The essentials of Italian style
Italian style is the combination of details that provide individuals with distinctive allure. This section will illustrate the basics of Italian style in 7 steps. To be a part of our audacious gentlemen club, you will have to master them and be part of your daily essentials.
- CUTAWAY COLLAR
Called a “French collar” in Italy, this collar is more open than the more classic collar, allowing a generous tie knot. Wear it for both formal attire and a more relaxed weekend outfit.
- THE NEAPOLITAN SHOULDER
A soft shoulder, with minimal and sometimes non-existent padding and canvas interlining, shirring in the sleeve head and “manica camicia”, a special technique where the sleeve is attached to the body of the jacket: Neapolitan master tailors do all this to give the wearer greater freedom of movement and to ensure a personalised outfit. Particularly ideal for casual jackets, it is found on formal suits as well.
- THE BOUTONNANTES BUTTONHOLES
Formerly a distinctive feature of a tailor-made suit, boutonnantes buttonholes are now left open for more comfort at the wrists and as sign of subtle elegance that is both classic and contemporary.
- THE SPORTY GILET
Padded or not, a grey or dark coloured sporty gilet is one of the great classics of Italian menswear. Italians wear it over a suit jacket without worrying about whether or not it could be judged to be too excessive. After all, the most important thing is to feel good in your clothes, isn’t it?
- THE 7-FOLD TIE
A true work of art, the 7-fold tie is created from large amounts of fine silk folded 7 times. This technique used by craftsmen to craft this 7-fold tie model creates a tie with volume and a perfect shape despite the absence of lining, the latter being a feature common to other types of ties. Outstanding dexterity is required for the manufacture of a 7-fold tie, as well as for the hand-rolled hemming. Superb in twill or grenadine silk, preferably in pastel colours for daywear.
- THE REVERSE OF TROUSERS
Essential features of Italian style, down trousers have the mandatory setbacks for a more chic look. Note, however, that the length of the reverse should not be less than 4 cm and should be adjusted to your height.
- EMBROIDERED INITIALS
If you buy a shirt made by an Italian tailor, he will undoubtedly offer to embroider your initials so that it is completely personalised. A refined touch that, to be effective, must be discreet and positioned in the right place.