Street style has taken me from Brooklyn to Tokyo (plenty stylish places in between), my passion for style has been my reason for venturing from back ally thrift shops to exclusive appointment only bespoke showrooms, one thing I’ve learned from my Brooklyn roots - ‘game recognize game’ and truth in life lies hidden yet still visible in every stich, and every detail of our daily lives. I’ve taken these 2 life lessons and always try to differentiates between the stylish and fashionable.
My first time in Florence my senses were inundated with true Italian style, it is there that I learned first hand about Sprezzatura, for the first time what I read about in books was part of my reality. With time I understood, appreciated and respected elements of style that were singularly Italian and part of their fabric as pasta was part of their diet. While Italians who pride themselves on construction, heritage, quality are common, the brothers behind the brand Sciamat stand clearly at the forefront of style spoken from an Italian perspective.
My first introduction to Valentino and Nicola Ricci was shooting them randomly (and individually) while at Pitti. What struck me was the fit, the fabric and construction of what they wore, the next thing was how what they wore seemed to frame the artwork (the personalities). The clothes were an extension of the individuals, so I naturally wanted to know more. I had a chance to visit their booth at Pitti were I first tried on a green double breasted jacket and spend time learning about the brand. Fast forward to a year and a half later and I had an appointment at their showroom in Milan. This time it wasn’t to try on items, instead it was to pick up a piece of art (a red and black wool and cashmere herringbone blazer). While I have a closet full of blazers, this is not a blazer, it’s a Sciamat.
To the untrained eye a jacket is just a jacket, but after sitting down with Nicola Ricci you understand what makes Sciamat possibly the crown jewel in men’s clothing. This post isn’t looking to focus on the product as much as it is meant to focus on the spirit of the product. Search the internet and you’ll find product reviews for days, Sciamat makes this more than a product review, this is a lesson in art.
There is an ongoing question concerning blogging and product, “is it cool because you have it or do you have it because it’s cool?” Cool is not an issue for Guerreisms or Sciamat, neither bother to focus on cool - substance is the only thing that matters.
Live with style.
For more information on Sciamat visit:
THe site: Sciamat.com
The Blog: Sciamat
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