Italy's Finest Menswear
by LAUREN M. MURPHY
FROM LEFT: Aqua cashmere sport coat; Gregory suit; Isaia tuxedo
Italian brand Isaia—available in LA exclusively at Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York—has a reputation as one of the world’s most luxurious manufacturers of menswear. We caught up with Isaia vice president Jim Shay to discuss what’s in store for fall and the must-have pieces for every man’s closet.
LOS ANGELES CONFIDENTIAL: Describe the Isaia aesthetic.
JIM SHAY: We take the best tailoring and fuse it together with a contemporary feeling that uses color and pattern in an aggressive way. We’re classic but also colorful and outgoing. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. Fashion is supposed to be fun.
LAC: Who would you describe as the quintessential Isaia man?
JS: It’s one thing to have money, it’s another to have money and sophisticated taste. I think that’s who we grab—the guy who has a certain taste level and is really into clothes. We take a classic guy and give him the tools to dress in an interesting and fashionable way.
LAC: How would you say the Isaia look fits with LA’s laid-back style?
JS: We offer guys who are dedicated to the LA style the opportunity to buy pieces that will last forever and integrate nicely into their wardrobe. Our casual sport coat is the perfect item to wear with everything, including jeans.
LAC: What are some Isaia items that every man should have in his wardrobe this season?
JS: Our aqua cashmere sport coat and our new sneaker made out of cashmere and suede that looks like an oxford shoe. The sneaker is definitely a musthave this season.
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.