hopsack, and keeping to the wool theme, my navy t-shirt
is pure merino. My cotton bandana is from Anderson & Sheppard and my KB monogrammed slippers are by Bowhill
& Elliott. Shades are Oliver Peoples. I would add, though, that it is slightly foolish/risky wearing a cream
jacket to an event where Campari is being served...” You’re definitely a braver man than us, Chris.
James Sleater of Cad & The Dandy is up next. Form well and truly follows function with James’s look, "the jacket
is unstructured using Caccioppolis SS20. The trousers are made from bamboo and are insanely comfortable in hot
weather. The shoes are from the Colchester Rubber Company and the watch is made by Farer."
“I think it’s a great summer combination of light colours matched with supreme comfort which given the Florentine
city summer heat - it’s all important.”
We couldn’t do Pitti Uomo (even vicariously) without the brilliant Aleks Cvetkovic, who was aiming to return to some
old favourites for this season. Having thought carefully about what he purchases and what his wardrobe really needs,
the two outfits he wears features old pieces in new combinations.
“First up, the grey checked linen suit is from Edward Sexton, made using their Offshore Bespoke Service a couple
summers’ ago. It’s a neutral partner for a fun summery shirt. The button-down is a lightweight madras number from
Drake’s. On the feet are my three-years-old Baudoin & Lange Sagans in dark brown lambskin. They’ve held up so
well and I live in them when it warms up.
“The second is ideal as a rainy day contingency plan. I’ve learned you either get five days of baking heat or five
days of drizzle at Pitti in the summer. The coat is the only thing that’s new; Coherénce’s Fou Fou II model in
waterproof gabardine. I’ve been saving up for a serious raincoat like this for a long time now, and pressed go on it
during lockdown – we all needed something to cheer us up, right? Beneath the coat is an old and much loved Budd
safari shirt in a really useful blue/brown linen herringbone cloth from Harrisons of Edinburgh. Under that is a
Bryceland’s cream rayon sport shirt (it’s one helluva shirt, this thing) and much loved Classic Wide-Leg Trousers
from Scott Fraser Collection in putty Irish linen. There’s nothing too complicated going on here. It’s an easy
outfit to pull together following a big night out at Gilli – safe summer neutrals and lots of broken-in linen.”