Fred and Connie Rich in Italy
Earlier this year, Fred and Connie Rich traveled to Italy. After taking in the sights and tastes of Rome and Venice, they made their way to Florence. In Florence, a city known for its leather industry, they met a local leather artisan in the market. Following a conversation about his impressive craftsmanship, the gentleman connected Fred and Connie with a nearby factory that produced leather goods. Fred and Connie visited the factory and discussed a potential collaboration before returning to the United States. The Riches had fallen in love with Italy and were wanting to bring part of Italy home with them. Their visit to the leather factory confirmed what that something would be – a Fine Italian Leather Satchel.
Dapper Classics Satchels are Handcrafted
Dapper Classics Fine Italian Leather Satchels are handcrafted near Florence, Italy by craftsmen with more than 25 years of expertise with leather goods. Our limited run of satchels are constructed with calfskin leather that is manually processed, cut, and finished. These satchels – the prototype for which was designed by Connie – feature an adjustable leather shoulder strap, two large compartments, two zip sections for additional storage, a leather 4-card pouch, and metal hardware. The satchels are available in three rich colors – cognac, espresso, and black.
Dapper Classics Italian Leather Satchel
Those who are familiar with Dapper Classics know that we have always been committed to American manufacturing. We still are. We hope to someday produce leather bags here in the USA, but, while we continue exploring those options, we’re happy to support another small business – one run by a man who grew up in a family of leather workers. When people think of leather, they think of Italy. We’re excited to share this piece of Italy, made exclusively for Dapper Classics, with you!
Put This On is one of our favorite menswear blogs. The blog is a helpful resource for men’s style, featuring thoughtful posts about “dressing like a grownup” and updates on where to find the best deals for quality menswear.
Last year, our friends at Put This On started a weekly series called Style & Fashion Drawings. The series – which you can catch up on here – features illustrations from Ryan Cecil Smith and Graeme McNee. We’re excited to share that this week’s illustration (pictured above) was about Dapper Classics socks! We hope you enjoy the illustration as much as we do.
Whether or not white dress socks are appropriate is one of the most enduring debates in men’s fashion. White socks are widely accepted fitness wear, but are they fitting gentleman’s attire? Can they be worn with trousers? What about a dark suit?
For years, David Letterman surprised viewers by wearing what appeared to be white socks on Late Night. Letterman eventually addressed his hosiery habit on air, noting that the most commonly asked question he received was “what’s the deal on the socks?” Letterman clarified that his socks were gray, not white, and that he purchased a thousand pairs from Costco. Whether Letterman actually stocked up on socks from Costco is another debate; nonetheless, his light hosiery with dark suits contributed to ongoing conversations about the appropriateness of white socks.
For some time we’ve been receiving requests to make a Solid White dress sock. Some have desired white socks for their white linen suits. Others have expressed interest in pairing white socks with seersucker suits. Today we have good news for fans of white socks – we knitted a Solid White sock!
Our Made in USA Solid White cotton sock comes in over-the-calf and mid-calf fits and features ribbing that distinguishes it from your ordinary pair of white socks. These socks are clearly dress in nature, so no one will think you forgot to change before leaving the gym. Pair our Solid White socks with your favorite light suit or trousers, like our Light Gray Hopsack Trousers (pictured above), or wear them with something darker for a bold contrast look.
This year we purchased a new machine that specializes in jacquard designs (like the style pictured above).
Today is the five year anniversary of the Dapper Classics website launch. This past year has been an exciting one for Dapper Classics. Below are some highlights from our fifth year in business:
-In the last year, we demonstrated our continued commitment to American manufacturing by investing in a fourth knitting machine. This new jacquard machine is allowing us to knit a wide variety of patterned socks at the highest possible quality.
-Over the last year, we answered the call of many by knitting socks specifically for shoe sizes 5-9. Our Five to Nine Collection will continue to expand so our friends with smaller feet will have plenty of stylish Made in USA socks to choose from.
-At this time last year, our socks could be purchased in approximately 160 fine men’s retailers. Now our socks can be found in more than 240 retailers throughout the United States.
-This last year witnessed several exciting collaborations: two new horse racing inspired socks for Kentucky for Kentucky and advertising partnerships with two popular menswear blogs: Put This On and The Fine Young Gentleman.
-Finally, the Dapper Classics Team expanded in our fifth year in business. We welcomed two inventory specialists/order fillers (Anna and Olivia), a new accountant (Caroline), and more sales professionals.
Thank you for supporting Dapper Classics over the last year. We look forward to what the next year will bring.
*Don’t forget to take advantage of our special Anniversary Sale!