Three-Roll-Two Jacket from Battistoni

Three-Roll-Two Jacket from Battistoni

The ready-made, casual blend of linen and cotton jacket in checker design pictured is from Roman Battistoni. It’s a single-breasted jacket designed in three-roll-two style which has three buttons and three buttonholes made to close the mid button only. As you can see in the pictures, the first button is placed into the roll of the right side of the lapel however, the top buttonhole is seen on the left...
Silk Yarn Merchants: Bursa Cordonnet Market

Silk Yarn Merchants: Bursa Cordonnet Market

The Bursa Cordonnet Market was founded as a silk yarn merchant in Istanbul, Turkey by an Ottoman Jewish gentleman in 1918. The shop was managed by the founding family until the 1980’s, but was later acquired by Fikri Özdemir and his wife in 1982. The name of the store comes from the city of Bursa as it is the capital of silk in Turkey. As the silk centre, this industry...
Different Button Styles on Jacket Sleeves

Different Button Styles on Jacket Sleeves

Buttons on jackets sleeves can be made in three different styles: nonkissing, kissing nonstacked, and kissing. All three styles have their own characteristic features and are made to customer preferences.  Nonkissing Buttons Nonkissing buttons are common in British tailoring as it is the original sleeve button style. As you can see in the image, there is a little space between each button as the buttons do not touch each other....
The Elegance of The Grey Flannel Suit

The Elegance of The Grey Flannel Suit

Grey is an intermediate colour between black and white. Easier to match with various different colours like navy blue, brown, and black, grey is perfect to wear not only as a suit but also as an odd jacket and a pair of trousers. Grey suits made from four seasons fabrics are slick however, a man in a grey flannel suit always looks absolutely dashing. Flannel garments used to be worn...
Refik Toraman, A Bespoke Jacket Maker

Refik Toraman, A Bespoke Jacket Maker

Refik Toraman is a master tailor who crafts bespoke jackets and overcoats. Having started working as an apprentice in the industry in Erzurum, Turkey, Toraman moved to Istanbul in 1972 to further develop his tailoring skills. In the following years, he worked in various tailoring ateliers before setting up his own bespoke tailoring workshop in 1990 in Taksim, Istanbul. Refik Toraman employed twenty five tailors in his atelier during its...
Interview with Cem Ekrem, The Founder of Cem Ekrem Custom Shirtmaker

Interview with Cem Ekrem, The Founder of Cem Ekrem Custom Shirtmaker

Cem Ekrem Custom Shirtmaker was founded by Cem Ekrem in 1993 in Istanbul, Turkey. Cem Ekrem started working in the shirt making industry at his dad’s atelier when he was young as his father had his own shirt business established in 1956. Cem Ekrem learned making bespoke shirts from scratch from cutting patterns and fabrics to sewing the pieces together while working with his dad. Becoming one of the best...
Sedat Selvi, A Master Tailor

Sedat Selvi, A Master Tailor

Sedat Selvi is a talented tailor who has been working with Ayhan Apaydın for twenty four years. Having started working in the industry as an apprentice at the age of thirteen, Selvi worked in different tailoring ateliers before crossing paths with Apaydın. Selvi has improved his tailoring skills over the years in the way of Apaydın’s cutting style. Following Apaydın’s career path, Sedat Selvi makes bespoke garments at the same...
Ayhan Apaydın, A Master Tailor

Ayhan Apaydın, A Master Tailor

Ayhan Apaydın is a master tailor who crafts bespoke suits, jackets, and coats. Dedicating himself to his profession, Apaydın pays attention to every specific detail, pushes himself to make his best, and tries to understand his customers’ needs and wants. Born in 1946 in Malatya, Turkey, Apaydın started working in the tailoring industry as an apprentice when he was only fourteen. In the following years, Apaydın moved to Ankara for...
Nazmi Mercanlı, A Bespoke Trouser Maker

Nazmi Mercanlı, A Bespoke Trouser Maker

Nazmi Mercanlı started working as an apprentice trouser maker in 1968 in Adana, Turkey. In 1973, Mercanlı moved to Istanbul and became a master trouser maker in a bespoke tailoring workshop. In the following years, he worked in different ateliers until 1980 in order to learn every specific detail about making trousers from drafting patterns to cutting fabrics, and sewing the pieces of trousers to each other. In 1980, Mercanlı...
Cloth Merchants: Ariston

Cloth Merchants: Ariston

Ariston was established as a cloth merchant in 1920 in Naples, Italy by Ferdinando Imparato. Still being managed by the founding family, control of the business is now in the hands of the fourth generation. Outsourcing the production of its finest fabrics to third parties, almost all collections are made by Italian mills, except Irish linen. Specialising in fabrics for menswear, Ariston offers worsted woolen, wool, flannel, cashmere, mohair, cotton,...