The Curated Closet

This issue we sat down with Joseph Wendt of Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers in downtown Naples to discuss essential items a Naples man should have in his closet. Our warm, coastal climate effects the fashion in and around town and Wendt is an expert at dressing the most discerning and experienced clothing aficionado for the Naples area. 

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What does the well-dressed Naples man need is his closet?

First, a fun colored blazer in an ultra-lightweight fabric is a staple I always recommend. Naples is a casual and relaxed area so the versatility a blazer in a great color like royal blue makes it the perfect item for the Naples man. Lightweight is key—choose a wool, silk and linen blend.
Next, I suggest a cocktail party sport coat with a pattern, like plaid or check. This should also be lightweight so I suggest going with a silk, cashmere and linen blend. 
Of course, a man needs an array of suits that allow him to feel confident out on a nice date, in a boardroom, or at a charity event. A classic slate blue Glen Plaid suit is the most versatile suit a man can own and a must have for a curated closet.
From there, comfortable cotton pants in Supima Italian cotton is something all men need in their wardrobe. Choose a clean, flat front tapered style. These pants pair well with a jacket so they are easy to dress up.
A sharp, wool and silk dinner jacket in a dark grey or royal blue is also a staple garment. Naples has a well-defined social season so this is something most men will wear often. 
I always recommend great sport shirts. Our Italian cotton shirts can be worn with everything from shorts to suits and are a foundation to a great wardrobe. These shirts come in a beautiful array of styles, patterns and colors.
To top it all off, shoes. Fashion sneakers are huge right now so I suggest at least one pair. They can be worn with shorts, jeans, or cotton pants and a blazer. For more formal events we offer beautiful, handmade shoes. I love marine blue and cognac as they pair well with a wide range of colors.

What trends will we see in 2019?

Naples is, of course, a unique market with its own fashion sensibilities and needs. I think one trend that will translate well in this market is the move towards a softer jacket construction. Unlined or partially unlined is definitely a trend for 2019 and due to our climate is something that works really well here as it’s more lightweight and breathable. These jackets look great when worn with a killer shoe and belt combination.
As for items coming back into vogue, the single pleat dress pant is making a comeback. Make sure you choose a style with a trim line to keep it modern. You don’t want to look like you stepped out of the 80s or 90s. Double-breasted jackets are back as well and are a great way to freshen up your wardrobe.

Il Vino Sarto Wine Shop

We like to help our customers explore new wine options and we are the only shop in Naples which offers an extensive collection of fine Italian wines. We enjoy hosting events with Italian vintners, importers, and sommeliers right here in our Fifth Avenue store. Our goal is to provide a fun, educational wine experience. We also offer tastings in-home or at a venue of your choosing, including your favorite restaurant, out on the water or on the beach. For our customers who visit Italy, we have worked hard to gather connections and resources to help create beautiful and memorable Italian wine experiences. We also offer cellar consultation to help build your own wine collection. 

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