Anna Matuozzo - A walk-through of my bespoke shirt purchase in Napoli.

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  1. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Senior member

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    Thanks Foo- these are good points. I'll check into it.

    While inspecting a shirt I was commenting on how perfect the hand stitching on the button holes was and I asked who did it. He said he has a button hole person who just does the hand work there.

    I do believe that the owner is the cutter. I will ask about that again and also ask about the other things you mentioned and about how he does the fittings.
    Thanks again!
     
  2. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Senior member

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    My friend has not bought anything from here. I think it's a little out of his price range. It will be quite hard to get a feel for this guys particular skill set- unless
    I gamble and go for it. I have decided that I will start off with getting a shirt done and then move from there. That should give me insight into his process and also create an opportunity to ask more questions about how he does his fittings, cuttings etc.
    Thanks a lot Dopey.

    Should I start a separate thread on this?
     
  3. etkl

    etkl Senior member

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    Unless there is some reason not, I would post the name of the shop in the hope that Marco, T4 or someone else reading this is familiar with it.
     
  4. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    There is a link that AmericanGent included with his post.
     
  5. etkl

    etkl Senior member

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    Ooops. Missed it.
     
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    AmericanGent Senior member

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    Sorry- I should have highlighted the link a little better.
     
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    No. I just have a bad case of ADD and a tendency to drift off at the end of a long post, even one I'm interested in like yours.
     
  8. AmericanGent

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    News on the Anna Matuozzo front.  I wrote to Simona (her daughter) and asked her about the amount of hand-sewn work on my shirt and I asked her If the price I paid was for semi hand-sewn or full hand-sewn. 

    She replied today :
    Ciao Tommy ,
    la camicia che abbiamo realizzato per te è a mano ( asole , travetti , giro manica , la spalla , il bottone in madreperla , le pieghe giù ai davanti ) , tutta tutta a mano è una richiesta particolare del cliente è costa di più .
    Se tu vuoi anche le pieghe nei lati e il collo si può fare ma c'è una differenza .
    Sono a tua disposizione per qualsiasi cosa .
    Cari saluti
    Simona
     
    Google translate butchers this so I'll clean it up a bit:
     

    The shirt that we made for you is made by hand (buttonholes, bar tacks, armhole, shoulder, mother of Pearl buttons, pleats down the front).  A shirt made completely by hand is available to our customers by special request but would cost more.  If you want hand stitching down the side seam and a hand attached collar it can be done but there is a price difference.

    We are at your disposal for anything,

    Warm Salutations,
    Simona
     
     
     
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    ^ travetti are bartacks and she talks of side long seams and collar as special requests.

    By the way I think that one of the best quality an artisan should have it's also the consistency of its work during time and above all the continous attention to customer requests.
    The big problem for artisans (and especially italian) is that more customers they acquire, less time they devote to every garment and special request, forgetting and not caring of them.

    A shirt could be perfectly finished and cutted but if craftsmen forget that customer want particular designs, weight of interlining, height of cuffs, etc.it's a problem bigger than quality and quantity of handsewn...
     
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    I do that too. I find that when I read I'm thinking "come on bro, get it wrapped up", but when writing it seems impossible to convey the details without being verbose. Gotta work on that!
     
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    I thought that's what she meant but my Italian is shit and I wasn't sure. Thanks a lot Alex!
     
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    there have been other names
    already mentioned in this thread
    also starita, golia, cinque
    i tried many
    and they all make good shirts

    vittoria fluido
    the former head shirtmaker at rubinacci
    has struck out on her own
    offering shirts with as much
    handwork as you would want

    but as i mentioned
    i think anna cuts the best
    and she makes about
    half of my shirts.

    i think that sabatini
    in rome also cuts a
    great pattern

    as for suitmakers
    and shirtmakers of large companies
    working on the side for others
    is very very common in napoli
    and even more so nao
    with the crisis
    .....
    but pay heed to what matt says
    because there is truth there
     
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    Thank you T4. I'm writing down the names you wrote!
     

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