The Young Tailors Symposium at Pitti Uomo

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Every Pitti Uomo for the past  two years, we have held an event to bring people together with a unique group of the finest craftsmen in the world.

For the next instalment, we will be returning to last summer's focus: bespoke tailoring. But whereas that year we brought together six legends of bespoke (Edward Sexton, Antonio Panico, Lorenzo Cifonelli....), this year we will be looking at the next generation: the young tailors driving the industry forward. 

For me, this will be particularly fascinating, as the relevance of bespoke for young guys today is core to Permanent Style.

This is not a craft that can be allowed to ossify: talented young tailors must take it, master its techniques, and turn it to their own aesthetics. 

To that end, we will be focusing on each tailor's style, but also his taste - his interest in art, fashion and design. Some of that will feature on Instagram in the lead up to the event. 

Please consider the invitation above a call for any Permanent Style reader to come. However, note that last year we were very much oversubscribed, with about 50 people being turned down. So do email [email protected] as soon as you can. 

The tailors featured will be:

  • Davide Taub, Gieves & Hawkes
  • Gianfrancesco Musella, Musella Dembech
  • Satoki Kawai, Sartoria Cresent
  • Eithen Sweet, Thom Sweeney
  • Arnold Wong, WW Chan
  • Chad Park, B&Tailor

Holland & Sherry are kindly supporting the event, and we have organised a display of my favourite 10 H&S cloths for the same evening. You will be able to see, touch and even order cloth from my Camps de Luca suit, Elia Caliendo tweed, Dalcuore high-twist, and many more. 

I'm delighted to say that BluPhox Media will also be filming the entire day's events, and producing a documentary to be released in the coming months. 

I look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it out.


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Dear Simon, your new website is lovely, but the formatting in RSS is a little messy now (latest Reeder version via Feedly). Weird alignments and a lot of gaps.



I recently lost 15 kilos (down from 90kg to 75kg). This was celebrated by getting quite a lot of new clothes. I think you can probably (or can you?) not really alter shirts that well, or at least they are cheap and generic enough to just get new ones. However I’d like to keep some of my favourite suits and I am wondering how to judge a good alterations tailor. Local Kiton shop suggested a guy… but some doubt remains. To put that in questions:

1) When altering suits for a leaner body are there different ways a tailor could do that? right now my clothes feel much too loose and boxy in the waist and I’d like them to be much more fitted.

2) What would one generally look for in an alterations shop? There are literally 100+ to chose from and I’m wondering if there are some relatively easy to spot signals if a shop is good.

3) What is a typically price point for such an alteration, i.e. not messing with the shoulders or arms but just making the waist slimmer?

Many thanks for your help, as a side note I strongly suggest everybody to lose weight. Literally every outfit (except my now boxy old suits) looks considerably better now.



Dear Simon,

Just to let you know, at the same time of the same evening. You have the young tailors symposium and Liverano & Liverano re-opening party… (also Lardini, Missoni events… )
Those symposiums are very interesting. Did you every think of incorporate those events in the official calendar of Pitti Uomo ?

Best Regards,


Hi Simon,

very interesting post and initiative. These are the kind of actions that help young entrepreneurs to grow and trust in the future.
BTW – have you ever heard about another young italian tailor/entrepreneur Leonida Ferrarese and his Bottega Dalmut ( I really don’t know how are his suits but I’ve seen that he is growing fast and I was wondering if you had any opinion on his works.

Thank you


Hi Simon,
this it my first Pitti!
I love it, spoke to a lot of people.
However one thing bothers me.
There is not that much talk/events around tailoring and craftsmanship as I hoped it is going to be. Why is that?
Your event seem to stand out, as majority of other events are product launches, not workshops/craftsmanship events. I was unfortunately too late to event try to get a seat on your symposium. Maybe next time.
What do you think of the Pitti peacocks?