A never-before-seen groundbreaking triumph comes alive in the first True Wool Denim. This utterly innovative textile breakthrough, right from the core of Lanificio Ermenegildo Zegna, hails a unique class of denim, entirely crafted with the Zegna Trofeo Wool. The “Made in Trivero” unique denim is not without an extremely exclusive fabric innovation of wool indigo dying that retains traditional denim’s atypical properties while preserving the richness and warmth of the lush, iconic Trofeo Wool.

The customer asked for a handmade pair of flat front trousers, french pockets and gently ironed creases with the look of denim but cut from a cloth with all the properties of a pure wool: light, naturally breathable and extremely soft.

The look is modern and contemporary, with classic detailing: a striking synthesis of material innovation and classic tailoring. It’s a new type of wearing denim, created for the modern man.

Fabric Ermenegildo Zegna from the TROFEO DENIM Collection
100% Wool
Price 6285 DKK

Bibliography of Historical Tailoring and Cutting Manuals

To the best of my knowledge, there is no place online that gathers the various–freely available–Victorian and earlier cutting systems.  Professional tailors–and cutters, which is a separate job, often in the same shop–use cutting systems rather than actual patterns.

  The main difference, of course is in fit and style–a pattern may come graded to a number of sizes, but these are still ideal and won’t necessarily fit; cutting systems, on the other hand, use scales and mathematics to give proportions and how to draft for the body of the customer.

They typically also have notes on modifying the draft for varying postures and such.  The majority of the systems were for menswear, and that is my focus–however, there were variations for tailored ladies’ clothing as well, and I will include those that I find.

To view the full list of tailoring manuals click Matsukaze Sewing Blog.

Laugenes Opvisning 2017 / Fashion Show Tailors Guild 2017

This event organized by its president Johnny Wichmann and his team focuses on promoting local artisanship, craft, tradition, heritage and luxury in Denmark. The preservation and innovation of the traditional craft, as well as the support of young talents with this presentation of a “Fashion Show of Creativity” aims to strengthen the local businesses and promote its products and services.

We had the pleasure to join the annual fashion show of the Danish Tailors Guild and send three full-bespoke menswear outfits down the catwalk at Moltkes Palæ in Copenhagen.

Model Mads wearing a warm overcoat, vintage wool cloth from I.W.Hvidberg.
Model Mounier looking dapper in a silk jacket with embroidered dragonflies, cloth from Loro Piana.
Model Per looking elegant in his full-bespoke suit, cloth from Harrisons of Edinburgh.
Model Mounier is greeting HRH Princess Benedikte, patron of the Tailors Guild.
Model Per impressing the audience. The ladies seem to be pleased.
HRH Princess Benedikte and Oliver Häberli having a chat backstage after the Fashion Show.
Oliver Häberli’s sketch book and some fabric bunches backstage.

Photos©Allan Bjerre

Tweed Guide

The Origin of Tweed
It is commonly thought that tweed emerged in Scotland and Ireland as a way for the farmers there to battle the chilly, damp climate that characterizes those parts. Tweed began as a hand-woven fabric. The cloth was rough, thick, and felted and the colors were muted and earthy. It was truly a working man’s cloth. As far as the name goes, there are a couple of theories.
There is a River Tweed in Scotland, and the cloth was made in the Tweed Valley, and some believe that is the origin of the word.
A more popular legend has it that the name tweed is a twist on the Scottish word for “tweel” or twill in our parlance, which is the signature weave of the fabric. It is said that in 1826, a London clerk accidentally transcribed an order to “tweel” and wrote “tweed” instead, and from there the name came into use. Whatever the origin, tweed is a rugged fabric, resistant to wind and water with excellent insulating properties. Read the full article here.

To Order: Basic Block Men’s Coat Pattern

The basic block men’s coat pattern – in size 46 to 54 – printed on paper in black & white, full scale with size guide and key body measurement chart.

The blocks have been produced by professional pattern cutter and bespoke tailor Oliver Häberli and then thoroughly tested in calico before being graded to produce the full range of sizes supplied.

These blocks are produced without seam allowance and are intended for professional use and provide a contemporary and modern standard fit.

Price per print: 350.- DKK excl. Moms and postage
Order: send an email to (Please provide delivery/shipping address) or call +4571706571 for more information.

Basic Block Men’s Coat sizes 46 – 54


Full bespoke handmade suit

This suit was ordered by a Gentleman in need for a lightweight wardrobe.
We selected a beautiful fabric from the Italian supplier Ermenegildo Zegna and decided to go for a rather unusual but showstopper lining from supplier Lear&Browne.
For customers wearing a bigger size I always suggest to make trousers with braces and a slightly higher waist. The coat has a classic fit with a peak lapel.

Fabric Art. 36105 in 100% Wool
Bunch TRAVELLER by Ermenegildo Zegna
Price 38’000 Kroner

Full Bespoke Jacket with peak lapel. Customer size 62
Full Bespoke Jacket with peak lapel. Customer size 62
Lining by Lear&Browne with multicolored skull print
Lining by Lear&Browne with multicolored skull print
Sleeve vent with handmade buttonholes and mother of pearl buttons
Sleeve vent with handmade buttonholes and mother of pearl buttons
Trousers with braces and a slightly higher cut waistband for more comfort.
Trousers with braces and a slightly higher cut waistband for more comfort.
Trousers with braces and a v-split at the center back waistband

Leather Jacket

I love working with soft leather. This Style is cut from Lamb Nappa Skins dyed in a dramatic dark mulled wine. The leather has a beautiful silky shine and the hand-feel of the skin is not too soft to create a stylish Jacket with topstitched seams, peak lapel and a half-circle back piece. It’s a strong look – too strong for you?



Lamb Nappa Leather Art. 206 Soft from Fauck GMBH
Price 34.000 DKK

Irish Donegal Tweed Coat

It has been a pleasure to create this coat. The fit is comfortable, the style straight cut with enough ease and some subtle details such as the top stiched seams, the shaped pockets and the contrast corduroy fabric for the under collar and the backing for the pockets and back belt. Do you like it?

Fabric Art. 34641 from W.Bill / Irish Donegal
100% Wool
Price 26.000 DKK

Silk Jacket

It was a pleasure and quite a challenge to make this women’s jacket. The checked fabric needed extra attention when it comes to cutting and then assembling the pieces because we aim to perfectly match the checks as a sign of our high quality workmanship.

Fabric from the Ermenegildo Zegna Anteprima AW2016/17 Collection
Art. 97065 in 100% silk
Price 28.000 DKK