Style / October 2016

Costa Bravo: Manolo Costa New York

The Rake dissects the personal style and philosophy of one of New York’s most forward-thinking bespoke tailors.

Manolo Costa is arguably one of New York’s most stylish inhabitants. The owner of the bespoke tailors’ that bears his name, Costa established the house with the intention of offering a fresh and cosmopolitan alternative to traditional bespoke, as well as “an admitted departure from the dark wood, red-carpeted gentleman’s lounge aesthetic” that so often accompanies the old-school bespoke experience. This sense of modernity permeates Manolo’s work, which feels relevant, glamorous and easy-wearing. The Manolo Costa studio only serves to reinforce this impression, and lends itself to an ‘intimate, personal and exclusive’ bespoke experience as Costa explains; “our clients can feel at ease in a world curated with some of personal favourite objects, such as museum-quality lithographs, Steuben stemware, Edward Wormley seating and a rosewood Norgaard coffee table. After all, it is a lifestyle we are catering to.” This understanding of lifestyle and personal luxury is carried seamlessly through into a Manolo Costa suit, which Costa describes as “an alternative whereby the modern man can rely on sound guidance and a contemporary aesthetic.” Sounds divine to us.

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Aleksandar Cvetkovic

Aleks is Deputy Editor at The Jackal and former staffer at The Rake. He’s long harboured a passion for fine menswear, well-timed dramatic pauses and stiff drinks.