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Nicola Blasi - What can you tell me about this Neapolitan brand?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Lear, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Lear

    Lear Well-Known Member

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    Here's a case of my buying without any knowledge whatsoever of the brand. I 'm completely in the dark here, but like very much. The item was bought today, at a shop near to Piccadilly, London.

    Bought first, then did a Google. From Ask Andy:
    Nicola Blasi is a well-known and highly-regarded Neapolitan tailor, who rarely fails to be mentioned alongside luminaries such as Attolini et al.

    The details:

    Nicola Blasi
    Tan colour
    Single breasted
    100% cashmere
    Brand spanking new - but how long has it been in the stockroom?

    It's the last bit that puzzles me. Google appears to suggest it could be an old piece, from a respected Neapolitan tailor. But that's all I can come up with. The greater mystery is, if true, how an earth could I buy it today as new? It's beautiful, with no pilling, or sign of even having been tried on by anyone. All removable threadings are still in place etc. So where has it been all this time? Do old tailoring houses hang onto their stock for decades? Or, maybe I've got it all wrong, and they're a current, thriving concern. I have to reemphasize, it is definitely brand spanking new and unworn.

    Someone here has got to know, because even the Internet isn't giving me much to go on.

    I'm curious

    Lear
     
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  2. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Well-Known Member

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    The famous tailor is Angelo Blasi.

    Angelo Blasi cut a more a squared off coat rather than the rounder style that Attolini developed/cut while at Rubinacci.

    I have no idea who Nicola Blasi is (or was.)

    Angelo Blasi:

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    I doubt that you have an Angelo Blasi jacket, but post up photos.

    Read this as a starting point to learn more.
     
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  3. miran

    miran Well-Known Member

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    I have not heard of this tailor, but before F. Corbera pointed it out, I was going to say that the Italian Christian name would have been Niccolò Blasi...not Nicola Blasi....Nicola sounds like a Slavic type and there are Bulgarian, Romanian designers of overcoats out there....

    Also, I would not take Blasi for a Napolitan surname...but I could be wrong here. I do know that derivatives of "Blas" (Blaise in English) are common in the Slavic culture...eg. Blasutig...Blasutic, etc....so Blasi could be Venetian or Dalmatian....but again, surnames are not as simple as Christian names....
     
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  4. Lear

    Lear Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the link F. Corbera

    Having poor genes, an embarrassing physique and bad posture, I'm loathe to post pics of me wearing the garment. Will try for a few shots less Lear. I've witnessed the cruelty of SF.

    Edit: Hold it! Wait until I've picked it up from the tailor this Saturday. I'll quiz the shop owner and double check the spelling.

    Lear
     
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  5. shoefan

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  6. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Well-Known Member

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    !

    :)
     
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    Chrenetique Well-Known Member

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    Ha... I wanted to say it first.

    Perhaps Nicola is the founder, and Angelo the current master tailor?
     
  8. DutchDaedalus

    DutchDaedalus Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]

    Fall/Winter 1987
     
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  9. AmusedToD

    AmusedToD Well-Known Member

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    Did you notice the shelf on the right of the pic, next to the old man? It says "Nicola Blasi" :)


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
  10. Lear

    Lear Well-Known Member

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    Some poor pics:

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    I had a little something done to the shoulder (nothing too major).

    They were fairly busy, and I forgot to ask questions about Blasi.

    I've never had such great service. The owner obviously has a passion for clothing. His friends turn up on a regular basis (wearing Zilli etc) and chat for hours about the finer points of tailoring. Pity he closes in a week.

    Lear
     
  11. manicturncoat

    manicturncoat Well-Known Member

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    Nicola is a proper Italian name. No one in Italy would mistake a someone for a "Slavic type" simply because he is named Nicola.
     
  12. Lear

    Lear Well-Known Member

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    The best bit about this story, is that I bumped into another SF member. We both found ourselves at the Vincci shop on Saturday, and I think I mumbled something about him sounding like a barrister. Anyway, turns out it was Barims! Bloody nice bloke. Impeccably dressed, with a cut-glass accent, the likes of which you rarely hear anymore. The guy should give elocution lessons. Brilliant :slayer:

    First member I've ever met.

    Lear
     
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  13. barims

    barims Well-Known Member

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    ^ Lear is such an affable fellow that he has even inadvertently given me a new career (or second job) suggestion. It was a great afternoon for me, also

    I was peripherally involved with the Blasi conversation between Lear and Mr. Vincci on Saturday, but that reminded me to post this eBay description, for what it's worth:


     
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  14. A Harris

    A Harris Well-Known Member

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    I think that picture of Angelo Blasi combined with the ad pretty much tells the story. Nicola Blasi apparently is/was a RTW or MTM line associated somehow with Angelo Blasi. FWIW I've seen a "Nicola Blasi" coat that seems a dead ringer for the one Blasi is wearing in the picture (in terms of cut.) It is also worth noting that carpu65, a very knowledgeable member of London Lounge, Cutter & Tailor etc. seems to use "Nicola" and "Angelo" Blasi interchangeably so perhaps we are talking about the same person.
     
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  15. williammay

    williammay New Member

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    I've had the most beautiful Nicola Blasi blazer for over a year now. It's Dark red blue and black plaid with lighter brown accents. It's brilliantly cut with squared off shoulders, has a strange clown-like red and white image embroidered above Nicola's logo on the interior of the jacket and is made expressly for Enrico Cremieux in SanRemo. Anyone got any information on this? The lining has Nicola Blasi's signature repeated and it is incredibly comfortable, fantastic tailoring. If I could find more from him I wouldn't hesitate to purchase.
     
  16. marcodalondra

    marcodalondra Well-Known Member

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    Nicola was Angelo's dad and one of the most prominent Neapolitan tailor. Angelo snr has also passed away a while back. Late in the 80's the Blasi family opened numerous shops around Naples offering MTM and designer brands as compliments to their Bespoke service. The current Angelo Blasi should be a grandchild of the late Angelo snr. I suspect the label Nicola Blasi was created as a tribute to the founder

    Edit: I have found further info on this: Nicola was also the name of Angelo snr son (named after the grandfather), whom in 1962 after returning from NYC, funded an RTW factory in Grumo Nevano, a town outside Naples (thus few years before Kiton). The factory and brand went on until 1990, so your coat could have been in that store for 21 years....
     
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  17. Lear

    Lear Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Williammay and Marcodalondra. Interesting stuff. This overcoat is stunning. You'll just have to imagine what it looks like being worn.

    Now where the hell is this extreme cold weather we're supposed to be having? I've never known a January as warm.
     
  18. codhead

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    If you're looking for another sports coat by Nicola Blasi, I think I can lay my hands on a couple. Mostly DB with the odd SB in the mix but all of them in noble fabrics (silk, Cashmere etc)

    Here's a silk tuxedo jacket I have

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  19. williammay

    williammay New Member

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    Man oh man, Saks got in the mix

    http://sakspov.saksfifthavenue.com/...fashion-for-men-made-to-measure-suit-at-saks/

    Also, I'm interested in getting another SB Nicola Blasi if you can get your hands on one for not very high price...I'll scavenge eBay. The fabric is what really draws me to this one, it's exquisite. Unfortunately I had the lining replaced in the arms and they fucked it up. Anyone know of a great place for sleeve lining in LA?
     
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