Naples’ ‘Savile Alley’ preserves bespoke tailoring

Naples – An Italian answer to London’s Savile Row, ‘Savile Alley’ is a collection of storied bespoke-tailoring houses dotting the narrow central streets of Naples.

Harking back to the city’s aristocratic traditions as a European powerhouse to rival Paris and London, the boutiques are proud to tell visitors they have everything the discriminating gentleman needs to step out about town.

“We take care of all a man’s needs, from head to toe,” says Ugo Cilento of the ‘Cilento 1780’ emporium. “Everything is hand-made and made to measure by legions of craftsmen,” says Cilento, 39, the eighth generation of his family to cater to well-heeled clients from Italy and abroad.

“Some of our fabrics are even exclusively created for us by (famed top-of-the-range French textile group) Dormeuil”. Massimo Massaccesi, president of the ultra-exclusive Capri Yacht Club, says he’s glad he doesn’t have to travel much farther than his front door to find the quality he craves. “I’m an extremely demanding customer and Naples suits me down to a tee. I find superb levels of excellence here”.

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Savile Alley

Massaccesi says he appreciates the more visible high-end Kiton store that is reaching out to a wider market but prefers the backstreet ateliers where tailors are passing on their skills to their sons. Sauntering into the workshop-boutique of 70-year-old Antonio Panico and his son Luigi, Massaccesi can barely keep his enthusiasm under wraps.

“I feel I’m in a London club,” he says. Antonio Panico once stunned a wealthy client in Japan by snipping out a perfect jacket in 10 minutes from a single roll of fabric. But he is more famous for his overcoats, which Italy’s great-and-good recognise instantly by the cut of their jib. Another ‘Savile Alley’ stalwart, 77-year-old Renato Ciardi, says: “Tailoring is a delicate and meticulous thing here (in Naples). We’re not shaping fashion here, we’re making history”.

Ciardi recalls fondly a master, the “late, great” Vincenzo Attolini, who invented a new generation of Neapolitan jackets by removing padding and ‘destructuring’ the garment, a trick later imitated by Versace and others. But coats and jackets don’t tell the whole story here.

Foulards

Foulards Marinella

Savile Alley also runs to ties, whether the world-famous ones made by Maurizio Marinella (and, incidentally, handed out like confetti as gifts and thank-yous by Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi) or the newly relaunched Ulturale range with typically Neapolitan touches like hidden lucky charms and mini-pockets. Then there are the famously lightweight shirts, such as those made by Luigi and Fabio Borrelli, or by up-and-comers like Luca Avitabile who says: “a shirt is like a second skin; to make it fit perfectly you need great technique and experience”.

Not to mention shoes that vie with the best old England can produce; or gloves, a Neapolitan pride since the glory days of the Bourbon monarchy. Or the umbrellas fashioned by another legendary craftsman, Mario Talarico, 79, who says: “In most ways my trade hasn’t changed since the days of (prewar British Prime Minister Neville) Chamberlain”. Massaccesi, the Capri yacht-club chief, says he guards Talarico’s creations jealously. “I tend to take them with me everywhere, even when it isn’t raining. But I never leave one around, anywhere. I wouldn’t find it again, and I’d be quite unconsolable”.

 

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Urban gardens: agriculture reaches Italian cities

Find a small piece of land in the city, work it, planting vegetables, fruits andvegetables, and have the satisfaction of collecting and taste the fruits of their labor. This is the global trend that has reached even Italy: more and more people feel the need to find a contact with nature, working outdoors and eat healthier.

 

Orto urbano

Urban garden

 

In Italy there are more and more urban gardens, especially municipalities, which are rented or entrusted to citizens free of charge. An initiative recently launched by the City of Capannori and Rome, which already has a hundred gardens and urban gardens shared.

 

Orto urbano

Urban Garden

 

There are also several initiatives “Urban Gardens” as Campagna Amica and Italia Nostra, both of national significance, open to external input that will appeal to allthose private or public, who, having green areas, want to be devoted to the “art of cultivate” in respect of the historical memory of places, accepting ethical rules to be stated in advance in Italy Our agreement with ANCI (association of Municipalities of Italy) with which it has been recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

 

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Mastroianni and his favorite: Pasta and Bean dish

Pasta e fagioli is one of the typical dishes of Italian cuisine, and we can enjoy regional and even local variations. Because of this popularity, you can not say with certainty what is the origin of the dish. The Veneto and Tuscany are two regions more than others have made a pasta and bean dish.

I Soliti Ignoti

I Soliti Ignoti

The dish has starred in several films, such as when Marcello Mastroianni, lover of pasta and beans, in movie “I soliti ignoti” with Vittorio Gassman, Toto’ and Claudia Cardinale stop at Capannelle, while it’s going on the robbery of the century,to taste a plate of pasta and beans.

Someone argue that the recipe for pasta and beans was born in the taverns of ancient Rome, cheap dish, tasty and nutritious, and therefore suitable to feed the guests. Others argue that pasta and beans was the dish of the farmers who provide only products of their own backyard, perhaps enriching the flavor with pork rinds.

Vini CHIANTI

Vini CHIANTI

The pasta and beans is excellent enjoyed with red wines of good body and good acidity, in particular, are recommended Rosso di Montepulciano, Chianti Rufinaor a Cabernet Franc of Grave del Friuli.

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STAND UP !, Here is the Salone del Mobile in Milano #ItalyBest

The Salone del Mobile in Milan is a great showcase of design, and every year are exposed a lot of innovative ideas for our home.

Some of the best ideas, Italians of course

Flou

Flou

The elastic tissue of the head is modeled following the shapes of our bodies. The LED lights create intimate charm, but do not forget functionality.

Bottega Veneta e Poltrona Frau

Bottega Veneta e Poltrona Frau

The new chair Bottega Veneta, in collaboration with Poltrona Frau, is the epitome of a timeless style and technical quality and high level of craftsmanship.
Poltrona Frau e Lanvin

Poltrona Frau e Lanvin

The fashion house Lanvin joins forces with the label of upholstered furniture high end Poltrona Frau. It designs a unique session, the first experiment of furnishingbrand in the segment, presented in the boutique in Via della Spiga

Pianca

Pianca

Pianca, a constant research of balance between sophisticated style and real life

Bisazza

Bisazza

The new Bisazza collection is inspired by the fusion between East and West, in the use of graphic elements typical of mosaic Japanese culture, and the use of wood elements as a bathtub or sink

Frau

Frau

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Kennedy, Clinton, Onassis, King Juan Carlos, Berlusconi… everyone loves Marinella

Aristotle Onassis used to buy twelve of it in one time, rigorously black, to discourage the interlocutors and never to make them to understand of what humor he was. Still today, as at the beginning of the century, the Marinella ties are round the neck of the most elegant and famous men. High exponents of the politics and the entrepreneurial world, of the culture and of the show. They have been round the neck of all the American presidents from Kennedy onwards, included Bill Clinton who was given them by his wife Hillary. Today among the noble customers there are King Juan Carlos and the prince Alberto of Monaco. Marinella has been official supplier of the English royal house for one hundred years.

Marinella

Marinella

Today Marinella is famous also for Parfumes, belts, foulards…

Parfums for men and women

Parfums for men and women

Foulards

Foulards

Wallet, Pens, sunglasses, watches...

Wallet, Pens, sunglasses, belts, watches...

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