Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Francesco Smalto is a french bespoke and masculine luxury ready-to-wear label established in Paris by Francesco Smalto in 1962. For the last 50 years, and with over 30 artisans and master tailors, Smalto has been perpetuating the bespoke tradition in its Parisian atelier. In 2012, "Francesco Smalto- 50 years of masculine elegance" was published the same year Smalto was received the State-awarded "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" label honouring heritage skills in France. The Smalto collections are distributed in over 140 retail points throughout the world and on . Since 2013, Francesco Smalto is the official tailor of the French Football team- 

At the spectacular paradise of Meydan Beach Blub, JBR, Dubai last 7th of April, The French bespoke label throw on a Gentlemen's Press Day with the impeccable Autumn- Winter collection which I really hype and really my cup of tea. Fascinated with the well- tailored suits and dapper pieces perfect for any savvy stylish guy.

A stylish, clear and sharpened allure, definitely elegant. The shoulder, foundation of the Francesco Smalto style, is there, present forever. But the impeccable silhouette softens- due to the frost- with soft relief fabrics, checked garments melted "in touch" or "all over" and with graphics and generous knitwear.

A perfect drape, heritage of the Bespoke Tailoring ateliers: suits jackets are entirely canvassed with natural horsehair, using the traditional sartorial construction. And always exclusive fabrics: super 180's pure cashmere or vicuna...

Prevalence of the leather: sheepskin, kangaroo, glazed lambskin come in the trench coats and jackets suits lined with Irish knit cashmere. Fur touch: shaved mink which softens the rigor of the overcoats.

Urban colors- blue oil, slate, anthracite- warming up burgundy bricks and chocolates. The nude is dotted. The evening looks are draped in navy blue, new color of the night, where the satin highlights the "Smalto" neck or the shawl collar.

Accessories are like punctuation marks. Studied down to the smallest details, gloves, briefcases, and shoes reflect the tailoring know-how of the House: "neck" and "travetta" stitches and patinas are all handmade. The suits fabrics sublimate leathers and cord the bowler hats. Ultimate accessories: onyx collar pin and cufflinks in lapis lazuli- fetish color of the Francesco Smalto House- complete the look.

Dapper gentlemen  Thibault Carte and Berend Jan Doorten

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