Made in Italy

You may have the universe if I may have Italy
- Giuseppe Verdi


Since returning from my holiday in Indonesia I've had a bit of time to browse through the shops here in Melbourne and one thing has started to jump out at me. I've been noticing an increase in the amount of "Made in Italy" tags appearing on products and it seems as though more and more brands are starting to diversify and choose Italian artisans for small batch collections. 




One particular label is Amsterdam born Scotch & Soda, who, as some of you may know, I've been keeping my eyes on since I purchased my first sports jacket off them a few years ago. This year Scotch & Soda introduced their 7/7 artisan collection, handpicking seven of the finest designers from around Europe to create capsule collections for the menswear brand. The Italian range is beautiful and was the first thing I noticed when I walked into their new Melbourne Emporium store. This particular suit called out to me immediately, with its burgundy flannel and generous lapel, 3 roll 2 buttoning, mid-waisted trouser and half lining. 

I decided to wear my new Scotch & Soda suit with a pair of recently acquired shoes from Aquila. This brand has been around for quite some time and is probably best known for their range of men's shoes here in Australia. Not too long ago, Aquila reintroduced an Italian line of high-end shoes into their stores. The leather has been upgraded to offer a higher quality of footwear to their customers and all are finished off with a Blake stitch - my tip is to drop a size as they run big. 

Both brands seem to be adding a little more flair to their latest collections, while continuing to offer more luxurious and top quality products and it's a trait that I hope they both continue with. 

Although this is only a brief post, I will continue with another story on two younger Australian brands, who are making their mark on the market not only in Australia but worldwide with their Italian made products so please stay tuned.