Behind every great man is a great car...
We are proud to announce that we were selected to take part in an extraordinary project by the Rolls-Royce Owner’s Club and will be featured in a hardback publication called
Strive for Perfection.
“The 296-page hardback publication explores the living legacy of the world’s most famous marque, Rolls-Royce. Profiling models old and new, the book celebrates the company’s unceasing pursuit of excellence – an ethos that earned it the status of “best car in the world”. Written by a select group of motoring experts and enthusiasts, Strive for Perfection has been produced by London-based publisher St James’s House in partnership with the RROC. The book’s launch will be one of the highlights of the RROC’s 64th Annual Meet—a major, week-long event that attracts owners and enthusiasts from across the country.”
Below are a few photos from the event:
And that means bright palettes, lighter layers, and time to soak up the sun!
We had the pleasure of catching up with MR Mag at MRket this year. They featured a special article on Oxxford Clothes celebrating 100 years!
One of the most cherished brands in U.S. history, Oxxford Clothing is about to celebrate its centennial. Most of the hoopla is happening in the second half of 2016, but to prepare ourselves, we paid a visit to Oxxford president Bob Denton and sales director Chris Brueckner at the Oxxford store in midtown Manhattan.
What we learned: There is a definite yin and yang dynamic between the core Oxxford customers and a new generation just starting to appreciate the heritage, authenticity and hand craftsmanship inherent in Oxxford clothing. Asked if it might make sense to offer a slightly lower priced collection so that more young guys can get introduced to such exceptional hand tailoring (Oxxford suits retail between $4,000 and $5,500, with custom an additional 10 percent), Denton answers this way: “We can’t produce a less expensive collection because our (Chicago) factory only knows how to make the best. We don’t have the machinery to cut through layers of fabric; we cut one suit at a time. We hand match every plaid, even inside the sleeves. We make our own canvas with a supplier in Italy: the fabric is hung out to line dry over the Adriatic Sea. The lapel roll is based on rows of hand stitching; we use no tape on the armhole to allow for extra give. We don’t know how to produce clothing any other way.”
Although 80 percent of Oxxford’s business is custom, Denton maintains that retailers need to stock key styles and sizes so customers can touch and try on before buying. “You don’t buy a Mercedes without driving it first,” he points out. “A good example is the brighter blue shades we are now selling so well; without a sample, the customer is less likely to request it.” Denton also notes that since today’s slimmer fits present challenges, basted try-ons are an important accommodation.
Stay tuned for more on Oxxford’s 100 years of extraordinary tailoring, coming soon in print and online.
We wish Rocco Giovannangelo well in his decison to retire as Head Master Tailor. He has worked with us since 1994 and has outfitted everyone from past Presidents, celebrities, and business leaders. The last of the true tailors, Rocco has worked well over retirement because he simply loved what he did. From designing to overseeing every last pattern, hand stitch, and detail, nothing passed through the shop without Rocco’s seal of approval. We will miss you, Rocco!