Italy Update

Headed over to Italy soon, and have nailed down 3/4 stops, with the fourth probably confirmed early next week. Our stops will include Saitt, home of Mastai Ferretti and Truzzi, Copen Group, home of Royal Hem, amongst many others, a suit manufacturer that wouldn’t ring a bell, but Daffy’s fans might remember some of the more notable labels they work with, including, Gazzarrini and Simon Peet, and if we can get an official confirmation on the date, CDP, which is, IMHO, one of the finest leather outerwear manufacturers in the entire world.

Once we, G-d willing, get this merchandise back to the States, you will see a new strategy emerging. We are, of course, going to still be bringing you high quality, fantastic items from Europe, and most of the above manufacturers have production almost exclusively in Italy. But the goal is to bring down the price points from our initial run, and make the prices more Daffy’s-esque, for lack of a better term, to attract a larger audience and ideally move the merchandise faster. This will happen, in part, by sticking to a lot of one-off merchandise, including samples. It will also increase the uniqueness factor of our items, which is something that Daffy’s always provided to all of its customers. Most of the photography will be farmed out, and the goal is to get everything up ASAP once it hits Philly. Given, this will all take a little adjusting, but if it works right, there is no reason why I can’t be heading back to Italy in September for another run of Fall/Winter merchandise – either that, or making some friends up in NYC (heading to a trade show next month and there are several folks I’m quite interested in meeting).

It’s All in the Details

So leave aside Channing Tatum’s awesome attire for a second, skip over the gorgeous Maggie Gyllenhall, and shift your eyes to Jamie Foxx’s suit for a moment. Ok, so the suit itself might need a little tailoring, but notice anything strange going on in the neck region? In particular, take a look at the shirt collar. It is oddly squared-off. This is no mistake — it is the signature of UK designer Ozwald Boateng, who has been bringing fresh menswear looks to Savile Row for over a decade. Little known in the U.S., but his designs are slowly popping up every now and again in these parts.  Given, some of the pieces are a bit more out-there than others, as with any good EU designer, but when he hits it right, it is truly some great stuff. This suit combo in particular…I think leaves a bit to be desired, though, it might be more of a fit issue than anything else.

Euro Brand of the Week – Eidos/Michaelangelo

Some of you may have come across this brand on another retailer’s website at one time or another — formerly known, at least on the corporate level, as Gruppo Isaia (w/no relation to the very well known Isaia suit brand — www.isaia.it), Eidos and Michelangelo are brands of Michelangelo Srl, a suit manufacturer based in Naples.

The company’s suits are in the middle to upper-middle range in terms of quality, with construction and fabrics very similar to the Fugato/Papa & Sons brand items that we carry here at PEURIST. It appears they recently opened a showroom here in the U.S., so it will be interesting to see if the brand begins to make any headway. More info here.

Revised Return Policy

Based on a lot of feedback, we’ve revised our Return Policy to accept returns on items priced over $59 (i.e., Suits and Outerwear). We know that most folks are unfamiliar with our merchandise, so even though our prices are already at their rock bottoms, we want to give you a chance to experience what it is we’re selling w/out fear of being stuck with something that doesn’t work out for you.

So go on, buy one, two…five suits and blazers. Send back what doesn’t fit, and keep what you like (our guess is you’ll probably keep most of it). Our revised shipping policy is available here for your browsing —http://peurist.com/shipping-returns.

Hmm…Not Sure About This One

Below is what appears to be a light purple linen suit on Armie Hammer, star of the upcoming Lone Ranger movie. Not really sure what to think about this one. I don’t think I’m a fan, but the longer I stare at it…no, no it’s just all wrong. Purple is good as an accent or background color – this is just too much.

What’s your opinion on this interesting suit option? Taking comments below.

 

Italy Part II (Fall Buying)

So a fall buying trip is on for July. We have confirmed appointments thus far with our friends at Copen Group, and a new shirt vendor with which Daffy’s fans are quite familiar (if you’d like to guess, feel free to leave a comment, and we’ll confirm). We’re still trying to get in touch with a leather company that goes under the initials CDP, but aren’t having as much luck with that one, but we will persevere nonetheless.

If you have any interest in a particular brand or manufacturer, let us know and perhaps we can arrange something for this trip or a future visit (G-d willing).

Sometimes Accessories Make the Man…

Well celebrity fashion is often full of hits and misses, and this past week was no exception.  One particular fellow caught our eye this week, executing one look to near perfection, and failing on the other — British actor Tom Sturridge. In the first look below, he accents an awesome navy seersucker suit with some dark brown lace-ups, a copper (somewhere near that color) tie, and a rust colored hat. All of the accessories contrast with the nicely tailored suit.

Then, at the Tony’s Mr. Sturridge opts for an all black ensemble, with what appear to be a matching tie and hat.  It comes off a bit too ‘matchy-matchy’ as Heidi Klum would say, and worse, the dark hat gives the outfit a sort-of grim reaper effect. That combined with a jacket that is a bit too long makes the whole thing seem affected and like he’s trying too hard.  The blue suit and accompanying accessories, above, seems natural; this one feels forced on him by his stylist.  Remember that accessories should be just that — small contrasts to complement and pull together a look – not the whole look in and of themselves.

 

Need Some Inspiration?

In case you needed a bit of inspiration as to how to wear some of the more interesting items from Royal Hem, here’s a blogger from Italy showing you how to do it right, in a jacket nearly identical to the suit available on PEURIST for a meager $129 — less than our original price on lone blazers, and certainly less than any MSRP you will see for the piece.

Going to Pitti Uomo? Check Out Our Friends @ Fugàto

If you’re headed to Pitti Uomo in a few weeks (well, because who isn’t, come on), check out our friends from Fugàto. You wouldn’t believe the quality of items coming out of a tiny factory on the outskirts of Bari, Italy.  The folks there could not be more welcoming (check out our Facebook page for photos from our initial trip).