Back in Europe last week for Pitti Uomo, one of the world’s largest menswear fairs that takes place in Florence each June. Great catching up with old friends from London and Italy, witnessing what the best brands in the world are up to, and making a few purchases along the way.

There is a little something for everyone at the fair, but I appreciate what appeared to be a theme of contemporary classicism, a style that I hope can be associated with Ledbury. There has been such a focus on workwear in the U.S. the last few years that it's great to see clean lines, tailored cuts and a slightly more buttoned up aesthetic.

My personal highlights gravitated toward jackets and shoes. Luigi Bianchi made a blue jersey blazer that I almost took of the mannequin and Boglioli had a series of soft-shouldered suits that were equally impressive as they were expensive. On the shoe front, Edward Green of England showed a phenomenal collection of wingtips and I picked up a pair of Swims water-proof drivers that will be perfect for the boat this summer.

A couple of good days at the fair were followed by a couple of great nights with friends and then an 8-hour train up the coast for a weekend wedding in Antibes.

June 21, 2011 — Ledbury