• John Wojcik

Silkxchange Staff Picks

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

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 a few of these exceptional garments, shoes and accessories below; terrific finds that are sure to excite any menswear enthusiast. You can access them by clicking on the images in this article.

1. Orazio Luciano Sport Coat 38/48R

A former Head-Cutter at Kiton, Orazio Luciano has worked tirelessly to perfect the art of the Ready-to-Wear jacket. Designed to emulate a custom-like fit, this sport coat is no exception.

Quarter-lined and constructed of a light-medium weight, soft-hand cloth, the jacket features all the hallmarks of the Neapolitan tailoring tradition while demonstrating the artful mastery of one of Italy's finest sartorias - a classic style that the company today describes as “refined classicism with a touch of technical virtuosity.”

The jacket's Neapolitan nature is brought to life by its soft, unstructured shoulder, high armholes, generous lapels, barchetta breast pocket, spalla camicia and hand-sewn buttonholes - very noticeable details that will leave you knowing that you're experiencing something very special from the moment that you put it on. After all, the average Ready-to-Wear process takes about 25 hours to complete at the Orazio Luciano workshop in San Giovanni a Teduccio.

The jacket is brand new with tags and is currently priced at US$950.00. Detailed measurements can be found by following the link in the photos.

2. Carmina Tassel Loafers 80289, UK 8.

These traditional 3-season, hand-crafted tassel loafers from Mallorca, Spain's Carmina Shoemaker, are featured in a rich brown suede and offer a refined Goodyear welt-construction, calf half-lining and afford a high degree of versatility and comfort.

Built on Carmina's UETAM last, the loafers are low on the instep and narrow fitting, providing a better foot holding and eliminating heel-slipping. They have also had rubber half-soles installed by professional cobblers and include a Carmina dust-bag and shoetrees.

Available in size UK8 (which adjusts to approximately EU42/US9), the shoes are in like-new condition and priced to sell at just US$180.00 - marked down from a retail price of 341.00€.

3. Drake's Salmon Oxford Collar Button-down Shirt

The 'OCBD' as it's now more commonly known amongst #menswear enthusiasts online, represents truly essential shirt that has a place in every wardrobe.

Crafted in Somerset, UK, the shirt features a standard fit construction made of 100% cotton and is furnished with beautiful handmade details including an arched button-down collar with brushed interlining, box pleat, single rounded one-button cuff, point pocket, and whipped 18L Mother of Pearl buttons. Easily paired with casual tailoring for an effortlessly stylish look.

Purchased new at retail for £175.00, the shirt is listed in 'like-new' condition and currently available for US$150.00 in size 15.5.

4. Raffaele Caruso Handmade Tweed Suit 40/50R

In recent years, Caruso has become widely known for heralding modernity through playful elegance, and this power suit is nothing short of projecting just that.

Boasting a bold set of peak lapels together with a daring, high-contrast pinstripe pattern, this is a suit that exudes confidence and energy. The suit is fully canvased and fully lined, featuring a tasteful 3-button 2-roll configuration accompanied by a handmade Milanese buttonhole, surgeon cuffs, soft, unstructured shoulder, and pronounced spalla camicia, in addition to subtle bartacks and pick stitching along the outseam.

Whether you're into its sharp aesthetic or not, it's an exceptionally well-made suit that can make a marvellous statement piece that turns heads when you enter a room. Put simply, it's unique, and for this reason it's made our Staff Picks.

With Caruso suits typically being priced well above US$1000.00, this is nothing short of a steal at just US$400.00. Detailed measurements can be found by following the link in the photo.

5. Persol Polarized Sunglasses

Last but not least, on offer are a cool pair of shades from the iconic Persol workshop in Turin - and while we may not have a particular model number here to reference, we do have a pair of sunglasses with an extraordinary Italian story.

It begins over one hundred years ago in 1917 when optician and photographer, Giuseppe Ratti, invented 'Protectors' - state-of-the-art glasses designed to ensure comfort, protection and vision to aviators and sports drivers. His new sunglasses were instantly adored by those who wore them, adopted by air forces around the world and worn by the poets, aviators and champion automobile and motorcycle racers of the day, including no less than Gabriele D’Annunzio, Juan Manuel Fangio and, most notably, Francesco De Pinedo on his famous flight from Europa to the Americas.

The sunglasses are in pristine condition and are accompanied by a leather Persol carrying case and cloth, and are listed for US$150.00 - a significant mark down from their original US$200.00 retail price.


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