Brioni bespoke tailoring

Wednesday, September 22nd 2021
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*Note: This article has been updated from its original version, to correct a point about hand padding. Details in the new version, below*

A few months ago, Brioni contacted me to ask if I would be interested in having a suit made, in order to review it. 

Not knowing much about the Brioni product, I was a little unsure. Invitations to cover other big-brand made to measure have not always turned out well. Prada MTM is one example that comes to mind. 

But fortunately, as soon as I started talking to the team in the Bruton Street store, it became clear this was serious bespoke. 

The hand padding on the chest and lapel I was shown - pictured below - was the first obvious sign, even if the staff admitted a real jacket didn’t have stitches quite as tight or precise as this display model.

I was even impressed by the quality of the ready-to-wear tailoring. 

I previously reported that the chest and lapel on the RTW jackets was hand-padded, having been told so by the staff in store, and been shown examples. 

This was challenged by a reader, citing an article where such a jacket had been taken apart by another tailor. When I asked to talk to the management to clarify, it turned out there had been a mistake: only bespoke uses hand padding. 

However, that padding does use an old machine that gives the tailor greater control than anything more modern and automated. And hand padding does become less useful the lighter and softer you want your jackets. 

There is always more rigidity with hand-sewing the chest, unless you have stitches that are so loose as to be almost pointless. And therefore even on bespoke, Brioni sometimes uses that old machine here, unless the customer asks otherwise.

Many other aspects of the ready-made tailoring is done by hand, from the obvious things like the buttonholes down to the much less obvious like pocket jettings. 

This is more than any other ready-made tailoring I have seen, including the likes of Tom Ford or Kiton. (The latter is much better at marketing theirs.)

And as is often the case with handwork (or individual paper patterns) the significance is just as much what it indicates about the care taken elsewhere - how much hand ironing is done, for example, or how much refining of the pattern over several fittings. 

With Brioni, it signifies that these are all suits made with a bespoke mindset. They have lots of inlay in the seams (12cm across the chest), tailors in-house that can take any of the RTW suits apart, and extensive alterations that are standard, not extra.

So that's not just nipping in the waist or hemming the trousers, but sloping the shoulders and shortening the sleeves (from the shoulders) as well. Customers regularly bring back suits to be repaired, pressed and altered.  

This work and service goes some way to justify how expensive a Brioni suit or jacket is: in the UK online, suits start around £3000 and run up to £7000. 

But even there, the variation is mostly down to different materials - you get the same quality for £3000. And a Tom Ford suit starts at $4,000, without the same handwork inside. 

Of course, top-line suits from the likes of TF, Zegna and Kiton do have lots of other handwork, but not as much as Brioni. Above, for example, is an impressively fine hand-sewn buttonhole, while below is the lining on the inside of the trouser waistband, which is all delicately attached by hand.

Brioni bespoke is better value still, relatively speaking. 

It starts at £5,360, which is comparable to most top-end bespoke from Savile Row, Paris or Milan. In fact, cheaper these days than most of the big names, which are often north of six thousand.

Although I don’t think we should go too far down this line of thinking. Because good as it is to know that the bespoke is decent value, I think the biggest selling point is going to be Brioni's service, convenience and sense of luxury. 

Presuming my jacket and trousers turn out well, I can see Brioni being an attractive option for those who value having many stores around the world - that they can pop into any time - and staff who provide good service. 

I’ve had a surprising number of conversations over the years with readers who bemoan the lack of professionalism among bespoke tailors. Who get tired of things going wrong, or of picking out cloth sitting on a hotel bed. 

Even among Savile Row houses, it can be frustrating to be an American customer and have just a one-hour window, every six months, to interact with your tailor. Sometimes even just half an hour. 

None of this will matter to those for whom money is the biggest factor, and they are of course the vast majority. 

But that doesn’t mean the preferences of others should be ignored. And there is something we all like about visiting a beautiful store, with enough (good) staff to have noted everything you discussed on the last visit. Which has lovely changing rooms, and indeed a sumptuous bathroom. (I took some photos in there - I want that marble sink.)

