Italian Suede Gilet
The Real Man of La Mancha.
When I spied this classic Catalonian vest in a shop in Seville, the first person who came to mind was Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. If you know anything about the author of “Don Quixote,” it’s that his true life story is better than any fiction he ever wrote.
Fled Spain at 21 after a mysterious duel in the royal palace.
Enlisted in a private army in Italy.
Fought the Turks and a raging fever at the Gulf of Lepanto.
“Señores,” he said to his comrades, “on all occasions up to now I have served as a good soldier. I shall not do less on this occasion.”
Italian Suede Gilet. (No. 6877). When I joust with my own windmills, I like to do it wearing this. Stand-up collar, a gently swooping barchetta welted chest pocket, and a high-low hem for an elongated silhouette. Twill-bemberg lining. Sports-minded 150-gram down fill and two-way zipper. Wear this piece over a nice turtleneck and you’ll cut a figure as sharp as those Dolomite sawtooth peaks. 100% Italian goat suede. Imported.