Another Reason to Love Antonio Valente

a_valente_pattern_matchThe difference between a good shirt and a great shirt is all in the details. In this blog post at Antonio Valente‘s site, they discuss pattern matching. Not matching ties with your shirts with your jackets, but just ensuring that the individual panels of a shirt line up.

Details indeed.

“Many brands have price tags to imply quality,” writes Joseph Valente, “but very few pass the test upon closer examination. While it is standard industry practice to match stripes and checks at the front of a shirt, other areas, such as sleeve plackets, are rarely, if ever, matched.”

Above is an example of a difficult pattern matched to the thread. Read the rest–and see how less careful clothiers do it–here.


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David is Wingtip's storyteller. In addition to editing the Modern Gentleman's Blog, he has written for Wax Poetics, The Source, SF Weekly, and the East Bay Express, and others. His inspirations include Rumble Fish, Paul's Boutique, and Balzac. He studied English at the City University of New York at Hunter College and journalism at the University of Southern California. He lives in Berzerkeley with his wife and daughter.

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