To Italy and Back — Paul Trible’s Travelogue


Paul Trible, our Co-founder and CEO recently escaped the Virginia winter in favor of the slightly more hospitable climates of Northern Italy. This trek was more for business than pleasure; and while away, Trible kept a travelogue to document his trip. Now back in the office, we caught up with Trible and asked him to share his notes and the experience with us.

One of the greatest perks of this job is that a handful of times a year, I get to head to Europe to meet with our suppliers and visit factories, and I’m reminded how much I love what I do.

Last week, it was back to Milan for Milano Unica, the seasonal fabric show where our European mills present their Spring 2015 collections. I also took some time to stop by our tie and sweater factories to wrap up Fall 2014 production. Like always, I kept a travelogue as a reminder of how the time went by.

February 9, 2014

Depart RIC / Delta rejects me from JFK flight due to a soon to be expired passport / Alitalia to the rescue / Landed in Milan / Got a smile and a nod from Italian customs / Train to Como / Good to see the sun shining after a month of rain in Virginia /

February 10, 2014

Early morning at the factory / Working on Fall 2014 Necktie Collection / 4 rooms of tie swatches / 8 hours of work ahead / Lots of wovens / Lots of grenadine / Heavy on geometrics / Still not loving stripes / No time for lunch / On to knits / Knits! / I have an unhealthy obsession with knit ties . . . I hope our customers do too / Lots of mélange / Plenty of dots . . . you can never have too many dots / Done for the day / Ties are done for the season / Dinner at Erpiu  — great fish, good wine / Sleep /

February 11, 2014

On to Milan / Blazer production for the day / Finalizing Fall 2014 / Lots of windowpane / Finally a camel hair / Lots of cashmere / Getting excited about cashmere for fall /

February 12, 2014

Next morning Milano Unica — fabric fair with nearly all of our textile mills / Great to see old friends / Monti / Albini / Thomas Mason / Canclini / Albiate / Went through 10,000 swatches, 4 paninis, 6 waters and zero espressos (bad time to give up caffeine) / All in all a good day / Ran on the canal afterwards / Watched Winter Storm PAX descend on the East Coast / Sleep /

February 13, 2014

Morning with sweater factory / Finalizing Fall 2014 / Reviewing samples / Excited about yak wool / Putting zippers on sweaters for the first time . . . I think we can pull it off without looking like a track suit /

February 14, 2014

Back to Unica / Reviewed prints at TCS Fabrics / Bought 240 meters of teal poplin with Costa Riveria’s on it / Talked tennis and Neil Young with one of my favorite Italians before one last trip to Albini / Talked buttons with Gritti before calling it a day / Dinner with Monti at Al Pont de Ferr / Devoured bone marrow polenta while debating Springsteen . . . sounds gruesome, but delicious /

February 15, 2014

Woke up / Train to Bergamo . . . home of Albini / Finished blazers / Fall 2014 Collection complete / Camped out in Città Alta / Ate more polenta / Celebrated with a glass of Borolo / Sleep / Plane / Home /

– Paul Trible

*Photographs via Instagram

Captions: 1. Too many ties. Room 4 of 4 / 2. Field testing the Dwyer Garment Bag / 3. At the Milano Unica textile fair / 4. Spinning knitted ties / 5. Como, Italy


  • Will there be additional sizes to the sport coat collection, more specifically longs? Thanks

  • Hey Chad,
    Thank you for your interest in our sport coats. We are currently considering adding long sizes to our blazer collection, but we do not have a timeline at this moment. I’d be happy to sign you up to notified if and when we release them.

  • This is so great….It’s neat to see the background business of Ledbury. Here it is the end of February and the Fall ’14 collection is already underway, Very interesting.

  • Hi Paul, My husband has ordered many of your shirts and a beautiful sport coat over the years. However when the slim cut shirt was changed we noticed that the
    cuffs were very large and the cut not quite as slim as before.. I inquired quite awhile back to find out if perhaps an “extra slim” cut might be added to the line.
    Any thoughts on that?
    Thank you, Nancy Ford

    • Hey Nancy,
      At this time, we definitely have this on our radar, but there is not a specific time frame for when this will be introduced unfortunately. Please keep in contact with us, and as long as you are on the email list, you should be the first to hear when we offer new options. If you have any more questions, feel free to e-mail me at, or contact the customer service team.


  • Brian,

    Thanks, that would be great.


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