Raffaele Caruso vs Cantarelli
i wouldn't compare the two... faconnable is all half-canvassed. real cantarelli is typically (not always) fully canvassed.
depends on what you're after... say more.
re cantarelli - it varies by model and price range.
my experience has been that the best caruso slightly trumps cantarelli, but for the most part, there isn't a massive difference. there is so much average caruso out there (in terms of both fit and fabrics) that it tends to lower the average.
cantarelli tends to be a bit more consistent in styling, with a flashier bent for fabrics (think isaia-ish), but is generally a solid but unspectacular brand. typically a semi-soft shoulder (not as soft as softest caruso), wide-ish lapels (by current standards), nice pants (fitted but not as skinny as caruso tends to be). emphasis on "typically".
they are very close. it really depends on what works best for you.
well first of all hi to everyone this is my first post here :)
Caruso alongside Cantarelli, Sartorio, Sartoria Napoletana and Boglioli are my favourite brands and I own quite a good number of products made by them;
of course being italian i pay for them i think less than a third of what u guys usually pay (just today I bought a Caruso jacket for 100 euro, a Caruso suit for 200 and a Piombo sport summer cotton jacket for 70 euro! ) but I'm a lucky guy that has good friends in the nicest shop in my town (Torino),so when they make the clearances I'm invited in and get the same price they do for employees (just to piss you off a bit more my dad got 2 kiton suits for 800 euro :-) )
Going back to the dispute , in my opinion you choose bably the "contenders" as I'd more compare Caruso to Isaia (both in fit and quality) and Cantarelli to Sartorio; they're all Napoli's cut so with very little to zero structure in the jackets and quite slim siluette but the similarities in my opinion are just about those! Caruso and Isaia are more formal wear ,and you can see it by the choice they make on fabrics while Sartorio and Cantarelli are much more adressing a younger (or at least younger looking) type of client.
Than again, last time I was in USA i noticed italian brands such as Isaia or Caruso seem to have a completely different line for you guys, not at all worst just different in cut ( I noticed for example the jackets seemed much much longer) and fabrics (in Italy thank god since many years flannel suits are a must have in a classic wardrobe while in USA I havent' seen almost any!)
Ah,last thing, I absolutely LOVE those flannel gray trousairs you have in the last pic here! Short as i like, very tall turnup\cuff (i think is 5,5 right? ) and very narrow skinny leg! they almost look like the ones of Lino Ieluzzi!
Cantarelli mainline is not in the same category as Caruso or Sartorio by a mile.