Gavin Warren in Balani!

Gavin Warren in Balani

Child actor Gavin Warren in Balani at the First Man movie premiere in Washington, DC.

Gavin Warren was voted the Reader’s Choice Best Dressed of the Week by the Red Carpet Fashion Awards..

Gavin Warren In Balani & Ryan Gosling In Gucci – ‘First Man’ Washington, DC Premiere

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BALANI Custom ClothiersGavin Warren in Balani!
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Fabio Vivani’s Truffle Mushroom Risotto for BALANI

Truffle Mushroom Risotto Recipe

There comes a time in every man’s life where it becomes absolutely pivotal for him to cook a mouth-wateringly incredible meal. We’re not talking about just any old recipe; it’s THE recipe. A show stopper to be exact. One that makes a lasting impression, and is coveted deeply in your culinary arsenal.

This is that recipe.

(SERVES 4-6)

– 2 C. Aborio Rice

– 1 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

– 2 T. Butter (unsalted)

– 2 EA. Spanish White Onion (diced)

– ½ C. Dry White Wine

– 6 C. Vegetable Stock

– 1½  C. Mixed Mushrooms, Roasted (Shitake & Oyster)  **We added baby bella mushrooms to our recipe**

– 1 C. Fava Beans (Cleaned)

– ½ C. Robiola Cheese (Can be substituted for a Mild Brie Cheese)

– 2 T. Truffle Butter

– 1 T. White Truffle Oil

– 2 T. Truffle Pate (Found in specialty stores like Eataly or online at

– ½ C. Grated Grana Padano

– Salt & Pepper to taste


STEP 1: In a large sauté pan, melt the butter with the olive oil, once it is melted and hot sauté the onion until translucent.

STEP 2: Add the Aborio Rice and toast it, stirring constantly for 2 min.

STEP 3: Add the white wine and cook until the wine is completely evaporated.

STEP 4: Add Fava Beans & Mushrooms, cooking till well incorporated about 1 min.

STEP 5: Add 2 C. of the vegetable stock & cook stirring constantly until the stock is evaporated.

STEP 6: Add more stock  ½  C. at a time letting it get absorbed before adding the next one. Continue this process until the rice is tender but still has a little bit of a bite to it about 18-20 min. Stir, stir, stir!

STEP 7: To finish the risotto add the Robiola and Grana Padano, cooking the cheeses into the risotto to make it nice & creamy.

STEP 8: Add the truffle ingredients, butter, oil, & pate. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Serve on plates garnished with micro greens and enjoy!

Elizabeth FasulaFabio Vivani’s Truffle Mushroom Risotto for BALANI
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How To Plan Your Wardrobe

Planning your wardrobe for the future
Summer’s here, and with your winter gear pleasantly tucked away in the back of your closet, it’s the perfect time to plan your wardrobe for the fall.

What, too soon?  In reality, it’s not.  Planning your wardrobe a season ahead of time is essential for building your wardrobe and keeping up to date with the latest fashion trends.  Custom clothiers employ this practice perfectly.

This idea isn’t novel.  Think about it: fashion designers put out their spring collection in winter and their winter collection in spring.  This lets the industry (and the rest of us) know what’s “in” and what’s “out.”  It also gives us the opportunity to see if some of the clothes we haven’t worn in a while are back in style (sorry, ripped jeans are still not OK).

Once you do a little research as to what’s “in” for the season, then it’s time to find what inspires you.  Snap a photo of a jacket you like in a window display, or tear out a picture of a suit in a magazine that caught your eye.  Email these pictures to your tailors, and they can keep it on file for you. This will enable you and your tailor to design the perfect garment when the time comes to place an order.

Our recommendation for approaching pre-season shopping is to ask one question: What will I wear two or three months from now?  Start by consolidating what you currently own, then place an order for the missing pieces eight weeks before you plan on wearing the garment.  This means that you should purchase an overcoat in September to wear in December and a summer suit in March to wear in June.

Planning your wardrobe a season ahead of time will help keep your clothes feeling fresh and up-to-date.  Find upcoming styles you like, and rely on your tailor to incorporate them into your look.  After all, that’s what we’re here for.

Sonny BalaniHow To Plan Your Wardrobe
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Performance Fabric

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Last month was all about wrinkles and what to do when you get them.  While Botox and special creams didn’t enter the conversation, a little known trick called steam pressing was offered.  Now let’s consider a more preventative approach. And no, it has nothing to do with SPF.

One of the best ways to avoid wrinkles is to, well…not wear the garment.  If that’s too much hassle, then the first step is to consider the fabric itself. Certain fabrics resist wrinkles better than others. For instance, a worsted wool will resist wrinkles better than just a plain old wool.

What is worsted wool? It refers to how the fibers are processed.  In short, the longest wool fibers are twisted together tightly to make the yarn.  This creates a more durable fiber, and because the fibers are longer and laying parallel, they’re more difficult to bend (ie wrinkle). Still want to raise the bar?

Then get introduced to the mother of all performance fabrics: Holland & Sherry’s Super 150 Dragonfly.  This exceptional range is finished with a proprietary treatment that creates a molecular barrier that resists particles down to a billionth of a molecule. It’s a mouthful to describe, and creates a surface that’s about a million times smaller than a blood cell.

While it’s cool to talk about, it provides some serious function.  This treatment is water and stain repellent, static resistant, and is by and far more durable.  This is all done without compromising the breathability and softness of the fiber.

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The Modern Glen Plaid

Anyone can work the Mad Men look: black suit, white shirt, skinny tie. Then there’s the somewhat edgier pinstripe in the repertoire. But beyond the basics, what else is there? Perhaps it’s time to move into something more advanced: The Modern Glen Plaid.
Let’s start off by thinking about the glen plaid.  Conceptualized in Scotland before the advent of text messaging (sometime during the 1800’s), it’s essentially a check-over-check design that finds a houndstooth pattern where their paths cross.  The classic is best known for it’s black & white pattern, but it’s just that: classic glen plaid.  How can it be made modern?

Color, that’s how. Maintain the same pattern, but re-imagine the color. Start slowly by integrating blue into the design, something as simple as a windowpane. Think purples if you want to move quicker.   A heightened sense of color and pattern will not only make this piece contemporary, but tosses in a bit of versatility to the mix.

Used most often as a sport coat, it’s best kept lean.  Pair it with a charcoal pant for casual Friday. Consider it with a bluer blue pant for a more dapper look.  Dress it down denim. Whatever the situation calls for, the Modern Glen Plaid is sure to add something new to any established wardrobe.

Sonny BalaniThe Modern Glen Plaid
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The Collection Section

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With November underway we find ourselves exceptionally busy: complaining about how cold it’s going to be, remembering how cold it was last year, and talking about how cold it’s not going to be next summer. But even with all that going on, we’ve managed to find some time to upgrade our website.
New copy. A new blog. And a new and improved (is that an oxymoron?) Collection Section. Paying particular attention to the collection, it’s an interactive style guide where you can learn about some of the different design elements of our garments. And as a disclaimer, while some options are available under only certain categories, you can make them on almost every garment.

So check it out. Click away. It sure beats talking about the weather…

Sonny BalaniThe Collection Section
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