What shirt fabrics used by Isaia, Borrelli, Kiton, Barba, Finamore..?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by pkiula, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. pkiula

    pkiula Senior member

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    Having developed quite the taste for these Italian makers' shirts (great slim drape and longevity of fabric), I notice that I do find myself coveting them, but am somewhat limited by whatever pattern/color they choose to make their shirts. At the same time I am drawn in the other direction by threads here (and on similar forums such as AAAC) that talk about bespoke tailoring with top notch fabrics such as Albini or Acorn or the prestigious Alumo and other such alllteration of As.

    Alumo in particular has me intrigued with its 170s fabrics or the 3x3 stuff -- some good reviews by Mr. Kabbaz himself.

    Fortunately I have a shape where OTR shirts fit me with minor nipping in at the waist with all the Italian makers mentioned in the subject here. What fabrics do they use? Am I buying Albini or Alumo grade stuff when I pay top dollar for Isaia or Finamore?

    Googling doesn't yield specifics. Is there a reason these makers keep their fabrics so private? Wouldn't it help sales if they said that their latest stuff was in, say, Albini's Thomas Mason range?

    Thanks for any pointers..
     


  2. marcodalondra

    marcodalondra Senior member

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    They use a number of sources like Albini , monti, testa and Canclini. I doubt they use Alumo and the shirts from Kiton I have seen in person are (including the one I own) are not made with Riva fabric even though on this form there is a myth about it.
     


  3. pkiula

    pkiula Senior member

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    Thanks Marco. Great info. I got some Isaia shirts which are cut and finished exquisitely but the fabric is almost see-through thin. It touches as though its really fine smooth cotton but the see-throughness still bothers me. Thanks!
     


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