Removing unwanted body hair has been a part of human hygiene since the dawn of history. Over the centuries, this practice has served to denote everything from high-ranking social status to acts of contrition. And as the tradition of shaving has evolved in step with global culture, so too have the tools of the trade.
“Learning to move elegantly through the world is one of the great pleasures of manhood. No longer do you have to stomp and clomp and speak with your jaw first. At a certain point, the body knows what it is, knows how it is received — and those around respond accordingly. Manhood is grace and certainty. Confidence. Ease.”—
Tailors, including those at Rubinacci and Kiton, find inspiration in their relationships with clients around the world.
“You have to understand that Neapolitan tailoring is an art and not a job.”
“My father always said to me, ‘There is no reason to make a big store, but it’s important to be a great tailor in a small store.’ It would be a nightmare for me to think of making a big company. I don’t think about making a lot of money. I am an artist.”
“[Being] a little off in the fit is not all bad. Each and every one of us has quirks, and is a little ‘funny’ anyway, one way or another. Nobody’s perfect, and those who think they are, or try to look that way, look like mannequins. Stiff. Clothes that look too engineered lack a sense of style, as do people who look too engineered. Look comfortable; be comfortable. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Life’s too important to worry about inconsequential details.”—David Mercer, upon me asking if he could make me a custom shirt that’s slimmer fitting than what he offers ready-to-wear (via putthison)
How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? Guardian journalists trace the lifecycle of the shirt on your back via the teeming workshops of Dhaka, where labour is cheap, factories are cheaper and just going to work can be fatal.