The smallest details make the biggest luxuries
I recently visited Hostem at their temporary location on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch and found myself being drawn like iron filings to a magnet to the work of Geoffrey b. Small. These are not clothes that shout for attention. They quietly whisper the sweetest nothings. They drew me in and the more I looked, they more I loved. While the flashy parades of tricksy clothes paraded around pieces of starry architecture or up and down the aisles of historic palaces leave me underwhelmed and wondering what the fuss is all about, Geoffrey b. Small's designs are a whole world of subtlety, texture and authenticity.
The American designer has been busy since the late seventies when he started off sewing clothes for friends on a domestic sewing machine from his parents' attic in Boston. He became known for his tailoring. He's been making clothes ever since though he is now based in Italy, honing his skills in the art of tailoring with the collaboration of some of Italy's finest artisan weavers and silk makers.
So I was very excited to see the latest offerings by Small made exclusively for Hostem. The fabric is all entirely hand-woven by Tessitura La Colmbina in Badoere in the northern city of Morgano - using 18th century looms that have been in the family for generations. It takes two days to make enough cloth for a suit and then Small dyes the fabrics by hand - another two days. The time and care that goes into the making of these garments makes them almost vibrate with texture and depth. This is luxury. This is something precious to treasure and aspire to. Thank you Mr Small.