There's footage of a fitting and pattern making at A. Caraceni of Milan with Mario Caraceni and his grandson, Massimilano Andreacchio, beginning at 4:45: http://www.voxsartoria.com/post/31067346363/corso-di-alta-sartoria-a-caraceni-milan. Both are dressed magnificently, with a beautiful fit on their jackets. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with the firm? Perhaps a tailor looking at the pattern making might discern some interesting insights? Thanks to our much missed friend Vox for the original post.
Something that's appealing about the firm is its family history, passing on tailoring knowledge from one generation to the next. Mario is the nephew of the legendary Domenico Caraceni, his son-in-law Carlo now runs the firm, and his grandson is a cutter.
JefferyD has a dissection of an A. Caraceni suit on his excellent blog. The hand drawn gorge was "easily the best finishing work" he had ever seen: http://tuttofattoamano.blogspot.com/2010/05/caraceni.html
Flusser mentions A. Caraceni in his book Style and the Man: "Together since 1967, they have turned out some of Italy's most beautiful examples of postwar tailoring art . . . . This soft-shouldered, soft-chested suit, whose feel Mario Caraceni likens to that of a fine linen handkerchief, represents tailoring of the first rank. All of its seams, buttonholes, and belt loops are hand-sewn, as are the corners of its pockets, which are framed in tight semicircles of silk hand stitches so minuscule they are nearly invisible."
Edited by CrimsonSox - 8/18/13 at 12:27pm