Puglia is a region where handmade craftsmanship always has been present and clothing is no exception to this. VIA showcases Apulian tailors who are keeping the tradition alive by producing custom made clothing adjusted to the specific needs of each client, down to the last hem.
Italian clothing and fashion have been celebrated for as long as fashion, as we know it today, has existed. One of the main reasons for this is the high level of craftsmanship and attention to details, that have made the term ‘Made in Italy’ famous worldwide. Craftsmanship and attention to detail is something that lies close to the heart of men’s tailoring, owing to the complex processes of producing these garments. It also takes years of practice and knowledge to master the art of handmade tailoring.
Sartoria Colazzo is a family run business that stretches back to 1966 when it was founded by Arcangelo Colazzo. Today the business is run by the two sons of Arcangelo, Alessandro, and Giovanni, who started as apprentices when teenagers and inherited their fathers’ know-how. Sartoria Colazzo is mainly focused on bespoke, respecting the Italian tradition of tailoring where a suit can take up to 60-70 hours to make. The atelier is inspired by the Neapolitan sartorial style, but with a touch of Lecce’s spirit of baroque. Pricing starts from €2,400 for a suit and €1,900 for a blazer.
Sartoria G. Inglese
The roots of G. Inglese date back to the early 1950s when the father of Giovanni Inglese began sowing handmade suits in the humble town of Ginosa, in Apulia. Today the company is famous for its handmade shirts that comprise 25 steps and 30 hours of work, and have been worn by U.S. Presidents and Prince William on his wedding day. The collection of G. Inglese includes suits, button shirts, polo shirts, ties, handkerchiefs, and more. Read more about the work of Sartoria G. Inglese in our feature Trailblazers of Sartorial Tourism.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 118 – Ginosa (TA) | +39 099 8292572 | g-inglese.com
The history of Sartoria Molvissimo dates back to 1940 when Vincenzo Mola, a native of Martina Franca, started his tailoring shop in Rome. He opened it close to Piazza di Pietra, which is the reason behind the name. Today Sartoria Molvissimo is located in Martina Franca and is run by the third generation of the family. Sartoria Molvissimo produces bespoke garments fully made by hand and in the best available Italian textiles.
Bottega Dalmut is a tailoring house that produces everything from bespoke suits to accessories. The founder, Leonidas Ferrarese, started Bottega Dalmut in his hometown Francavilla Fontana after achieving international success in the fashion industry. Bottega Dalmut was founded with the motto, “not another ordinary tailoring Maison”, and today produces garments with a high level of craftsmanship that is timeless but with a modern flair. On their list of customers Italian celebrities and football players. Besides their atelier in Francavilla Fontana, Bottega Dalmut organizes trunk shows in Milan, London, and Dubai, and offers ready-to-wear on their website.
Claudio Barone is a tailor located in the town of Casarano, outside of Lecce. They produce ‘su misura’ garments for the male wardrobe to meet customers’ unique needs, including leather goods, such as shoes and belts. Working with the best Italian textile manufacturers, such as Loro Piana and Vitale Barberis Canonico, Claudio Barone offers a final product of the highest class. In recent years Claudio Barone has produced forensic robes for lawyers and judges, which quickly became a speciality for the atelier.
Sartieri is a tailoring brand that creates unique, handmade garments for all occasions, using the best Italian cloth makers with one goal – always a satisfied customer. Sartieri has an atelier located in Lecce, but also has a location in London and hosts trunk shows by appointment. Besides their made-to-measure service, they also offer ready-to-wear available online.
Frandré Sartoria is a tailoring house dedicated to the bespoke suit. The tailor-made clothes are completely handmade and take up to 60 hours to produce. At the helm of the tailor is Andrea Franchini, which started his sartorial journey only 14 years old. Besides bespoke garments, Frandré Sartoria provides everything to accompany the clothing, such as ties, braces, and handmade shoes.
Oliver Dahle is a Swedish writer who is based in Florence and earlier also lived in Rome. He has earlier written about lifestyle covering Scandinavia. With a Masters degree in Fashion Marketing he has a deep interest in fashion in general, but Italian fashion in particular. Besides fashion, other interests are football, photography, design and architecture, travelling and, of course, food.