Sebastian has an fascinating story – a clothes story with distinct phases. He’s a long-term reader (simply over 10 years) and has worn many alternative types, many alternative manufacturers. However he is one other PS reader in essence – all the time a bit of much like the final, all the time a bit of totally different.
We’ve met just a few instances, at pop-ups and within the acquainted shops, but it surely turned out now we have another connections. He grew up in Ecuador, the place I spent a contented month travelling. He knew my previous employer, Euromoney, by way of his work too. There have been extra connections than you’d count on, which is all the time a pleasant shock.
I hope you take pleasure in his story and his garments.
- Parka: Buzz Rickson reproduction of M-51
- Jacket: Bespoke, from Solito
- Trousers: Bespoke, from Whitcomb & Shaftesbury
- Shirt: Turnbull & Asser
- Tie: Drake’s
- Belt: Rubato
- Sneakers: Crockett & Jones, Cavendish mannequin
- Watch: JLC Reverso
How did you first get into clothes?
Nicely I used to be born in Ecuador, however from the age of 5 we lived in Caracas, Venezuela. This was the seventies and Caracas was a affluent, cosmopolitan metropolis, with lots of American affect.
I used to be into my garments even earlier than turning 10 – or no less than I had an consciousness of what I wore and of color, which I assume not everybody does at that age. I wore lots of American sportswear. That was my old flame.
However then after I was older we moved to England, and I bear in mind my mom purchasing for garments at Marks & Spencer. I cried after I noticed the issues she purchased – it wasn’t the identical.
In my teenagers I went by way of totally different subcultures. I used to be a Informal for a few years – Tacchini and all that. Then I used to be a Mod – most likely the primary Latin American Mod in England! For this reason I wore my parka at the moment, in homage to these years.
Did you retain up that curiosity in clothes?
Oh no, after I was in my mid-twenties I entered the darkish years so far as clothes is anxious. I used to be a guide and busy attempting to determine a profession, having a household. I travelled rather a lot, placed on weight, clothes was very purposeful.
However then in my early forties, when a few of the stress lessened, I rediscovered clothes. I feel it was about that point I began studying your website as effectively. I dug out the garments I used to like, however received into new areas too. The reality is I proceed to have many types, however I’ve lots of enjoyable with all of it so do not contemplate it an issue!
Do you assume you will have too many garments?
My spouse will surely say so! One challenge is I solely began promoting issues up to now 12 months and a half, totally on eBay. I’m beginning to get higher at it although. I managed to promote my previous Lee Rider jacket by way of Bryceland’s lately, although then I purchased yours, in order that was extra of a swap…
Is your spouse into garments?
Not that a lot. Though I do assume if there have been extra outlets like Bryceland’s for girls, which are so welcoming, really easy, possibly extra would recognize good, timeless garments. It’s additionally a lot nicer to buy when there are just a few locations you go to, who provide most issues, who get to know you too.
I hadn’t considered that. We’re fortunate in that regard, definitely within the space of conventional menswear. I feel my spouse would love procuring that method as effectively.
- Jacket: LEJ
- Shirt: Brcyeland’s
- Trousers: Scott Fraser Assortment
- Belt: Rubato
- Sneakers: Crockett & Jones, Cavendish mannequin
- Cap: Aimé Leon Dore
- Necklace: Crimson Rabbit necklace with silver pendant from French flea market
- Watch: Omega Speedmaster (pre-Moon)
Do you assume rising up with an curiosity in clothes helps you afterward? Does it provide you with a longtime style?
It positively helps – I’m very instinctual, and it may be arduous to out of the blue develop that when you’ve by no means been into garments. Additionally it is fascinating
to rationalise your method to garments and to consider why sure issues work and others don’t, and likewise to contemplate totally different views. Your website has been vastly useful in that sense.
Black is an effective instance. I by no means wore black after I was youthful, or in my profession, and all the time thought it was too one-dimensional, a bit flat. However after I learn your items on it, I realised how a lot was about texture, and the way some classes had been simpler than others.
