Simon Crimpton
by Stephen Garner
Simon Crimpton
Simon Crompton

On Wednesday, January 10 at 6:00 pm, author and founder of the blog Permanent Style, Simon Crompton, will host “The Shirtmakers Symposium” at Palazzo Gondi in Florence during Pitti Uomo.

Master craftsmen from England (Budd Shirts), Italy (Emanuele Maffeis and Luca Avitabile), the United States (Anto), and Hong Kong (Ascot Chang) will be on stage, to discuss their art and style in front of a dedicated audience, as well as show examples of their work.

Crompton will host the discussion, which will be introduced by Silvio Albini, CEO of Albini Group – a company whose excellence in producing fabrics for shirt factories and tailors is recognized worldwide – encouraging the masters to discuss everything from cutting techniques to the future of artisanal fashion.

At the same time, there will be a presentation of a new app: ‘Fabric Butler’ by Albini Group. This mobile app will make the process of selecting a fabric less complicated for those who desire a bespoke shirt. In fact, with this app, it will be possible to choose your favorite fabric from Albini’s collections and send the order to your trusted tailor. If you don’t have a trusted tailor, that won’t be a problem: the app will locate the best tailor nearby with the “Sarto Locator” function. The app will also help you to choose the most appropriate shirt to wear for any occasion: be it a business chic, smart casual, easy chic or black tie event, a business meeting abroad or a football game.

Over the past three years, the “Symposium” series has developed a reputation for curating unique events that both celebrate modern crafted menswear and challenge its conventions. This Symposium will be no different, with an exhibition of shirts from each of the masters in keeping with the theme ‘The perfect smart/casual shirt’ – intended to allow the shirtmakers to show how fine, hand-made shirts are relevant to the modern, stylish man.