It's also lovely, in a different way, visiting a small tailor like Musella Dembech in Milan - where the workshop is in the family apartment, and Gianfrancesco holds the mirror out for you because he’s never got round to fixing it to the wall. 

But that’s not for everyone. For those that enjoy - indeed are happy to consciously pay for - good retail, someone like Brioni looks like a better choice than many other big brands. 

The biggest issue for me personally might be Brioni’s style. 

Their RTW jackets around the store are beautifully made, and impressively light when you try them. I was particularly taken with the ‘Plume’ construction, which is the lightest to still have all the same hand-padded canvas (lighter and softer than any Neapolitan jacket I’ve had).

But the house style does tend towards the mainstream aesthetic of shorter jacket, close fit and high gorge. They use a lot of super-count worsteds, silks and other more luxe materials. It’s not an aesthetic I would normally be drawn too. 

Still, this is personal. You can’t expect a bigger brand to be driven by the current classic-menswear vogue of wide shoulders, low buttoning points and chunky tweeds. 

And the team were very clear that the bespoke service meant I could have anything I wanted. So I wore suits and jackets to my fittings that demonstrated the proportions I liked - in these pictures, my Benson & Clegg flannel suit

I’ll see how the final result turns out. 

I will confess, though, to be rather fond of the Brioni team, a few months into the process. They are efficient, engaged and aware. They know what other bespoke houses produce and what they can offer to compete. 

They seem proud of their service, with tailors on site to be able to do any job. Indeed, it looks like the last fitting or two of mine will be made on location, rather than being sent to Penne. 

I also kind of think Brioni is an interesting case study. 

Many tailors try to make their businesses more sustainable by expanding into ready-made clothing. Some add cheaper RTW suits, to avoid competing with bespoke (eg Dege & Skinner); others use a foreign-made service that lowers costs (I think Kilgour were the first); and others add a RTW collection that does everything except tailoring (Anderson & Sheppard). 

Brioni started as a bespoke tailor, but very early on (in the 1950s) started doing runway shows, collections and the first trunk shows. They were an innovator, also setting up one of the first in-house tailoring schools. 

They are in some ways what an ambitious bespoke tailor aims to become: an international brand, but with no compromise on their tailoring. 

Over the years it feels like Brioni tailoring has been rather lost beneath celebrity collaborations and various changes of creative director. If I can, it will be nice to do something to change that. 

Photography: Alex Natt @adnatt

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Ricky Takhar

Hi Simon,

I’m certainly interested in seeing the final result, I think the common perception is the bigger named brands within our space (Brioni, Zegna, Lori Piana) are not very good value. However from what I have seen they make to a high standard of work.

From memory I believe the old Brioni bespoke is now making under the Marol bespoke brand. They appear to be very skilled artisans utilizing extensive handwork!

Best Regards,
Ricky

Max

Hi Simon,

I just want to start off by saying that I really appreciate everything you’re doing revolving PS!

I’m not sure if this is a recurring question, but as you (and Permanent Style) has gained more renown during the years, do you reckon this impacts the way you can review a bespoke tailor/mtm on points as personal service and more “soft values”?

The aesthetics of a garment, or a house style, and hopefully the quality, will always be more agnostic regardless if it’s you or me who’s the customer.

I do realize that covering personal service etc are important points, and you can only do it from your experience with the company and/or tailor. I can’t help to think that I would feel a bit self conscious about mentioning these points if I was in your place.

Best regards,
Max

Martins

are you sure they want a “honest opinion?” or more like flattering opinion that won’t impact their sales in Amy negative way or no opinion? cue luxire.

Martins

hmm….must be the minority! I prefer to know brands will admit their mistakes and fix them rather than be “almost entirely positive experience” from the start..

