Have any of you used Pucci, a tailor at 333 N. Michigan Avenue(where it has been since 1928) in Chicago? Â Pucci is said to be the oldest custom tailor in the USA. Â Pucci is by appointment only and run by Lawrence Pucci. Â It's said to be an old-style tailor shop with no computer or fax, with a massive cutting room. Â I called Pucci once; they said that don't take many new clients and that they outsource shirts - don't know about suits. Â According to Flusser's Style and the Man Pucci's silhouette makes Hickey-Freeman seem "downright avant-garde." Â Flusser also said that Pucci suits have as much handwork as Oxxford's. Â I don't have the book(Style and the Man) with me, since it's at home, so I can't give you the phone number right now. I wonder how many(and especially which) tailors the Duke of Windsor and other notable dandies patronized, just out of curiosity. It's too bad that so many old companies are living on simply through someone owning the rights to and using their trademark, examples of which are Hawes and Curtis(?) and Caraceni(Gianni Campagna and a few others), and probably many other companies. Â There are many exceptions - Charvet(LVMH), though it is no longer in the hands of the Charvet family, has remained largely the same, as have Berluti(LVMH), Lobb(LVMH), T&A(Mohammed Al Fayed), and Oxxford(Individualized Apparel/Tom James).
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12/1/03 at 12:15am