does not mean he invented it.
TAKE YOUR BOOTS FROM WWII AND GTFO
Really? How about the sky-high shirt collars of almost Karl Lagerfeld-like proportions, the very close fitting suits, the gargantuan wrist watches and the myriad of #menswear bracelets?
Not exactly old-fart Italian industrialist CBD, if you ask me...
But I agree with you, he sure does look good.
So what's the difference between Italian and American CBD today? One possible contrast is that Italian CBD is made by some of the best Italian tailors and shirtmakers. Of course, there's nothing stopping an American conservative business dresser from traveling to Italy and buying his clothes there. But aside from an elegant minority, most American businessmen do not do that, so certain national trends in CBD emerge. They're trends so they describe tendencies rather than universals (I say this to ward off questions about natty Americans who dress like Italians and sloppy Italians who dress like Americans). To illustrate, let's look at the CEO of General Motors and the President's Cabinet and compare them to Cleav's Italian businessman and Gianni Agnelli.
American businessmen today tend to wear very dark charcoal or navy suits in a single-breasted notch-lapel model. The fabrics are hard-finished worsted. The suit shoulders are wide and the fit rather boxy. The elegant minority influenced by Italy or Britain aside, most American businessmen do not wear pocket squares. The shirts are usually white. If they're spread collar, it's a moderate spread with very little roll, though BDs are sometimes worn. The collars sit lower and expose more of the neck. The ties, as the Duke of Windsor once pointed out about American dress, are often in highly saturated colors like bright red, blue, or purple.
The first thing you notice about Italian CBD is that businessmen do not confine themselves to hard-finished worsted, but will wear textured or napped fabrics like flannel or worsted flannel. The color range of the suits is wider. Instead of the American nearly black, you see lighter shades of navy and charcoal, and more blue-greys, mid-blues, and mid-greys. Italian businessmen will wear both DB and SB suits. The shoulders and waist are more fitted, though not to an extreme, fashionable degree (we're talking here about Italian CBD rather than Pitti Uomo). The shirts will have a higher collar band to frame the face more elegantly. The spread collar might be wider, and it will have more of a roll. The Italians are masters at the most subtle, light, and beautiful shades of pale blue shirts. They combine them with tasteful navy, grey, or blue-grey ties, the tones complementing the shirts, instead of the harshly saturated ties seen on American politicians. Ties can sometimes be made of wool or cashmere, which you'd never see on a Cabinet member in the US. Italian businessmen will finish their outfits with a discreet white pocket square.