Plaza Uomo USA - - FINAL - Gae­tano Sal­lorenzo, vd

With a clien­tèle of movie stars, suc­cess­ful busi­ness­men and politi­cians, the clas­sic menswear shop Bat­tis­toni was founded in 1946 off the Via dei Con­dotti in Rome. Founder Guglielmo Bat­tis­toni’s mod­est tai­lor­ing stu­dio has since grown and now em­ploys a team of tai­lors. Still spe­cial­is­ing in hand-sewn shirts, the shop also sells suits, ties, ac­ces­sories and fra­grances for both women and men. Shop owner Massimo Zago will never for­get the day when the Os­car win­ner and di­rec­tor An­thony Minghella hur­ried into the shop, won­der­ing if there was any chance they could quickly make some din­ner jack­ets for the cast in The Tal­ented Mr. Ri­p­ley. “I asked if we could get a men­tion in the film cred­its, but Minghella said no. Imag­ine our sur­prise when we watched the film and Jude Law’s char­ac­ter says to Matt Da­mon’s: “When we get to Rome, there’s a great place. Bat­tis­toni.”

The team of fif­teen em­ploy­ees deal with an in­ter­na­tional ar­ray of clients, the ma­jor­ity be­ing Ital­ian and Amer­i­can. De­spite the shop ap­proach­ing its 70th an­niver­sary, lit­tle has changed since its open­ing day, says CEO Gae­tano Sal­lorenzo. “Our clients ap­pre­ci­ate tra­di­tion so we keep things the same. The col­lec­tions are char­ac­terised by clas­sic el­e­gance with a twist. As a re­sult of its fame in the US, Bat­tis­toni launched a shop in Los An­ge­les in Oc­to­ber ear­lier this year. Via dei Con­dotti 61, Rom. www.bat­tis­

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