The Winter Classics by VBC

There is a crispness to the mornings now that has us here at Leviner Wood looking forward to cleaning and storing our spring/summer wardrobe pieces and rotating in our fall and winter garments. Seasonal dressing should be fun. It gets us out of our routine and lets us embrace the cooler weather. It’s an attitude refresher. And after last year, don’t we deserve one?

Which brings us to Vitale Barberis Canonico’s Winter Classics. Think a heavier worsted wool that will tailor, drape, and wear beautifully.

But don’t panic! When we say “heavier” we don’t mean the stuff that our grandfathers wore. In their very Italian way, VBC has lightened up the fabrics (some of them are lighter than the spring/summer worsted that you’re wearing now) without sacrificing that luxurious flannel-y feel.

(Can’t you just feel that fabric?)

Of course you always have the option of choosing a partial lining, or even a fully deconstructed piece to really push things into the “light as a sweater” realm. That’s part of the deal when you get a garment custom-made. You can choose to include traditional hacking pockets (they are slightly slanted), a ticket pocket, inside pockets on the coat that zipper shut for extra security, throat latches, surgeon’s cuffs that actually unbutton like those in the photo above. (At the turn of the last century, a man would never take off his suit coat in public. It would be like appearing in his underwear. Surgeon’s cuffs allowed a doctor to operate while his sleeves were rolled up.) Would you like flat front trousers, or pleats that allow for drape and movement ending in a cuff that adds a bit of weight and keeps the pleats straight? The possibilities are wonderful to contemplate.

(If it looks this good on the hanger, wait until you put it on.)

Call and schedule an appointment to go over the swatches and pick your favorite. Like the song says: “I feel it in the air/the summer’s out of reach… .” Feel as good as you look this season in a winter classic.

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Dormeuil: Technical, Sustainable, Traceable Luxury

If only your eyes could feel this fabric…

At Leviner Wood we have thousands of swatches to choose from when commissioning your new garments, and they’re all wonderful. But there are a few that stand out at first glance from the other bunches. An awful lot of those come from Dormeuil, the French company that has been producing English wool since 1862.

Top-dyed (the wool is dyed before being spun into threads), humanely raised and sustainably harvested, Dormeuil has recently produced a collection of fabrics that come with their own QR codes letting the wearer trace the wool back to the farm and herd that supplied the heavenly cloth used to make his new suit or sportcoat.

That’s typical of the sort of innovation that the company founded in 1842 is known for. After all, they developed the first technical fabrics in the 1920s, which were worn by the “Musketeers”, the legendary French tennis players who included RenĂ© Lacoste (who favoured the cooling properties of his Frilex whites.) Today Dormeuil produces Excel, which is a 100% wool with enough natural stretch that their promotional video involves a rider putting his suit through its paces while on horseback. Mr. Bond would approve.

But luxury has always been the name of the game at a house that uses rare wools. We’ve tried to capture the sheen, the hand, the way that the fabric drapes … but you really have to hold it in your hands to fully appreciate its beauty and extreme high quality.

Pictures can’t do Dormeuil fabrics justice. This is a suit you will long to wear.

When you’re ready to explore some of the finest fabrics available worldwide, call and set an appointment to see the Dormeuil books. It’s a whole different world. 804.928.7946

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Green with Envy.

Sometimes it’s possible to be both stylish and fashionable. A case in point: wearing your greens.

It’s the color of the upcoming season, shown on the menswear circuits the world over. Every hue from Olive to Lime, Kelly to Sage has made an appearance as designers embrace green. We at Leviner Wood applaud their choice.

Green can be modern, fun, or traditional. I’ve got a green and brown herringbone Harris Tweed that my father had made in the early ’70s that I still wear when it gets cold. Match your suit with a light blue or ecru shirt and a tie that picks up a secondary color in the pattern and you will be the envy of every gaze. Or throw your sportcoat over a pair of weathered blue jeans for that Ralph Lauren vibe.

However you choose to style your greens, rest assured that we have a version for every taste. Call us to schedule a minute to go over some fabrics that we find particularly intriguing. 804.928.7946.

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