Dressing “well” is in again Although we live in a casually dressed culture today, there is still a place for “dressing like a gentleman,” and not just at weddings, funerals or in the boardroom. The popularity of blogs like“The Sartorialist” and influential shows like “Mad Men” speak to a new appreciation for dressing well, and it’s not unusual to see young men in suits who a decade ago may have been wearing beach shorts and flip flops. This renewed interest in finer menswear has spurred the growth of small artisan studios that are creating a wide variety of beautiful bespoke suits, shirts and shoes for discerning clients.
Interior design takes its cue…. Menswear has been an influence in interior design, especially in the color harmonies of grey, brown, linen, taupe and white, which make up so much of a man’s traditional wardrobe. It’s easy to flip through a home design magazine today, and see a room that looks like the designer took all the color and textural elements of a gentleman’s wardrobe- from burnished leather to charcoal colored wool, and a brass watch face – and applied them to the furniture, wall color, drapery and so on.
Artisans at work The creation of a bespoke suit or fine pair of dress shoes is in itself an artisan craft – selecting the finest cloth, expert cutting, hand sewing and finishing – a craft practiced by a select few tailors, haberdashers and cobblers. Savile Row in London has been the center of bespoke tailoring for more than 200 years, and continues to attract clients like David Beckham, Colin Firth and David Hockney.
Inspired by the fine art and tradition of bespoke tailoring, the growing resurgence of “dressing up” and the trend of menswear inspired interiors, we created Sterling Row, a new collection of decorative patterns created from marble and porcelain tile.
For more insight on the inspiration behind Sterling Row, visit our Sterling Row pinboard on Pinterest.
What do you think of our new Sterling Row porcelain tile collection, and how would it fit into your home? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Stay tuned for future posts on the inspiration behind the patterns of Sterling Row!