The Art of Tailoring

6 Minute Read A music-inspired art of tailoring exploration certainly hits the right note.
  • fashion director Melissa Jane Tarling

  • by Chris Cotonou

  • photography Brandon Hinton

Mathias wears black wool double-breasted tuxedo jacket, black wool tuxedo Manny trousers, white cotton pleated dress shirt, silk satin self-tie bow-tie, black Marphy leather loafers, all Rubinacci at The Rake; sterling silver and onyx flat cabochon cufflinks, Asprey at The Rake.

At The Rake we consider tailoring to be a true art-form, a creative and personal exchange between a client and his craftsman. As with other artforms, auteurs have emerged over the centuries with their trademarks, and like precious heirlooms, these are passed down and refined throughout the generations. The legendary Lino Ventura’s Cifonelli suit shares the same distinguished shoulder as a young Parisian guitarist wearing his Cifonelli jacket to meet with friends today. The DNA is constant, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be resigned to sartorial antiquity. As proven here, in these photographs of friend of The Rake Mathias Le Fevre and his partner, the musician Ciinderella Balthazar, the art of tailoring is expressed in the wearer as much as the maker. Their approach? Rock ‘n’ Roll. Youth. Drawing both from musical icons and the silhouettes of modern London. For this, they rightfully opt for the iconic Edward Sexton, but for you, it might be something different – flavoured by the musical tastes of Paris or Naples.



May 2022


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