In the world of fashion, Italy is the Mount Everest of men's style. London may have Savile Row, Paris its luxury industries, and New York Madison Avenue, but none possesses the true essence of Italian elegance. Beyond its global fashion brands, the soul of Italian style is found in the workshops and boutiques of the established masters and artisans who for generations have created the finest menswear on the planet.
Industry insider and respected sartorialist Hugo Jacomet is one of Europe's most knowledgeable commentators on men's fashion. This lavish guide is the result of over two years spent traveling the length and breadth of Italy, from the foothills of the Alps to the islands of Sicily, documenting the craftsmanship behind Italy's most elegant gentlemen. From Renaissance fabric mills to the world-famous sartorias, from international brands to family-run businesses, over fifty houses from across the country are celebrated for their unique style and commitment to upholding timeless Italian traditions. Exquisite photographs by Lyle Roblin, commissioned specially for this book, reveal the passion and zeal of the country's finest fabric merchants, tailors, producers and boutique-owners.
This richly illustrated journey uncovers the rarely seen producers of true Italian style, essential reading for the modern gentleman and all those who appreciate the beauty of a bespoke suit, the quality of a hand-welted shoe, the luxury of hand-made gloves, or the flamboyant panache of a seven-fold silk tie.
About the Author
Hugo Jacomet is a French columnist, screenwriter, artistic director, and film producer best known for his online men’s style magazine, Parisian Gentleman.
"Whereas other nations treat menswear with extreme restraint or go too far in the other direction by rebelling against conformity, the Italians have made menswear something entirely unique, bringing a jaunty flair to the classic suit. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in The Italian Gentleman: The Master Tailors of Italian Men’s Fashion (Rizzoli New York), the lavish illustrated book that pairs the insights of Hugo Jacomet with the photographs of Lyle Robin." —Crave Online
"In the world of fashion, Italy is the Mount Everest of men’s style. Beyond its global fashion brands, the soul of Italian style is found in the workshops and boutiques of the established masters and artisans who for generations have created the finest menswear on the planet." —Society Diaries
"There are over 50 artisans featured in all, so it acts as a complete encyclopedia for anyone looking to add a little sprezzatura to his wardrobe, and allows to start your sartorial excursion from the comfort of your favorite armchair." —Airows.com