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French glove-maker Lavabre Cadet

French glove-maker Lavabre Cadet

Founded in Millau in 1946, the French glove-maker “Lavabre Cadet”, has been perpetuating a remarkable tradition of glove-making expertise since 70th years. The gloves of Lavabre Cadet were the favorites of the legendary designer, Yves Saint-Laurent. Nowadays, the French house “Lavabre Cadet” counts among its clients, Haute couture houses such as Hermès, Dior, Chanel, Rick...
Edesim Selection Spring Summer 2016

Edesim Selection Spring Summer 2016

The story of Edesim begins in 1896, Vincenzo de Simone set up his atelier in small commune called San Felice a Cancello, located just few kilometers northeast of Naples, Italy. Later in 1954, his son Eduardo De Simone moved the small workshop in order to expand the business in Naples. Over the years, Edesim gradually...
Daniel Levy - Bespoke Shirts

Daniel Levy – Bespoke Shirts

Far from the madding crowd of the Champs Elysées, the swarming of the rue Faubourg St Honoré, but also near the very elegant and peaceful hotel La Reserve, the Rue du Cirque is in the heart of Paris, chic and discreet. At the very number 3 of the Rue du Cirque that Daniel Levy has...
Coherence Autumn Winter 2016

Coherence Autumn Winter 2016

Created by fashion designer Kentaro Nakagomi, the Japanese brand ‘Cohérence’ take inspiration from portraits of legendary artists such as Albert Camus, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Léonard Foujita, Sidney Bechet, Marcel Duchamp, Tristan Tzara, Le Corbusier or Jean Cocteau who transcended boundaries by their talent. Coherence beautiful coats are made with top-notch fabrics in Japan. Those garments...
Introduction to the young label Stòffa

Introduction to the young label Stòffa

Founded in 2014 by Agyesh Madan, the young and discreet label “ Stòffa ” unveils slowly and carefully created Italian-made accessories of high quality, with outstandingly beautiful design. Brand Stòffa offers rabbit or beaver felt rollable hat, printed pocket square made of wool or more luxurious woven pocket square in blend cashmere/silk, also knit tie...
John Lobb Spring Summer 2016

John Lobb Spring Summer 2016

Last night, British shoemaker John Lobb unveilled his Spring Summer 2016 collection under the artistic direction of Paula Gerbase in Paris. This collection is inspired by the founder’s journey from the rocky coasts and the hilly landscapes of Cornwall to the humid and cobbled streets of London. John Lobb Spring Summer 2016 collection is heavily influenced on the...
Crockett & Jones shoes for James Bond in 007 Spectre

Crockett & Jones shoes for James Bond in 007 Spectre

Founded in 1879 in Northampton, in the cradle of England’s most famous shoemaking town, Crockett & Jones collaborates on six different pairs of shoes for the most famous secret agent, James Bond in the movie ‘007 Spectre’ directed by Sam Mendes. The role of James Bond will be interpreted for the fourth time by British actor Daniel...
The House Tailor's Lab of Strasburgo

The House Tailor’s Lab of Strasburgo

In March 2015, The Japanese select shop Strasburgo opened on the third floor of his shop located in the chic neighbourhood of Aoyama, a lounge dedicated to tailoring, named the “House Tailor’s Lab“. In this “Laboratory of tailoring”, Strasburgo unveils a unique concept, an exciting offering of bespoke suits, trousers, and shirts on the same...
Y & Sons in Tokyo

Y & Sons in Tokyo

Long-established kimono retailer « Kimono Yamato » will open in March 1st 2015 a very interesting and unique Kimono shop called “Y. & Sons” dedicated gentleman. Under the creative team formed by the artistic director Naomi Hirabayashi, buyer Tsuyoshi Nimura and interior designer Kazuya Sasaki, this project is reaching out to a new generation of gentleman. Y. &...
Tailored by Mr Smith & Mr Smith Autumn Winter 2015

Tailored by Mr Smith & Mr Smith Autumn Winter 2015

Last week, the British designer (and grand architect of the garment) Mr Vincent Smith unveiled his couture collection ‘Tailored by Mr Smith’ and it’s ready-to-wear line ‘Mr Smith’ for Autumn Winter 2015 at Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy. ‘Tailored by Mr Smith’ is a couture collection for men entirely handmade in a discreet Atelier in Montmartre, Paris. In this collection,...
Ready-to-wear of Thom Sweeney

Ready-to-wear of Thom Sweeney

Located on Mayfair’s Weighhouse Street, the young bespoke tailoring house, ‘Thom Sweeney ’, founded by Thom Whiddett and Luke Sweeney, made an interesting and positive development since my last article in 2011 here. At the beginning of the year, they launched a ready-to-wear collection, exclusively with the online powerhouse Mr Porter, the menswear’s luxury pinnacle. In November,...
United Arrows Green Label Relaxing September 2014

United Arrows Green Label Relaxing September 2014

Quality & eco-friendly lifestyle brand, ‘United Arrows Green Label Relaxing’ unveils his fall collection 2014 inside their catalogue called “Green Paper” of September 2014. Green Label Relaxing continues their collaborations between Italian fabric companies such Reda Valle Mosso, Guabello Mongrando and Vitale Barberis Canonico to create stylish suits made by a “green” production at affordable prices. Click to...
De Bonne Facture Spring Summer 2015

