Every winter when you get your coat out of the closet, the streets turn into the same gray colour.
In September as soon as the first winter coats are exposed in the shops, it usually starts to itch me. In spite of the fact that making online purchases is nowadays very popular, I still prefer to pay a visit to stores. Orientation and gaining inspiration I do online. When I'm looking for a coat, I certainly have a few favorite stores, including Suitsupply. This originally Dutch company has coats with a great fit, eye for design and everything of excellent quality. I noticed one of their most sophisticated overcoat options, called Vicenza. A herringbone coat made of a rich, warm, soft blend of wool, alpaca, mohair and silk by Vitale Barberis Canonico. The latter is the oldest weaving-mill in the world. This special company is situated in Trivero, Italy ; there largest customer at the moment is the luxury menswear fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna.
This blue coat has an elegantly single-breasted fit and offers enough warmth for average winter days (in the Netherlands). I deliberately did not opt for a black or gray coat because I want to give some color to my winter outfit. Combining has so far been almost never a problem since the majority of my clothing has no contrasting colors. Given the prevailing (dominant) pattern of the jacket I always wear it with a plain scarf in the color blue or gray. This gives a good balance and ensures that the coat will be accorded its full weight. The same applies for a pair of trousers, I only choose a plain one for that as well.
Of course, the price of your coat is not the only factor that determines whether or not it will complete your outfit. H & M recently launched some beautiful coats (H&M Studios) for a very friendly price.
In spite of the fact that this winter is already nearing its end and spring is coming into view, the new winter trends '18/'19 already came out in the past few months. During the fashion week in Milan, Paris and London it became clear that the diamond pattern will play an important role in autumn. Regarding the color trend black/dark blue, mangosteen and caramel will mainly be present.
I'm already looking ahead for the new winter coats. As far as the diamond pattern, this is already amply present in the new spring collections of many labels. I leave the winter for what it is and in the next blogs I will focus on the spring and the trends it brings this year.
Brand - Suitsupply
Collection - Fall 16/17
Thinking about Italy, things coming to mind are good food, tasty wine and enjoying life. After my trip to Rome, and afterwards Sardinia (also recommended!) Florence was on the program. Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region and is a perfect base for both the city and the countryside. Since we were traveling in high season (August) we could count on a generous portion of heat. For me, I can stand it well, but not everyone likes 37/38 degrees Celcius. Thanks to some preliminary research I found a beautiful hotel (Art Hotel Villa Agape) a few minutes drive outside the city (including a free shuttle service to the center), which made the combination of a quiet surrounding and citylife perfect. That the hotel is rated with a 9.4 is not surprising, given its location, style and beautiful garden. The garden offers plenty of seats to enjoy a glass of Italian wine. The shuttle takes you within 15 minutes to the heart of Florence at any time. With all its highlights, the city has enough to offer for an unforgettable trip.
Lounge spot hotel
1. Uffizi: The one who hasn't visited the world-famous museum Uffizi has not seen the city of Florence.
2. Duomo Firenze: By far the most famous and beautiful church in Florence is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.
3. Palazzo Pitti: This majestic palace and estate is certainly worth a visit. To admire only the gardens, you're sure to spend half a day.
Even if you're not interested in culture, but just want to enjoy the terraces and shops, I'm sure you will enjoy yourself. When it comes to fashion, Florence is a paradise with both the big brands and small Italian specialty stores.
During our stay we paid a visit to the following cities in Tuscany region:
1. Siena: do not miss this city! Siena is about a one-hour drive from Florence, a medium-sized place where you can still feel the real Italian atmosphere. Since the surrounding of Siena is rather plane and the city itself is on an elevation you can see it from a distance. To reach the city centre its possible to use escalators. The central square is still used annually for the famous horse races (Il Palio). Either the Duomo of Siena should not be missed during your visit.
2. Pisa: who doesn't know it. The city with it's leaning Tower. In advance we already read that Pisa itself isn't the most beautiful city, but we still wanted to see the tower in real life. Regarding the city, it didn't disappoint me, but staying there longer than one day is certainly not necessary. It's very busy and there are just few points of interest besides the tower.
3. Volterra: less known, but more than worth it! This beautiful city in Pisa region was one of the highlights during our trip. The traveling time from Florence was about 1.5 hour along a fascinating landscape. The city itself is considerably smaller than Siena, but with its narrow streets, restaurants and panorama-views unforgettable.
Because I can't get enough of the beautiful region of Tuscany, I will visit it again in may 2018.
This time - you can imagine - Volterra is the main residence.
Keep an eye on my INSTA for new photos and videos of my second Tuscany trip.
With the counter on 440 million blogs worldwide, it seems to me a suitable time to start blogging. Since my life is so incredibly fascinating? Of course! But even more because I think it's time to pay more attention to men with an interest in fashion and design. A few months ago I changed my instagram from a private account to a business account. This with the idea to share my view on clothing, interior and travel with all who are interested. Almost every day I post something (sometimes of added value ...) which can differ from new garments to a look at my interior. Soon I discovered that insta is the platform for inspiration and sharing. Every day I receive messages from people from all over the world with reactions, questions and appreciation. I never expected that there were so many men with the same passion for clothing as I have. I started to get knowledge of there styles and view upon clothes. In that way my interest became bigger and bigger. For me clothing is much more than just a piece of fabric, it's among others an identity that distinguishes you from the crowd as a individual. But enough introduction for now, let's get started.