Monday, January 22, 2007

FLORENCE - Pitti Uomo

Villa Victoria – Savile Row Showcase – Anderson and Sheppard. During Pitti Immagine Uomo, many master tailors demonstrated their craft at Villa Vittoria.
Anderson and Sheppard’s history coincides with the birth of the movie industry in Hollywood at the beginning of the 1900s. It is not surprising, therefore to read their famous customer list; Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Fred Astaire, Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Duke Ellington, Ralph Fiennes, just to name a few. Here is a photo of the ledger that shows the measurements for a suit ordered by Douglas Fairbanks, note the name of Noel Coward in the left hand corner, it was Mr. Coward who introduced Douglas Fairbanks to Anderson and Sheppard. Anderson and Sheppard are known for their soft jackets that embrace the body rather than squeezing into impossible shapes.

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