Monday, January 11, 2010


Bespoke Tailor and Designer - Warren Oliver Davis & Co.  Warren Oliver Davis’s atelier is in the chic residential area of Milan.  The elegant workshop is more like a private apartment.  In the men’s showroom a heavy double wool thick English tweed pea coat and a herringbone English wool coat are displayed.  Warren is known for his slim contemporary cut, his outerwear and jackets. His clientele is young and creative and you can find many architects, journalists and lawyers amongst them who appreciate and are open to alternative rather than classic styles in tailoring.
Warren Oliver Davis & Co.  Via Vivaio 24 – Milan 20122 – Tel: 027-631-9114 – email:

The tailor and designer.  Warren Oliver Davis was discovered twenty-two years ago at Medway College of Art and Design in Rochester, England, by Enrico Coveri, who brought him to Italy. Since then he has held important designing posts at Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander and Versace.   After twenty years of designing for other people he started his own bespoke tailoring atelier. “In designing, I am working to achieve a new form that can only be achieved by tailoring, by doing one offs.” He explains. 
Note: in the background are the rolls of the finest English and Italian cloths that he collects.  Warren is very particular about cloth; some of the cloth is unique and not made any more, and some date back to the 1960s and the 1970s.

The Shirts.   The bespoke shirts are made in toile before cutting into the fabric.  Warren gives a lot of attention to color and the necks of his shirts have a higher band and an angular collar, as this looks more balanced under a jacket.

A detail: the fitting room.  A corner of the fitting room.  The atelier is decorated in black and white with hints of orange.

A detail.  In the fitting room black and white photographs from the 1970s bestow mood and atmosphere to the space.

A detail.  In the ladies showroom books on fashion adorn a side table. The ladies line is more designed and flamboyant than the men’s.  Warren likes to experiment with the tailoring to arrive at new cuts and draperies.

The mood board.   The ladies mood board shows the sketches for the 2009/2010 winter ladies collection.   Warren designs two men and two ladies collection each year.

The Coffee.   Espresso coffee or tea is offered accompanied by small cakes, which Warren cooks especially on Sunday afternoons for the atelier.  This Pear and Chocolate with Ginger and Cinnamon Meringue pie was absolutely delicious.

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