A former broker for BNP Paribas and UBS, Frenchman Mathieu Vinson (below left) set up shirtmaker Fratelli with his brother in 2008 with the aim of creating “the ultimate shirt”. Within two months their four craftsmen in Turin will make a shirt with the finest Italian fabrics, mother of pearl buttons and silk stitching. Book your appointment at HQ in Zürich and also in Geneva, Paris and Frankfurt.
Marni’s autumn/winter men’s accessories collection includes a special collaboration between its designer Consuelo Castiglioni and the Japanese shoe producer, Kamei Proact Corporation. To go with these trainers, Marni has created this green canvas bag, which also comes in travel and shoulder strap versions.
Onitsuka Tiger, which has been making sports shoes for Japanese Olympic teams since the 1960s, turned to Copenhagen’s Wood Wood to bring back its Asics XCaliber from 1982. Wood Wood co-founder Brian Jensen says they’ve created “an authentic-looking running shoe”. Shame there’ll only be 200 pairs.
Lumi Accessories keeps expanding its Supermarket bag range, first launched in 2002. New bags are sustainably developed with vegetable-tanned leather that doesn’t contain chrome or heavy metals. “We want to make a lighter footprint on the environment,” says Lumi founder Bruno Beaugrand. “The leather is made to last,” he adds.
Comme des Garçons’ perfumer Christian Astugueville has cooked up another covetable fragrance – this time for Finland’s Artek. It’s a Finnish forest in a 100ml bottle.
Patrick Grant, who bought Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons in 2005, has relaunched English 19th-century sports and military label E. Tautz. “Ideally we would like Tautz to be a brand that is associated with a certain elegance of dressing, behaviour and lifestyle,” Grant says. The ready-to-wear autumn/winter 2009 line, which includes six suits, five sports jackets, trousers, shirts and ties all crafted from cloth made in the UK, is available through Harrods and Matches in London and Beams in Tokyo. Future collections will be available in New York and the Middle East. etautz.com