Amsterdam Style Tailoring
June 28th, 2013
This past weekend Alex and I were in Amsterdam for Suit Supply’s annual press trip.
We had a blast and got to know some of the guys behind the brand. Of course, they’re a very stylish crew.
Here’s just a taste of how these guys get down from day to day.
It was chilly and drizzling most of the weekend in Amsterdam, making it a perfect time to swap out a blazer for a lightweight nylon jacket.
Notice the fit of this Barbour.
Reza doesn’t wear it over a tailored jacket, he wears it like a tailored jacket. The shoulders are snug, the sleeves are narrow, and there’s very little excess fabric through the body.
The belt and shoes match, both in color and in degree of formality.
Jildar van der Galien
There is a fine line between looking “dressy” and looking “stuffy”. European man really understand this and play it to their benefit.
By definition, Jildar here is “dressed up”, but each piece in his outfit also has a casual element…
The unstructured linen jacket, the linen-blend check shirt, the knit tie, the rolled chinos, and of course, the espadrilles to top it off.
I love the high/low element with the peak-lapel jacket and espadrilles.
Well done Sir.
Coen de Beer
Another inspiring thing about European men’s style: they are not afraid to layer up.
I find that American men have more of a tendency to allocate specific items to specific uses (like “this is my work suit”, or “this is my going-to-the-gym jacket”) while our European counterparts are more adept at using what they have available and tweaking it as needed.
I also find that European men are more likely to invest in long-term quality. For that reason they typically have less clothes, but get more use out of them.
That’s menswear done right.
Again, it’s all about the blend of “dressy” and “casual”.
It’s not simply the styling combinations, though, it’s the design of the pieces themselves.
The DB jacket is washed cotton, the spread-collar dress shirt is denim, the slim trousers are cargos, and the slip-on loafers have tassels and contrasting soles.
Davide, the head of SuitSupply Italy, is a smooth cat.
Like many Italians, he has a way of acting very natural and comfortable, even in a three piece suit.
That, to me, is the true definition of style.
Just an everyday look for this guy – washed cotton jacket, linen cardigan, and showing us some love with the American made shoes!
Thanks for reading, and special thanks to Nish, Fokke and the entire Suit Supply crew for showing us a great time in Amsterdam!
Yours in style,
Articles of Style
Photography by Alex Crawford.