Pockets… Odi et Amo!

Article also available in Italian ↓ and French ↓

Essential element of any man suit jacket, pockets are incredibly difficult to realize in a bespoke suit. A real bespoke suit where 95% of operations are handmade,, pockets are realized by a precise and meticulous sequence of operations which requires a pinpoint manual accuracy.


Catullo in his carme 85 “Odi et Amo” wrote:

“Odi et amo. quare id faciam fortasse requiris?

nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.” 

I hate and I love. Why I do this, perhaps you ask?

I do not know, but I feel it happening and I am being torn apart.


Now more than ever I can exactly understand what the poet who lived in the first century before Christ wanted to pass down. Real weird feeling which came over me in these last two weeks of side and breast pockets production.

The complexity of the exercise combined to the teaching tailor exigencies make me hate what I’m doing everyday … “and I am being torn apart”. But finally, when everything has been accomplished and all single tasks have been completed with accuracy, final result remember me “Why I do this”.

To create something with your own hands and feel that connection among your soul, your heart and your hands (cit. G. Bruce Boyer) is absolutely special which radically change your point of view about everything.

Yeah, I know, it is beautiful told like that, but, unfortunately, life is tough.

What do you want to talk about first: how to create a pocket flap? Or, how to create a pocket piping of exactly 4mm? Or again, how to assembly everything in order to make all fabric lines perfectly match?


In the next post I’ll will present you all main steps to follow to realize a side pocket with its flap; you’ll see how much patience and accuracy this work requires and how it is easy to make mistakes.

Unfortunately it is, Odi et Amo!!!!

Bespoking you soon,





2 thoughts on “Pockets… Odi et Amo!

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