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Luciano barbera

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jrh, Dec 31, 2003.

  1. jrh

    jrh Well-Known Member

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    A quick search of the forum revealed only a passing word on Luciano Barbera.  I have a few pieces by Barbera.  Aside for his shirts, which strunk terribly, these pieces are all favorites of mine.  

    Much has been discussed of quality ties.  My few Barbera's easliy equal the qualities of the Sulka, Hermes, Chervat, Talbott. and Zegna ties in my wardrobe. The Cashmere Barbera ties are to die for. I have two jackets (one a linen Safari, the other a waxed cotton sports/shorting jacket) that are unchallanged in quality by any I have seen.

    Most of the upper-end stores I've visited carry few stock Barbera, doing mostly MTM.  My impression, not being a Barbera expert, is that the Barbera Family's deluxe fabrics are made -up into clothings by a different company. The pieces I have seen in stock have always been beautifully made, and very pricey.

    I would appreaciate any insight you style guys can provide about this seemingly little recognized master of the rag trade.
     
  2. kirkland

    kirkland Member

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    Luciano Barbera is the son of Carlo Barbera, and scion of the family's textile firm. Carlo Barbera is among the most highly respected textile mills in the world. I have two prized custom-made jackets made of CB cloth, distributed by H Lesser of England--Jodek Int'l of Beverly Hills, CA is the US distributor. Luciano Barbera markets a high-end clothing line under his name but I do not have further details.
     
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    jrh Well-Known Member

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  4. shoefan

    shoefan Senior member

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    You can read complimentary comments about Luciano Barbera in Flusser's books and the likes of the Robb report; he is considered one of the most stylish men in Italy. He is in charge of the Barbera line of clothes. I believe Louis Boston was one of, if not the first, store in the US to sell the Barbera clothing.

    I very much like some of the Barbera tailored clothing, particularly the Collezione Sartoriale line. Barbera's color combinations are very interesting and are often reminiscent of British tweeds, yet rarely (IMO) over the top or tacky, unlike some of the Brioni stuff one sees. Also, as they use Carlos Barbera fabrics, the materials are top shelf.

    As I understand it (though I may be mistaken), the Sartoriale stuff used to be made by SaintAndrews but is now made in a facility that is a joint venture of Barbera and Attolini. I have also seen the name Grilux on some Barbera tailored items. I think the tailored clothes are very well made, albeit in perhaps a slightly more traditional cut than the Kiton/Attolini/Isaia lines. Anyway, I have a beautiful Barbera sport coat in an olive cashmere with a blue and cocoa overplaid/window-pane; it is absolutely spectacular in both appearance and feel. I think it compares quite nicely to anything in my wardrobe.
     

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