Cifonelli of Paris makes some of the most beautiful tailoring I’ve ever seen. I thought a post, therefore, on the details of a jacket rather than me rambling on about the technical stuff. Above, the broad lapel of the double-breasted, with gorgeous double-sewn lapel buttonhole. Its raised nature make it an impractical thing, but nonetheless beautiful for it.

Why do English patch pockets frequently have so little curve and character?

The signature brown horn button, polished on the rim and matte on the insideLapped shoulder (and in the background, back) seamLabel and pocket flap with handsewn buttonholeSilk lining and handwork around the inbreast pocketSignature ‘C’ on the buggy lining, attaching the two sides across the backBeautifully attached lining panel over inside ventCuff buttonholes, with those buttons and that patch pocket
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This is beautiful indeed.
Simon may i ask the price of this jacket? What cloth is that?
Thanks a lot,

Roger v.d. Velde

The inner breast pocket is so beautifully executed. That style (maybe it’s called Barcelona) makes relining a jacket trickier but it’s so much better than making the pocket mouth from lining.
The sheer neatness of all the work is startling. I admit that I’d never even seen a piece of Cifonelli work until you featured it here. They really mark the pinnacle of good tailoring.

James Marwood

That is magnificent. I’m not normally a fan of patch pockets, but these are a bit special.


Hi Simon,
This an indication among numerous other things of your cosmopolitan perspective on menswear!Even on shoes, you remain quite open despite all!…
Since I do not live very far away from from rue Marbeuf, I will take just a closely look on what they have been doing.



Fantastic pictures. Thanks a lot. What kind of prices are we talking about? Sorry to ask about the $$$ but unfortunately it is part of the equation…


Hi Simon, thanks for sharing the beautiful Cifonelli details; what’s the fabric?

Carmelo Pugliatti

3800 euros?
I believe that Cifonelli was very,very more expansive; much more that Huntsman,Rubinacci or Caraceni of Milan.


wow. how much for a suit?


Thank you Simon for your answers. Prices are high indeed… This being said, we all agree here that the jacket seems to be really fantastic.

Question for you: i saw that there is another Parisian tailor, called “Camps de Luca”. Do you know them? Heard of them? Are they comparable to Cifonelli in quality and in prices?


You have highlighted a slight issue I have with your blog. That issue is the disconnect between quality and price, specifically – value. You feature many very well made and beautiful garments and shoes on your site, but sometimes I get the impression that you purchase certain items just because they are high end and therefore expensive/exclusive. The Cifonelli Jacket featured above is incedibly well made and a truely beautiful thing that you will treasure for many years, but in comparison to say an Andeson & Sheppard or something by John Kent, is it really worth the money?
The Cifonelli jacket is a close call. But, there are other features, such as a the probably highly impractical eye shade with ribbon fastener. This is surely a choice of fashion/exclusivity over quality/value/practical benefit. Other example include Berluti shoes or anything by Kiton. All high end and the products of fine craftsmanship, but neither are really worth the over-the-top asking price if we are honest.
Besides this slight qualm, please keep up the excellent work!



Thanks for sharing this information with us. Could you amend this entry with an image of you wearing the garment? You’re blog is awesome.



Things can be beautiful for the sake of being beautiful. Price need not be a constraint all the time. You are free to look elsewhere for value.


Hi Simon,

For naturally warming fabrics such as Moonbeam and cashmere, does lining make it wear warmer?


So there really isn’t much different between a fully lined or half lined cashmere SC, right? I guess I want to squeeze out more versatility by being able to wear winter fabrics during spring, so I’d probably opt for less lining even on winter fabrics


Dear Simon,
I was wondering if you are able to share the type of silk used on the lining? Is it similar to a habotai or crepe de chine? Perhaps in the range of 16 m/m ~ 22 m/m?

Kind regards,

Lindsay McKee

What exactly is a buggy lining?
Maybe an article on the different types of lining would be good…if that makes sense.