Bonfanti

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  1. Newcomer

    Newcomer Senior member

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    Both the pictures and the process are absolutely amazing. I would love to see those machines in action...
     


  2. MyOtherLife

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    Both the pictures and the process are absolutely amazing. I would love to see those machines in action...

    +1
    My thanks as well for the sharing.
     


  3. emptym

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    Thanks, as always, for sharing.
     


  4. T4phage

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    What's his contact information? And what's his pricing like? Similar to Riva?
    Does Bonafanti speak English? Does he communicate in English via e-mail? If the answer is yes to both, then I'll ask my shirtmaker...Freddy Vandecasteele (who posts on this forum) to do so.

    I just don't know how to reach Bonafanti


    email: giancarlobonfanti AT hotmail.it
    tel: +39 0341240658

    he speaks excellent english
    as for pricing, a bit better than riva

    At one point Giancarlo Bonfanti himself posted on the London Lounge when he made some cloths for LL:

    http://thelondonlounge.net/forum/vie...php?f=2&t=7556

    He appears to understand English and be comfortable with selling over the Internet, and there is an email address in the first post.

    --Andre

    those fabrics were not specific to loldonlounge and for all the cost of sending samples he received a tiny percentage as orders, not enough to cover the cost. i am not sure if he is willing to do that again.

    best to have your shirtmaker contact him.
     


  5. Shirtmaven

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    those machines could be older then i a m.. and I am not young!
    good luck getting parts. either he needs a really good machinist, or he has 6 machines in back that he cannibalizes for parts.

    the problem with riva and bonfanti, is that both have very limited production. most of the production is taken up by high end Italian companies.
    neither has agents nor reps in the usa.
    Bonfanti's machines run narrow goods. 36"/90cm not all shirtmakers want to cut narrow fabrics.

    Mathew mathew in chicago imports Bonfanti. I think he has a friendship with one of the sons.
     


  6. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    ^^

    BTW, Carl is working up a G&R for me that will either be the coolest shirt ever or a total POS. No pressure Carl.
     


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    Damn, that's sweet.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  10. ajv

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    Thank you T4 for these pictures.........


    Adrian
     


  11. A Y

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    the rubenelli fabrics are excellent the finishing is superb.. I think their 200/2 is better then Albini

    200 is so 2005. Seriously, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw the 300/2s. What's your experience been like with 300s in general?

    those fabrics were not specific to loldonlounge and for all the cost of sending samples he received a tiny percentage as orders, not enough to cover the cost. i am not sure if he is willing to do that again.

    [​IMG] Live by the iGent, die by the iGent. What would be the quintessential cloth to order from Bonfanti --- something he does much better than everyone else, or is really unique to him?

    --Andre
     


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    Nice stuff T4! That linen/cotton etamine is fantastic looking. As with my suits and sportcoats, I love fabrics that have some surface texture. This looks like a good one.
     


  13. T4phage

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    Bonfanti's machines run narrow goods. 36"/90cm not all shirtmakers want to cut narrow fabrics.
    ....

    he also has some fabrics that are the normal width, but these he has outsourced and made to his specs.
    but the finer weaves are all made inhouse on those vintage machines

    200 is so 2005. Seriously, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw the 300/2s. What's your experience been like with 300s in general?

    [​IMG] Live by the iGent, die by the iGent. What would be the quintessential cloth to order from Bonfanti --- something he does much better than everyone else, or is really unique to him?

    --Andre

    i like his poplins better than riva because they have a bit more body.
    the linen cotton etamine i have not seen from anyone else, and he only started to remake it this year after 12 years.
    the very fine hopsack (?) is also great.

    your 300 question was directed at shirtmaven
    bonfanti made a 320 or 360 at a client's behest
    he hated it
     


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    Thanks for the recommendations!

    --Andre
     


  15. GasparddeColigny

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    Lovely photos, lovely cloths as well.
     


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