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The Rubinacci Thread.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by whnay., Jun 6, 2008.

  1. greekonomist

    greekonomist Senior member

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    All these posts have me seriously considering Rubinacci. [​IMG]
     
  2. savvyibd

    savvyibd Senior member

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    I went to Rubinacci with the intent of seeing Anna afterwards in Napoli and was thoroughly disappointed.

    Unless you speak very good Italian, and can speak sartorial words in Italian, don't go to the store in Napoli.

    I'm hoping London is better, otherwise I won't be a client. I tried asking the most basic of questions, three people could not talk to the tailor for me, and then they said they had to close for lunch when I wanted to get fitted for a suit. They said "come back". I left Napoli about two hours later.
     
  3. greekonomist

    greekonomist Senior member

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    I went to Rubinacci with the intent of seeing Anna afterwards in Napoli and was thoroughly disappointed. Unless you speak very good Italian, and can speak sartorial words in Italian, don't go to the store in Napoli. I'm hoping London is better, otherwise I won't be a client. I tried asking the most basic of questions, three people could not talk to the tailor for me, and then they said they had to close for lunch when I wanted to get fitted for a suit. They said "come back". I left Napoli about two hours later.
    Parlo italiano. I don't know tailoring terms, though.
     
  4. savvyibd

    savvyibd Senior member

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    Parlo italiano. I don't know tailoring terms, though.

    Then don't waste your time. When you're spending 3'000e+ on a suit, you don't want something screwed up because of a misunderstanding.

    I understand I'm in Italia - southern Italia - but this is a first rate tailor. They should have somebody who speaks fluent English working, and certainly shouldn't kick you out after you've been looking through the fabrics in the back for 30 minutes and said "I'd like to get fitted now" for their 2 hour lunch break.

    Sorry, I just have such a sour taste in my mouth from my entire time in Italia.
     
  5. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    Then don't waste your time. When you're spending 3'000e+ on a suit, you don't want something screwed up because of a misunderstanding.

    I understand I'm in Italia - southern Italia - but this is a first rate tailor. They should have somebody who speaks fluent English working, and certainly shouldn't kick you out after you've been looking through the fabrics in the back for 30 minutes and said "I'd like to get fitted now" for their 2 hour lunch break.

    Sorry, I just have such a sour taste in my mouth from my entire time in Italia.



    That sounds like most latin countries. You have to be patient. They're different from us.
     
  6. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Then don't waste your time. When you're spending 3'000e+ on a suit, you don't want something screwed up because of a misunderstanding.

    I understand I'm in Italia - southern Italia - but this is a first rate tailor. They should have somebody who speaks fluent English working, and certainly shouldn't kick you out after you've been looking through the fabrics in the back for 30 minutes and said "I'd like to get fitted now" for their 2 hour lunch break.

    Sorry, I just have such a sour taste in my mouth from my entire time in Italia.

    There is somebody who speaks Italian in the Naples shop... the owner. He happened to be out of work for a month recently with two broken vertabrae. Perhaps that was during your visit. Anyway, somebody with working Italian should have no problem. Tailoring terms are easy to pick up.
     
  7. savvyibd

    savvyibd Senior member

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    There is somebody who speaks Italian in the Naples shop... the owner. He happened to be out of work for a month recently with two broken vertabrae. Perhaps that was during your visit.

    Anyway, somebody with working Italian should have no problem. Tailoring terms are easy to pick up.


    I speak very little, but brought my friend who is from Naples, and it didn't work out. Oh well, I just hope London is better when I go next week. I went in September, to purposely avoid the month holiday Italia has in August.

    I know Mr Rubinacci wasn't there - I missed him by a few days. I went the day after a local holiday there (something to do with some Saint that lived/died there). *shrug*
     
  8. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I know Mr Rubinacci wasn't there - I missed him by a few days. I went the day after a local holiday there (something to do with some Saint that lived/died there). *shrug*

    Funny, you must have been there around exactly the same time I was. Who knows, maybe we passed each other.

