A decade is a long time for anything, not least for something devoted to the rather niche topic of menswear. (We know we’re waiting for the day The Rake turns 10.) Which makes it difficult to imagine that StyleForum just recently celebrated a decade in existence: from Neapolitan tailoring to New York style, from Dolce & Gabbana to Diego della Valle, this virtual drawing room for menswear enthusiasts worldwide – ourselves included – has been a colossally influential authority and companion to the industry.
To mark its tenth anniversary, StyleForum hosted a veritable cavalcade of festivities against the culturally colourful backdrop of San Francisco – quite fitting, if you ask us, considering how the site is at its essence one giant conference between a lot of different opinions.
Among its highlights was a screening of seminal Neapolitan tailoring film O’Mast, along with a dialogue session and dinner afterwards with director Gianluca Migliarotti (himself very dapperly turned out in a Ciro Palermo suit). A vendor showcase the following day brought together the finest of American artisans, including 120-year-old hatter Goorin Brothers, renowned San Franciscan haberdashery On the Fly, as well as a whole lot of George Cleverleys, John Lobbs, and Tricker’s, courtesy of Hawaiian shoe boutique Leather Soul. Stiff gin and tonic in hand, the author himself picked up an exquisite pair of laceups and a couple of silk knit ties on his rounds. It helped, too, of course, that Saphir pine oil and beeswax shoe shines were provided by expert polisher Kevin Tuohy.
Next-door Cinco de Mayo party notwithstanding (we do love us a good piñata, but that hardly made for a handsome menswear accessory), the weekend was a thoroughly stylish gathering for thoroughly stylish rakes – just the kind of party we'd throw.
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