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Roots In Peru, Grown In New York: Sergio Davila Spring/Summer 2015 Review

My father would rarely speak of his life as a tailor on the island of Jamaica.  I don’t think it was that he wasn’t proud of his rise from apprentice to tailor.  What I do know is that it became more about a viable occupation that he could perform with his eyes closed that put food on the table for his wife and two boys.  His pride, to me, came from his rise from tailor to provider.  Yes, he could make one hell of a suit.  However, it was less about the acclaim for an incredibly talented man from a small island nation and more about his indelible responsibility to attain a decent livelihood.

It’s always interesting to discover that what is often glamourized in this country is oftentimes a skill to make ends meet in another country.  When the American verve hits the borders of another country and imparts its ‘ink to water’ influence, one can quickly watch the routine skillset become the honored indigenous craft.  That we are always interested in the new and the desire to add more ingredients to the melting pot is what makes this country revered and dare I say envied. 

This is why I really have to admire the aesthetic of designers like Sergio Davila.  I’ll get to his amazing spring 2015 collection in a second.  First, I must mention how Davila stays quite loyal to preserving the socioeconomic infrastructure of his Peruvian roots.  Despite living in the states for over 10 years now, Davila still does much of his manufacturing in Peru.  Why?  “Pima cotton (one of the world's best) is from Peru, we have great factories there and we can do anything” states Davila who has a joint office in Lima to oversee production. 


What makes this a truly full-circle collaborative effort is the inspiration from his homeland’s geography and the reliance on the talents of his native Peruvians.  For example, his spring 2015 collection is a wonderful kaleidoscope of flavorful prints, festive knits and handmade embroidery all anchored with easy American sportswear shapes like cool polished outerwear, easy blazers, breezy flight jackets and trim whimsical button downs and jeans.  Davila says that the embroideries, which feature inspirations from his recent trip to the Amazon rainforest with images of indigenous birds and wildlife, were all done by hand.  Those skilled hands are those of local Peruvian artisans whose livelihoods are all aided by the design prowess and loyal ways from Mr. Davila.  His tenured New York credibility that's taken him to his new chill spot in NoLita allows him to translate the festive patterns and lively embroideries to his well-traveled, cosmopolitan male customer in a very wearable and comfortable way.

It’s good to see that the lengths of pride from some designers go beyond visual inspiration.  When a resource is good, it inspires and having grown up surrounded by it, the blending of Sergio Davila being designed in New York but constructed in Peru is almost artistic business savvy and common sense.  Not to mention pride.  Pride in which Davila shares his national loves with another nation that, when a story like this is told, may just appreciate the efforts behind what they wear on their backs a bit more.

Sergio Davila is located at 8 Spring Street in NoLita New York, NY 10012, Tel 212.775.0009

*All Photos courtesy of Moises Depena

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Post Labor Day White Thru New Years Night: ASOS Menswear Holiday 2014 Preview

So Labor Day is here and will shortly be over and done with.  Which means that in a matter of weeks we will be inundated with Columbus Day advertisements, followed by Halloween mailers, then Thanksgiving sales.  Hopefully by then you would've gotten over the fact that the summer seemed super short this year (at least for me it did).  Well I do look towards the upcoming autumnal equinox and winter solstice with a bit of optimism.  It's another season to form great layered combinations and get back to menswear staples like camel hair, cashmere, leather and tweed even if one can no longer lay out by the beach in them.  I've learned to shake it off and gather a bit of excitement about the upcoming seasons.  After all, while the moodiness and the changing earth tones to grey tones may usher in, fashion remains just as exciting as the previous two seasons with the main differences only being that there's a chill in the air and we're significantly more covered up.

So let me brief you in case the warm weather is still on your brain.  When the chill rolls in along with the ideas of turkey, dressing, dreidels and yule tides so do the chances to pair together some amazing menswear combinations of wools, leathers, plaids and heathers.  You'll want to buy it all and after all why shouldn't you when you have amazing sites like ASOS.

Did you think for one second that ASOS wouldn't have you completely covered for the Holiday season whether you're dressing or gifting?  Inspired by all that is current in menswear at prices that can leave one appropriately attired without breaking the bank, ASOS continues their successful offerings of nicely tailored garments rendered in Harris Tweed.  Add to the mix the whimsy of print-mashing & nostalgic imagery and the merging of the tailoring and the sporty and what they're proposing for the holidays is a slightly more refined continuation of their Fall offerings.  It's just now dazzled up and as always giving that streamlined modern edge, with familiar classic nods that today's men want.  Your holidays are now at ease leaving you free to focus on the never-ending cycle which leaves Valentine's and President's Day right around the corner.

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