Originally Posted by Relentless
Please understand that my background differs from yours, if everything you own is Kiton. Until this past year, I typically have worn Burberry, Hickey Freeman, HSM, and Ralph Lauren. I've looked good in them and have always been complimented and perceived as well-dressed, but one afternoon it came to me that I did not have the one or two suits that exemplified the best I could be and the best I could afford. In doing my research on what that would look like and what I really wanted
to look like, I realized that I like the soft-shouldered look of the Italian makers. It occured to me that I was in need of a unique transaction.
Then, one day, I was out traveling and I happened upon a men's shop. I strolled in. The owner was a very kind, shorter man who was dressed to the nines. I told him my situation - that I wanted a couple of handmade "special" pieces (not everyday staples). I asked him to show me the best of the best from his stock. He asked my size, took one look at me up and down and walked straight to the rack and handed me a Sartoria Partenopea jacket. It was beautiful. Without a doubt, the best fabric and fit I have ever encountered - it was a navy blue chalk stripe 3/2 suit. It was unfinished. I ended up making my purchase in the charcoal color and having the suit custom tailored to me with functional cuffs - I really love it! I mean I look like a John Singer Sargent when I wear this thing! It makes me feel like a king.
In that suit, I found the transaction I had been looking for: All my hard work, the many hours, my hard-earned dollars in exchange for a handmade piece of work - a group of tailors' best efforts in exchange for mine. Was it worth it? Damn straight.
I love Kiton but decided to try Sartoria Partenopea after meeting the owners and head tailor. They were very nice chaps and very professional. Compared to Kiiton, they have the same Neapolitan cut with the soft unpadded shoulder but probably less selection of fine cloths. I was introduced to them by an Italian friend who also introduced me to Kiton may years ago. So I am giving them a try and see how it goes.
By the way, I noticed you are looking for Kiton. Pls have a look in classifieds at the Kiton suit I am selling: