Question about gianluca isaia

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Phil, Dec 30, 2003.

  1. Phil

    Phil Senior member

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    Hey there, had a quick question about Gianluca Isaia suits. I am a hopeless devotee of Luciano Barbera clothes, but I slipped on a beautiful brown flannel Isaia suit at Saks in NYC the other day, and I have to admit, it fit me even better than the Barbera model I generally go with. I dont know much about the company, other than that it is very small, and based in Napoli. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I checked out their website, not much help there. This is my first post, by the way, nice to meet you all.
     
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    Pink22m Senior member

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    The history of Isaia dates back to the early 1920's, when father Enrico opened up a drapers shop in Naples. He originally sold wholesale fabrics used in producing fine garments. In the 1950's, he relocated to a small town outside of Naples, where he started a small artisan workshop. Along with his sons Enrico, Corrado and Rosario, they started the Isaia line of made to measure suits. Two decades later, brothers Enrico and Corrado created the Isaia signature line, and they now preside over the company started by their father.

    The Isaia line was exported in the late 80's first to Europe and Asia, and then to the U.S in the 1990's.

    The Isaia group (Isaia and Isaia S.P.A) is still family run. Part of this group is another firm, called Michelangelo S.R.L. Michelangelo is located north of Naples in a town called Frosinone. Brother Rosario Isaia runs Michelangelo, and all the garments produced are made in Italy and marketed as "Gian Luca Napoli" in the U.S market. This line was launched in the fall of 2002, and is meant to satisfy a growing need for half canvassed suits. The factory is integrated and has its own internal style team. The Gian Luca suits retail for between $795 and $950. The name Gian Luca is after Gianluca Isaia, who was born 40 years ago and attended a Milanese Economic School. After, he entered the family business with his cousins who already were running several aspects of the production process.

    The Gian Luca Napoli line has many elements taken from traditional Neapolitan tailoring, such as higher armholes. The armholes and collars are hand sewn.
     
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    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    what pink said.

    isaia has the least handwork of the famous neapolitans (kiton, attolini, and now borrelli). i really like the cut of their suits and there are a couple of others on this forum that love them as well.
     
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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    I picked up a nice Isaia suit in Palermo for a pittance a couple of summers ago. This particular Isaia has rather extensive handwork, (although the pants aren't as nice as the ones from the Enrico line) and has a wonderful drape and cut.
     
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    Thanks for the replies gentlemen, this helps alot. The suit in question is not of the Gian Luca line, but rather the higher quality Isaia line. The suit I am considering retails for $2495.00, although its half off at the moment.
     
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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Good deal, I'd snap that up.
     

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