1. Belinda

    March 19, 2007 at 9:57 am

    Absolutely love the “idea” of the twill tape in the hem of the pants. So simple and practical – no surprise it’s a standard service in Milan! Can’t wait to see your additional pics.

  2. Anonymous

    March 19, 2007 at 10:34 am

    yooowza! mi piace tanto!

  3. Anonymous

    March 19, 2007 at 11:00 am

    so has milan never worn point collars, or is the current offering of cutaway and super cutaway only because they are now so into fat ties with fat knots? or into wearing them without ties?

  4. Resplendato

    March 19, 2007 at 11:04 am

    “Of course, This is Milan” well that about says it all doesn’t it?

  5. Anonymous

    March 19, 2007 at 11:05 am

    You know, Sart, your stories are as colorful as your stories.

    I know it’s too much to ask you to do both all the time but…just know that it’s appreciated.

    Tee hee –> “dork”


    P.S. Men have different collars to choose from? Whoa. I’ve got a lot to learn. My peacock partner likes that I know a bit more about his fashion sense since his return from overseas.

  6. Mark, London

    March 19, 2007 at 11:56 am

    Love the entries about interesting shops and tailors etc. Much more interesting than the runway shows .

  7. rube

    March 19, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Please show what you mean by twill tape on the hem. I’d like to do that for my husband’s business wear.

  8. Anonymous

    March 19, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    I am just curious. How do you communicate in Italy? in english or italian. how’s english in retail stores. I am planning a trip to Italy in May and i am concerned about the language issue. Also I would appreciate it if you list the best retail stores in milan and other cities in italy.
    Thanks Scott

  9. Alice Olive

    March 19, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    I love that! I would have been pissed/pleased too. Sometimes arrogance is well placed!

  10. Cut of cloth

    March 19, 2007 at 12:49 pm


  11. Gianni Pontiac

    March 19, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Great entry about the twill tape, but what about your new labels! Now that’s progress. Getting better and better, you Sart you.

    Any more shots of Milanese (or other Italian) stylish bicyclists?


  12. Flights

    March 19, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    He looks like an Italian actor not a clothier.

  13. foodie415

    March 19, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    Sart — great post. Is it too much to ask for photos of you in your Milanese finery?

  14. Claris

    March 19, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    What a great story. I am in awe of a professional who can get it exactly right just by eyeballing it. You are quite the ranconteur!

  15. iopine

    March 19, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    This is such a great post. I never knew that about twill tape.

  16. Axxon n.

    March 19, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Wow, that is an incredible story, Scott! I always have the worst luck with salespeople, what a gem this man is among the bunch.

  17. Kara

    March 19, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Love the mention of the twill tape. As a designer myself, it’s the small details I really appreciate. Makes it difficult when I want to buy my clothes instead of make them, but so much more satisfying when you find a line that really pays attention to things like quality seam finishings and twill tape in the hem.

  18. Kara

    March 19, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Love the mention of the twill tape. As a designer myself, it’s the small details I really appreciate. Makes it difficult when I want to buy my clothes instead of make them, but so much more satisfying when you find a line that really pays attention to things like quality seam finishings and twill tape in the hem.

  19. Anonymous

    March 19, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    It’s unfortunate that one could never find equally high quality women’s wear at those prices.

  20. hoi polloi

    March 19, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    Haha! The attention to detail and general classiness of Europe never fails to impress me. America could learn a lot, but probably never will.

  21. Nesle

    March 19, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Great picures! Especially the ones up close.

  22. ageez

    March 19, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    LOL he really had your number, didn’t he? very impressive on his part. and what a great story. thanks for sharing that. it’s a nice glimpse into another culture. most american men i know can only discern from a button-down and non-button-down collar!

  23. luvsunflowers

    March 19, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    To Rube…the twill tape is actually sewn to the inside of the very bottom of the trouser leg (whether cuffed or hemmed) to prevent the fabric from wearing thin while rubbing on shoes. It extends the life of the trouser or pant…great for women’s pants too… When the tape shows signs of wear it can be replaced…voila!

  24. maryam

    March 19, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    so basically, i live in vancouver. and you were mentioned in our globe and mail, along with our resident vancouver street-stylist. go to his blog: http://www.thecommodified.blogspot.com/
    to view~!

    (you are a great photographer for your people — i especially remember the picture you took of the person on the bike with that elegant yet athletic posture? so inspiring and classy.)

  25. Anonymous

    March 19, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    Istn`t it just beautiful to met someone who just knows his job ?
    The only thing you can do, is to be a good customer: Trust. This is a way to show your respect.

  26. SartoriallyAddicted

    March 19, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    This is such a great service. And to think before I discovered this blog I had to wait a month to get the next Esquire or Men’s Vogue, hopeful they might have something useful. And here is non-stop great ideas and helpful pics, day after day, season after season from all the great world cities! Many, many thanks. You’ve added “muscle” into our Sartorial world.

