(Fashionslave @ 19 Oct. 2004, 07:51) I have actually used Rizzo tailoring on several occasions and concur with your observation that he is considerate,friendly and above all,low pressure.I like the fact that he does not pooh-pooh garments that were not made by him.In fact,he highly praised a vintage Brioni blazer I had him take in commenting that "they don't do detailed tailoring like that today".In respect to his bespoke suits,I think he is more than capable,as many of the high ranking deans and professors from nearby Harvard are clients.Judging from his array of gorgeous cloths from Holland and Holland to Dege to Loro Piana,one would be in good hands.I believe he won the Best of Boston award for tailoring.
Can you pass on a notion of what Rizzo's "house style" is for suits/jackets?
I can wholeheartedly recommend Rizzo & Co. I've known Joe since my grad school days in Cambridge, and I think he's a lovely person -- always kind and courteous. In those days, I was a relatively poor student, and he was always kind and generous in the extreme, giving me free advice on bargains that I'd picked up at Filenes; if Joe gave something a thumbs-down, back to Filenes it went. The comment about Joe being largely responsible for the better-dressed academics at HU is spot on. AT HLS and HBS in particular, it never ceased to amaze me that -- whenever I really admired someone's suit -- Joe was almost always the man responsible. Sometimes I'd mention to Joe a suit that I saw a particular professor wearing and he'd say, "Oh yes... Prof. 'Smith'. ...3B Charcoal, Loro Piana, Super 150s, 9oz." Other times he kid around and tell me, "Oh yes... I used to make a lot of things for him, but since he got married he can no longer afford me." ;-) Great fun... Well, as for the Rizzo & Co. "House Style", that's somewhat hard to answer, as I think Joe can probably make you anything you want. Still, I think it is fair to say that he does have something that I'd akin to a "house style". After I left grad school, I was finally in a position to have Joe make me garments like those that I'd long-admired on others. Judging from the suits and sportcoats that I had made at Rizzo & Co., I'd say the house style is "updated classic", if those words mean anything at all. Joe is Italian, and I would say -- though he's never actually said this to me -- that his influences are more 'Roman' than 'Neapolitan'. To my mind, this makes sense for a Boston clientele (but then again, what do I know about the business end of this obsession of mine...). If you want a good idea of what a "typical" Rizzo & Co. suit looks like, take a good, close look at what John Kerry is wearing when it's important for him to LOOK GOOD [forget this nonsense about Kerry wearing SW; when Kerry needs to LOOK GOOD -- like for the acceptance speech and for the debates -- he wears the suits that Joe has made for him; I'd be willing to bet $$$ that this true...]. JV