Gladson, the custom fabric division of HMS International and one of the largest producers of men’s fabrics in the U.S., has selected seven retailers for its Tour d’Italia prize.
The stores, who were chosen for their excellence in custom tailoring, will receive a trip to Italy to tour the country’s mills, bespoke tailoring houses and men’s luxury stores. The trip will include tours of Biella’s textile mills, a visit to Lake Como and Orta and a stop in Milan.
“Custom is the hottest category in men’s wear today,” said HMS International’s chief executive officer Michael “Mickey” Solomon. “By rewarding some of the most successful custom tailoring professionals in the U.S. with our unique Tour d’Italia we hope to foster an even greater appreciation of fine Italian fabrics, design, creativity and sustainability. Each of these aligns perfectly with our mission and our values.”
The winners are Ryan Douglas Hammonds of R. Douglas Custom Clothier, in Sacramento, Calif.; Nicholas Hansen of Nicholas Joseph Custom Tailors and Albert Karoll of Richard Bennett, both in Chicago; Leonard Logsdail of Leonard Logsdail in New York; Manuel Martinez of Martinez Custom Clothiers in Baton Rouge, La.; David Welch of B.Spoke, in Orange County, Calif., and Tyler McCoy, Ali Ryan and Julia K. Schatz of the Chicago-based Trunk Club.