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Leaving Napoli soon- what to bring back??

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by AmericanGent, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    Personally if I were in Naples I'd be looking for dead stock fabric. I recall seeing discontinued Scabal Shetland at Argenio. I'd love to see if I could find old Wodehouse or other discontinued cloths. OTOH you kinda need to know what to look for.

    I'm not sure if Carlo Barbera sells to the public now they have been bought by Kiton. It would be nice to find some deadstock.
     
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  2. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    This is a great idea. Gianni Cerutti was able to find some scabal shetland for me that is fantastic. I would also be interested in sport coat lengths of this stuff, and old stock Barbera.
     


  3. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Senior member

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    Great stuff guys- thanks for your input!
     


  4. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Link to seller?
     


  5. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    Depends on what you want to do, as the ideas proposed are quite different:

    1. High Upfront Cost / One-Time Shot / Logistically Easy– buy fabrics
    2. Low Upfront Cost / Recurring Business / Logistically Tough – partner up with a traveler tailor / shirtmaker

    I like option 2, but it depends on your risk / commitment preferences
     


  6. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Senior member

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    I picked up some Carlo Riva white linen shirting today!
     


  7. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Senior member

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    Just got back from Argenio, I asked for you, but they did not have any old stock. They do have some beautiful new line stuff. How much does this cost in the US? I'd like to know if it's cheaper here in back home.
     


  8. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    I don't know the retail price of scabal in the US. I just remember that the 2m length of scabal Shetland was 100 euros and that's a good price. This was a few years ago though.
     


  9. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Senior member

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    They had some Scabal on sale for €120, but I don't know how to pick out a Shetland. Need some edumacation.
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  10. marcodalondra

    marcodalondra Senior member

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    Carlo Barbera still produce fabric every season that then Merchants select and some tailors also buy directly. Drapers and Ariston both use Carlo Barbera as one of the mill they buy from however they are reluctant to tell you which stuff in their books is made by CB, at least in my recent experience, and anyway both will not officially sell you retail cuts, so you need to get it through a tailor
     


  11. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    My impression is that you really need to know trends, what's worth while and what's not in order to make it profitable. It's beyond the scope of my knowledge. That said, would you mind finding out the cut price for Alumo's Triplo when you are at Cacciopoli? If the price is not nuts, I'd be interested in some shirt lengths of blue.
     
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  12. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Senior member

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    I agree.

    I'll head down to Cacciopoli next week. I'll ask their prices and see if I can get some pictures.
     


  13. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Senior member

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    I stopped in at Piccolo shirting (having a shirt made) and snapped a few pictures. They have they largest selection of Riva and Bonfanti shirtings that I have found.

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    I was told that Riva is no longer being produced under the Carlo Riva label, now it's all going to be Bonfanti. That's what Gennaro at Piccolo told me- but I have no way of verifying this.
     


  14. marcodalondra

    marcodalondra Senior member

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    That would be weird... Riva is a stronger brand, so even if they re-merged you would keep the stronger brand going. May be worth visiting Cilento on Via Medina. They are the main Riva buyers in the city and have a very good selection too, but price wise not very competitive
     


  15. sangiuseppe

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    Hello American Gent, What was the going price for Riva fabrics? Enjoy your Sunday by the gulf!
     


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