So Saturday was Founders Day at the Flagler museum in Palm Beach, after browsing through the Mansion for the better part of the day and after a quite late afternoon bite at Taboos, I quickly made my way to the Ralph Lauren store (it was already 4:27 and most stores close at 5:30 during the summer) to see if they have any merchandise left, after one whole week of sales, there are hardly any good items left. I bought only a Purple Label lightweight blue cotton terry cloth zip sweater with hood (at 40% off of course). There where no size 38S suits or sports coats, the same goes with 14.5 size shirts; ok they did have two 14.5 blue label forward point collar shirts (eww ). I also went to NM and Saks, but nothing really appealed to me so I left both stores empty handed. Then as 5 pm approached I wondered over to Borrelli. As I aforementioned elsewhere in the forum, the store is a bit larger than a closet. Truly tiny, but the shirts and clothing is truly beautiful. The roll on the collars is really top notch, and the hand finishing is evident. They unfortunately did not have any 14.5 RTW shirts, but offer (of course) MTM / Bespoke services. Luckily the store manager was there and he was fairly knowledgeable regarding pattern matching and what they will and will not do regarding certain options, we also dove a bit into their non-fused suit construction. MTM / Bespoke start at around $365 for base cloths; which I guess is not bad compared to what Lorenzini or T&A charges for MTM machine-made shirts, the Borrelli premium is only about $40 more. The sports coat / suit prices where also quite good, much less than Kiton, and the quality seemed in par or a minuscule notch below. Sartorial items to definitely consider. I left Borrelli and noticed that two doors down there was a new store (that's was oddly similar to the interior design of the Borrelli) and that the shirts are eerily similar to Borrelli's. So I look up and see that the store is called Domenico Vacca (my ignorance is about to show), I had never heard of the brand. I am told that Mr. Vacca owns part of Borrelli, but that the sports coats / suits are made by Attolini (and are really expensive for RTW, they start at $4500 for base fabrics). The shirts start at $400 for MTM / Bespoke. So my questions are: Are Vacca shirts made by Borrelli? Are they better than the Borrelli shirts? If so, why? Why are Attolini's sartorial items so damn expensive? Are they worth the premium over Borrelli's sartorial clothing? Are they better / worse than Kiton (to command such a price for RTW items)? Thanks. Jon.
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6/7/04 at 4:48pm