To conduct inheritance…
Published: 2012-11-22 12:00:00 Tags: Menswear
Riccardo Della Piazza is the third generation running one of Italy’s most prestigious tailoring manufactures, Belvest. His mother Maria Teresa is the daughter of founder Aldo Nicoletto that started the business back in 1964.
Nicholas Barltrop is the fifth generation running the prestigious Northampton based English shoe manufacturer Tricker's. That's right, we're talking about a company that secured their first retail order the same year as Abraham Lincoln gave his first political speech, Robert Peel established London's first uniformed police force and it was still eight years to go before Queen Victoria entered the throne.
What we at Nitty Gritty love about brands like Tricker's and Belvest is not only their history, as much as their capacity of renewing themselves from generation to generation without loosing their pride, craftsmanship and core values. They also let us take part in the creative process and use their customers in the innovation of new styles. Isn't it just amazing with a company where you literally can customize and order one pair of shoes or one piece of clothing like a suit or a jacket.
Or another factor like Belvest actually washes and dries all their liner pieces before sewing them into the garment just to avoid the shrinking effect while sewing and pressing the garment. Or Tricker's, that still operate in it's original factory with only about 90 employees putting together not more than 1400 pair of shoes a week. It might sound like a lot, but compared to the mass producing values that prevail today it's actually very few…Guess you can call it Slow Fashion.
This weekend on Saturday the 24th we are co hosting an event around this way of working, together with some local restaurants that all in some way work from out the same values, quality driven, self made and slow cooking. Read more about Slow food Saturday here.
Get down to the real Nitty Gritty of Slow food and slow fashion…
Parisian Chick or British Sophistication…
Well, maybe you are a little bit of both, or maybe you are all in with one look but at different occasions? Intellectual librarian at day and French gypset at night.
The Bench - Gisela Rydberg
This is Gisela Rydberg. She works at Nitty Gritty. Well actually she doesn't, but she's hanging out here a lot and she lives just up the street from our stores so she's more or less like one of us.
I have nothing to do if you take making clothes away from me…
… says Ichiro Nakatsu from Osaka. As a young boy he used to go to the America-Mura (American Village) area of his home town and visit the vintage store located there. At the time they offered a great selection of American casualwear such as numerous variations of five pocket denims, button down shirts, Hawaiian shirts, military pants and jackets. He did this with the purpose of finding something as beautiful, comfortable and well aging as his childhood overalls made of Cone Mill denim cloth.
Refined Craftsmanship and Rugged Italian Tailoring
Nowadays Barena is a very established brand among the high quality stores that share the same values as Nitty Gritty. Besides giving you a lot value for money Barena also allows you to be comfortable, yet elegant, relaxed bohemian, yet chic and safe in shapes, yet brave in fabrics.
Nitty Gritty Store Hours #3 – Slow Blow
This Saturday on March 7th, it’s time for another edition of Nitty Gritty Store Hours, when two DJ’s team up to play a 4-hour all vinyl set in the men’s store.
Comme as you are
Colourless yet not collar less. Rei Kawakubo's second line of her Commes Des Garcons universe named Comme des Garcons Comme des Garcons has created a spring collection that explores the symmetric, the patterns and collars more than colours.
”For years, I was the best-kept secret in Milan…”
The quote comes from Serbian born, Milan based designer Dusan Paunovic. With his self titled brand ongoing since 1999, he has kept true to his values of being very personal with his customers and clients. He keeps a small distribution in order to have control over it and to develop long term relationships with the stores he supplies. From this spring, that now includes Nitty Gritty.
Things that make a difference
Maybe you are aware of the heritage of Nitty Gritty, or maybe you are not? The whole thing started back in the early 90's with three guys who actually where more into northern soul music than fashion. But they still felt an urge to create a platform in Stockholm for different kinds of sub cultural phenomena's whether it was driven out of music, fashion, sports or whatever that they felt interesting for the moment. This is probably why we have taken quite a few different directions throughout the years, but still maintained our backbone of inspiration and development in the sub cultural sphere. We have always admired people that come from different backgrounds and makes their own things and are dedicated to their beliefs and that “goes all in”.
G-Shock X Kevin Lyons
G-Shock X Kevin Lyons Multi talented street artist Kevin Lyons has teamed up with Casio to design a limited number of their model GB5600B-K8. We are proud to be one out of very few selected retailers who can offer this unique timepiece. Included within the model’s Bluetooth capabilities are music control, time sync, incoming call alert, incoming email alert, incoming social media alert, phone finder, and out-of-range warning. The model was also designed with a tap-function that allows the wearer to double-tap the watch screen in order to silence the alarm/vibration alert.
Time for traditions
We always go on about how much we appreciate brands that know how to keep hold of their history and at the same time keep an eye on the horizon and into the future. That keeps them relevant, up to date and probably also in business for another hundred year or so. Christmas is similar, it’s the time when you value traditions and evaluate the year that has gone by and at the same time look into the hopefully bright future. You make new plans and promises both to yourselves and to your beloved.
Nitty Gritty Music - Store Hours
For the second edition of N.G.M Store Hours we are happy to invite the very talented duo and friends of Nitty Gritty, Människobyn. Starting at 12.00 this Saturday, they will set the mood in the Men's store with a 4 hour, all-vinyl set.
Christmas Delivery Dates
Looking to buy something in time for the Holidays? Here are some recommended dates in order to receive your items before Christmas.
Nitty Gritty Music - Store Hours
Please pop by to enjoy the first session of N.G.M.S.H this coming Saturday between 12 and 4 in the Nitty Gritty Menswear Store.
Holiday season kicking off!
Where shall all the lovely gifts you are bringing be? We suggest you hide them under the peaceful Christmas tree…
We had a French customer in the store the other day. He was in search for a coat and asked about what brands we had to offer him in this particular category. A member of the Nitty Gritty Crew started to show him some A.P.C coats, familiar to monsieur of course. Then further on to Aspesi, Barena and Harris Wharf – all Italians, hm, well yeah, some of them “heard of” even by Mr Paris.