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A visit to Sartoria Ripense, Roma-based bespoke tailoring house

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SeamasterLux, May 13, 2013.

  1. soender

    soender Well-Known Member

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    Returned yesterday, from my first visit with Ripense. Ordered a suit and a shirt, and plan/hope to do one suit pr. year going forward. Not exactly big timing, but moving forward with my wardrobe in a steady pace.

    Now this is my first bespoke suit, I choose the always popular and "safe" navy route. No harm in that I guess... :). As indicated by Paul, he certainly has his opinions on styling - but for me they where all reasonable and founded in his vision for his work.
    After I had given my overall design-brief, fiitngs was much more efficient than I imagined, discussing and fine tuning design choices along the way, both between me and Andrea, and between Andrea and his head tailor. I found both quite assuring. But then again, how where I to know how exactly stuff like this work with this exact house, when this was my first visit.
    In the 2 fittings I had, we already got a long way and I'm already looking forward to going back for the final fittings in september or october.
     
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  2. PSNY

    PSNY Senior member

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    Does Ripense travel to New York City?
     
  3. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    Absolutely beautiful finishing on those jackets SML shared a few years ago. I can't believe I somehow missed this thread. Thank you for sharing!
     
  4. SeamasterLux

    SeamasterLux Senior member

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    Pleasure my friend!

    One of my favorite DB by Ripense

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    Wee piece on Ripese I found.

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  6. maxalex

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    An update on Andrea's pricing for an American buying in Rome. In June 2015 I paid $6512.76 for two jackets including VAT or IVA as it's called in Italy. That's the USD amount as it appeared on my Cap One card, which doesn't charge transaction fees. (I believe they were about 2900 euros each including VAT.) I later got a VAT refund of $731.44. So each jacket cost me, net in USD, $2890.66. That was at the June 2015 exchange rate; it's a little more favorable for USD now but not significantly different. Obviously if you live in the EU you would not get the VAT refund.
     
  7. SeamasterLux

    SeamasterLux Senior member

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    Clients paying full price with VAT are now at 3'600 EUR for a suit FYI
     
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    Thanks Paul, good to know. I'm planning to see Andrea later this year for a couple of things.
     
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    Paul should I assume that price is for a suit with one pair of pants?
     
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    maxalex Senior member

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    Thanks again. Do you ever have him make two pair of pants?
     
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    SeamasterLux Senior member

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    Never. Haven't done it with any tailor
     
  13. maxalex

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    Thanks again Paul. I'm having Andrea make me a lightweight suit in June, and I will probably get two pair of pants for durability insurance. I'm old enough to remember when even entry-level RTW suits came with two pair of pants...
     

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