The Art of Appreciation

I've loved artisanship ever since I can remember - ceramics, leather goods, jewelry, clothing.  For me, it's so much more than the product itself; I’m passionate about the hands that give it form. It's an inspiration to learn about the artisan himself, his personal story, and the pearls of wisdom he invariably passes on. That's because artisans operate in a different sphere than the rest of us. In their world, passion and creativity replace meetings and monthly reports. Their work day is driven by the tradition of their craft and their talent for innovation.

For a long time I thought I was alone in my enthusiasm for artisanship... that is, until I met Gianluca Migliarotti, who opened an entire world to me through his work. 

An artist in his own right, Gianluca applied his background as a film maker to one of his greatest passions: Neapolitan tailoring. The fruit of this undertaking was a documentary entitled o' Mast, an immediate success among lovers of beauty, elegance, Italy, and Naples and just one among many visually stunning documentaries that he is famous for.

I've embedded the trailer below... it speaks for itself...  

I'm really excited to share more of his work with you. Keep an eye on FACEBOOK, where I will be posting 1 video a day for the next 5 days. It's the cheapest 5 minute trip you will ever have to the most beautiful corners of "il bel paese," a.k.a. Italia!!  

If you love this as much as I did, you can purchase the full-length documentary on iTunes HERE.

A Sartorial Retrospective: Ethics, Tradition and Sartoria

It's been more than two years, but it seems like just yesterday that I had the pleasure of visiting Antonio Liverano's tailor shop in Florence with my good friend and menswear blogger, Fabio Attanasio of The Bespoke Dudes.

Florence was in the midst of the post-Pitti lull in June 2013 when Fabio and I paid a visit to Mr. Liverano and Taka to talk about the Liverano & Liverano Tailoring Philosophy. 

It was an incredibly inspiring and enlightening experience that helped me understand the importance of safeguarding the artisanal arts in the modern world. 

More than skilled laborers, artisans are craftsmen, and more still, they are artists.  The objects they produce synthesize centuries-old tradition, esthetic, skill and philosophy, thereby gifting the consumer with much more than money can ever buy. 

Fabio wrote a great post about it HERE.