    I didn't get to see Mariano either, and we had scheduled to meet each other--as Matt points out, he's been recovering from a pretty serious injury. Obviously it's useless to you now, but I suggest asking to coordinate your visits to meet with Mariano (or Luca) at the shop. Did you call ahead before arriving?

    I don't understand why you'd have problems dealing with Anna. I don't speak a word of Italian and bumbled through perfectly fine. You really don't want to be instructing someone like Anna, anyway; her expertise is a huge element of what you're paying for. You just need to pick the fabric, collar, and cuff. With even rudimentary Italian, you should have been perfectly fine.
     
  9. savvyibd

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    Funny, you must have been there around exactly the same time I was. Who knows, maybe we passed each other.

    I didn't get to see Mariano either, and we had scheduled to meet each other--as Matt points out, he's been recovering from a pretty serious injury. Obviously it's useless to you now, but I suggest asking to coordinate your visits to meet with Mariano (or Luca) at the shop. Did you call ahead before arriving?

    I don't understand why you'd have problems dealing with Anna. I don't speak a word of Italian and bumbled through perfectly fine. You really don't want to be instructing someone like Anna, anyway; her expertise is a huge element of what you're paying for. You just need to pick the fabric, collar, and cuff. With even rudimentary Italian, you should have been perfectly fine.


    Perhaps. Hey, do you know the name of the pizzeria a few shops down from the store. They told me to eat there, then come back. I ate there, then took a train to FCO, then flew to Zurich.

    I sent several e-mails back and forth starting three weeks before I planned to come.

    I didn't go see Anna because I was a bit pissed off, and was sick of southern Italia in general. (I was mugged the night I got there - luckily they didn't take any of my CC's only the euros I had) I just wanted to go, and that was the final straw. I wasn't up for any more southern Italia after I had a nice pizza.

    Does Anna ever come to the US, or any other parts of Europe to do fittings? And will she ship swatches to you so you can pick them out, then wire the money, and get the shirts?
     
  10. Concordia

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    Wait until you see the thread about my genitalia.

    Yeah, well, everyone knows that the camera always adds five pounds.
     
  11. binge

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    Wait until you see the thread about my genitalia.

    I already have one, I call it "WAYWRN".
     
  12. literasyme

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    Very nice indeed -- but I've lost track in your recent torrent of Rubinaccis -- is this your first jacket, or a new one? I do appreciate them, and really like the way they're cut through the torso, but the sleeves' overly rich fullness just isn't my thing.
     
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    I speak very little, but brought my friend who is from Naples, and it didn't work out.
    Hard to believe a guy from Naples coundn't/didn't:

    1. Warn you of smugglers
    2. Help you with translation
    3. Advise you not to start a quite long process like measuring for a jacket 30' before lunchtime

    Or did he warn you and you deliberately ignored his advice [​IMG]?
     
  14. savvyibd

    savvyibd Senior member

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    I'm used to the "Oh you want to spend 3'000, let me get you a glass of wine and sit down" treatment, not the GTFO of the store and come back in two hours.

    As for smugglers, yes, I was warned. And I should have known better as they worked for the Naples government.
     
  15. pabloj

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    Enjoy the reality bath you got at Rubinacci and learn to follow sound advice from friends.
     
  16. fritzl

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    Enjoy the reality bath you got at Rubinacci and learn to follow sound advice from friends.

    We don't need this people in Europe [​IMG]
     
  17. JoelF

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    That sounds like most latin countries. You have to be patient. They're different from us.

    No, not different at all really. The basic message "give us your money, screw you" is universal. The latins just go about it in a slightly different way. [​IMG]
     
  18. texas_jack

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    No, not different at all really. The basic message "give us your money, screw you" is universal. The latins just go about it in a slightly different way. [​IMG]

    Uh, what I meant was you have to be patient because things happen at a different pace and people sometimes have a different concept of customer service.
     
  19. pabloj

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    Uh, what I meant was you have to be patient because things happen at a different pace and people sometimes have a different concept of customer service.
    Right, that's the relaxed neopolitan way of life, enjoy your meal, enjoy your fitting, don't mix them up.
     
  20. whnay.

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    Foo I really really like that last coat, awesome fabric.
     

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