I love Gennaro’s cutting board, by the window looking out into the squareThis was the second fitting on a Solito jacket in Naples. Luigi, the son, was there the first time earlier in the year, and as he speaks some English we could ask rather more questions. But Gennaro (the father) and I managed just fine, with a few facial expressions and a the occasional “poco, poco”.
Although Neapolitan tailors are known for this ‘shirt sleeve’, as it is rarely done elsewhere in the world, they also regularly make suits with the seam turned in as on a regular suit. A reader was asking about this recently as regards Caliendo, another Neapolitan tailor I have featured. About half of the jackets on the rail at Caliendo I saw during this visit had a regular shoulder, half the spalla camicia. Solito was nearly all the latter. Businessmen sometimes prefer the regular shoulder because it is cleaner and more international.