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Blue tuxedo: a modern interpretation

Fashion is constantly changing, with new looks every season. The objective is to keep up with the times and meet the demands of an increasingly well-informed audience. But there are certain garments that represent timeless classics, with features that remain unchanged from season to season. A good example is the tuxedo. At Boggi Milano, we have created our own modern interpretation of this classic outfit with a long history, originating in the 19th century. In fact, in addition to the black tuxedo, we have introduced a version in a beautiful shade of blue, in 100% Super 130 wool, with peak lapel. You can add an interesting contrast by pairing this tuxedo with white sneakers instead of the classic black patent leather shoes.

Let’s take a step back and look at the history of the tuxedo. Its origins are debated. Some say that it appeared in the United Kingdom first of all, while others say that it originated in the United States. According to the British, it first appeared in London in 1865, when the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) commissioned a smoking jacket from Savile Row tailors Henry Poole & Co. The tailors basically cut the tails of a tailcoat to make a garment whose function was to be worn in smoking rooms in order to prevent one’s suit from becoming impregnated with cigar smoke. The American claim to primacy is provided by dandy Griswold Lorillard who became a member of the Tuxedo Club in New Jersey in 1886. This Club, at Tuxedo Park in the Hudson valley, a popular location for New York’s social elite, gave its name to this particular type of suit. These origins on both sides of the Atlantic led to the undying popularity of the tuxedo. There are also national differences in nomenclature. In the United States, it is the tuxedo or tux; in the United Kingdom, a dinner jacket or DJ, or sometimes dinner suit. In many other languages, including Italian, it is known as a ‘smoking’ as a result of its origins.

The etiquette of a tuxedo is closely linked to the time of day. In fact it can only be worn for events starting after 6pm, for a ceremony, a gala evening at a theatre or casino, in other words, all those events calling for formalwear, and events for which the invitation specifically invites guests to wear ‘black tie.’ The Boggi Milano tuxedo is based on a single-breasted jacket with a single button (other designs with two or three buttons would not be formal enough), worn buttoned. The four sleeve buttons are covered in silk. The trousers do not have a turnup, and have a narrow satin ribbon running down the leg, from waist to hem. The shirt is white, with the diplomatic collar, the most formal of all, and French cuffs closed using sophisticated cufflinks. The outfit is completed by the details: the cummerbund and bow tie in silk, and a white linen pocket square.

Tuxedo. For the modern Gentleman who knows how to put himself into the best light possible.