There are tailoring houses that claim to be all things to all men. To be a chameleon with shears. A gentleman shape-shifter. Antonio Liverano is not one of these. Signor Liverano's house style is very distinctive, among the most easily recognizable of today's internationally known tailors. And if you go to Liverano, the house style is what you're getting. Signor Liverano has a vision for how he wants you to look, and expects you to submit to it. He views himself as a professional who claims dominion over your sartorial matters, just as the doctor is lord of your physical health, the lawyer your legal well-being, and the bartender your spirits. He has earned that respect. Just as the best men of every line of work, Signor Liverano has dedicated himself to his craft. One can see the threads coming to life in his imagination when he talks about what are "his kind of fabrics" - the heavy English wools of old that tailor so beautifully. The iGent of an acquisitive disposition will notice a kindred spirit in the curator of the shed full of silks for ties behind the Liverano workshop just off Piazza Augusto Conti, a few paces from the Arno. Signor Liverano describes his style as typical of Florentine tailoring, but as the most well-known bespoke tailor in Florence, the look is now closely associated with his house in particular. It involves an extended, convex shoulder, besom hip pockets (this part is negotiable), and most distinctively, a dramatic )( shape formed by a wide roll to the lapels and extremely open quarters. His personal style is also distinctive – you'll most often find him in a patterned suit with a thick necktie, and if it's chilly, a colorful knit waistcoat. In most pictures I have seen of him, as on the occasion we met, he uses colors in his pocket square to refer to colors in his tie and waistcoat. The effect is of an outfit that is coordinated but not in a “matchy” way. Of course when you become a client, he will give you what suits you best. In order to facilitate this, initial appointments usually involve some introductory conversations so that he and his able assistant Taka can familiarize themselves with the client's needs and lifestyle. If you like the Liverano style, its distinctiveness demands that you procure it directly from the man himself. In so doing you will remove yourself from the legions that Signor Liverano sees while walking to work in the morning, whose typical dress he described as “terrible”. Currently you can make appointments at his workshop in Florence, and in cooperation with The Armoury in Hong Kong and London. Signor Liverano did express a willingness to visit the United States if there is enough interest. Inquiries should be made here. Expect prices that reflect the international bidding war for the services of tailors of Signor Liverano's caliber. The storefront. The workshop. The ample, three-dimensional Liverano lapel roll. Besom hip pockets come standard. Unlined sleeves on a summer jacket. The courtyard behind the workshop. Inside the silk warehouse. Taka, wearing a coat of which Signor Liverano was particularly proud. Antonio Liverano.