I've bought "gianluca isaia" suits (both mens and womens) from this seller and he is legit (although he does inflate the retail price). Â I've read in robb report that isaia has 3 levels of quality. Â Although the fused front is disapointing, i don't know why you doubt that isaia has come out with an "entry level" line as they have openly embraced modern production processes combined with "old world" tailoring. Â Even the "gianluca line" is partly machine made. Â As far as I know only the "enricho isaia" line is 100% handmade. This is based on what i've read, so correct me if i'm wrong. I also agree that sartoria attolini is on the same level as kiton and brioni
Mr. Donlipa, I am quite an Isaia enthusiast, so I am naturally very concerned. Â I have requested more pictures from that seller, but, after exchanging 3 emails, he still refused; and he even refused to tell me more about the new line. Â I have requested pictures of the size label, lining, pants closure (for Isaia tell tale signs), shoulders, etc., but he refused them all. Â I have written one last one to him and await his final words. Â He actually asks me to buy somewhere else if I keep asking him questions, as he said "there will be no satisfying you, & clients that can't be satisfied, I don't need." Â (~exact quote) and similar words in all his emails. As I have stated numerous times before, there is technically no noticeable differences between the Gianluca and the Enrico line. Â It is purely a marketting evolution, as Gianluca (the grandson of the founder) is currently running the company, thus they upped the level of the Gianluca line and ceased production on the Enrico. Â The ONLY different is in the waist band on the pants, where the Enrico is handset and the Isaia is machine sewn. Â There are no Enrico Isaia produced anymore. Â There are, however, direct factory order like this one on eBay - Isaia Sportcoat
which carries the Isaia crown and 'Isaia' only, and these are rare and exceptionally nice --- construction-wise one couldn't tell the difference between this and a Kiton. Also, there are no 100% handmade suits in the real world (as much as they are trying to make us think so). Â Not Enrico Isaia, not Kiton, not Brioni, not Anderson & Sheppard. Â There are seams that are machine sewn (back seam of the jacket, bottom seam of pockets, etc.). Â The most important part of the jacket is the armhole and the front canvas, which, in my opinion, has to be hand done. Â As with normal practice, lower lines do come out (Sartorio for Attolini comes to mind), and they will usually appear in Europe first. Â They are usually made in a separate factory and might even be partly owned by others. Â US department stores will probably be the last place to carry those.