With so many social and sporting events coming up, and in preparation for the summer, Anderson & Sheppard Clifford Street is offering some beautiful Panama hats.
I leant recently that a Panama can only be a genuine Panama when it has been hand woven in Ecuador. Also that it takes 1 week to weave a single hat.
We have them in two shades: Natural and Tea. The first being a lighter, more classic shade; while the other is a little darker and more of a vintage look. The bands around the hats are rose pink or black, and chocolate or dark navy respectively.
With sizes from 57 to 63, they are the perfect accessory for the coming months.
Fred Astaire's white tie (ca. 1933)
Fred Astaire, the world renowned Hollywood star of stage and screen, was an advocate of the A&S cut because of the softness and freedom it allowed for dancing. With a high armhole, and comfortable silloutte he was known to dance in the changing rooms to see how he could move in his garments.
Lapo Elkann's navy seersucker suit (2012) (left)
What makes the difference between something being good versus excellent is its attention to detail. When it comes to the cloth, Mr. Hitchcock will match the design at every opportunity. While cutting he matches the two forepart pieces, the pockets, the sleeves, and the back. The jettings (the ridge directly above the pocket flap) are also matched to the fore part and pocket so as to demonstrate a continuous and uninterrupted design. This really is a skill and something that not all tailors go to the trouble of doing.
Some people ask me why making a suit takes so long? It’s because not only is everything tailored by hand, but it’s carried out to such a high level of attention to detail. Once a jacket has been made it goes to our Finishers for the final stages of its make. They will sew by hand every button hole, fell the collar and attach all the linings. Minuscule stitch work insures for a flawless finish.
For the purpose of a conventional jacket we have four button holes. Three of them will be working buttons and the fourth will not. This is done so that if there is a necessity to bring the sleeve length down, then we can. Reworking the configuration of the button placement.