Menswear matters. There’s a world of stylish men out there, and these are their stories. Every Wednesday, join journalist Aleks Cvetkovic, as he explores the world of men’s style with industry insiders, menswear professionals and some of the most stylish men and women in the business. Whether you’re in search of style inspiration, advice and guidance, or you’re a clothing fanatic who wants insight into some of the biggest issues facing the menswear industry today, this is the podcast for you.
Aleks chats to James Sleater, co-founder of Cad & The Dandy, the international bespoke tailor with a modern take on Savile Row tradition. In a good month, Cad & The Dandy makes 400 suits, an extraordinary achievement when most bespoke tailors make less than that in a year. We chat to James about what motivated him to found the business, and explore how Cad & The Dandy has cornered the market.
Aleks sits down with British fashion designer, Oli Spencer, who directs two much-loved brands today; Favourbrook and Oliver Spencer. Oli talks through the start of his career selling waistcoats on Portobello Road, his approach to retail and clothing design today, and his relentless focus on sustainability. We hope you enjoy.
In the second of our two bonus episodes created in partnership with Thomas Mason, the HandCut team explores the brand’s unique fabric archive filled with fabric catalogues dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. In addition, Aleks chats to Maurizio Colnago, Thomas Mason’s head of fabric design, about how this archive informs Thomas Mason’s collections today, and he meets with Daniele Arioldi, the CEO of Albini’s spinning division, to learn about some of the rare and precious fibres that Thomas Mason weaves into its luxury shirting fabrics.
This week’s guest is New York based journalist and best-selling author, David Coggins. He talks to Aleks about writing and the process of finding one’s voice, the pair explore David’s own philosophy on menswear and Aleks offers up one of his menswear marketing pet peeves for discussion. We hope you enjoy the conversation.
In the first of two dedicated bonus episodes, the HandCut team visits the Albini Group in Bergamo, Italy, the shirting mill responsible for weaving all luxury Thomas Mason fabrics. Aleks sits down with Head of Communications, Gabriele Camozzi, and Marketing Director, Tim Neckebroeck, to explore Thomas Mason’s heritage and to examine how Albini’s joint focus on innovation and sustainability feeds into Thomas Mason’s fabric collections today.
Aleks speaks to LA-based hat maker, Cody Wellema. The two discuss Cody’s love of all things vintage, the painstaking process each and every bespoke Wellema hat goes through, and the two explore how a beautiful hat can tell the story of a person’s life.
Aleks sits down the Berg & Berg’s creative director, Andreas Larsson. The pair explore Andreas’s path into menswear design, why fashion brands need to think differently about sustainability, and what it means for a brand to offer “a contemporary approach to classic style” today.
The Creative Director of US Esquire, Nick Sullivan, speaks to Aleks about where he thinks the media landscape is at, why the influencers he connects with aren’t actually influencers, and why classic style doesn’t stand still.
This week’s guest is Nicolas Gabard, founder of Parisian tailor, Husbands. He talks Aleks through his philosophy on menswear, explains why everything he does at Husbands is rooted in an appreciation of culture, and he draws a distinction between brands that merely ‘sell clothes’ and those which take care to ‘dress people’.
Aleks sits down with Matt Hranek, editor of WM Brown magazine and author of A Man & His Watch. The pair explore Matt’s relentless attitude to his work, his move from mainstream media to independent publishing, and the power of backing a niche brand today.
Aleks speaks with Olie Arnold, Style Director at Mr Porter. The pair discuss Olie’s progression from print to digital media, the power of storytelling for retailers and chat through some of Olie’s favourite indie brands of the moment.
Milad Abedi has to be one of the biggest personalities in European menswear. Young, energetic and fiercely opinionated, the Stockholm based photographer has a clearer view than most of where menswear’s at right now, thanks to his frequent travels shooti...
To kick-start Season Three, we could think of few menswear aficionados better suited than Ethan Newton, co-founder of one of Asia’s coolest indie menswear emporiums, Bryceland’s & Co. He talks to Aleks about his store’s founding philosophy, why the age of giant retailers is drawing to a close, and why men need to have the confidence to wear the clothes they care about.
Aleks speaks to Mark Cho, co-founder of famous New York and Hong Kong based menswear store, The Armoury. The pair explore some of the things that set The Armoury apart today, and chew over what Mark has learned in building the business for the past nine years. We also explore Mark’s passion for fine watches and get his take on how to grow a luxury brand sustainably.
This week, Aleks speaks to Greg Lellouche, founder of New York based online menswear retailer, No Man Walks Alone. A respected source of independent and artisanal brands, Greg explains what drove him to launch No Man Walks Alone, and why he opened a digital store at a time when online menswear retail was in its infancy. We also hear Greg’s take on the industry today, unpick the problems of “sprezzatura”, and get his tips on dressing well in a conservative business environment.
This week, Aleks meets Agyesh Madan and Nicholas Ragosta, co-founders of New York based made-to-measure brand, Stòffa. The trio discuss the problems of consumer culture today, explore why we all need to challenge the idea that convenience is a luxury, and explain Stòffa’s mission to the the ‘thoughtfulness’ back into retail.
