Italy & Fash­ion

Robb Report Singapore - - Contents - By DAVID COGGINS Il­lus­tra­tions LESHA KURBATOV

A jour­ney through the land of la dolce vita cov­er­ing the best of Ital­ian fash­ion de­sign­ers in­clud­ing the ever-ex­cit­ing Ste­fano Ricci and the mod­ern ele­gance of Gior­gio Ar­mani. Then, a look at the bril­liant de­signs of the coun­try’s fur­ni­ture be­fore segu­ing into its de­li­cious cui­sine. The Mont­blanc Pel­let­te­ria in Florence of­fers a glimpse into leather work­ing in the style of great Ital­ian masters be­fore we round it up with the

famed Mille Miglia drive.

The Ital­ians have mas­tered the art of sprez­zatura — ap­pear­ing ef­fort­lessly put to­gether and stylish. This seem­ing non­cha­lance is in fact the re­sult of mea­sured and de­lib­er­ate skill in the case of a man’s suit. As any well-heeled Ital­ian can tell you, a Neapoli­tan cut is no­tice­ably dif­fer­ent from a Mi­lanese sil­hou­ette. Be­cause cloth­ing has evolved to re­flect the char­ac­ter of the city where it is made, Ital­ian style is as var­ied as its ge­og­ra­phy. Mi­lanese dis­cre­tion pre­vails in the north, where sober blue and grey suits are the pref­er­ence; to the south, in Naples, where the jacket is a state­ment piece, an ex­quis­ite ex­pres­sive­ness meets the eye. Florence is in­flu­enced by the nearby Tus­can coun­try­side, where men tend to wear tweed in shades of olive and rust re­sem­bling the hills, while Rome ex­udes cos­mopoli­tan glam­our thanks to slightly bolder suits. For the sar­to­ri­ally minded trav­eller, we map out the penin­sula’s best re­gional tai­lors and other points of in­ter­est to the well-dressed gen­tle­man.

A re­gional guide to top tai­lors in the coun­try that sets the stan­dard for the

well-dressed man.

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