Silkxchange Staff Picks
Once a month, our team at Silkxchange gets together to curate a list of Staff Picks - a selection of what we believe are some of the most exciting opportunities to add a unique new piece into your wardrobe from items available on the marketplace. To this end, we're pleased to showcase our second edition of these exceptional garments, shoes and accessories below; terrific finds that are sure to excite any menswear enthusiast. You can find further details by clicking on the images below in this article.
Up first is an impressive lot of new-old-stock shirts from renowned Neapolitan shirtmaker, Camiceria Vincenzo di Ruggiero. Founded as a small camiceria in the historic Polazzo Marigliano in 1920, the shirtmaker's boutique operation gradually scaled up into the eighties and nineties, reaching a point at which the company's workforce had reached over 220 employees. By then, the company had developed a reputation for quality and excellence, and was known for its ability to source exclusive fabrics to its clientele.
Listed in a variety of styles, colours and sizes at a substantial mark-down, the lot offers an tremendous opportunity to enter the world of high-end Italian shirtmaking and enjoy unmatched comfort, quality and fit.
Made exclusively by Ring Jacket for The Armory, the model 184 sport coat is a beautifully soft tailored garment featuring a rounded shoulder and large sleevehead designed for optimal mobility, comfort and Ready-to-Wear fit. The jacket also boasts a slightly shorter body, higher gorge and patch pockets, representing The Armory's go-to jacket model for a slim, classic look. The model 184 is constructed in a spongy brown and green houndstooth 3-season wool from Abraham Moon. Ideal for cooler months.
Said to have been developed by an alpine monk in the 15th century and worn throughout European monasteries, the monk strap style was popularised in the 1920s. Unbeknown to many, it sports similar fitting qualities and construction to a Derby and features open quarters as well as a whole cut vamp and tongue, making the monk a remarkably shoe.
Featured here listed in like-new condition, the ever-popular 'Lowndes' is made on last 348 from the finest calf leather and features rubber 'City' soles, ensuring that they offer both incredible style, practicality and versatility - and you can be sure they won't go unnoticed.
The quintessential safari jacket - featured here in an exceptionally exceptionally soft goatskin suede, the jacket is custom made and features four front pleated bellow pockets with an inner lining made in 100% Italian Silk which provides a luxurious finish.
Atacama jackets are entirely designed and produced in Italy using the best and most exclusive materials and fabrics, with each jacket being inspired and dedicated to Hollywood stars such as Steve McQueen, Cary Grant and Marlon Brando (just to name a few) who made the Safari-style jacket iconic.
Last but certainly not least is a playful assortment of handrolled ties from one of Naples' youngest shining stars, Nicola Radano. Listed as deadstock (new and unworn), the ties are all handmade in Naples from 100% Como silk and feature an unlined, 3-fold construction with hand-rolled blades. The brand has earned a reputation for its use of unusual patterns, colours and fabrics, but rather than explaining the aesthetic any further, we'll let the ties do the talking below.
Whether you're new to classic menswear or a tenured enthusiast, we hope that this edition of Staff Picks has brought you some insights, excitement, and ideas for your future wardrobe. As always, we encourage you to dress responsibly, and invite you to buy less, choose well, and resell as you rediscover the world of classic men's style on Silkxchange.
Until next month, ladies and gentlemen.