Cant Say

I appreciated this Brioni review. If it helps at all, my limited interaction with them was not very positive.
Last year I walked into the Bruton St store, joining my friend who is a good customer of theirs, to advise him on a couple new jackets.
I was wearing a Cifonelli suit. Given my friend was less experienced in the commissioning process, I was the one asking many of the questions. Attitude towards me from the sales people was arrogant, and objectively knew very little about tailoring in general (fabrics, cut, style, etc). Even threw a little comment about the fit of my own suit (which was, to my taste at least, spot on). So all in all, whilst they do have solid RTW garments, the interaction can be snobbish and put off other bespoke enthusiasts.

JayMc

A Brioni salesman criticizing a Cifonelli suit? That should have given you a laugh. Maybe it wasn’t boxy enough for him. Kind of like a Jaguar salesman criticizing an Aston Martin.

Cant Say

I tried to be respectful, but yes, fully agreed. Even though its a similar price point, you can’t really compare as they are in different leagues, both from product to experience.

Max

Simon,

It’s inevitable, I agree.
That’s nice to hear, and I also believe that’s the perspective I get as a reader from the articles.

George

What are you commissioning?

MB

I’ll look forward to the full review! In the interim, are you able to comment a little on their shirt offering (e.g. bespoke/MTM, handwork, price and general experience)?

Sam

I’ve picked up a surprising volume of Brioni tailoring in my time to flip on eBay, probably 30 or so pieces. They stick in my mind as some of the best in terms of materials and make. My current dinner suit is a 4 x 1 Brioni for Nieman Marcus, and it does feel wonderfully louche to wear.
One of my great sartorial regrets is selling a 100% silk shantung suit from Brioni made for Eric Clapton, of all people – the fit was lovely, but I had less than zero use for a silk suit, I’m nowhere near rakish enough for that. I can’t imagine how much a replacement from Brioni would cost.

Wouter de Clerck

Interesting how the fifth image from the bottom underscores in my view that (some form of) bespoke is always to be preferred regardless of how much handwork is included in a rtw- or mtm-offering. Amazing fit of your B&C suit even with torqued upper body and protruding shoulder blades.

Zo

It may be very well made, but I associate this exact aesthetic with Canali and Hugo Boss etc – which kind of ruins it for me. Exactly what you mention…shorter jackets, skinny lapels, etc. Tom Ford, on the other hand, is overpriced, but it’s also unique in its aesthetic. Off the top, I cannot think of another designer house doing the wide lapels, strong jackets, high shirt collars, etc.
Whats the story with the Prada commission?

R M

Hey Simon,
Where’s the marble sink? I kept like looking for it in the photos but couldn’t find it! Very interesting piece about the possibilities that some of the big “fashion” houses can offer and go unnoticed by classic tailoring enthusiasts like us who would normally dismiss them outright!

Robin

Really good article which makes me understand the one thing that baffles me about Brioni …. why they cost so much .

Their business model seems to be ‘bespoke RTW’.
I suppose , Simon, most people are ‘average’ in dimension so something like this, with a few alterations, would fit wonderfully.
The issue is the cost but then to be treated like a king whilst going thru the process might ease that thought.

Surely this is a business model that could be copied , even by other high end clothes brands , but at a lower price .

P.S. Where does all this leave Tom Ford !?

David Flores

Copying a business model then executing it a lower price it works to a certain point, then every penny you take away you’re taking it from somewhere/someone.

Ian Skelly

Believe it or not I once saw a Brioni jacket in TKmaxx! if memory serves me it was rrp £5000 for £499! typically it was in a giant size.
I have seen Brioni knitwear and thought it looked lovely but at £900 I would like to know what I’m paying for , does anyone know who makes the knitwear for them ? or have experience in owning their knitwear?

And

At 900, for *most* knitwear, I don’t think it even matters who makes it. It’s just too much, unless it’s hand knit maybe.

