Anna Matuozzo Prices

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by UK2004, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. coolpapa

    coolpapa Senior member

    Messages:
    1,683
    Likes Received:
    340
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2007
    Location:
    Princeton
    Doesn't he charge ~300 euros? The point is, they're all expensive, even if some are more expensive than others.

    My first order was seven shirts. None cost that much. In fact, all were considerably less, and most were Riva fabrics.
     


  2. coolpapa

    coolpapa Senior member

    Messages:
    1,683
    Likes Received:
    340
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2007
    Location:
    Princeton
    While the quality is very similar, they do not make similar shirts even discounting the handstitching. A client may like one or the other, or both, but both is not necessarily guaranteed.

    I don't have any Matuozzo shirts, but from what I've seen and read here, i'd agree that they are not similar. There does seem to be a price differential, and given the handwork in Anna's shirts, I can see where that money goes. That is not as important to me, so I'm happy with Mimmo's product. I'd like to meet Anna and have some shirts made by her, but I had such a great experience with Mimmo and his daughter Francesca, that I'd be hard pressed to have shirts by any other Italian shirt maker.
     


  3. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    14,384
    Likes Received:
    2,047
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2006
    Location:
    The wild and the pure.
    I don't have any Matuozzo shirts, but from what I've seen and read here, i'd agree that they are not similar. There does seem to be a price differential, and given the handwork in Anna's shirts, I can see where that money goes. That is not as important to me, so I'm happy with Mimmo's product. I'd like to meet Anna and have some shirts made by her, but I had such a great experience with Mimmo and his daughter Francesca, that I'd be hard pressed to have shirts by any other Italian shirt maker.
    I agree with you that sticking with one option is the best. Both make really lovely shirts and playing the field rarely gets you the best results. FWIW, the shape of the bodies and collars are very different, although that does not really call for a price difference. I don't attempt to understand pricing structures, just to try to find what I like.
     


  4. coolpapa

    coolpapa Senior member

    Messages:
    1,683
    Likes Received:
    340
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2007
    Location:
    Princeton
    I don't understand the pricing structures either, but I do like doing business with people that I like. That's one of the reasons it was important to me to meet Mariano Rubinacci in person this week. I'm pretty much toast on that front and I'm ruined as far as suits and shirts go from now on. I have no choice but to stay employed for the near future. If that's my biggest complaint, life must be pretty good.
     


  5. kcc

    kcc Senior member

    Messages:
    614
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2006
    Location:
    South Seas
    Personally, it's not about who is better, or the expenses. But rather the educational experience and the ensuing relationship that develops during the process. If it were about the costs and superior quality, then I would have recoiled when ordering Kiton's mtm shirts and learning of astronomical prices. Despite my experience, I remained a committed customer. Several years ago, I hopped on a flight to Southern Italy; I walked through the secured gates and met AM without appointment. Let's be real about the perceived notions of inaccessibility. This is nothing more than glamorization - I ain' hating.
     


  6. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    20,840
    Likes Received:
    2,053
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Several years ago, I hopped on a flight to Southern Italy; I walked through the secured gates and met AM without appointment. Let's be real about the perceived notions of inaccessibility. This is nothing more than glamorization - I ain' hating.

    Flying to southern Italy is itself a huge barrier. That's what makes Anna Matuozzo less accessible and why it's exaggerating to say people are 'flocking' to her now. By nature of the fact that she's harder to get to than your nearest Neiman Marcus, her popularity will always remain somewhat limited.
     


  7. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    14,384
    Likes Received:
    2,047
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2006
    Location:
    The wild and the pure.
    don't follow the flock, be original. There are many more artisans in Italy to choose from. Visit Rome, Forenze and Milan.

    Will they result in your getting a better product, or just a more original one?

    While there are certainly shirtmakers all over Italy, the idea that good ones are easy to find is kind of an urban legend. Most non-shirtmaking artisans in Italy have all pointed me to one or two shirtmakers countrywide that they feel are really the top of the heap.
     


  8. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    18,647
    Likes Received:
    102
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2004
    Location:
    In the not too distant future
    I didn't realize you were such a fran.
     


  9. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    14,590
    Likes Received:
    1,927
    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2006
    While there are certainly shirtmakers all over Italy, the idea that good ones are easy to find is kind of an urban legend. Most non-shirtmaking artisans in Italy have all pointed me to one or two shirtmakers countrywide that they feel are really the top of the heap.

    Is Sviglia the other?
     


  10. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

    Messages:
    6,452
    Likes Received:
    306
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2007
    Location:
    New York
    Is Sviglia the other?

    Battistoni?
     


  11. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    14,384
    Likes Received:
    2,047
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2006
    Location:
    The wild and the pure.
    Is Sviglia the other?
    I heard Siviglia from one guy, but I don't spend much time in Rome. Others I have heard besides Matuozzo are Sabattini and I once heard Bugelli, but he was listed as a very good alternative, not necessarily one of the best. When I enquired further, I was told that I would be crazy to switch. Of course, everybody has their prejudices and I haven't visited, so take that for what it is worth. Most everybody in Naples feels that Anna is the best, but that they don't spend that kind of money on shirts.
    Battistoni?
    Never, other than from hotel concierges.
     


  12. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

    Messages:
    6,452
    Likes Received:
    306
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2007
    Location:
    New York
    Never, other than from hotel concierges.

    Funny you say that, as I first heard of Battistoni from a hotel concierge in Rome several years ago.
     


  13. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

    Messages:
    6,452
    Likes Received:
    306
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2007
    Location:
    New York
    Others I have heard besides Matuozzo are Sabattini .

    Sigh...[​IMG]

    Oh wait, you mean a shirtmaker!
     


  14. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    20,840
    Likes Received:
    2,053
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Never, other than from hotel concierges.

    Do you know if they're that bad? What I saw at the store seemed pretty nice, but it's not like I could tell that strongly one way or another.
     


  15. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    14,384
    Likes Received:
    2,047
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2006
    Location:
    The wild and the pure.
    Do you know if they're that bad? What I saw at the store seemed pretty nice, but it's not like I could tell that strongly one way or another.
    I have no idea, but also keep in mind that people who are working artisans generally have a sort of bitterness towards a success like Battistoni. It is the same I have heard towards the Caraceni and Rubinacci. Also, they all sort of work in little guilds where they refer to eachother. To get a real answer, you have to push a little.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by