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VINCENZO ATTOLINI

“A good tailor is nothing but a craftsman who makes imperfect clothes for imperfect bodies.” Attolini is the name of a family, a big family, inextricably united over three generations by a profound passion: elegant menswear. In the late 1920s, Neapolitan fashion design was well-known all around Italy, a mixture of British style with French and Spanish influences. Despite the climate and the uncomfortable stiffness of its shapes, Neapolitans dressed as British people. Until a 29 year old Neapolitan tailor, Vincenzo Attolini, who had a strong creative intuition, a deep sense of harmony, and an unmatched manual skill in cutting fabrics, rewrote the rules of overseas stiff elegance. Vincenzo used to say that a good tailor is nothing but a craftsman who makes imperfect clothes for imperfect bodies.

In 1930 he designed, cut and sew a jacket that had a shape never seen before. A garment that would have been considered unusual even during the Sixties. Disarmingly simple yet able to immediately erase the rigidity of male elegance, making the English garments look like something from prehistoric times. Vincenzo took off all pads and inner lining, making the jacket soft and light like a shirt. So deconstructed that it could be folded six, eight, ten times. It was a revolution, the invention of the modern jacket. Totò, Vittorio De Sica, Marcello Mastroianni and Clark Gable were only a few of the stars who wore Attolini’s suits, even the Duke of Windsor, who wore only English suits, fell in love with one of Vincenzo’s jackets.

Today, Cesare Attolini Napoli is one of the most prestigious tailoring houses. Cesare is Vincenzo's  son and the company is run by grandsons Giuseppe and Massimiliano. Actors such as Sean Connery, Al Pacino, and Harrison Ford are all recognized Attolini clients. The company, with only 130 tailors on staff, produces less than 12,000 suits per year, with a minimum of 30 manual labor hours invested into the creation of each piece. Every piece of every suit is 100% handmade, as each tailor is tasked to perform only one step of the suit-making process. Attolini suits are some of the rarest and most difficult suits to find because there are only three showrooms in Naples, Milano and New York. 

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