Capra & Cavelli Blog

Welcome, Dear Reader, to the inaugural meeting of Sartorialists Anonymous.

My name is Ivan, and I wear a lot of gray. On behalf of myself and Messers: Kenneth Miller, Buddy Estrella, and Anthony Mikhael (who collectively wear far less gray than I do); you are invited into the collective of our clothier minds-- a cognitive entity best summed up as a blend of encyclopedic knowledge, stunning taste, unmatched skill, and Monty Python bits.

In these digital halls, we aim to create a community that respects the gravitas we bring to the subject of menswear. Are you the type that knows he must dress to a standard, but can’t be bothered to think about it? We will have you covered, literally and figuratively.

Do you ponder, for hours on end, the advantages of a Four-in-Hand versus a Half Windsor knot, depending on the composition and thickness of the tie’s inner lining? Welcome to your true home.

Both extremes, and all in between, will find value here. We will discuss a wide range of topics on the subject of dressing a man. We invite your questions and comments. We also invite you to stop by any time to say hello, have a drink, and discuss my addiction to grey clothing.

In style,

The Capra & Cavelli Quartet

Flicks On Fire #11

“In the country for dinner parties with neighbors, and especially in his own home, a man may wear a velvet smoking jacket, usually navy blue, burgundy or dark green, with a black bow tie, dinner jacket trousers and evening slippers. While this dress is acceptable for the host, it would not be right for a guest to wear this for an event with the dress code black tie actually stated on an invitation, which effectively means a dinner jacket.” – Debrett’s Handbook

Flicks On Fire #8

You can tell a lot about a man by the way he wears a hat. Everything from how comfortable he feels in a hat to how experienced he is at wearing different types of hats. A man can use a hat to give others insight into his current mood. A hat pulled down low on the forehead gives off a signal that a man either has something to hide or ain’t up for no tomfoolery that day;

Flicks On Fire #7

“You can’t handle the truth!”

Right up there with “Hasta la vista, baby,” that has to be one of the most memorable movie lines from the 1990s. Even if you never saw the movie A Few Good Men, I’d be willing to bet most people know which actor said it. I’ve always found humanity’s relationship with the truth a fascinating one.

Flicks On Fire #6

“No trouble losing when you got a good excuse. And winning! That can be heavy on your back, too – like a monkey. You drop that load too when you got an excuse. All you gotta do is learn to feel sorry for yourself. It’s one of the best indoor sports – feeling sorry for yourself. A sport enjoyed by all, especially the born losers.” – Bert Gordon

Flicks On Fire #5

That exclamation is one forever associated with getting dressed in my mind, and if you ever heard it belted out by Paul Harvey on the radio, you know exactly what that little piece of Americana sounded like. It was the typical start to the late radio commentator’s news and comment section on a morning broadcast that aired somewhere between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. – the dressing time.