A quick search of the forum revealed only a passing word on Luciano Barbera. Â I have a few pieces by Barbera. Â Aside for his shirts, which strunk terribly, these pieces are all favorites of mine. Â Much has been discussed of quality ties. Â My few Barbera's easliy equal the qualities of the Sulka, Hermes, Chervat, Talbott. and Zegna ties in my wardrobe. The Cashmere Barbera ties are to die for. I have two jackets (one a linen Safari, the other a waxed cotton sports/shorting jacket) that are unchallanged in quality by any I have seen. Most of the upper-end stores I've visited carry few stock Barbera, doing mostly MTM. Â My impression, not being a Barbera expert, is that the Barbera Family's deluxe fabrics are made -up into clothings by a different company. The pieces I have seen in stock have always been beautifully made, and very pricey. I would appreaciate any insight you style guys can provide about this seemingly little recognized master of the rag trade.
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12/31/03 at 9:01pm