Stephen

Hi Simon,
Another illuminating article. I really wasn’t aware of the Brioni offering. It may well be a good option for me. A few questions:
1) I wouldn’t want the more ‘modern’ high gorge etc. You mentioned you can have whatever you want so would they be able to do the lower gorge wider shoulder slightly longer styling?
2) most specifically would this be the place for a Neapolitan soft and Spalla Camicia shoulder in the UK?
Basically obtaining a Neapolitan style in the UK.
3) What is happening on the screen in the last picture? Purely out of curiosity.
Finally, service and feeling valued is important and is a key differentiator for me, so will watch the outcome of this commission with interest.

Matt

I’m guessing that he’s not a PS reader, so not sure if we’ll get confirmation of this direct from the source, but isn’t Trump a Bironi bespoke customer?
I wonder whether the company regards him as a marketing asset or a liability?

And

he wears bespoke? I thought his suits were passable at best, in fact I thought it was an intentional choice for the mediocre, to appease to the common public (“I love the uneducated” etc etc).
Or maybe he just lacks the elegance, what with his jacket always unbuttoned, bright red tie, and an arrogant fake smile.

Matt S

Trump has been wearing Brioni bespoke for many decades and has never worn clothes to appeal to the public. He dresses equally poorly, whether he’s trying to look like a successful businessman or a politician. He wears Brioni because he wants to look as fancy as he can, he just has no taste. If his suits done like his hair, he gives instructions down to the last detail.

K K

I’m pretty sure he wears Brioni RTW, not bespoke, for which he apparently has not the time. He looks ridiculous anyway.

Matt

Are you sure that guy wears bespoke suits? From what I’ve seen the consensus is that those suits don’t fit him.

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Indi

He only wears Bespoke. He has been having his suits made by Brioni for 30 years. The client decides how they want their suit to fit. The fit of his suits is what he chooses. That is the beauty of Bespoke compared to RTW. The client gets exactly what they want with unlimited possibilities, whether the tailor agrees with the fit/style or not. Some people like an oversized fit and some people like a very slim cut fit. But it is ALWAYS up to the client.

Omar Asif

Really? Trump a Brioni bespoke customer? His suits have a terrible fit!

Giles MJ

By the way, both Francois-Henri Pinault and Bernard Arnault are both lovers of Brioni suits made in Escorial finest cloth. Clearly they appreciate the workmanship and quality of fabric as they preside over some of the finest Brands in the world and still pick Brioni!

Chris

I’m frankly surprised by the price. I seem to remember reading somewhere that its bespoke service–which apparently has always been around in some form, mostly in Rome–being around USD 4,600 way back in 2006. I had assumed prices have climbed much, much higher.
Also, I’m disappointed, though not exactly surprised, that their house style has been influenced by mainstream fashion trends. I’ve always associated the classic Brioni style with Gay Talese, who was a faithful customer–very structed, very defined (and firm-looking) shoulders, normal (actually, quite broad-looking lapels) and generally quite clean.
I have to say, this has made me rather curious about the fate of Arnys, now incorporated into Berluti. Both it and Brioni are tailoring heritage brands which are now owned by the world’s two largest luxury conglomerates–Kering and LVMH, respectively. 

John

Indeed, Simon. Unfortunately!

ROB

I know Berluti brought on the former Maison Sirven team a few years ago. Florian and Aidee both worked under Francesco Smalto.

Anon

When I was in my 20s in the 60s I thought my life would be complete if I had a Porsche convertible, a Rolex watch, and a Brioni suit. I still don’t have a Brioni suit but now…perhaps. Unfortunately even visiting tailors don’t come here to Canada. I will however be in Italy for several weeks in 2022 so it might be possible.

Nick

The tight stitching on the lapel and collar looks amazing! I am curious whether this has any major practical benefits or is this just a case of making the best possible quality but actually the marginal utility is negligible? I seem to remember pictures on this website of other top (and also expensive) makers where there were fewer stitches. Also would be curious if you could potentially elaborate on the bespoke situation at arnys/berluti if you had any info?

