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Maomao x Gaz Italian Sartorial Adventure 2012

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gazman70k, May 20, 2012.

  1. comrade

    comrade Distinguished Member

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    Rome, city of big old buildings built by a bunch of toga wearing war mongers and orgy lovers!
    And (celibate?) Popes and Cardinals.​
     


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    I was shocked when I stepped into Borrelli in Napoli. They had none of the typical old man style ties that you see in America. They had very lightly lined, untipped Neapolitan style ties... Somehow they never find their way over here.
     


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    Updates... Rubinacci vs. Liverano? Can London House compete? Come on Chairman Mao, give us what we need (want). :nodding:
     


  4. gazman70k

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    Day 1, Naples

    We kicked of Day 1 early, with a train ride from Rome to Naples, arriving at Napoli Centrali at about 10AM. It so happened that it was the week of the America's Cup but unfortunately the weather was poor and we didn't take any happy snaps. Plus, we didn't want to bring too much attention to ourselves. Applying the "Shenzhen travel protocol" meant no watches, no cameras, money stashed in one's underwear and attempt to not look like a tourist. I think dressing in a blue sports coat, gray pants, brown shoes and a white shirt may have helped us blend in with the locals.

    So into a cab we go, off to London House. Marianno was expecting Mao Mao and had travelled back from Capri for the fitting. ​

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    Works in progress

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    Marianno does his thing...

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    Highlight of our time at London House was the discussion between Mao Mao and Marianno on how much waist suppression was necessary.

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    Grey London House hopsack

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    Blue linen

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    Luca drops by to say "Hi". He joked that proof he was Marianno's son was they both independently wore the same yellow sweater.

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    DB navy fresco, if I recall.


    After the fitting, Marianno insisted that he show us the rest of the London House hopsack. We adjourned to the larger bespoke room up the back where all the cloth were kept. In this room, I saw first hand the art of selling by Marianno Rubinacci. He starts of slow, pulling out a single bolt of a London House hopsack. He gauges our reaction. Upon seeing our eyes light up, he strikes. From then on, bolt after bolt of fabric, from the house hopsack to a rather strange herringbone weaved cotton denim, was flung across a large antique table with the panache of Neapolitan showmanship passed down from generation to generation.

    It was there, Mao Mao suggest that I consider a Rubinacci suit over my original choice of getting another Liverano suit when we visit Florence the following day. He made several compelling arguments on price, wardrobe diversity and "well, you are here already..."

    I finally committed after Mao Mao agreed to provide input on the styling and thus the genesis of my Rubinacci X Mao Mao suit.


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    Following our fittings, we headed to Mattozzi, a few doors down from London House, for lunch

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    The watch is there for scale

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    Buffalo mozzarella with cherry tomatoes and rocket

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    Rigatoni with tomatoes, eggplant and mozzarella

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    Grilled squid

    Coming up next, our afternoon in Naples.

     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2012


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    Damn right!
     


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    Very nice gazman70k.

    Does the chairman have a brother (maybe bra-from-anotha-ma kinda thing)?

    There is a gent who started this blog whose styling is a lot like his . . .

    - M
     


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    Wonderful posts, keep it up.
     


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    Excellent thread. Looking forward to more.
     


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    nice thread guys, not enough of these anymore.
     


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    Dougieeee! It been a long while, bro.

    When are you getting you butt back to HK?
     


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