Monday, January 16, 2012
There are a couple bespoke tailors in Florence but only one of them has an international reputation. That of course is Liverano & Liverano, the firm whose principal distinguishing characteristic is a suit with a short jacket featuring perhaps the world's most open quarters that requires seventy hours to make (compared to perhaps thirty hours for a Savile Row firm and forty for a Neapolitan suit, with Liverano's pricing proportionate to the Neapolitans) because it is sewn almost completely by hand. The back seam of the jackets may be sewn by machine but it is a mystery how this is accomplished. There are no sewing machines in sight.
Some portion of Liverano's reputation is due to Mark Cho of The Armoury, a tailoring customer whose store supports Antonio Liverano's three visits to Hong Kong each year (I walked by Liverano three times last week and Mr. Cho was visible twice as I passed). Antonio also visits Japan but not the United States. That is he in the photo, which also illustrates a typical Liverano coat.
The Liverano shop has a small retail section in front, a fitting room, and then several workrooms strung in a circle around the rear. The neckties are sewn locally, and they are a good choice for the clothing lover's souvenir of Florence.