East Sicily Tailors

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by UrbanComposition, May 27, 2016.

  1. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    It would be interesting to see how the inside of the various jackets are finished and the front and rear of the trousers without the you wearing the jackets. A new tailor on this Board I think.
     


  2. jedwards

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    That cream jacket looks great, well done.
     


  3. UrbanComposition

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    For those that are passing through Syracuse, I highly recommend Ortigia, the old part of town. Right on the water, the streets curve and carve myriad pathways that will make a pleasant afternoon's search. Eat away from the water and instead go to La Foglia on Via Capodieci 29. Charmingly eclectic decor and great food. Ask for the tonno "appena alla griglia, rosso dentro." You won't be disappointed.

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  4. UrbanComposition

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    @GBR, I opted to get trousers made locally in San Francisco, but Arrigo does make trousers. He said he either does them in house (his wife and daughter work with him) or outside if the workload requires it.
    Picked up the jackets a few days ago. Really satisfied with them, but noticed that the swelled seams on the AFB 520 are just extra pick stitching. If there is a separate, more specific/accurate term in Italian (besides puntini) I'm not aware of it. At any rate, I'm happy with the results. Just something to keep in mind.

    Arrigo suggested unlined sleeves, and other than the extra time/effort taking on/off the jacket, the sleeves feel more airy and light. Would definitely do again. It may not be your bag, but if you want a lighter or more airy jacket, it's something to consider.

    He cut both jackets very close in the back, and will say it looks fine (which it does), but if it's uncomfortably snug at the first fitting then speak up. I also asked for a bit of a shoulder extension, as his default is to follow the line of your delts. If you have square shoulders, no problem, but if you have round or bulky delts then consider asking for the extension. Do this at the outset so there will be plenty of fabric; I hardly had any after the first fitting. Expect a bit of pushback, but he does want you to be happy so he'll oblige.
     


  5. UrbanComposition

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  6. dieworkwear

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    Those look really good.

    Did you direct him at all, or is this pretty much his house style? And is the shoulder line on the DB more padded or extended? It looks a little stronger than the other.

    Really nice to see a new tailor discussed on this board. Feel like it's been a while since we've seen something that's both new and good.


    AFAIK, that's the default style in Southern Italy for that kind of cloth.
     
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  7. UrbanComposition

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    It's his house style, which is great to begin with. He'll ask for lapel width, and details, but otherwise I let him do his thing. He is very proud that his style is classic but modern. His suggestions were a very small "rollino" on the sleevhead of the DB, along with a option to button either the middle or bottom, which I agreed with. The shape of the peak lapels looks great; very very slight belly with the points not too high.

    The sleeves on the single breasted have a very subtle waterfall effect, which I asked for. If I were to do it again, I'd ask for the shoulders on the SB to be a bit more extended, but really I'm quite happy. His patch pockets have a wonderfully slight curve to them, and the quarters are open without being overly dramatic. All in all, he is a very talented tailor, flexible, and knows what looks good.
     


  8. GBR

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    Interesting, thanks.

    Out of curiosity, why did you have the trousers made elsewhere? An unusual approach.
     


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  10. UrbanComposition

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    The guys at Tailors Keep already have my trouser pattern and I quite like it. When I go back I'll have trousers made by Arrigo, I think with a single pleat.
     


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    Today in Arrigo tailorshop i have see the cloth remained of the oatmeal Fox flannel double breasted.
    Is a wonderful fabric!
    What weight have?
    I hope to order a similiar flannel,but in light gray from the Fox Flannel site.
     


  12. Mr. Six

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    If I remember correctly, the Fox oatmeal flannel is 14 oz.
     


  13. UrbanComposition

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    I have asked Sig Arrigo if I can share pricing and he gave me the green light:

    For those visiting his sartoria in Messina the price for a jacket is €800, €300 for trousers and €300 for a vest. Turnaround is 10 days to two weeks, depending on workload. He may visit New York and if he does, his cost will be considerably higher. If you are going to him in Messina you either must speak Italian or hire a translator, as he doesn't speak English.
     
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  14. poorsod

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    Wow. Those prices are incredible.
     


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    You just broke the Internet.
     


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