Originally Posted by Rufino
I have been there as well. An old salesmen was very kind and offered me to see the full building. I donÂ´t like the shape of their jackets or shirts, overpriced as hell but their ties are very good. I bought a book as well about Rubinacci and ancient napoli tailoring. No one from Napoli wears Rubinacci but better tailors.
Overpriced compared to what? As far as I know, nobody in Naples does quite what they do in terms of service, and the prices are inline with what other internationally-renowned tailors charge. I've heard that bit about nobody in Naples wearing Rubinacci. It's both false and a terrible argument. As far as I could tell, every person who came to the shop while I was there was a local--at the very least, certainly Italian. Anyway, the number of Neapolitans wearing Rubinacci is as relevant as the number of Germans who drive S-class Mercedes. Given the prices, obviously there will be relatively few. It says nothing about the quality or regional legitimacy of the product. Actually, while I was there, an elderly Neapolitan came up to me at a cafe to compliment me on what I was wearing. He asked me where I got my clothes. When I said Rubinacci, he nodded in approval and gave me a thumb's up. While you were at London House, did you examine some of the vintage garments? They date back as far as the 30's. It's very telling how unchanged the contemporary product is. Also, why on earth would you pay for a book about a Neapolitan tailor you think is overpriced and not worn by anyone in Naples?