Originally Posted by WeakMonday
My experience with Gianni Volpe first started off with some back and forth emails (best english response from the 6-7 Neapolitan tailors I emailed). He has an online assistant that is (to my eye) very fluent in written English, and just the way she typed out the emails was extremely professional. Through her I was able to easily order the fabric that I wanted for a three piece suit (Dormeuil Tonik in that blue that all the cool people have). My wife gave me a bit of grief for getting another blue piece and will now be an integral part of my future fabric choosing process (this may be my last blue tailored piece ever if she has her way).
This experience has significantly less photos because my handsign that we wanted to take pictures during the first meeting didn't signal to Volpe that we wanted to hang out for 10 hours documenting the entire process (I need to learn Italian obviously).
During the initial meeting we discussed the details of the suit. Gianni Volpe has a seamstress (or something I dunno) who can speak better English than my Italian so she provided some translations.
I wanted a single breasted suit three piece suit... and then "spalla piu larghe." That is italian for wide shoulders (thanks David). I showed him a picture of the blue check jacket I saw from Pirozzi. He said ok. This ended up getting me a 3 roll 2.5 jacket (I originally wanted a 3 roll 2 but I didn't know the Italian for that... but I am really happy with the 3 roll 2.5 and will probably go with those moving forward).
He asked what kind of vest I wanted. I said single breasted. He said double. So I said ok.
I showed him a picture of the pants style i wanted. One forward pleat. He called them french pants and said ok.
January 16th - meeting, measurements
January 19th - basted fitting one sleeve (i requested a second fitting the next day for both sleeves)
January 20th - second fitting in the morning... (I missed a potential third fitting at night because I didn't have data... sadly my iphone 6 was locked)
January 21st - meeting in early morning to double check jacket, come back after three hours for finished jacket (Volpe wasn't there, but the other tailors there were really proud of the jacket and wanted to add some double stitching to it to which I said ok)
Now for some pictures
taking notes... note my fabric on the table and the espresso (all the tailors I met get their espresso hand delivered)