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post #106 of 129
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I heard the place is abandoned in August. I go to Napoli in March/April and September/October.

Almost every Italian city is evacuated in August. I would bet shops like Cappelli are closed in August, perhaps even bigger operations like Rubinacci.
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Almost every Italian city is evacuated in August. I would bet shops like Cappelli are closed in August, perhaps even bigger operations like Rubinacci.
Not true, been there in Aug and September- all open, and saldi galore
post #108 of 129
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Not true, been there in Aug and September- all open, and saldi galore

Ah, well...you should have bet me then smile.gif It's possible that this rule holds more in the north and for cities that aren't already on the beach.
post #109 of 129
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August/September better

gets a bit chilly here in August certainly.

My, and most other cities close down in terms of factories etc in August but of course the shops are open generally, chains etc . Many families escape the concrete heat of the cities - away to various (typically) Italian beaches. The roads are gloriously empty...
There are some exceptions for family-owned places and restaurants, particularly off the tourist trail. My favourite trattoria closed two weeks ago till September. Porca troia!
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My favourite trattoria closed two weeks ago till September. Porca troia!

 

butbut.gif Now that is a summer holiday!

post #111 of 129
Thanks for your account! I'll be going on vacation on Amalfi coast and Capri for two weeks soon and I'm planning to do some shopping in Naples, too. Any other pointers? I guess it's saldi time, right? What about the language barrier as I don't speak Italian?
post #112 of 129

What kind of shopping are you planning? If you pass by Milano and you want to make a made-to-measure suit or jacket, don't forget to pay a visit to our Atelier: 

 
post #113 of 129
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Thanks for your account! I'll be going on vacation on Amalfi coast and Capri for two weeks soon and I'm planning to do some shopping in Naples, too. Any other pointers? I guess it's saldi time, right? What about the language barrier as I don't speak Italian?

Sounds lovely! I suppose it's around sales time, yes. I actually don't really know about the language barrier since I spoke Italian the whole time. I know Patrizio Cappelli speaks English, since he wrote his email to me in English. Mina and Dino speak English. But if you find yourself without a common language, just try hand gestures and unless you're looking for something complicated you shouldn't have too much trouble.

Another pointer is to read the writeups that Derek has done for the StyleForum blog - especially if you're looking for more mid-range stores.
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post #115 of 129
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But if you find yourself without a common language, just try hand gestures

This is what I do on StyForum.

Sometimes, even a single finger works.
post #116 of 129

I was in Milan for two days. It was not a great shopping experience. Got two shirts from Kiton store at 40%. The price was still much more than virtualclotheshorse. The good thing is the sales man shared his insights about shirt and jacket sleeves length. He told me that there's a proper shirt sleeve length (that he took measurements) and for the jacket sleeves however there's no rule, it's a personal thing... which, in my opinion, makes sense.

I don't know if Italians should wear socks or not in the summer but in my opinion, they should try to be more respectful to each other.

post #117 of 129
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As my earlier picture indicated, my Cappellis came in a few days ago. I got the package something like 10 days after I made the order, which is obviously fantastic turnaround time. Here they are all together:

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I'm very happy with my fabric choices. In the spoiler you can see some of the various construction options, ranging from three fold to seven fold, one unlined.
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The Cappelli tie has quite a distinctive silhouette. The outline is more curved and bottle-like rather than straight. Here I've laid one out next to a Drake's and a Hober so you can see the difference:

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post #118 of 129

Speechless!! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

You make me miss Napoli BIG TIME!! At least I live in London now so I can make Pitti as well smile.gif

post #119 of 129
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Cappelli action shot:

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Nice, I like this tie, will wait for the others to be matched :)

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