For those who are following the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, but don’t have a personal experience with the disease… Meet my dad, Kirby Galberth, Sr. He’s a guy you actually have a lot in common with. He spent his career running stores and regions for F.W. Woolworth. He was a handsome, charismatic, basketball-playing, two-step-dancing, amazing husband and father… Turned ALS Fighter.

He was diagnosed with the terrible disease during my junior year in high school and lived with it for seven years. By the end, he had lost all mobility of his limbs, he couldn’t speak or eat. At the same time, he kept a positive attitude and made somewhat of a ministry out of reminding people of life’s priorities — spirit, family and friends. There is no known cause or cure for this disease.

During my father’s illness, resources from the ALS Association taught him how to use a laptop to go online even when he couldn’t use his hands. They equipped him with software that would speak his words even when his voice no longer worked. They helped transport him to/from my high school graduation. The research and services they provide helped my family tremendously AND helped ensure my dad had a quality life despite how things may have looked to outsiders.

The ALS Ice Bucket challenge has brought worthy attention to a disease that doesn’t have the awareness or research funding that it deserves. As of today, Ice Bucket Challenge donations to the ALS Association are up to $53.3 million (compared to $2.2 million in donations during the same period last year). The ALS Association has tracked 1.1 million new donors as a result of the movement.

Over the past two weeks, every time I see someone dump ice water over their head, I’m reminded of the millions who live with this awful disease. I’m reminded of every family member and friend who has to watch a loved one slowly become trapped in his or her own body while their mind remains sharp and unscathed. I’m reminded of every doctor, nurse and researcher who shows compassion for ALS patients through their work.

I’m so thankful to every person who has jumped on the bandwagon — whether they’ve donated or just dumped ice water over their heads — they are making a statement to help raise awareness and funding to support a deserving community.

Here’s to finding a cure!

In loving memory of my dad.

If have not read a personally story about ALS, here is a story from my Wife about her Father. #als #icebucketchallenge

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1956- Gordon Parks documented the everyday lives of an extended black family living in rural Alabama under Jim Crow segregation for Life magazine’s photo-essay “The Restraints: Open and Hidden.” (via)

It’s still there but underground or they try to make it invisible…

We will never forget

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Sartoria Ripense

Good look.

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This moment. 


This moment. 

(via alexandergrant)

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Ajani’s first time bowling! Never touched a bowling ball before and got a strike on his first try. Talk about talent! His favorite part: the popcorn and strobe lights! :)

Family night out

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If this isn’t about race, why are racists donating to darren wilson?


Absolutely terrible.

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Part 2 of the the bespoke fitting for DS

Continuing from the part one…(

Apart from the minor adjustments here and there, I am readjusting the collar  for a tighter fit around the neck of DS and ultimately for a better overall balance (mainly for the front panels of the jacket). After I have done that I decide to lift the back panels for the correct front to back balance of the jacket: tighter fitting collar lifted the front of the jacket and the back needed to be lifted as well to be balanced correctly. I will compensate the length of the jacket at the hem, front and back). 

This is a first commission by DS (second fitting) and everything that we adjust on the fitting garment will be also adjusted on DS’s paper pattern too. 

Part 3 to be continued…


P.S. it seems the captions are only visible on the desktop brower not on mobile devises such as iPhones and iPads… Strange…

2 months ago 103 notes


Daddy’s little helper. :)

What’ I’ve been up to lately…hanging out with my little helper. 

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Balance + Shoulder fit

We at B&TAILOR spend most of our time getting the fit of the shoulder and the balance of the jacket right, during fittings (especially at baste and forward fittings).

What I mean by the shoulder fit? The shoulder of the jacket being laid at an angle perpendicular to the ‘overall’ angle of the wearer’s shoulder, and this angle is not 2 dimensional. It also has to account for the wearer’s clavicle shapes and positions but also adjoining flesh and its position and angles in respect to the rest of the upper body. Any bumps or hollows will have to be also accounted for and smoothed out the best they can be.

The balance of the jacket does not simply mean that either end is too short or too long (that is only one of the consequences of the incorrectly balanced jacket). The correct balance is achieved, in a simplistic sense, when a jacket is in perfect balance with the wearer’s stance, perfectly accounting for his or her posture (forward, back or neutral) and the body contours- so that the jacket sits squarely and firmly on the wearer from the collar to the shoulders to the rest, and all the panels of the jacket is in the right angle/position to the body.

The main reason that we do fittings is to achieve the above plus the sleeve pitch (will be discussed on a separate post) right, every time and all the time - one of the main differences to MTM garments that are pre-made.

I have described the both shoulder fit and the balance in a way that I personally think that it would make sense to a lot of people however there are many more aspects of the fit and balance that warrant further discussions (for people who are more interested in such topics).

I am planning to illustrate the above in more depth with actual baste fitting examples in future.


Great thoughts about suit balance for all the nerds out there

4 months ago 78 notes


#firstfitting #gilet #bespoke #handmadeinitaly #fattoamano #mastertailor #slowtailoring #sartoria #vivailmadeinitaly #italiancraftsmanship #idefendthemadeinitaly #SANTILLO1970

Great color. Olive gilet.

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