I just posted some Attolini Sartorio tuxedo's so I had to work up some good text on Attolini. I thought I'd post it here so ya'll can learn a bit about this GREAT brand: "It is quite possible that the Neopolitan suit as we know it would not exist if it were not for the Attolini family. In 1931 Gennaro Rubinacci, who was then a fabric merchant, decided to open an atelier in Naples. He hired a tailor from Caraceni in Rome - Vincenzo Attolini. At that time Neopolitans wore suits that were heavily padded, stiff, and formal. Gennaro Rubinacci and Vincenzo Attolini created jackets that were light and supple, jackets that draped beautifully without heavy canvas or padding. This giacca was the beginning of modern Neopolitan style. Even the Duke of Windsor himself was a customer. Much later, around 1970, Vincenzo's son Cesare Attolini was taken on by Kiton because of his awesome tailoring skills. In fact, Cesare has the ability to draw a suit pattern onto the cloth by eye alone. Cesare later served as technical and design advisor for Isaia. Then, in 1989, the Attolini's set up shop for themselves. Today, the Attolini workshops in Naples produce some of the finest vestments in the world. There are three lines; Cesare Attolini - a bespoke line that is completely handmade, Sartoria Attolini - a completely handmade ready-to-wear line, and Sartorio - a slightly lower priced line aimed at the younger customer. Attolini also produces the Luciano Barbera Collezioni Sartoriale suits and sportcoats which are equivalent in quality to the Sartorio line. As one would expect, Attolini suits are the epitome of Neopolitan style - the armhole is high and there is extra fabric across the shoulders so that the jacket stays in place when you move your arms, the shoulder is padded lightly or not at all, the front canvas is thin and supple, and the overall silhouette is long and lean. Wearing a giacca for the first time is a revelation. It can be addicting - it was for me. They feel so light in comparison with other jackets that you can almost forget that you are wearing a jacket at all. The resulting comfort only adds to the aura of elegance."
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7/16/03 at 11:00am