Monday, October 16, 2006

Charvet Event At Saks San Francisco – part 2

Color fabric bolts at Charvet . Paris
Vintage Style, San Francisco
Wall of Collars at Charvet, Paris
San Francisco Style
Not only is the Paris Charvet store’s second floor packed with fabrics but it is very much a true workroom with a large cutting table and patterns that are adjusted right on the customer.

The selection of bow ties and pocket squares is mind-blowing
Wall of Cuffs at Charvet, Paris

I received a few emailed questions wanting to know when Charvet will create a website or start e-commerce. Jean-Claude said that his main concern is color accuracy of the computer images on a website, He is very proud of the high standards of his customers and will wait until he feels confident that the technology is perfected enough that what he shows on a website is what will ship to his customer.
He actually has already done quite a bit of research on the subject and even suggested a Photoshop book to me. I’m guessing that when the Charvet site is ready it will have been worth the wait.


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  1. kiarella

    October 17, 2006 at 9:29 am

    Scott, can you please post the address and tel. number of the Charvet store in Paris, I am on the next TGV to visit it asap, it is just spectacular.

  2. Butch

    October 17, 2006 at 10:41 am

    Nice to see collars laid out for comparison and mental trying-on….

  3. atticus_finch

    October 17, 2006 at 11:54 am

    The woman’s outfit is great…the sweater with the high belt is very classy.

  4. sandman_gr

    October 17, 2006 at 12:29 pm

    Amazing store…pity I cannot afford this kind of bespoke shirts, I’d love to have lots of them!

  5. the junkie

    October 17, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    It was a pleasure meeting you. It’s a pity you didn’t have time to take some street style pictures, but the shots of Charvet are wonderful. The slide show really didn’t do them justice!

  6. positive_negative

    October 17, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    As far as color matching for the web, I would advise Charvet that waiting won’t solve the issue. As a designer that’s worked on ALOT of websites, it isn’t an absence of of technology that causes a problem when presenting the proper color of a product online- it’s that everyone isn’t on the same playing field as far as having a monitor that can support a high color range.

    The same digital technology that is applied to printing look books of his work is the same that is used online. It’s something I hate telling clients when they want 100% assurance that ALL customers will see the product correctly, but you can’t wait for others to catch up if you truly want to use the web for what it’s worth.

  7. marion

    October 17, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    what Photoshop book did he recommend?

  8. The Sartorialist

    October 17, 2006 at 2:29 pm


    he suggested Professional Photoshop by Dan Margolis or Margulis

  9. Just an Observation

    October 17, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    choices….that’s what it’s ALL about when it comes to custom made anything, especially if you really know what you want and have discerning taste.
    As overwhelming as these varieties appear I have to say that I can imagine anyone having a shirt custom made from start to finish will come to depend on a such plethora of options! thx for the fotoz Sar.

  10. Butch

    October 17, 2006 at 4:43 pm

    On that great come-and-get-it day, I’ll make a beeline for the custom shirt-eria ’cause the shirt–or rather the V formed by a closed jacket over collar and tie–is the visual cynosure of any guys’ dressed-up look.

    And so many of us mess it up with ill-fitting collars that ride too high or low, or pop up from the collar bones, or are too short to accommodate the ties’ knot properly…

  11. Anonymous

    October 17, 2006 at 5:25 pm

    Color online is no more of a problem than the physical sight of a tie in a store that you think is perfect for a shirt that’s at home. When you get home it’s different than you expected but you find a combination that works.

  12. Anonymous

    October 17, 2006 at 8:41 pm

    love the 2-button cuff… I’ve even had 3-button cuffs made for me at a bespoke shop ….. love them too

  13. Marc

    October 18, 2006 at 12:44 am

    It was striking to note how adamant M. Colban was when insisting that any starch destroys fabric – to the extent that he cautioned against ironing a shirt on a board that had starch residue on it. Ultimately, the surprisingly down to earth M. Colban seemed less like the head of one of the world’s most exclusive luxury brands and more like a man trying to protect traditions of craftsmanship and quality that may well be endangered.

  14. Odysseus the Ithacan

    October 18, 2006 at 9:22 am

    I would suggest Charve to get online with a limited range of colors (those they are SURE that appear the same on the almost every screen) and leave the other ones for off-line trading. So, they work comfortably on a rule while they realize that he can advise on which screens can their products be seen more accurately. Also it can produce a tantalizing efect (as your post has done in many of us, leaving us mouth watering and in awe).

    While having those online limited, colors he can rely on quality of fabrics and variety of choices … and make his products (that limited range of colors) available for those that do not travel so frequently to Paris.

    And thanks for the tip, Sartorialist :D

  15. Anonymous

    October 18, 2006 at 4:24 pm

    In the fall of 1990,it was so cold in Paris that i walked into Charvet and asked the saleslady for her warmest t-shirts,she guided me upstairs to the first floor and showed me the thinist Swiss cotten t-shirt,i tried it on and they felt like a second skin,she said,Sir,this will last you for many years as it is top quality,i bought two pair and although the price was on the steep side,i still wear them every winter under my Charvet shirts and T&A shirts they keep out sub zero tempratures in winter……i can highly recommend them to you all!they are ultra thin and you will not find anything like this quality anywhere.Bravo Charvet!!!

  16. Jay

    October 18, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    I love the Napolitan cuffs!
    (did anyone spot it? ;) )

  17. Zoe Fisher

    October 18, 2006 at 9:57 pm

    The vintagent, the man who you have a photo of in the blue vintage jacket is my dad! He has wonderful taste.

  18. Gus

    October 20, 2006 at 12:26 am

    Paul, with the cocktail, looking good man! I am so jealous that you got in The Satorialist before me. Well your style speaks for itself…..

  19. eurobrat

    October 20, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    I love the contrast of her orange bag…

  20. SwanDiamondRose

    October 20, 2006 at 10:08 pm

    that grey sweater… that grey sweater… that grey sweater…. so lovely.

  21. Poised over London

    October 23, 2006 at 2:10 am

    Pos_neg must be right when he implies that color accuracy on the web will always depend too much on the (correct or incorrect) settings on the end-user’s PC. Odysseus_the_Ith is right on target about the tantalising effect of beautiful fabric on a website. In the related realm of furnishing fabric, I found the samples on Osborne & Little’s website very seductive:

  22. Anonymous

    October 27, 2006 at 11:50 am

    Am I the only one who thiks they’re over-priced?

  23. miss ghesquiere

    September 5, 2008 at 10:26 am

    everything in France is overpriced, but that doesnt mean you shouldnt buy it. I just bought the most adorable and plump pink bowtie from charvet and when i wore it, there wasnt a single old lady who didnt smile as i walked by. And this is Paris!

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