During my latest visit in Stockholm and the Shoegazing Super trunk Show, I met Thomas Bodfält; the founder of “The Bespoke Shop“. I didn’t know much about the company at that time but I’ve seen it grow rapidly both on social media and other menswear sites. After checking the website I knew I had to try some of their products. I decided for a new tie and pocket square from two leading brands in their field. Pictures of these and some short reflections further down in this post.
Disclaimer: The accessories reviewed in this post were recieved from The Bespoke Shop for review purpose.
THE BESPOKE SHOP
The concept of the store is to sell classic menswear products of premium quality that can compliment even the nicest bespoke garments and where fit isn’t a key factor. Today The Bespoke Shop offers accessories from some of the most affordable manufacturers in their respective fields. What is very interesting at their website is that they recommend different tie/pocket square combinations to help visitors chose a perfect combination. A feature that I used myself when choosing.
You can find ties from italian E.G. Cappelli and Passaggio Cravatte in several different constructions. E.G. Cappelli ties are made in their Naples atelier where Patrizio Cappelli designs ties that are an Italian interpretation of classic British styles. Passaggio Cravatte runs a small business in Rubio, Italy. The ties are made using fabrics that oftentimes only remain in a limited supply.
- 3-Fold – The most common construction that uses interlining to gain weight and thickness and is folded three times in the back.
- Self-tipped – The interlining uses the same fabric as the tie.
- Untipped – The tie uses interlining but the tips of the tie does not and therefore has hand rolled and sewn edges
- Unlined 7-Fold – The tie uses no interlining and to compensate in weight and thickness instead uses almost twice as much fabric as the classic 3-fold. These ties are folded seven times.
I decided to pick up a E.G. Cappelli – Multi Patterned Brick Tie which I found to be most interesting (given my current tie collection). The tie has a 3-fold, Self-tipped construction. What I found most intersting is the specifications of the size, it features 147 x 9cm, a very classic width that is very uncommon and hard to find nowadays (in Sweden at least). This tie features multiple colors and patterns on a brick base, perfect for those who like to experiment with different colors.
The Bespoke Shop offers pocket Squares from Passaggio Cravatte and Rampley & Co. The Britain based combany Rampley & Co mostly uses selected paintings from various artists across the world to have as motifs for their pocket squares. What is special with the pocket squares thar are offerd is the size, that is around 40cm. the reason is that smaller smaller versions have a tendency to fall down in the breast pocket. The pocket squares of course have hand rolled edges.
I decided to pick up a Rampley & Co – The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius that was one of the models that we recommended for the E.G. Capelli tie I chose. The 100 % silk pocket square fetaures a multi colored painting motif, handrolled edges and is 42cm x 42cm. The nice thing about these type of pocket squares is that you can produce a number of different effects depending on how you fold them. According to Thomas, it is also be a great topic for conversation once pulled out of the breast pocket. But for me I would need to to my history lesson before that, so I will probably let it rest in my breast pocket =). The package also included a pair of complimentary Rampley & Co metal collar stays, which was a very nice bonus!
Carlo Crivelli about 1430/5 – about 1494, The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius 1486, © The National Gallery,
Set in the town of Ascoli, Italy, Venice-born renaissance painter Crivelli has captured the day of the Annunciation in stunning detail. Crivelli’s precision with colour and composition narrates two distinct events. The Virgin Mary, seen on the right, is seated indoors and a divine, heavenly shaft of light from above is breaking into the physical world symbolising the Annunciation. At the same time the Archangel Gabriel can be seen on the left talking to Saint Emidius, announcing the city’s newly granted self-governing status by the pope.
OTHER BRANDS AND ACCESSORIES
The Bespoke Shop also offers Sunglasses from Italian “The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear”, braces from well known “Alebert Thurston” in different materials and colour and also very exclusive cufflinks from “Davide Solazzi” made in precious metals and stones.
I really liked the combination tips provided for each product on the website. The tie/ps combo I ordered went really great together. I also likes the choice of 9cm tie width, however it’s important to have matching width on your jacket lapels!
In my personal opionion the ties could have been some cm longer, but that of course depends on how tall you are. I’m 187 so normally a tie lenght of around 150cm is best. In this case, the width/balance is very good still giving a great tie knot!
All in all I must say that the Bespoke Shop has a really nice range of products given that it’s only a start up company. I’m very eager to see what will be added next.