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Only Available in Italy

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by AmericanGent, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Well-Known Member

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    I will be living in Naples, Italy for the next 18 months. Does anyone have any suggestions for items that I should buy while I'm here? It seems like a waste of an opportunity to spend my money on items easily available in the US. What are the items only available here?
    I'd appreciate any suggestions,
    Thank you!
     
  2. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Well-Known Member

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    Women, wine and food...
     
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  3. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Well-Known Member

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    Ahh- well, as for the first, my beautiful wife would be most disappointed in me! The food and wine has been extraordinary though!
    We have been here for about 18 months already and as I hit the half-way point I am ready to start picking up some dream items. Just got fitted for an Anna Matuozzo shirt, looking forward to some other must-haves!
     
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    mishon Well-Known Member

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    Outside of fine tailoring, perhaps some art and small trinkets like those coral "horno" bracelets many Neapolitans tend to wear (I bought a few :D). Fishing and indulging in great cuisine, while taken for granted, is something I would do much more of.
     
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    Berlusconi's villa.

    But seriously, I want to visit Italy myself at some point in the near future, so if there's anything you'd recommend, I'd like to know.

    You should check out the Brunello Cucinelli factory town (Salomeo?) They have a factory store where you can find rare items.
     
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    FlaneurNYC Well-Known Member

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    I once spent an entire weekend looking at crèches in Naples with an Italian from Torino who now lives in NYC. I can honestly say I've never seen such a wide variety of manger scenes anywhere else in the world.

    One thing I've brought back from Italy in the past and cannot find here is a stove-top toasting device. It's two perforated sheets of metal with a metal handle that slides open to accomodate a slice of bread. You place it directly on the flame and turn it once one side is done. I would have loved to have had one during the recent blackout here in the city!
     
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    Suit made by Rubinacci?
     
  8. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Well-Known Member

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    I'll keep an eye out for the toaster! My wife and I went to "Christmas Alley" last year to look at the precipios last year. I know they are really famous here. I'll have to do some research on where to find a good one.
    Thanks for the reply!
     
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    A Talarico Umbrella.
     
  10. AmericanGent

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    Now that is some good advice!

    I don't know if I can swing a Rubi! I spoke with the author of "Tailor Made in Naples" and in his quest he landed with Gennaro Solito. With prices at about 1800euro I think I might be able to get into a Solito.
    Thanks!

    http://www.afar.com/magazine/tailor-made-in-naples
     
  11. AmericanGent

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    I have been reading about the Talarico store. I'll have to stop in and see next time I head into town. Have you seen one? I've seen a few pictures here on SF.
    Thank you!
     
  12. bboysdontcryy

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    Talarico umbrellas are generally, imo, reasonably priced. They lack the fine finish of their pricier counterparts (Brigg, James Smith, Maglia), but the solid shafts seem reasonably sturdy and functionally similar. I'd caution against their metal shaft umbrellas however (I bought a fold-able one since I have a number of solid shafts), and I used it once/twice (no knocks, nothing), and somehow, I just realized that the shaft is slightly bent with chips along the pointed parts. It's likely due to the poor quality control, and rough construction, and I think that the metal shafts, unlike the hardwood shafts, don't respond well to rough handling during the umbrella construction process. Should have checked the umbrella before I left the shop.
     
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  13. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Well-Known Member

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    Shops to visit (even if you don't get anything):

    Cappelli, Cilento, Marinella, Caccioppoli, Solito, Panico, de L'Ero shirts, Magnifique, Attollini, Rubinacci, Piccolo, Ambrosi, Formosa, Gallo etc.

    No particular order.
     
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    That's a great list, thanks. I went hunting for Capellini last Saturday but I missed it- I realize that I need to go into the courtyard. I stopped at the E. Marinella storefront, but I have not looked for the bigger store that I have heard about. I have been in Magnifique, but none of the other names you mention. Thanks a lot for the information.
    How are the shirts from de L'Ero?
     
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    I was thinking this week that a Talarico might be a great gift for my father-in-law. He's a sharp-dressed Japanese businessman and has a keen eye for quality. He has sent me some beautiful gifts over the years and I owe him one. But maybe when I get there I'll get selfish...we'll see!
    Thanks again for the info about Talarico- I appreciate it!
     
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    I have seen them last time I was in Naples, they are more rustic than the English counterparts. I regretted I didn't buy one when i was there.

    Also Scafora bespoke shoes, here is great write up by medtech_expat http://www.styleforum.net/t/222043/adventures-in-bespoke-paolo-scafora-pictorial
     
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    That is a great article- thank you. I was at a hotel up near Castel Volturno and I saw this display case in the lobby that had these shoes and information for ordering. I have to tell you I went a little weak in the knee when I saw them- one was this green and brown golf shoe that was just beautiful.
    I need to figure out a way to get into their factory seconds inventory room so I can get about 12 pair. Thanks for posting this!
     
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    Have you seen the "Spoils of Napoli" thread? If not, search for it.
     
  20. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Well-Known Member

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    I have- thanks for mentioning it. There is a ton of info in there. What I don't know about is what items are you not able to acquire without coming here. I know you can get Kiton, Finamore, Brioni in the states - so I'm digging into the next level. Cappelli ties, Anna Matuozzo shirts (well just one of these- too pricey!).
    Can you get E. Marinella ties easily in the US?
     

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