Some things are just meant to be aren’t they?
This is exactly how D.E & S felt when we came across the painting of ’Il Tagliapanni (The Tailor)’ when we were looking around for shop fittings and interior inspiration when setting up shop originally.
Of course, we were hoping to find tables, chairs and hanging units etc but ended up getting off the beaten track and coming across this lovely chap!
And what a perfect joy he is!
I mean – what could be a better finishing touch to a tailoring department?!
The piece itself is estimated to date from 1565-70 and was by celebrated portrait specialist of the time, Giovanni Battista Moroni.
Apparently, in his other portraits, he was prone to clothing his subjects in dark colours whereas his tailor is colourfully dressed and this is what draws the eye in most. The artist’s skill comes through in the detail of the garments he is wearing and of course this fits right in with our department and what we’re all about!
He represents a seriously stylish and confident man who other men come to for sartorial advice and who looks supremely masculine whilst wearing what appear to be taffeta britches.
We raise a goblet or two to our Tudor ancestor….
And here he is, in situe …..