    As for the twill tape, even extra fabric from the pants will do fine.

  27. Anonymous

    March 19, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    I so appreciate your passion.


  28. Penelope

    March 19, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    Handsome man, handsome clothes.

  29. Butch

    March 19, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Got to say, Scott, that I was taken aback by your “not sure that reads the way I meant…” comment in reference to Alliata being a sales person to dream about.

    Stop me–and apologies offered–if I took this incorrectly to be defensiveness about any implication of sexual or romantic interest in him; but if it is, I feel it’s inappropriate, for any number of reasons.

  30. sottsass

    March 19, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    I can´t say this clear enough – I hate cutaway collars. They´re awful.

  31. sottsass

    March 19, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    I can´t say this clear enough – cutaway collars are awful.

  32. The Sartorialist

    March 19, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    I thought it was pretty obvious i was just joking.
    I also mentioned Grand Master Flash in one of todays posts.
    I seem to lack an ability to take fashion too seriously

  33. Butch

    March 19, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for clearing things up, Scott. Guess I’M the defensive one…

  34. Christi

    March 19, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    I love coming to your blog. Its never pretentious and is always inspiring. Your sense of humor and honesty is an added bonus.

    From what I understand most of the people you shoot are wearing designer clothes. Do you ever see any poor college kids dressed stylishly (and cheaply) … or am I doomed to wear Levi’s and Gap for the next few years?

  35. calm.cool.collected

    March 20, 2007 at 1:04 am

    sleeve alteration? we must not be in kansas anymore, toto….

  36. Anonymous

    March 20, 2007 at 3:47 am

    Scott: could you post a picture of the twill tape too? Thanks

  37. Anonymous

    March 20, 2007 at 4:18 am

    ???don’t you know twill tape???

    I’m surprised that this is relly so outstanding for you americans. That’s normal in europe, nearly every suit trouser have it!

    But no surprise for me! Everything must go fast in america, especially in NYC and sewing twill tape on a trouser takes time…?

    lots of love from germany

  38. SuMisura

    March 20, 2007 at 8:47 am

    Thanks for profiling not only a sartorialist, but a sales ‘professional’- something woefully lacking here at some of our most esteemed retailers.

    Indeed, there’s much they could learn from Mr. Alliata and Al Bazar. The number of times a SA will outright lie about a product, or simply lack the fundamental understanding of how to wear it is staggering… confidence w/the expertise to back it up actually only makes me believe in the retailer that much more.

    kudos to Gianpaolo and Al Bazar

  39. Anonymous

    March 20, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    I hate Cutaway and super cutaway collars. That’s like for old people. I’m young and need my point collars and skinny ties.

  40. Anonymous

    March 20, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you so much for helping me understand the little secrets of looking falwless wearing a suit. I help my boyfriend a lot picking out wonderful suits and shirts, and it’s fun with a little ekstra knowledge to put myselves in respect by the sales men. :)

    We’re going to New York soon, where is the best plase Sart. to get a tailored suit?

  41. Elsa

    March 22, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    what a cute and informative post! will definitely forward to a friend of mine–a sartorialist in development–for his trip to italy. a

  42. Anonymous

    March 23, 2007 at 8:10 am

    I was also a bit suprised, twill tape is very common, even very cheap suits usually have it.

  43. np

    March 23, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    twill tape
    euro snob
    cause only good trousers are worth saving

  44. 7 5/8 LO

    June 10, 2007 at 3:31 am

    ” ( Point-collar shirts do not exist in the best menswear shops of Milan) “

    I was over there last month and didn’t see them anywhere, best or un-best. Kind of hacked me off, as I like a long point I can wear with a bar when I want to. Maybe over there that’s like putting ketchup on your costoletta – I dunno.

  45. Luciérnaga

    January 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Gianpaolo is a good-looking man with style…you don’t see that over here in the US much these days if ever at all!

  46. Anonymous

    September 9, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Al Bazar is the best and glamourous man's shop in Milan !!


  48. FashionStarDome

    August 5, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Excellent blog and post! Great pics! Al Bazar is one of the glamourous man's shops in Milan.

  49. FashionStarDome

    August 5, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Excellent post! Like your blog!

  50. Sexy lingerie

    April 4, 2011 at 12:07 am

    He is really handsome man. and clothes are really wonderful.

  51. Velentina

    October 15, 2011 at 9:47 am

    with such a presence, with a salesman like this, so near me, right in the store, walking by , just by my side, that´s a good reason I´d be ooh so overwhelmed

  52. crazyme

    June 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Love his look. Hes so obviously knowledgeable and distinguised……think I would go just to admire him! Thank you!

  53. Dax

    December 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Show-off? Could be a banker in the Financial District of London.