You're thinking of Massimo Bizzocchi, who was - I believe - Kiton's head of US operations and/or tie production before starting off on his own. Wiser folks than I can give you detail on the CV of Bizzocchi, but I can say from experience that the ties are well-made, with a slip-stitch, medium-to-thick interlining and an excellent hand. Those that I have are woven. I have seen them - and bought them - at Filene's for as little as $20.
i agree that they are very well made, typically with heavy silk and interlining - making for a very substantial knot. they're not 4/7 folds though, just 'regular' construction. they're always found at discount outlets, so I'd rate them a great value.
Wow drizz, $30 for these ties.? That's a great buy. I see these at Neiman-Marcus and have bought some during Last Call. They have an original retail of @$120. I've bought a few on Ebay too. Very nice ties -- thick, so they make an big, easy to dimple knot.
Last Call in Dallas has almost all of the Bizzocchi ties reduced down to $32.50 with some in the $20+ range If you are anywhere near Dallas I would recommend heading to their tie rack before it is picked clean, I bought 10 ties today (Nicky, Brioni, Bizzochi ) and many others were buying more, I suspect they were ebay resellers.
Yeah, Gary's outlet may have a few items left, I bought a bunch of their Brioni, Barbera, etc... for 70% off to resell, keep, or give as gifts, they have 70% for most everything in stock for those interested though.
I'll have to give them an okay. At least the one I have is well made, but it is no where near the substantial quality of Borrelli,Brioni, Ricci, Barbera ties in my eye. I would not purchase any more of them.