There’s an immense amount of production that goes into each article we write for A&H Magazine’s monthly editions. Emails, phone calls, photo set ups, missed connections, more emails etc etc. I’m often asked (and sometimes wish) if there’s an option for a fast-forward button, which in time we’d be able to produce a large quantity of work in a shorter amount of time. It’s possible, but at our magazine’s root it’s not what we’re about.
This piece may get over-looked (with a title of Pizza & Beers) but it was one of the most enjoyable pieces I’ve produced in the past year for A&H. Technically, I’m the chief “Fashion Director”, which to be transparent with myself and our readers I have a difficult time accrediting my title and many others. In the realest sense, I have absolutely no background in fashion and/or design. I graduated from college in 2008 with a degree in Early Childhood Education (surprise, I’m actually a 1st grade teacher). My interest in design, people, and menswear began after my travels to Europe (which every single 20’s something should have a passport and start saving). Upon my return, I decided to link up with a tailor in town and hopefully begin a new educational chapter in my life.
I met Mike Trotta in the Spring of 2010, which yes was three years ago. I knew from the start that I wanted to write a piece on his work as a master tailor. His genuine yet precise manner is contagious and keeps you in tune from start to finish. I couldn’t quite put my finger on how I wanted to put it all together. I went through countless image boards and tried to piece everything together. Up until two weeks ago I still had no idea how I wanted to share his passion, creativity, and over-whelming talent. I was sitting with Josh, whom I may add is an absolutely genius and apprentice to Mike, and we were talking about plans for the latter part of the week when I suggested we get a pizza and share a beer with Mike. In the book it went.
Friday came- and to be honest, I thought nothing of it. Picked up the pizzas, beers, and headed on down. We sat down together, admirer, apprentice, and master for over 2 hours; discussing life, relationships, heart-ache, failures, and triumphs . I’d seen Mike as a tailor, a man with a profession for the past two years. It was at that very moment that I saw Mike as a friend. We tend to cover a plethora of artists, designers, and creative directors on our site and there’s always something missing at the end of each piece. Yes, it’s a pleasure to meet such fascinating people, but I’m a firm believer that there’s a deeper connection that we’ve been missing all along.