Unbeknownst to many, Puglia has always been a go-to for prestigious tailoring and flawless handmade expertise. While tailoring hubs have shifted to other parts of the world, the historic craft and interest have never ceased, with a handful of exceptionally skilled artisans at work.
by Bana Bissat
Tucked in the Murge Plateau between the Apulian towns of Taranto and Matera is the historic village of Ginosa. Besides the wealth of landmarks and the gravine—or ravines—that the town offers, it is home to a little sartorial secret: G. Inglese.
The history of the antique tailor begins in the early 1950s when the wife of Giovanni Inglese (the brand’s namesake) hand-made suits for Italy-bound men. Their grandson, Angelo, inherited the business and today their savoir-faire continues to thrive under the name of Barròco Italia, an e-commerce platform that he founded in 2018 with the intention to transform and innovate the business models of Italian craftsmen.
Among the tailoring brand’s clients are some of the most celebrated personalities across the globe – Angelo Inglese and his staff of tailors are behind the famous dress shirt for Prince William’s wedding day, as well as for various U.S. presidents.
The brand upholds tradition and artisanship to the highest regard and in 2000 Angelo purchased an entire historic palazzo in Ginosa’s city center to “strengthen the business-territory relationship”. In this sense, G. Inglese has infused sartorial tourism into the city’s identity, inspiring visitors to come here – not Milan, Paris, or London – for the richness of fashion. The tones of the Apulian territory greatly influence the brand’s tailoring style, along with its iconic colors such as brushed beige, limestone white, and denim blues.
Each G. Inglese shirt is handmade down to the last stitch, comprising almost thirty hours of work: twenty-five steps, three tests, a silk filament, skillful technicality, and competitive manual applications. Barròco Italia sells prêt-à-porter items by G. Inglese along with a myriad of handpicked artisans across Italy.
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Sartoria G. Inglese
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 118 – Ginosa | Tel. +39 099 8292572 | g-inglese.com