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Bespoke gloves project
Since I found these gloves on tumblr I frequented many shops in Vienna and - during my recent trip to Tuscany - in Siena but sadly my search ended without result.
So slowly but surely I made up my mind to assign a glovemaker to get my very own pair of bespoke gloves made of suede Peccary leather (back) and dark brown deerskin (palm) with cashmere lining and three handsewn ornamental seams on the back.
After some research I found the German glove maker Steffen Buschendorf and was surprised about the prices. I consider 60 to 80€ for a pair of bespoke gloves as very affordable.
Now as a first step Mr. Buschendorf will send me some leather samples (to select from the available brown deerskins for the palm) and ask his suppliers about the Peccary leather shown in the picture as he does not have it in store.
I will report on the process.
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By now the process of my first bespoke shirt continued - the fitting and the selection of the shirt’s details is dated back some days already.
As during my first visit I was served immediately after entering the shop. Since there was another customer in the fitting room I took a look at the fabrics again and after a hard deciding process I chose a light blue poplin which will be suitable for both summer and winter.
Shortly after an employee invited me to enter the fitting room to (finally) try on the sample shirt. It was made of a simple white fabric and did not contain a collar or buttons - so the employee fixed the button border and the cuffs with pins.
I noticed the perfect fit at once - actually the shirt fitted like a glove. Especially the shoulders showed me the huge advantage of bespoke tailoring: The shirt perfectly adapts to the neck and shoulder section and of course the whole upper part of the body in general.
The following step was getting to know the shirt a bit better by moving and stretching my arms. If the shirt would have been to narrow this is the way I would have noticed. But in my case everything was to my greatest pleasure and so finally Mr. Venturini joined the fitting procedure. I guess his challenge is to tease out the last 0.1% of the already almost perfect shirt.
I noticed that the sleeves were a tiny bit too long - and actually Mr. Venturini’s first reaction was his recommendation of shortening the sleeves about 1cm. The shirt will also be tightened around the trouser waistband (so it will fit perfectly when tucked in).
Last but not least I defined the details of the shirt:
- one-buttoned barrel cuff, rounded
- button on sleeve, not covered
- simple button border, not stitched
- moderately spread collar (Venturini’s name for it: “Napoli”)
- thin mother-of-pearl buttons
- dark blue initials
All in all it was a very pleasing second “appointment”* and my positive impression of the first visit at Venturini was more than confirmed.
Now I am very excited about the result - I expect it to be finished by the end of the week at the latest - needless to say I will present it here.
*Unfortunately I could not take any pictures (as actually promised) as the visit was very spontaneous. But I will definitely post pictures of the finished shirt - and if the result is as positive as I think this will not be the last shirt I ordered at Venturini.