I was in Madrid last week and visitedÂ MAN 1924, wanting a closer look after too quick a visit to the shop last November. Â (I found MAN 1924 through meeting and photographing its owner, Carlos Castillo, above; Carlos has an incredible eye and the shop really reflects his personal style.) Â Following this chance to spend a little more time there, I can say it’s quickly become one of my favorites in the world – right up with there withÂ Al BazarÂ Â andÂ Tie Your Tie.
The thing I love about MAN 1924 is its perfect execution of casual chic. Â I don’t know, maybe it’s something to do with the fact that it’s Spanish, but unlike Al Bazar or Tie Your Tie (perfectly manicured,Â sprezzaturaÂ looks – which I absolutely love), MAN 1924 is just that slight bit messy – but in a very cool way. Â It actually is probably the closest to how I really dress – unlined jackets, cotton shirts, creased cotton pants, paired well with New Balance tennis shoes (if I can hide them fromÂ GaranceÂ and keep her from throwing them out – but more about that laterâ€¦)
For guys in the US, I would literally start petitioning Barneys (they are at the forefront of this category of the market – just introducedÂ Piombo, expanded their buy ofÂ Aspesi, and have continuing business withÂ Massimo Alba), Neimans, Saks to start featuring the line. Â There is this whole level out there that I see that would do so well here.