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High quality Florentine tailoring and haberdashery – Everlasting Type

High quality Florentine tailoring and haberdashery – Everlasting Type


Speciale is a good looking little store within the west of London, making wonderful bespoke tailoring and distinctive shirts and knits. I ought to have lined Bert and George earlier and I have not, and it is completely my fault. 

My solely excuse is location. Speciale is on the prime finish of the Portobello Street, identified for its market (made extra well-known just lately by Paddington) however in any other case not on the menswear radar. It is probably not near anything, even in west London.

Nonetheless, my job is to hunt these items and I ought to have executed so prior to now. Hopefully at this time’s article will assist make up for it. 

First issues first. ‘Speciale’ is not only a reputation picked by two guys that wish to say they’re particular in Italian. It was the identify of the Florentine tailor, Lettorio Speciale, whose work impressed George to grow to be a tailor. 

George (beneath) had been at artwork college in Florence when he was launched to the tailor Lorenzo Albrighi in Santo Spirito. (The sq. the place all the scholars hang around – if you wish to really feel previous whereas in Florence, go there.) 

Albrighi was the final tailor to be skilled by Speciale, and was carrying a jacket he’d made. George was so taken with it that he dropped out and moved to stay in Albrighi’s workshop in Milan. 

In 2014, George returned to London having completed his apprenticeship. That’s the place he met Bert, and the 2 arrange a tailoring enterprise out of Battersea. George returned to Tuscany three years later, to work below the coatmaker Mauro Fanfani after which with Liverano in Florence. 

Bert additionally moved to Italy and labored for a small tailor, Rosario Sagliano. However by 2019, each have been again in London, having discovered it arduous to earn a residing in Italy. As soon as again they determined to arrange on their very own, with Bert (beneath, proper) specializing in the store and model slightly than tailoring. 

“I beloved tailoring however I felt I’d hit a degree the place I had the dangle of it sufficient – paradoxically – to grasp I wasn’t really that good, definitely in comparison with George or the individuals I appeared as much as,” he says. 

The strategy to the store was partly impressed by the Anderson & Sheppard Haberdashery, with its dedication to not promote tailor-made jackets or coats however every thing you’d put on with them – on the similar excessive commonplace. 

“There was additionally this uniform you wore as a tailor at your board, of a shirt and sweater daily,” says Bert. “We needed to copy that, although usually with our explicit take.”

The store has been gradual to replenish, however you’ll be able to see their viewpoint in each the shirts and the knitwear. The V-neck knits and vests, for instance, have a very deep neckline that’s accentuated by the brief physique (designed to put on with high-waisted trousers). 

The knitwear is usually cotton, with a small(ish) armhole to make them simpler to put on with tailoring, however a beneficiant physique, and an uncommon mixture of ribbing – 2×2 on the collar however 1×1 on the cuffs and hem. 

Bert and George have tweaked issues over time – these knits are actually 3cm longer than they was once – however I might say they’re nonetheless greatest with high-waisted trousers. I purchased a Giant within the navy crewneck above, for instance, and whereas the cotton, the color and the neckline and ideal, the sleeves are slightly lengthy. With the pale-blue vest, I used to be greatest in an Additional Giant (pictured) however that meant a good bit of additional room within the physique. 

The knits have been additionally designed to be unisex, with a full vary of sizes that women and men can choose via relying on how they just like the match. Emilie Hawtin wears each the vests and the shirts fantastically – as talked about in her piece for us right here

This implies there aren’t many on the prime finish of the scale vary for males. Lucas, for instance, [Nicholson, Permanent Style] was too giant for the vary and usually wears a 44-chest jacket.

The shirts are additionally in a technique of transition, being made now in unique cloths for the primary time – high-count cottons which have a silky really feel, with uncommon uneven stripes. 

Sadly after we visited solely two of the colors had arrived, the others being caught in customs. However they confirmed the aesthetic properly I feel, each being uncommon however delicate stripes – cream on blue and the reverse, blue on cream. I attempted a measurement 15.5 and it was a pleasant match, with a degree collar and a beneficiant physique with out being overly huge. 

Across the store there are additionally different bits and items, usually with a Florentine theme. The jewelry of Ranfagni, as an example, and show footwear from Saskia Wittmer. “Florence meant a lot to us,” says Bert, “it made sense to have this within the store”.

“Similar goes for the ties from Sevenfold. I do know the embroidered designs are slightly quirky, however we couldn’t imagine there was no different stockist within the UK.”

In fact, the principle curiosity of many PS readers would be the tailoring – so what’s that like? 

George’s tailoring is kind of instantly descended from Speciale, a small home that produced Florentine tailoring pretty just like others we’ve lined akin to Liverano and Vestrucci – no entrance dart, straight entrance edge, delicate make and a lot of hand work. 

“Usually in Florentine tailoring the block is kind of fundamental,” says Bert. “You’ve solely bought one dart that will help you, so its actually left to the making to offer a jacket its expression and produce it to life. And there’s a distinctive depth of largely unseen hand and iron work that goes into prepping and making every ingredient of the jacket.

“It’s this that offers it extra form, longevity and cleanliness: how little extra and bulk there’s left in a nook of a lapel, how little lip there’s on the prime of the welt pocket, how clear the roll of the lapel or sleeve-head is, how flush the lapel sits on the chest and so forth.” 

The making actually is spectacular, and one thing I feel I am going to find yourself returning to on PS for extra element.

There’s additionally a performance to Florentine handwork that I at all times admire – however Bert describes higher than me: “The factor is the jacket ought to put on and look higher due to the additional work, that’s the important thing: the philosophy is about practicality, not simply prettification. It may well even be fairly brutal to that finish in locations.”

For example of this brutality, Bert factors out the the hand seam that’s sewn one centimetre in from the sting of the lapel, however which is so tight it appears to be like like machine work. We’re wanting on the previous Speciale jacket they’ve (above) and I’d by no means have noticed that for the work of hand and needle. 

“That locks the lapel endlessly,” he says. “It truly is constructed across the assumption you’re going to stay in it.” 

If anybody needs any extra particulars on the tailoring now, the Speciale story highlights on Instagram have quite a bit, as do the Bespoke photographs within the Specialeworld part of the web site. 

Speciale is at 324 Portobello Street, Notting Hill.


Costs (together with VAT): 

  • Bespoke fits from £4884
  • Bespoke jackets from £3806
  • Bespoke coats from £4994

Timelines are usually round six months for a primary buyer, with three fittings. There isn’t any travelling at the moment, however trunk exhibits to Los Angeles are deliberate for subsequent 12 months. 



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