Photograph by Brent Murray

Old Naples, New York

  1. The Neapolitan Style
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    The Neapolitan Style

    Cesare Attolini invented the Neapolitan style of tailoring in the 1930s, which features a lapel that rolls naturally from two or three buttons, hand-sewn pick-stitching at the edges, and a lighter, softer construction that feels like a second skin. 

    Attolini has opened up their first outpost at 67th and Madison in New York City, where you can go under the measuring-tape as well as shop for a variety of ready-made Attolini garments.

    -- Stephen Pulvirent

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  2. The Brothers Attolini
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    The Brothers Attolini

    Massimiliano and Giuseppe Attolini, grandsons of Vicenzo, keep management of the brand in the family. They gave Bloomberg Businessweek a tour of their new shop on Madison Avenue this week.

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  3. A New Beginning
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    A New Beginning

    The Cesare Attolini shop on Madison Avenue (at 67th Street) is the family's first outside Italy. They have plans to open an additional four or five stores around the world.

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  4. Inside the Shop
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    Inside the Shop

    The interior of the New York store was designed by Neapolitan architect Alessandro del Giudice, who also designed the Attolini atelier in Naples.

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  5. Cesare Attolini
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    Cesare Attolini

    The fabric on one wall of the shop comprises black and white photos from the company's archives. Here, Cesare Attolini himself works on a coat. He still manages quality control at the workshop that bears his name.

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  6. Bespoke Tailoring
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    Bespoke Tailoring

    A finished bespoke Attolini suit will take 8 to 10 weeks to craft and send to New York, with clients participating in fittings (usually one or two) as needed along the way.

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  7. Low Volume, High Quality
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    Low Volume, High Quality

    Attolini employs approximately 150 tailors who hand-make only 40 or so garments per day. Their capacity is less than 10,000 suits per year, each requiring more than 30 hours of labor from a number of highly skilled artisans.

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  8. Cut From a Different Cloth
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    Cut From a Different Cloth

    Cesare Attolini broke with the sharp, structured pinstripes of the British school of tailoring in favor of a softer, smaller construction and cut, which helps give the wearer a leaner, more athletic figure. Nothing should look too perfect.

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  9. A Passion for Tailoring
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    A Passion for Tailoring

    "What we do must be not a business," says Enrico Libani, Attolini's chief executive for the U.S. "It must first be a passion and a love. Then a business. If we think like this, maybe we will be successful."

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