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Archival Field Trip – Wistful Shopping at Al’s Attire

Al’s Attire, found in the Italian neighborhood of San Francisco, is a full-custom experience. They can make-to-measure or make a new garment from scratch, so you’re guaranteed a perfect fit on your wingtip boots, railroad jacket, or shawl-collared peacoat. It was pretty stupendous stuff – absolutely unquestionable quality, gorgeous details, and lovely materials.






I fell pretty hard for this monkey-fitting railroad jacket, made with deadstock herringbone denim. After careful consideration, I figured that I’d better pay the rent rather than buy the jacket, so we went off to bury my sorrows in tiny, almond-flavored cookies and a massive mille feuille at a nearby Italian bakery.


Full flickr set on Al’s Attire here.

3 thoughts on “Archival Field Trip – Wistful Shopping at Al’s Attire”

  1. Ola.. you made it to Al…haberdasher proper… what a danger place to be… Al and I we both a 38.. so every single men sample items in the shop fit me…

    Just got my custom wingtip deliver to me in Bangkok last week… they are definitely to die for.. nothing beat a custom fit, hand made leather sole shoes…fit perfectly…

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