By Liz Petoniak | Photographs by Michael Fornataro 


Amy Baron Brourman, master clothier of Samuel Baron Clothiers, unites with artist Baron Batch to create a one-of-kind custom jacket

The slanted jet pocket with a tab closure matches the high-notch throat tab and epaulets on the shoulders. Genuine black horn buttons and elbow pads top off the look.

The slanted jet pocket with a tab closure matches the high-notch throat tab and epaulets on the shoulders. Genuine black horn buttons and elbow pads top off the look.

Unexpected artistic collaborations often lead to stunning outcomes. So needless to say, when we connected Amy Baron Brourman, master clothier of Samuel Baron Clothiers (SBC), and local artist Baron Batch, we knew something great was in the works. Seeking a “little upgrade” to his own personal style, he enlisted Baron Brourman’s expertise in crafting a component that had been missing from his wardrobe. “The difficult part was trying to explain the matching piece to the rest of my look that I was trying to find,” he says. “I had this picture in my mind of what it was—I wanted it to have texture to it because if you look at my art, you can see all these different layers and textures. It was a lot of communication, going through things, and letting Amy explain to me what I was looking into. She presented me with the options.”

Crafted with Loro Piana’s “Denim Flower,” the fabric is “top of the line.”

Crafted with Loro Piana’s “Denim Flower,” the fabric is “top of the line.”

While every SBC consultation focuses on custom, high-quality garments personalized to each individual client, this partnership truly illustrates the endless boundaries of SBC’s bespoke services. Says Baron Brourman, “This is almost the most real definition of ‘bespoke’ simply because he had a design concept right from the beginning. He had his vision and I had mine of what could be done, but I wanted to create something that would make him happy. It was giving someone total access to their feelings about what they expected in the end.” After careful consideration of every detail, the result was unlike anything SBC had done before: a jacket with exposed “paneling” of the horsehair canvas that provides its structure underneath. The one-of-a-kind jacket suits Batch perfectly, alluding to his artistry with the canvas and complementing his cowboy boots — a recent evolution of his look. “Originality is fleeting in 2016,” he says. “That’s why this is so cool for me because this is mine. There isn’t another one out there.”

The lining of the jacket features Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, and is embroidered with personal touches, like Batch’s nickname “The Artist” and his favorite quote, “Art is not dead.”

The lining of the jacket features Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, and is embroidered with personal touches, like Batch’s nickname “The Artist” and his favorite quote, “Art is not dead.”

“Most people come in to see us and they want a suit,” says Baron Brourman. “But, they aren’t aware that we can do other things, too.” Whether the client spends his work days in a boardroom or in a studio painting, SBC aims to deliver pieces that elevate a man’s look, reflect his personality, then fuse the two together. “I think that’s what’s cool about fashion itself,” says Batch. “Because if you take it seriously, it helps you find yourself, what you like, and what you feel confident in.” 

Samuel Baron Clothiers, 201 S. Highland Ave., Suite 100, Shadyside. 412.441.1144. samuelbaronclothiers.com. Baron Batch, pop-x.com.

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