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Milan: Brief Thoughts (also now featuring Naples reports)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by unbelragazzo, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. Axelman 17

    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    Phenomenal write-up, thank you.
     
  2. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    Good write up. Where did you stay there? Did you do capri?
     
  3. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I stayed at Hotel Majestic, which was nice and well-located. Hotel Alabardieri seems to be the other main option. I unfortunately didn't get to go to Capri or Pompeii...I hope to see both on a future visit, perhaps when it's not so infernally hot.
     
  4. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    August/September better
     
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    davesmith Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I heard the place is abandoned in August. I go to Napoli in March/April and September/October.
     
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    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Almost every Italian city is evacuated in August. I would bet shops like Cappelli are closed in August, perhaps even bigger operations like Rubinacci.
     
  7. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    Not true, been there in Aug and September- all open, and saldi galore
     
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    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Ah, well...you should have bet me then :) It's possible that this rule holds more in the north and for cities that aren't already on the beach.
     
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    gets a bit chilly here in August certainly.

    My, and most other cities close down in terms of factories etc in August but of course the shops are open generally, chains etc . Many families escape the concrete heat of the cities - away to various (typically) Italian beaches. The roads are gloriously empty...
    There are some exceptions for family-owned places and restaurants, particularly off the tourist trail. My favourite trattoria closed two weeks ago till September. Porca troia!
     
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  10. davesmith

    davesmith Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    [​IMG] Now that is a summer holiday!
     
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  11. ksakke

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    Thanks for your account! I'll be going on vacation on Amalfi coast and Capri for two weeks soon and I'm planning to do some shopping in Naples, too. Any other pointers? I guess it's saldi time, right? What about the language barrier as I don't speak Italian?
     
  12. Musella

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    What kind of shopping are you planning? If you pass by Milano and you want to make a made-to-measure suit or jacket, don't forget to pay a visit to our Atelier:
    http://sartoriaitalianagm.wordpress.com/
     
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    Sounds lovely! I suppose it's around sales time, yes. I actually don't really know about the language barrier since I spoke Italian the whole time. I know Patrizio Cappelli speaks English, since he wrote his email to me in English. Mina and Dino speak English. But if you find yourself without a common language, just try hand gestures and unless you're looking for something complicated you shouldn't have too much trouble.

    Another pointer is to read the writeups that Derek has done for the StyleForum blog - especially if you're looking for more mid-range stores.
     
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    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This is what I do on StyForum.

    Sometimes, even a single finger works.
     
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  16. dfoverdx

    dfoverdx Senior member

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    I was in Milan for two days. It was not a great shopping experience. Got two shirts from Kiton store at 40%. The price was still much more than virtualclotheshorse. The good thing is the sales man shared his insights about shirt and jacket sleeves length. He told me that there's a proper shirt sleeve length (that he took measurements) and for the jacket sleeves however there's no rule, it's a personal thing... which, in my opinion, makes sense.
    I don't know if Italians should wear socks or not in the summer but in my opinion, they should try to be more respectful to each other.
     
  17. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    As my earlier picture indicated, my Cappellis came in a few days ago. I got the package something like 10 days after I made the order, which is obviously fantastic turnaround time. Here they are all together:

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    I'm very happy with my fabric choices. In the spoiler you can see some of the various construction options, ranging from three fold to seven fold, one unlined.

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    The Cappelli tie has quite a distinctive silhouette. The outline is more curved and bottle-like rather than straight. Here I've laid one out next to a Drake's and a Hober so you can see the difference:

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    Speechless!! [​IMG]

    You make me miss Napoli BIG TIME!! At least I live in London now so I can make Pitti as well [​IMG]
     
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    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Nice, I like this tie, will wait for the others to be matched :)
     

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