I assume this outfit is influenced by that – I by no means would have worn it just a few years in the past. I recognize the feel within the seersucker, within the linen trousers. And I naturally break it up, with a belt or one thing else.
It’s fascinating to see you put on it with crimson as effectively, as that sturdy distinction doesn’t work on me – your colouring should assist.
Sure, and naturally that’s an enormous a part of that background in garments – you will have a greater concept of what fits you.
The place are the trousers from?
These are from Scott Simpson, however I had him taper them a bit of from his normal width on the decrease leg. I like massive trousers but when they’re too broad on the backside they’ll drown you. Even when they’re broad it helps in the event that they taper a bit of.
You may put on that width extra simply than me given your peak. I assume that’s yet one more about studying about what seems good on you.
The sneakers are from Crockett & Jones?
Sure I’ve three pairs – essentially the most snug idler for my foot I’ve discovered. The brown tassels within the first outfit had been Crocketts as effectively.
The belt is from Rubato, though I’ve additionally gotten into western belts from Silver Ostrich because of you. And the jacket is from LEJ – it was a pattern and I needed to persuade Luke to promote it to me. I feel it was a shorter size than his common chores, which works rather a lot higher on my peak.
How a lot are you into watches?
Not that a lot, or no less than not as a lot as garments. I’ve a handful of collectible ones, a few of which you’ll see in these outfits. I’m higher at controlling myself in terms of watches – my greatest weak spot is unquestionably garments, outerwear significantly.
- Jacket: MTM, Aero Leather-based
- Scarf: Mahala
- Roll neck: De Bonne Facture
- Trousers: As in Outfit 1
- Watch: 1967 Rolex Day Date
I like the headscarf right here, the place’s that from?
A little bit store known as Mahala that’s near us in Crouch Finish. They do some pretty textiles that they import from locations like Afghanistan, Iran. There are kilims from Turkey, handmade items from India.
They’ve made me just a few pairs of trousers over time too – they’re not sartorial items however they’re properly completed they usually have some fairly particular materials. Additionally they like a great broad trouser.
I like searching down issues like that overseas as effectively – I used to be in Marrakesh lately for work and I beloved strolling the markets, listening to everybody’s pitch, all of the textiles. There’s a vibrant, entrepreneurial environment to the whole lot.
I presume the jacket was made to measure for you, is that proper?
Sure this was made by Aero Leather-based – at an occasion Clutch did just a few years in the past.
How do you discover the expertise of made to measure or made to order?
It’s arduous, as a result of there’s extra threat there than with tailoring, partly since you’re not going to have a becoming, and partly as a result of as soon as it is made that is just about it. So I might by no means do one thing that was simply on-line, the place you needed to enter all the knowledge your self – this was totally different as a result of the fellows had been on the trunk present and taking measurements themselves, taking some accountability!
The place do you will have your tailoring made?
I’ve used just a few totally different locations over time, however once more I wouldn’t say I’m an enormous bespoke man. I’ve enterprise fits from Whitcomb & Shaftesbury, informal jackets from Solito. Oh, and I lately used WW Chan for the primary time by way of Bryceland’s for a easy navy MTM sports activities jacket. Regardless of my nervousness, I used to be actually happy with the outcome. I’ve been aiming to get a easy navy blazer for some time now, however then I get distracted by one thing else. This time I lastly did it.
I must also embody a shout-out to my fellow countrymen at Hidalgo Brothers on Savile Row – we walked previous them earlier. They’re Ecuadorean too, an entire household workforce, they usually do an ideal job with alterations. I take advantage of Pinnas & Needles in Soho too, however they’ve a little bit of a backlog.
I’ve by no means completed bespoke sneakers, and unsure I ever will. I’m not positive I may justify the cash concerned.
Some other garments you have purchased lately that you just’d suggest to readers?
I lately received some boots from La Botte Gardiane within the south of France that get lots of feedback. They’re mainly French cowboy boots from the Camargue – comparable performance however with out all of the associations of western cowboy boots.
I really feel that they are good worth, and have an ideal form. You may as well have them made to order in order for you some tweaks. The collar is kind of massive so there’s some motion you probably have smaller ankles, like me. However you get used to that.