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His philosophy, and becoming a jacket – Everlasting Model


Having met the Florentine tailor Vittorio Salino final summer season, I took the chance of being in Florence this previous January to fee a jacket. I received on with Vittorio, was impressed together with his outlook, and realised PS readers can be concerned with a Florentine possibility now that Liverano has turn into so costly and Vestrucci is usually MTM. 

When I’ve that jacket I’ll do a full evaluation, however for the second I wished to speak about Vittorio’s background, his work and the way he sees the way forward for bespoke. We took some good pictures of the becoming for the jacket too, within the new atelier Vittorio is establishing in a residential neighbourhood simply north of the Fortezza. 

That atelier was very a lot embryonic. The bottom ground had one or two items of furnishings, however was basically a shell. Downstairs, there have been reducing tables, steam irons and a mirror, however had little extra in the way in which of outfitting. 

The plan is to have the place absolutely kitted up by June, with a comfortable seating space and massive becoming room upstairs, in addition to a bar. 

For the second, there’s a pleasant espresso bar on the nook of the road, and Vittorio and I chatted there, alongside together with his assistant Clément, about questions of clothes and philosophy.

The place did you prepare earlier than Liverano, Vittorio?e

Earlier than I began my profession at Liverano & Liverano I had three years of ‘college’ on the Digicam Europe Dell’Alta Sartorial [CEDAS]. My trainer there was Luigi Gallo. The varsity was within the morning after which within the afternoon I had an apprenticeship within the tailor store below him.

How lengthy had been you at Liverano?

After these three years of tailoring college, I had the chance to go to Liverano & Liverano. There I underwent the traditional methodology of studying bespoke. 

First you study all of the small, much less vital points: sotto di collo, basting strains… Then you definately go to the primary becoming and the making of the sleeves. Then the second becoming. Lastly, you discover ways to end the whole lot else in a jacket: the perimeters, the shoulders, the collar. 

The toughest half is arguably methods to set the sleeves within the sleevehead, and to complete the shoulder. After I mastered all these steps, together with sample making and reducing, Antonio Liverano requested me to go to trunk reveals with him world wide, the place I went to Asia, America and many others, and found the totally different kinds and methods of considering. 

Throughout Covid I additionally taught on the Liverano Faculty for 2 years, the place I had the chance to work with future tailors. Some off these went to Cifonelli, others had an opportunity to work at Liverano, and one grew to become my assistant, Clément [below]. By the tip I used to be doing all of the above on the identical time.

Why did you resolve to depart and arrange by yourself?

I do not actually prefer to say it, however I felt undervalued at Liverano for the effort and time I had put in. I felt that I may do the identical however for myself, and show that I am good at what I do. Not that I actually had one thing to show, however I wished to be happy and present my very own imaginative and prescient and philosophy.

How would you say your product or strategy is totally different to Liverano?

Model-wise we’re nonetheless perfecting our jacket model. However that’s inevitable – it’s at all times a endless journey – and the modifications are by no means drastic. Basic views and philosophies don’t change. 

For instance, for us an important precept is consolation. In case you are not comfy in your jacket or swimsuit, you will not put on it. You want to have the ability to go about your every day chores and nearly overlook you have got a jacket on. We make it barely bigger within the chest as one technique to create this sense.

Some of the stunning issues is to decorate somebody who has imperfections, and to indicate it within the jacket. We expect the jacket ought to by no means cover something, however fairly present it elegantly. That is why it is actually vital to have a smooth jacket: no shoulder padding, no heavy canvas.

Technically how would you describe your lower?

My jacket model might be mentioned to be influenced by the eighties Florentine jacket, fairly than the trendy one. Model influences can be Luigi Liverano and Vladimiro Mealli. 

The jacket must be very tight across the neck and a bit extra open within the entrance. The buttons sit a little bit decrease than the traditional Florentine (as a reference, maybe 1cm decrease than Liverano). The lapels are a bit wider to allow them to have a stupendous wave kind over time, as they open up. 

I make a straight chest pocket because the ‘boat’ kind is created over time, with the assistance of a pocket sq.. We have a tendency to offer barely extra room within the hips for consolation and a barely larger vent – degree or barely decrease than the pocket. The shoulder is barely prolonged however by no means exaggerated.

Our trousers are a bit bigger within the entrance to make sure that the entrance darts keep closed. We closely work on the calf as it is a pet peeve of mine to see it break there. We desire easy slant pockets, and the trouser ought to simply hit the highest of the shoe, with a minimal break. 

We’ve not made a variety of coats but, however style-wise I are inclined to go for raglans and single-breasted peak-lapels. They have a tendency to have cleaner cuts, and ease. I do not like so as to add martingales. I make the collar and sleeves barely bigger.

You appear to have a broader consciousness of males’s clothes than some tailors, do you assume that’s honest? 

Maybe sure. We prefer to experiment and love aspect initiatives. We’ve made bespoke garments which are very totally different from traditional tailoring, together with ‘vogue’ clothes for vogue faculties, clothes and cultural/conventional clothes.

My philosophy of attempting to make one thing timeless that follows you in life comes from my travels, and love of classic. I’ve items from the 40s which are unworn. At the present time it is actually laborious to search out garments which are made in the identical approach. 

Does that affect the way you see the way forward for bespoke tailoring?

Sure. Bespoke must go in a brand new route, and for me the vital factor is ease – a bespoke piece must be handled like a standard jacket and even an overshirt. It should not be one thing you solely put on at work or at very formal occasions. 

Bespoke must be playful, and combined with every day garments like denims, penny loafers, maybe a jungle jacket excessive. Classic navy clothes in all probability affect our color palette as properly: we are inclined to go together with related greens, browns and blues.

I wish to make clothes that you simply put on, break in, throw within the trunk of your automotive, and take for a protracted stroll. They need to be like a second pores and skin and present that they’ve lived – I like to see defects from put on and tear. We hope that after two generations, a jacket may have been repaired, altered, and nonetheless used. We will alter it for these generations because it at all times has not less than 4 sizes of inlay inside.

For extra on Vittorio (and a few previous pictures!) see his interview with The Armoury right here

A evaluation of the completed jacket, made in Fox Tweed TD9, will comply with in a few weeks. The jacket pictured is at a first-fitting stage.

Vittorio Salino’s costs in Florence:

  • Jacket: €2200 
  • Swimsuit: €3000 
  • Trousers: €800 
  • Coat: €4500 

All costs embody fabric and tax. Trunk present costs differ

These trunk reveals are held in Belgium, Zurich and Los Angeles. There are not any plans so as to add others within the close to future, resulting from capability (Vittorio and Clément make the whole lot themselves.)  

Upcoming dates:

  • Twenty ninth-Thirtieth March: Antwerp and Brussels 
  • Twenty sixth-Twenty eighth April: Zurich
  • Twentieth-Twenty fifth Might: Los Angeles



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