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I've been rather busy lately with the new addition to family, Herkku (check @herkkugram on Instagram), pretty much filling my schedule. After so many years of waiting for a puppy dog though, these have been happy times. I've not been able to take many new photos, but there are a couple of sets I didn't get to post earlier. Here's the first one.

Worn items

I'm wearing my latest Sartoria Peluso bespoke wool jacket, Vaatturiliike Sauma mtm shirt and trousers, Shibumi wool tie, Drake's pocket square, Mazarin socks and Carmina loafers.

Have a great 2019 and see you on the other side.

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Our third episode of Styles of Helsinki gives us Aki, my good friend with great clean streetwear styles. It was a fun episode to shoot as well, hope you'll enjoy.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=tSFVgc-dpvE

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"Smart casual"

Even though I have to say I rarely see this term (which is nice) outside Christmas parties at the office, but every now and then I still do get questions on what to wear for "smart casual". To be honest, I don't really know, but this look might be close to it. Or at least it's something I personally would like to wear on a Friday or during the weekend. The key parts here really are a super soft classic tailoring sport coat, casual shirt but one in still tailored collar style, simple linen pocket square and classic Levi's denim. And all topped off with my favorite grandpa loafers.

Outfit includes..

..my Attolini sport coat, Vaatturiliike Sauma mtm denim shirt, Viola Milano wide knit tie, Kydos bespoke embroidered blue pocket square, Equus Leather bridle leather belt, Levi's 501 denim, C&J Harvard Cordovan leather loafers.

Next up

Will be some more autumn stuff I have not published yet. I'm pretty busy with my new puppy (who you can follow @herkkugram I guess if you're interested in photography) so early winter stuff will probably come in a bit later this year.

 

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Visiting Pino in Naples

Earlier this year, April more specifically, we visited Naples and the Campagnia area with a group of friends. Quite lucky find I think, we got a really nice large villa near Massa Lubrense that is located across the sea from Capri. Of course, our view was directly into Capri - not too shabby.

During this nice spring vacation, we of course visited Naples on multiple occasions. I visited Pino right on the first day to select a fabric and make a new commission. This way we would have ample time to also have a fitting before we left back for Finland. I had been browsing the fabrics Pino had in his sartoria through WhatsApp, but this time I wanted to make the selection first hand while properly feeling the fabrics. Of course, this was a compromise in the favor of selecting the fabric instead of having one more fitting. If I had already made the choice I could've come directly into first fitting and have time for a second one as well. This is also what I would've probably normally done, but I didn't quite find the fabric I wanted remotely so this was the plan.

 

When me and my friends then arrived to Sartoria Peluso, I found my clear choice pretty quickly. A warm dark green herringbone that would be perfect for the winter season. Very versatile too, and heavy enough fabric for our Finnish winter. We did not find the name of the mill, it was a no name roll, but the composition was nice soft 100% wool.

The jacket arrives

Then, in July after my trip to Japan I received the jacket. A true beauty and the fit was instantly very good. I also asked Pino to put a little bit more "flair" to the shoulders, and I think this one has just the most beautiful pleated shoulders of any of my jacket. The cut also remains that super flattering Peluso cut, although I might have it let out just a slight bit.

In these pictures

..I'm wearing my Peluso sport coat, Vaatturiliike Sauma mtm shirt and trousers, bespoke Cappelli tie, Kydos bespoke linen pocket square and Crockett and Jones Harvard loafers.

Next up

We'll have more pictures of this particular jacket, my new Attolini and my Coccinella that I just got back from Japan. Big thanks to Pino again for great service, it's a service I gladly invest my hard-earned money into. 

Also, this set of pictures was shot with Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro lense (non-L), as a test really. Interestingly, there was a huge amount of chromatic aberrations in these pictures, perhaps most visible at the edge of the pocket square etc. Not a pleasant surprise, but at least it does macro pictures well.