De Bonne Facture Spring Summer 2015

During the menswear tradeshow Pitti Uomo in Florence, I had the pleasure of meeting with designer Déborah Neuberg, who has developed a keen sense of superior craftsmanship during her past job at Hermès. A savoir-faire enthusiast, her young French label called ‘De Bonne Facture’ has unveiled this beautiful Spring Summer 2015 collection. ‘De Bonne Facture’...
Takizawa Shigeru Spring Summer 2015 at Pitti Uomo 86

Takizawa Shigeru Spring Summer 2015 at Pitti Uomo 86

Japanese designer, Takizawa Shigeru unveils his collection for Spring Summer 2015 at the menswear tradeshow Pitti Uomo in Florence. Beautiful collection made in Japan showcases interesting fabrics with a smart casual twist. For this Season, Takizawa Shigeru got fabrics exclusively woven by Italian textile mills, Lanificio F.lli Cerruti. Takizawa Shigeru offers made-to-measure service at his...
Tailored by Mr Smith and Mr Smith at Pitti Uomo 86

Tailored by Mr Smith and Mr Smith at Pitti Uomo 86

British designer based in Paris, Vincent Smith unveils his collections ‘Tailored by Mr Smith’ and ‘Mr Smith’ at the menswear tradeshow Pitti Uomo in Florence. Those Spring Summer 2015 collections are made of beautiful lightweight fabrics, neutrals colours, and perfectly cut silhouette. It should be mentioned the amazing “complication” embroidery work on the collar of...
Lardini Spring Summer 2015 at Pitti Uomo 86

Lardini Spring Summer 2015 at Pitti Uomo 86

This is a small preview of the beautiful Spring Summer 2015 collection of Italian brand, Lardini that I photographed during Florence’s menswear tradeshow “Pitti Uomo” 86th edition. Click to enlarge the pictures… (Copyright www.high-toned.fr) www.lardini.it  
Eidos Napoli Spring Summer 2015 at Pitti Uomo 86

Eidos Napoli Spring Summer 2015 at Pitti Uomo 86

This week, I was lucky enough to be invited to Pitti Uomo 86th edition, the world’s biggest menswear show, in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy. Eidos Napoli spring summer 2015 of creative director, Mr. Antonio Ciongoli was one of my favourite collections. Colours, shapes and fabrics are inspired by the island of Ischia, land...
Hancock Spring Summer 2014

Hancock Spring Summer 2014

Hancock founded in 2012 by Daniel Dunko and Gary Bott, the outerwear label draws inspiration (and his name) from English Inventor and founder of Britains rubber industry Thomas Hancock. Although his name is little-known he worked with Charles Mackintosh to patent the idea of vulcanised waterproofing. All of Hancock’s vulcanised articles are hand-made at its Cumbernauld...
Bespoke ties of Passaggio Cravatte

Bespoke ties of Passaggio Cravatte

Created in 2010 by Gianni Cerutti and Martha Passaggio, “Passaggio Cravatte” offers a bespoke ties service. The duo got a unique selection of luxurious vintage fabrics (some 50 or 60 years old). The ties are cut directly in the city of Robbio (an hour’s drive from Milan). Later, they are sewn entirely by hand in Naples,...
Kiton Spring Summer 2014

Kiton Spring Summer 2014

Prestigious Italian tailoring house ‘Kiton’ founded by Ciro Paone in 1968 inNaples, Italy. Neapolitan family, Kiton showcases first pictures of Spring Summer 2014 collection. Today, Kiton inaugurates Palazzo Kiton (former Palazzo Ferré, approximately 4,000 square meters in the middle of Milan), the tailoring company’s new crown jewel/shop, was unveil with a special event, during Milan men’s...
Onward Gotairiku Autumn Winter 2013

Onward Gotairiku Autumn Winter 2013

On October 28th, Japanese apparel giant ‘Onward Kashiyama’ unveils their Fall Winter collection of formal wear brand called ‘Gotairiku (Five Continents)’ with a big advertising campaign. This year, brand ambassadors are five famous Kabuki actors such as Ainosuke Kataoka, Onoe Matsuya, Nakamura Kasho, Nakamura Kazutaro and Nakamura Hayato. Since 1992, Gotairiku is inspired by ‘British...
Tomorrowland Autumn Winter 2013

Tomorrowland Autumn Winter 2013

Japanese retailer (also beautiful select shop) ‘Tomorrowland’ showcase this nice Autumn Winter 2013 catalogue to celebrate their 35th Anniversary Edition. Tomorrowland gives us a smart selection of nice brands such as Dries Van Noten, Cesare Attolini, Mp di Massimo Piombo, Acne, Errico Formicola, Salvatore Piccolo, Fioro, Crockett & Jones, Jean Paul Knott, Pierre-Louis Mascia and...
Beams Autumn Winter 2013

Beams Autumn Winter 2013

Japanese brand & retailer ‘Beams’ unveils this wonderful catalogue for Autumn Winter 2013-14 collection photographed by Muga Miyahara. This fashion editorial entitled “Back to Elegance” showcases beautiful looks styled by Makoto Yoshino. www.beams.co.jp www.muga.tv