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Bepoke suit v. bespoke shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Cpal, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. marc39

    marc39 Well-Known Member

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    From what I've read, Mr. Centofanti is an excellent custom tailor, and prefers an English-cut suit, so given your close proximity to him, it seems to me there's no real rationale for traveling to NYC for Raphael and/or Darren, as much as I like the latter two tailors. Sounds like you have the best of all worlds in Ardmore.
     
  2. Cpal

    Cpal Well-Known Member

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    Joe Centofanti does an exceptional job - very knowledgeable and experienced (cutting suits for almost three quarters of a decade) but he has started to limit his client base and spends more [well deserved]time  each year in FL (golfing - he is pretty active for a guy with his many years of experience).  I feel fortunate that he was willing to take me on as he seems focused on servicing his long-standing relationships (some of those that I met while in for fittings have been with him for decades).  Sadly, he is just another example of the continued decline in the industry.  I recently wore an oxxford suit to his shop while visiting with him and he praised many aspects of it but lamented the decline in the number of "true tailors" available and said he expected that even oxxford's quality was likely to decline over the next several years as the difficulty of finding people who could "do the work" becomes more and more challenging.  Centofanti, Raphael and others of their caliber are rare finds and should be rewarded handsomely with as much work as their clients can afford to give them.
     
  3. marc39

    marc39 Well-Known Member

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    When I was deciding on tailors a couple years ago, I had spoken wit Mr. Centofanti and considered taking Amtrak to Ardmore, but did give consideration to his stage in life and thought I'd give him time to play golf. Mr. Centofanti echoes the lament of many regarding the decline of the custom tailoring industry. To most, it's an anachronism, like the horse and buggy.
     
  4. naturlaut

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    With $3G in hand, I would scout around Napoli and Firenze for small workshops and have everything custom-made from head-to-toe. If this is your only purchase, my advise is, skip the big names. In small workshops, you will usually meet the maker himself; that way, you can build up your experience and knowledge in getting a bespoke garment or footwear.

    If you have many $3G lying around, then that's a different story. Just phone Bizzochi, he will show you around.
     
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  6. Cpal

    Cpal Well-Known Member

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    Marc - I noticed in some of your previous posts (here and on the other site) that you have a few pairs of shoes from P. Ercolino.   You commented previously on his extensive measurement process - can you discuss a little more on the fittings, style recommendations and ultimately how you feel about the shoes now (comfort, fit, styling, durability, etc.)?  

    Thanks.

    [not that I'm disregarding anyone's suggestions I'm still considering the "and" instead of the "or" AND I'm still trying to track down a good way to get my hands on some Vass shoes without having to travel to Budapest or CT.]
     
  7. marc39

    marc39 Well-Known Member

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    Cpal, I can't add anything more to the detailed fitting procedure of Perry Ercolino I outlined either in this forum or in Ask Andy (do a search). Perry offers about 10 different styles ranging from English to Italian designs, although Perry can collaborate with a client in creating original designs. I have 3 pairs of shoes from Perry and think very highly of him. The shoes look and fit great. Ultimately, you need to decide if custom shoes are for you: If the shoe fits, wear it.
     
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  10. Cpal

    Cpal Well-Known Member

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    Just in case anyone else was interested I finally found Perry Ercolino's website (it must have changed from what someone had previously posted) Ercolino Custom Footwear
     

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