Of course I knew there must be tailors in Sicily, but once I saw Sleevehead's book I knew I had to make it a part of my next trip. We landed in Palermo and spent a couple nights with an old lady that knew hardly anything about her city but cooked amazing food: caponata, swordfish, etc. I guess you can't have it all. We toured ourselves and ended up going to Monreale, a suggestion from Franco, who works at Molinari's on Columbus Street in San Francisco. There you can see the church, which holds one of the most amazing examples of mosaics gone wild. Highly recommended. We then went to the historical center, where we noticed what seemed to be a wine tasting in the Museo Contemporaneo. In fact it was a closing night party for an exhibition of Paolo Troilo, who personally gave us a tour of his exhibit. Using only his fingers (no brushes), he creates moving paintings full of motion and energy. We then drove to Messina to see Pippo Arrigo. After giving him the fabric and telling him what I wanted he drew sketches of the jacket. One will be a single breasted, three roll two jacket in RAF blue fresco, with spalla camicia, three patch pockets, swelled seams and two vents. The other will be a double-breasted jacket in the NMWA oatmeal Fox flannel (thanks Greg!) which can be buttoned at either the middle or bottom, maniche col rollino, flap pockets and two vents. Compared to Palermo, which is old and grand and a little cramped, Messina seems very bright and airy. From there you can see the mainland, which is less than 2 miles away across the strait. We then went to Catania to visit Vittorio Palmisciano. I left him with the DWW tabacco fresco and a wool/linen gunclub from Ed. Both will be made in a single breasted, three roll two jacket, with spalla morbida cadente, three patch pockets, swelled seams and two vents. A few days later Sig Arrigo was ready for the prima prova. I was going to the beach that day so I went in shorts, so you'll have to excuse the pink shirt: One of the sleeves needs to be rotated and shortened a bit. The seconda prova will be this Monday, right before we leave for the Aolean Islands. Sig Palmisciano is a little busier but this morning he sent me this: Prima prova will be this Sunday. Can't wait.