Custom. Fit. Part 2

Whether it’s a leading role or a one-of-a-kind design, craftsmen Blair Underwood and Antonio Ciongoli understand the importance of nailing the details. Here, the actor and menswear maven discuss how the Lexus LC 500 is upending the luxury-coupe landscape with seriously bespoke sensibilities.

Released on 6/19/2017

Transcript

00:00
(car drives)
00:07
(thoughtful piano music)
00:09
[Blair] So when I decided to become an actor,
00:10
become a creative person,
00:11
become a craftsman,
00:13
the kind of work I wanted to craft
00:15
spoke to breaking stereotypes.
00:17
(engine quietly starts)
00:18
And not adhering to what people expected,
00:20
but who you actually are.
00:23
(engine revs)
00:26
(steam rushes)
00:27
[Antonio] Beautiful things take time.
00:29
Nothing worthwhile can be done quickly.
00:31
A ready-to-wear suit is designed
00:33
to fit a lot of different people,
00:35
and a custom suit doesn't care about anybody else.
00:40
[Blair] I am a details guy.
00:42
My acting teacher told me,
00:43
The difference between a good performance
00:45
and a great performance
00:47
is specificity.
00:49
It's all about the details.
00:51
The leather casing of that shift knob, I noticed right away.
00:55
[Antonio] It takes an hour to wrap the shifter by hand.
00:58
And that's something that we see
00:59
because it takes about an hour
01:01
to sew the breast pocket of our jacket,
01:03
so that it curves with the form of your body.
01:06
[Blair] The attention to detail in the Lexus LC
01:08
is unmatched.
01:10
These handcrafted leather seats.
01:13
The hand-stitching on the steering wheel.
01:15
The paddle-shifters are made out of magnesium.
01:18
It's got a metallic touch to it,
01:19
takes you one step closer
01:20
to feel like you're driving a race car.
01:22
(engine revs)
01:25
As we all grow and evolve,
01:27
I transition from actor, producer, director
01:29
to working in the fashion world,
01:31
which was very new to me.
01:33
I just recently launched a shoe line,
01:35
handmade in Italy,
01:37
called Q by Blair Underwood.
01:40
The similarities between custom-made shoes
01:42
or driving the Lexus LC
01:44
or having a bespoke, custom-made suit.
01:47
[Antonio] It's not made for everybody,
01:49
it's made for you.