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Does mako = ma.co??

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I few years ago I read a quote in the article "Kiton's Cachet" by William Kissel, published in the June 98' issue of the Robb Report: "That doesn't mean that some machine-made suits aren't also well-made. Garments from Giorgio Armani, Belvest, Mako, Chester Barrie, Ralph Lauren Purple Label (which is made by Chester Barrie), Isaia, and Luciano Barbera are all considered handmade even though they use machinery in a large percentage of their manufacturing processes. Even Paone admits these companies, particularly Mako, make good-quality suits and sport coats that deserve to hang in the best stores in the world. But he offers a small moan when their names are mentioned alongside the Kiton brand, as some uninformed American retailers-and customers-are wont to do." The article can be found here . Ever since I've been on the lookout for a "Mako" suit. I've never seen one or even heard another mention of one. It recently occured to me that they might be referring to Ma.Co. Ma.Co is the company of Rafaelle Caruso. They sell suits in the US under the R. Caruso label. The R. Caruso suits are nice but they aren't the companies best. I've had several top-quality private label suits by Ma.Co, for Sulka and Bijan among others. They were great suits - nice cut, canvas front, handpicked lapels, handmade buttonholes - all the best detailing. Can anyone confirm or deny that Mako = Ma.Co? Has anyone seen a suit with a "Mako" label before??
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It's funny you mention sulka. It's a label I'd never heard of until today when I went to a bunch of different stores to checkout the sales. There was one store with a very nice pair of pants crammed in on a sales rack. I looked down at the label and saw Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and thought "hrm". I pulled them out and I realized i had looked at the wrong label and that they were actually sulka. Anyway.. the fabric was extremely soft and I was wondering if there was some cashmere content. I looked at the label and it said 100% 150s wool. My kind of pants The retail on them was 950 canadian and they were marked down to 3 something. Unfortunately I couldn't find them in a size other than 36 or i would have bought them on the spot =/
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Unfortunately Sulka is no longer with us. They sold great stuff.. Most of their tailored clothing was done by Saint Andrews. There were a few exceptions - I even saw a Sulka suit that was made by Brioni. If it has the Sulka label on it you can be assured it is top quality - shirts being a possible exception. I've seen a lot of poorly made Sulka shirts.
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Steve B. was able to confirm that Mako=Ma.Co by talking with Joe Covell (of Lawrence Covell) in Denver - they carry Caruso suits. Apparently Caruso does Baldessarini as well as some Dior suits. So Rafaelle Caruso is indeed the company that Mr. Paone has (a little bit of) respect for
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