About six weeks ago I spent a great afternoon at Ermenegildo Zegna on Bond Street. That day, with expert assistance, I chose the fabrics and styles for the lounge suit and race jacket to be made for me to wear during this year’s Gumball 3000 Rally. On that occasion, despite already having my measurements on file, they were completed once again to ensure the perfect fit, whilst we also discussed some interesting cues to be taken from the colour scheme of The Peaked Lapel’s logo, the watch being made for me by HYT and how they could be incorporated into the designs.
It was around four weeks later that I received a call to ask me to come in for a first fitting but, unfortunately, I was out of the country so couldn’t make it until I returned. But nothing wrong with a bit of suspense to increase the excitement. After all, it’s not everyday you get to experience something like this!
The Lounge Suit
Clearly, given the Rally is taking place in June, between Mykonos and Ibiza, the lounge suit needed to be something summery but, at the same time, have a more evening feel to it given I will wear it to parties at the end of the day. As a result, although initially we discussed lighter colours and fabrics; for example cream or sand in linen, I wanted the suit to have a slightly more structured, formal look. This meant I decided on a rather lovely light blue, with contrasting bronze half lining because both these colours will compliment and contrast the watch HYT are making for me.
To add to the formality, I chose some beautiful dark blue mother of pearl buttons, although there will be a twist for just one of them on one cuff to give it a more contemporary look . . . but I’ll go into more detail about that once the watch is revealed.
And, of course, the jacket had to have Peaked Lapels!
Trying the jacket and trousers on, the overall fit was excellent, with only minor tweaks required to ensure it was upgraded to perfect: the trousers needed a little more room around the ‘seat’, while the waist needed taking in a touch. The jacket fitted perfectly although, if I’m honest, I think I my chest might have grown a little since the measurements were taken. I’m sad to say this was probably more to do with having recently been on holiday in Dubai and Marbella and enjoying too much good food and wine, as opposed to having stuck religiously to my gym routine . . .
So having made the preparations for the finishing touches to the suit, it will now take about a week for it to be completed, when I will be asked back in for a second fitting to ensure it is just right.
The Race Jacket
The race suit is quite an involved piece, which means it will take a little longer to create and I am told it is likely to be available for first fitting by the end of April. Thinking back to the decisions made about it though, I think it’s going to look sensational and am incredibly excited for the day that arrives!
So, yet another step on the Road to Mykonos and the dream becoming reality. Once again, I cannot thank Marcos, Hamid and Michael at Zegna enough for their professionalism and attention to detail.