The ‘Costa Brava’ coverall will soon be making its way into DNA land probably next week. This concerpt was initially designed by Italian futurist Ernesto Michahelles in 1919, and I thought I’d do my verison of it as it so well depicts the styles I feel mine: a mix of 1920s Italian cool, Americana work wear of the mid XX Century, and the pushing of Style boundaries which I picked up over various decades of Modernism. Give me a shout and step into the wild world of cool!
What’s Claudio Mumbling Now
Sorry I had to go, don’t you know I ain’t right, up tight with my long sight and my big trap, rap, tap any old skat to make a point no one hears, and call out wrong when everyone sees right, add so outta sight I go
What’s Claudio Mumbing Now
Be nice thrice, speak don’t shout
Communicate your fears, ideas of a more just world that is no longer here
Slipping by us whilst we are being told the lie that everything will be allright
What’s Claudio Wearing
My new pique cotton polo tops soon ready MTO and MTM both long sleeve and short, in white or blue for starters and more colours in due time. with or without button closing. Around the 55€ mark and this is made right around the corner from here so takes the most iconic Catalan name, Josep!
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My wife asked if I got dressed up in the dark today. Here is my explanation as to why that isn’t so …
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Not my preferred combination of gingham check shirt with suit and tie but think this one works well, and here is why
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Made to measure service .. please read
Claudio Suggests 23 September 2019
Texture, patterns and colour are always so important in building up an outfit, all mixing and matching something from within. I started from a red and white University stripe oxford cotton shirt ( https://www.dnagroove.it/shop/shirts/siena29/ ) , and thought this green base (with red and off white loops) silk knitted tie was a great match as the green is the right middle-of-the-way shade. The red of course was the colour that tied the two items together, and as the stripes of the shirt are much smaller than the loops on then tie, these two blended perfectly. To anchor these a blue flannel sports coat ( https://www.dnagroove.it/shop/suits-coats/asti68/ ) seemed to be the natural choice, both for styling, the rough texture (but smooth to the touch) and not least the very subtle herringbone pattern adds to the overall style without disturbing. Once you have the top sorted, the bottom needs to be straight forward, so a light grey flannel is virtually the only choice here as you need something to contrast the dark blue coat. Shoes can either be black (Goya in this case https://www.dnagroove.it/shop/shoes-accessories/goya06/ ) or oxblood or burgundy ( https://www.dnagroove.it/shop/shoes-accessories/picasso02/ ), both equally matching the overall outfit with the oxblood adding some colour and flair. Ivy League has been a great influence to what I have done since day one, and still now is fundamental to many items I create – and thus todays Suggestion is a celebration to Americana look loved by so many Jazz heads and Modernists alike.
Claudio Suggests 10 September 2019
The perfect roll
Autumn is creeping in even in Spain although they say we still have a few more sunny spells to come (Hey! I’m playing records with 7″ vinyl this Satruday at a pool party so hopefully summer will stick around a bit longer). I haven’t worn any cotton, undershirt and jacket in a long ass time so when heavy showers appeared, I reached for something comfortable, casual, and that has the right balance between keeping me dry, warm, and looking cool. The Girona25 OCBD (Oxford Cotton Button Down) shirt in the classic plain white is my go-to shirt in these cases. Even though I will most probably see no one today out here in the woods (besides you lot reading), this shirt, a Barracuta G9, heavy weight 15 oz raw selvege denim baggies, and my trusty Botero boxing boot is all I needed. When everything looks kinda plain and standard, it’s the collar roll that makes the difference and this one is outta sight! The collar lining is very fine and detaches after the first wash, so a soft natural roll is all that shines out from the plain white. Sure you have the fine details such as locker loop, dipped back collar with back button, full front and back sewn pleat, mother of pearl buttons and the rougeness of the 140 grm oxford cotton – but its the roll that shouts out ‘hell ya!” and gives the on looker a bad-ass first impression. Made in Barcelona, currently available in a few size (more to come), check it out and get yourself a wardrobe staple. https://www.dnagroove.it/shop/shirts/girona25/
Claudio Suggests 19 June 2019
Brief but important clip on how to match a pin stripe suit with ties and shoes.
Claudio Suggests 6 May 2019
Claudio Suggests 29 April 2019
Lovely Asti stripe sports coat is suggested this time along with how and when to wear it – have a look!
