When we were in Florence last month for Pitti Uomo, we had much to celebrate. The highlight, though, was undoubtedly the multi-faceted, five-way collaboration and formation of the 'Rakish Cycling Club' with Colnago, Stefano Bemer, Sartoria Vestrucci and Fox Brothers, which we celebrated with a ride around Florence before a drinks party in a velodrome on a hot, summer’s evening with our nearest and dearest. The common denominator between all participants and their proprietors? A love of cycling, of course, but also an unwavering appreciation for all things sartorial and British style with Italian sensibilities.
Read about the event and ride here.
So, while we produced a stunning and unique road bike (stay tuned for the next issue of The Rake for more on that), we also produced a three-piece suit with Vestrucci using a classic Prince of Wales check flannel from Fox Brothers, and two styles of sneakers with Stefano Bemer, with the uppers constructed with two variations of a Prince of Wales check from — you guessed it — Fox Brothers.
Firstly, a quick run-down on Sartoria Vestrucci, which is owned by Tomasso Melani (also owner of Stefano Bemer) and Tomasso Capozzoli. The Florentine bespoke tailor was founded by Loris Vestrucci in 1950, who impressively made his first jacket aged 12, and still works with the same reverence and dedication now as he did when he founded the workshop. However, thanks to the stewardship of Melani and his business partners, Vestrucci’s reputation and prestige is on the ascent, while the standard of execution and a growing affinity with the Florentine way (much like Liverano & Liverano) are helping cement their sartorial clout, too.