Raffaele Caruso vs Cantarelli

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  1. foto010101

    foto010101 Senior member

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    If you would be able to choose between Raffaele Caruso or Cantarelli, which brand would you choose? And why?
     


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    I have one Caruso jacket and one Cantarelli for Faconnable jacket. Based upon those, Caruso is much better - excellent in fact.
     


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    i wouldn't compare the two... faconnable is all half-canvassed. real cantarelli is typically (not always) fully canvassed.


    depends on what you're after... say more.
     


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    I am thinking in terms of quality and fit. How often is Cantarelli half-canvassed? Is it a typical line?
     


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    My understanding is that Cantarelli is a canvased coat. Mine have been well made, as well made as my Caruso. Fit matter most.
     


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    Both are fully canvassed and are constructed excellently. Caruso might be slightly better, but not by much. From what I've seen, Cantarelli is usually a softer coat while Caruso is a bit more structured. As the above poster said, fit matters most in this case.
     


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    I've seen stuff by both vary considerably. However, Caruso is probably the more "consistent" of the two. Some of the things I've seen by Cantarelli are terrific though.
     


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    I believe there's so much more Caruso than Cantarelli out there. Who do they make for? I'm trying to think if I've ever even encountered one. Caruso makes for everybody.
     


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    Cantarelli makes for Bergdorf Goodman private label.
     


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    re cantarelli - it varies by model and price range.

    my experience has been that the best caruso slightly trumps cantarelli, but for the most part, there isn't a massive difference. there is so much average caruso out there (in terms of both fit and fabrics) that it tends to lower the average.

    cantarelli tends to be a bit more consistent in styling, with a flashier bent for fabrics (think isaia-ish), but is generally a solid but unspectacular brand. typically a semi-soft shoulder (not as soft as softest caruso), wide-ish lapels (by current standards), nice pants (fitted but not as skinny as caruso tends to be). emphasis on "typically".

    they are very close. it really depends on what works best for you.
     


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    foto010101 Senior member

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    Thank you very much for the information. Any info on the models Cantarelli and Caruso sell?
     


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    Carusos sartoria parma is amazing. I like it as much if not more than my isaia stuff.
     


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  14. totolino85

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    well first of all hi to everyone this is my first post here :)

    Caruso alongside Cantarelli, Sartorio, Sartoria Napoletana and Boglioli are my favourite brands and I own quite a good number of products made by them;
    of course being italian i pay for them i think less than a third of what u guys usually pay (just today I bought a Caruso jacket for 100 euro, a Caruso suit for 200 and a Piombo sport summer cotton jacket for 70 euro! ) but I'm a lucky guy that has good friends in the nicest shop in my town (Torino),so when they make the clearances I'm invited in and get the same price they do for employees (just to piss you off a bit more my dad got 2 kiton suits for 800 euro :) )


    Going back to the dispute , in my opinion you choose bably the "contenders" as I'd more compare Caruso to Isaia (both in fit and quality) and Cantarelli to Sartorio; they're all Napoli's cut so with very little to zero structure in the jackets and quite slim siluette but the similarities in my opinion are just about those! Caruso and Isaia are more formal wear ,and you can see it by the choice they make on fabrics while Sartorio and Cantarelli are much more adressing a younger (or at least younger looking) type of client.

    Than again, last time I was in USA i noticed italian brands such as Isaia or Caruso seem to have a completely different line for you guys, not at all worst just different in cut ( I noticed for example the jackets seemed much much longer) and fabrics (in Italy thank god since many years flannel suits are a must have in a classic wardrobe while in USA I havent' seen almost any!)


    Ah,last thing, I absolutely LOVE those flannel gray trousairs you have in the last pic here! Short as i like, very tall turnup\cuff (i think is 5,5 right? ) and very narrow skinny leg! they almost look like the ones of Lino Ieluzzi!


    Vittorio
     


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    I strongly disagree with above. "Cantarelli" mainline suits are entirely machine made. There is not a single hand-made stitch on Cantarelli mainline suits, so they cannot be compaired to Sartorio in anything other than perhaps siluette. Caveat is that Sartorio is soft tailored and fitting while Cantarellli mainline is heavily padded in shoulders and chest. Granted both are canvasses garments but I would rather compare Catraelli mainline to Brooks Brothers in quality and fit or any other machine made stiff suit made with canvas.
    Cantarelli mainline is not in the same category as Caruso or Sartorio by a mile.
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2012


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