Patrick Grant is a champion of British manufacturing. Owner of Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons and modern British sportswear brand E.Tautz, he’s won awards for his work in developing British brands. Most recently, he founded Community Clothing, a design co-operative that supports British factories. He speaks to Aleks about the problems of fast fashion, and why we all need to think differently about where our clothes are made.
Aleks chats to Paul Croughton, editor-in-chief of Robb Report, one of America’s most respected luxury lifestyle magazines. This episode explores the challenges of editing a luxury magazine today, what makes the Robb Report brand so influential, and how Paul is contemporising the magazine for today’s affluent media consumer.
Aleks chats to Oliver Cross, Head Cutter at British bespoke tailor Benson & Clegg. Oliver recalls his difficult journey to an apprenticeship on Savile Row, reflects on the guts it took, and explains why it’s all been worth it now he’s doing his thing. This one’s a heart warmer, we hope you enjoy.
Alice Walsh founded Alice Made This in 2012 with one goal: to make the best cufflinks that she possibly could, using cutting edge British materials and manufacturing techniques. Seven years later, Alice Made This is one of independent menswear’s coolest accessory brands, stocked at Mr Porter, Liberty and The Conran Shop. How did she do it? We had to find out.
Saman Amel and Dag Granath are Swedish creatives building a dynamic new menswear brand with a unique identity and purpose: to dress men for the ‘in-between times’ in their lives. It’s working. Aleks sits down with them to find out why.
Aleks has a question for listeners: how would you like us to grow the podcast long term? We’re thinking about powering up HandCut Radio, but we want to do it in a way that’s honest, intelligent, and most importantly beneficial for you – our audience. Let us know your thoughts.
Gauthier Borsarello is a Parisian vintage collector, menswear designer and journalist. He and Aleks talk about his various projects; from growing Le VIF Vintage to launching L'Etiquette magazine, why menswear journalism isn’t always a good thing, and what it really means to be “elegant” today.
HandCut Radio Season Two launches with Drakes’ Creative Director, Michael Hill. He and Aleks discuss Drakes’ slow and steady evolution over the past 10 years, why Mike doesn’t think of Drake’s as a ‘brand’, and how running a small business – albeit a successful one – takes serious guts.
I’m thrilled to report that HandCut Radio is back two weeks today — yes, Season Two is nigh, and we’ll be bringing you 10 more honest and open interviews with noteworthy guests from the world of independent menswear and media.
Aleks meets Gianluca Migliarotti, filmmaker, petrolhead and co-founder of Pommella Napoli. The pair talk about Italian style, supercar design, where big designer brands go wrong, and explore Gianluca’s work as a documenter of Italian artisanship and tailoring.
Aleks talks to father-and-son duo, Robert and Sam Emmett, who together helm modern British shirtmaker, Emmett London. The trio discuss Emmett’s long-standing recipe for success, what it takes to grow a family business today, and some of the challenges Robert has faced over the past 27 years.
Aleks speaks with British actor and fashion fanatic, Henry Lloyd-Hughes. The pair discuss Henry’s passion for menswear, and his love of hip-hop culture. Henry also explains how his love of sport has informed his interest in clothes, and how he’s come to establish his own luxury British sportswear brand, N.E. Blake.
Aleks speaks with Turnbull & Asser’s Creative Director, Becky French, about her new vision for this 135-year-old heritage brand, and how Turnbull & Asser is slowly moving forward. Plus, Becky explains why traditional menswear brands need to be more ‘open’ today.
Aleks sits down with street style photographer Jamie Ferguson, better known on Instagram as @JKF_MAN. The pair discuss what’s hot and what’s not in menswear today, and the challenges of creating striking visuals in a market that’s obsessed with throwaway digital content.
Aleks talks to the original male supermodel and British style ambassador, David Gandy. David talks about his transition from model to entrepreneur, critiques display advertising today, and explores the pitfalls of digital marketing in the fashion industry.
Aleks talks to Drakes’ Clifford Street store Assistant Manager, Benjamin Glyn Philips. Ben talks us through his journey to working at Drake’s, his previous life as the owner of a tattoo shop, and how discovering Brazilian Jujitsu changed his life.
Aleks speaks with the owner of Connolly England, Isabel Ettedgui, to explore how she’s turned a leather coach hood makers into one of the most glamorous luxury brands in British menswear, not once, but twice.
Aleks speaks with two unique personalities in British menswear, Tony Madsen-Sylvester, and Scott Fraser Simpson. The trio explore how sub-cultures influence fashion, and how to get comfortable experimenting with your personal style.
HandCut Radio launches with menswear authority Simon Crompton, founder of Permanent Style, one of the largest online magazines dedicated to luxury menswear. Simon and Aleks discuss Permanent Style’s impressive growth, the media landscape today, and the problems of influencer culture.
Menswear matters. Introducing a new podcast, hosted by journalist Aleks Cvetkovic, exploring the world of men’s style and the fashion industry with insiders, aficionados and the most stylish men and women in the business.