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Attolini sport coat

If you followed my travels in Japan earlier this year, you might've noticed that I found this gorgeous Cesare Attolini ready-to-wear piece from Tokyo. More specifically, from this absolute bomb of a vintage store, Safari. Safari has multiple stores in Koenji district of Tokyo, each specializing in different inventory. The one I visited was mostly packed with shoes and stocked perhaps 1000-1500 second hand pairs from the likes of Roberto Ugolini, Edward Green, Gaziano & Girling, Alden, Mario Bemer, Crocket & Jones, Enzo Bonafe and so forth. While the shoes were very mighty and plenty, they were priced fairly high comparing to our European prices. For example, a used pair of EG Dovers in Cordovan was still running at around a 1000 Euros.

In addition to the shoes though the store also packed some tailoring. Mostly things like Lubiam, but my sharp eye quickly noted this one more interesting piece - an Attolini jacket and even in my size. A truly beautiful piece in the type of soft tweed I had been looking for for a long time, the classic beige-green-red-brown color combination.

In this look I'm wearing..

My Attolini sport coat, Vaatturiliike Sauma mtm trousers, 100 hands mtm shirt, Kydos bespoke pocket square, EG Cappelli bespoke vintage jacquard tie, Linjer briefcase, London Undercover umbrella and Crocket Jones Cordovan Harvard loafers.

Next up

Next up there will be more of the Attolini and the first pictures of my new Sartoria Peluso bespoke commission. Stay tuned and remember to also follow my IGTV and Youtube.

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Some time ago we had a camera with us while having a walk. While we actually ran out of battery, I think the few pictures that I was able to salvage would make for a nice Friday evening post.

In this look I'm wearing a vintage US army field jacket / jungle shirt, Vaatturiliike Sauma mtm shirt, Equus Leather mtm bridle leather belt, Levi's 501 denim, Superga sneakers and Mismo bag.

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Yankees - the most hated team there is?

Earlier this year I was visiting a local second hand store for mostly street wear, Variety, and had my eye get caught on this cool-looking bomber hanging on the wall. Tried it on and vola, it was pretty much the perfect casual jacket I had been looking for. While I went in to find denim, I left with this gorgeous Made in USA vintage jacket.

Also, while I don't really have any feelings for Yankees or baseball for that matter, I think it's fair to say that there are always some sports teams in each sport that carry that certain heritage and can often make for cool apparel or other items. For me, the inspiration behind this particular look and for wearing this jacket in general is perhaps a combination of those 80s and 90s movies, Martie McFly

 

In this streetwear look

..I'm wearing my vintage Starter jacket, Vaatturiliike Sauma mtm shirt, Equus Leather belt, Levi's 501 denim, Superga sneakers and my vintage Datejust watch.

More to come

As the autumn season is starting to arrive into Finland there will be some more seasonal looks to come. Also, make sure to follow my Instagram for daily Moments and for upcoming IGTV films.

 

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In the second episode we'll take a look at my friend Tai's (@tai_tnt) style. Also on IGTV at @thenordicfit.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Pdz3hAMm5qk

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A new and very serious video series to present some of my favorite styles found in Helsinki. We kick off with @llcooljp and explore his no b*llshit approach into ...

https://youtube.com/watch?v=x2T6XeDYeJY

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Green

..the color of money. And trees and what ever. But it's also the color of my bespoke jacket from Pino Peluso which continues to be one of my favorite pieces. When posting pictures on this jacket, there are always a fair bit of discussion and comments on it. One of the staple comments is "So cool how you pull it off" and the sorts. While this is flattering, I personally don't necessarily even see this jacket's color as anything too out of the oridinary.

The fabric is very matte and not shiny at all (not given when linen and silk are used) and the color is actually a pretty versatile variety of green. The texture makes is a fairly casual jacket that works in most summer sport coat settings.

Worn items

..include my Sartoria Peluso jacket, Vaatturiliike Sauma mtm shirt and trousers, E&G Cappelli bespoke silk tie, Drake's London pocket square and Crockett & Jones Cavendish loafers.

Next up

More casual outfits perhaps? Let's see.

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