I did have a Saturday and Sunday to myself, which I spent mostly walking around the beautiful, old city. After visiting the Romanian Athenaeum, I quite randomly stumbled into one truly unique experience. I passed a window shop for "Sir Ludovic Master Suit Maker" which somehow caught my eye.
Frankly, everything I know about style and fashion I learned from Derek Zoolander. Just kidding. Mostly.
Anyway, I owned two suits. One that I bought in 2004, for that post-college streak of weddings, and a seersucker suit (which is dandy in New Orleans and Austin, but a bit irreverent for serious client meetings on Wall Street).
So I stepped into Sir Ludovic, merely as a curiosity, and walked out with the most rewarding experience of my week in Romania. Augustin Ladar, the master tailor and proprietor of the shop, greeted me at the door. We then spent the better part of 3 hours, selecting every detail, from the fabrics, to the buttons, to the stylistic differences in the cut and the fit.
Augustin measured me for two custom tailored suits and two bespoke shirts, on a Saturday. I picked them up 6 days later on a Friday afternoon (paying a rush service fee).
Wow. Simply, wow. Splendid Italian wool fabric, superb buttons, eye-catching color shifting inner linings, and an impeccably precise fit.
I'm headed to New York for my third trip since, and I've never felt more comfortable and confident in these graceful, classy suits. A belated thanks to Augustin. Fabulous work!