A visual tour of how one of the best tailoring companies in the world makes it wares.
By Jemery Philip Galen for Esquire
Photos by Elizabeth Claire Herring
The bespoke suit from Cesare Attolini is touted as among the finest in Christendom, and a special visit to their workshop only increases the brand’s mystique.
The House of Attolini is currently managed by the family’s third generation: two extremely affable brothers named Massimiliano and Giuseppe. The gentlemen are not shy about sharing the role that tradition plays in their success; they are quick to let you know that their grandfather effectively invented the classic “Neapolitan” jacket (with its characteristically high arm holes, soft shoulders, light construction and slim, natural fit) that eventually went on to become emblematic of Italian style. After their father, who still oversees suit design on a daily basis, and whom Massimiliano affectionately refers to as “The Mentor,” scaled operations into a proper workshop, it fell upon the ambitious brothers to bring their hand-sewn, absurdly high-quality product to a discerning international clientele.
We visited their workshop to witness their process and discuss what makes their suits so special — “it’s all in the shoulder!” — or how there is really only one rule for a man to consider when deciding what to wear: “Non essere fuori luogo” (loosely, “never be outside the circumstances”). When asked what will change in five, ten, or twenty-five years from now, Massimiliano stops, flashes a devious smile, and says “Nothing, nothing, nothing will change. The quality and the tradition of our suits will always be the same.”
Here, we offer a glimpse into how they execute that tradition.