Wednesday, January 19, 2011
There are many tailors in Naples, most of them cutting too Neapolitan a style for my taste (too tight and too short). There is fine work coming out of Rubinacci of course, but, to paraphrase the late Arnold Gingrich, founder of Esquire magazine, I like to order too many things each year to pay those prices. And then there is Gennaro Solito, open collared on a Saturday in the photo, whose tailoring combines a moderate version of the informal Neapolitan look, excellent quality and moderate pricing. It is no coincidence that necktie makers Maurizio Marinella and Michael Drake are both clients.
The Solito workrooms are in a separate apartment. In the public showroom he cuts his conservative, soft shouldered coats at the table in the photo. He will make jacket and trousers, or only the jacket, collaborating with the trousermaking Ambrosis who are perhaps 200 yards (180 meters) away.
Jacket and trousers are about 1,800 Euros ($2,400) plus cloth.