Hi! I have had experience Cifonelli- as well as great bespoke houses in London and NYC. I was introduced by a friend of mine in NYC who said I really must try Cifonelli. Although I resisted for more than a year, I confess, I am glad I did try them. I am very impressed with Lorenzo and Massimo. I have met with both of the cousins, but I have more experience with Lorenzo. Having something made by Cifonelli is very different than the British bespoke makers. I believe that all of these talented craftsman are fantastic. I found that Cifonelli is focused on the details, perfect fit, and being more willing to adapt styles. While all great tailors care about the quality of their garments, I found Cifonelli to be extremely proud of his shop's workmanship. I am also impressed with how often he travels to NYC and how fast they can have a garment made up for a fitting. The style is a bit more forward than what I like about the British look. In that sense I do not wear my Cifonelli suit to the most formal of meetings, but then again I like he British look. Cifonelli is very sophisticated and is great for suits to wear to dinners, theatre, or even a sports jacket. Their shoulder is completely different than the English tailors, but that is what makes their cut special. For the right day, their garments are really very special.
As an American, the toughest part was communication. They know English, but sometimes we misunderstood one another and I had to resort to using my French I learned in High School (its been too long).
But Cifonelli is really special and worth experiencing.