Claudio Suggests 26 April 2019
It’s a lovely Asti coat, Goya shoes and racing gloves and how to tie them all together
Claudio Suggests 23 September 2017
Suggestion mix matching coat and trousers keeping an eye on texture, colours and fabric weight
Claudio Suggests Checks and florals
Pointers on how to match floral and check patterns
Claudio Suggests September 2017
Suggesting a lovely Piccolit suit in a Prince of Wales check
Let the Sun Shine In
Singing a Georgie Fame cover hopeing to get some last summer rays before the Autumn
Chatting about wearing white shoes with a suit – I think it can be done following certain pointers
Claudio Suggests 27 August 2014
Lightweight silk, wool, mohair and linen combine the base for this summer casul look that works on textures, patterns, colours and weights. Loop collar shirt is worn outside the odd jacket as this style allows one to do so, and overall a good suggestion for looking cool on a warm summer evening or during a lovely day about town
Claudio Suggests 12 June 2014
Small gingham checks with large plaid checks solidly held together with solid blue. This suggestion is about starting simple and adding colours and patterns as you go along
Claudio Suggests 27 May 2014
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Claudio Suggests March 2013
Grey and blue although usually can be quite bland here I try to add some suger and spice and think over all out come looks fine
Claudio Suggests 16 June 2012
Stripes, checks, paisleys; linen, wool, cashmere and silk. All in one outfit is a bit dareing butcan be done and here is how. Please note I suggest clothing which is currently for sale and so make due with what is available
Claudio Suggests 14 November 2011
Heavy on the shirt, soft on the remaining outfit. So when a dark pink striped tab collar shirt is used as starting point for this suggestion, I decide to go for a dotted dake blue tie and dark blue suit to match. Dig the dark brown chukka boots instead of the more obvious black lace up oxfords
Claudio Suggests 19 september 2011
Here I suggests a dark suit with white buttons, unsual choice of colour for buttons and here I will give some insight on how to land on your feet.
Claudio Suggests 10 June 2011
astel coloured summer outfit is what I am suggesting for a cool Gent in hot warm climes.
Claudio Suggests 19 april 2011
Lovely knitted top designed by author Paolo Hewitt matched with flannels and driving boots topped off with DNA harrington. Great mid season wear
Claudio Suggests 4 february 2011
Mix and matching checks is always a fave of mine so this is what I’ll be suggesting this time around. Lovely tan jacket with pink overlapping check matched with a gingham white and blue check shirt, wool tie, brown trousers and spectator shoes – very busy but over all tres dandy-cool as far as I’m concerned.
Claudio Suggests 2 January 2011
heavy wool trousers in a brown and white dogtooth pattern with orange overlap check are matched with flannel wool brown 3 roll 2 jacket. Some colouring to the accessories complement this first suggestion for the new year
Claudio Suggests 1 December 2010
This clip will be suggesting this beautiful heavy weight flannel wool cream suit with tan overlapping check. Have tried to liven it up with a sky shirt and then added a dark colour to put things in prospective. Works out well be me so how you like it.
Claudio Suggests 23 August 2010
Wool and silk blend pink, white and sky check jacket is used as a base for this suggestion. I have matched it with seersucker white and pale pink patterned Bruno trousers, white Taormina collared shirt, silk dark blue tie and burgundy loafers. A purple silk square is added to brung out the pink checks and add some extra flair. See you at the aperitivo!
Claudio Suggests 12 july 2010
An odd match including checks, stripes and colours. It can be done I’s tell ya!
Claudio Suggests 17 June 2010
Double breasted suits are usually used in a somber, ceremonial way, so this time I tried to be more daring with different colours & patterns.
Claudio Suggests March 7 2010
Needed to upload a suit on the website so thought I’d catch it on camera. Recioto styled suit matched with brown suede brogued boots.
Claudio Suggests 25 july 2009
Here I will be suggesting a linen checked odd jacket along with beige trousers, tab collar shirt, red silk tie and suede red driving shoes! Talk about breaking the rules! Hope you enjoy it…
Claudio Suggests 20 september 2009
Autumn is fast approaching thus I will be suggesting and outfit which at first may seem slightly daring to some, but it all works out fine in my eyes once the final picture is taken. Have a look and judge for your self
Claudio Suggests 24 August 2008
This week I’m suggesting a light coloured pin stripe suit. Something out of the ordinary but still subtle if worn properly
Claudio Suggests 11 August 2009
This week I’m suggesting dark blue dry denim jeans, hi collared button down shirt in pink and sky blue, pink socks and dark brown and white full brogues. Smart casual outfit that may rise some eyebrows but works well in my books
Claudio Suggests 07 August 2008
Hot weather here so its bermudas again. DArk blue cotton bermudas with cuff, knitted makò cotton, long collared polo top with lilac and dark brown piping, and slip on dark brown driving shoes.
First ever ! Claudio Suggests 29 July 2008
I am an italian men’s clothing designer and run my own internet based clothing label www.dnagroove.it focusing mainly on quality, attention to detail, sharp, italin made clothing. As of this week I will be regularly suggesting some outfits taken form my current stock of clothing.
I had my Lambretta SX200 1966 MOT’d on the same day it was actually made Sept.29 1966, which just so happened to be my wife’s birthday and the actual day of filming (2004)!
My good mate Jeff LeFroy was visiting so we got filming!
Old DNA promo video
Here is an old promo video I had made in 2005, just some good friends and an afternoon of fun. Admitingly lo-fi but was one-of-a-kind for its day!