Regardless of what you use as a benchmark of style, there’s no disputing that the Aquascutum trench coat is a fashion classic. Immortalized by Humphrey Bogart in the film Casablanca, the double breasted cut of the Kingsway model is the epitome of timeless sophistication. Possibly, it is this that first captures the imagination of the casual browser. Throwing one on for size, it’s hard to resist busting your best Bogie look and talking to the mirror: “Louis, I think this is the start of a beautiful relationship.”
Maybe, one can speculate, it’s that fleeting Bogart moment of escape that has seduced customers and earned Balthazar their unwavering devotion. Whatever it is, that Balthazar has become almost a way of life is not up for question. Now in their sixth year of operation, their success has been such that a new store was demanded: opened in April, their new Mokotowska base quickly illustrates why many discerning gentlemen now look no further when expanding their wardrobe.
Sprinkled with dapper finds, this is the bottom line in dashing finesse: hand-sewn leather bags from the Neapolitan brand Sartoria Partenopea; shoes from Carmina; bamboo handled umbrellas produced by Francesco Maglia; and silk ties and pocket squares from the Franco Bassi workshop in Como. First and foremost though, it is Balthazar’s reputation for their bespoke tailoring services that has contributed to their rise. Working in collaboration with a number of Italian tailors and manufacturers, the whole creation process lasts around five weeks from the initial measuring to the final delivery: ring ahead to book your consultation.
ul. Mokotowska 64, balthazar.pl