Sami

Hi Guys,
The smallness of stitching has much impact. That is the key how “stiff” you want your lapel or suit chest is. the smaller the stitches are they together tight canvas and lapel fabric. the longer the stitches are the lapel will be softer.
Same thing making the body canvas if you make long stitches to attach the chest canvas and shoulder canvas on body canvas, more softer is the suit front construction.
So, long stitching and light canvas, less layers makes soft tailoring and tight stitch and more heavy canvas, more layers makes more traditional tailoring. So simple it is
Regards Sami
Master Tailor

Sami

For got to say that Brioni is one of my favorite suit maker. very nice work and finishing!!

Ayo

Hi permanentstyle. I always enjoy reading your reviews and articles. They are always informative. Wanted to ask a question about what you wrote about brioni having more handwork done than kiton. I have always read that kiton and Cesar Attolini have the most handwork done on their garments. Is this a new finding or brioni has increased their amount of handwork done on their garments? Thank you.

John

Hi Simon,
This is an interesting introduction. By the way, I’ve been told that upon his release from prison, Nelson Mandela’s suits were made by Brioni. And that his pic on the wall of the métro Louvre(?) in Paris – in a light grey suit, right fist raised – was made by Brioni.
John

Craig

Agree wholeheartedly with the frustrations of working with a traveling tailor, or a tailor you only get to visit with twice a year. Working with a local tailor is so much easier, and less frustrating. I could see an American who lives near a Brioni showroom choosing them over a Savile Row traveling tailor.

Shops like Brioni also have an enormous range of fabric. With a traveling tailor, the options can be a little more limited.

But that’s secondary to the other benefits.

Ben

Here’s a tailor’s breakdown of a Brioni dinner jacket. In the case of that jacket, the pad stitching was done by machine, though lots of hand stitching was applied elsewhere. I wouldn’t take their claim of handwork at face value.

Ben

Brioni was certainly marketing its handwork back in 2010, though of course none of the press releases go into so much detail as pad stitching vs. buttonholes, etc. I’d encourage verification on a purchase-by-purchase basis.

B.

The ready to wear use a padding machine (chest, collar and lapel). They are certainly not hand padded. I have seen many example being altered so I’ve seen the guts with my own eyes (made to measure and ready to wear). The skeleton model used on display is reflective of their full bespoke.

Zubair

Hi Simon: Another wonderful article. I have been a fan and consumer of Brioni clothing for a long time. Lately i have noticed that they have started displaying their logo on a lot of the polo shirts which seems in poor taste for a brand like Brioni. Do you know if this a trend in the industry or have any thoughts? Thanks Zubair

Alex

Will be interesting to see how the final result compares to the world’s best tailors, which you have a great deal of experience with. It’s certainly in the same price bracket, so if it isn’t quite the same level of fit, how much of that differential can that be justified by the brand experience and feeling of luxury? I’ll be interested to find out.

PS. we’re gonna need more San Pellegrino…

Erik

Haven’t looked twice at Brioni since O’shea, glad to see things moving in the right direction. Will be interesting to see the end result!

Cheers

Michael

Wonderful article as usual, Simon. I have a Brioni cashmere sportcoat that I bought off eBay for a song and it is one of my favorite fall pieces. Though I don’t often wear suits would love to get a more casual offering from them.
Off topic, but I hope you will do a collaboration and release a top coat or the like soon.

Michael

Hi Simon. Looks promising, but do you think there is a danger that Brioni staff arelaying on premium service because they know that they are the subject of a review?

Lucas Kittelberger

Great article Simon, I appreciate it.

I live in the western US, where there are not a whole lot of options when it comes to high end custom menswear. High end menswear is rare enough in itself, there are really only two shops in my city that that carry genuinely high quality goods.

For several months I’ve been amassing options for a first bespoke suit. All of them require travel, and it seems to be a cumbersome proposition to travel to New York or Los Angeles for a trunk show from a British or Italian house. With the current travel restrictions and potential scheduling conflicts for subsequent trunk shows, its possible that a commission could take two or three years. It would be much more practical to find a house that has brick and mortar locations in the US, where cutters and tailors reside and provide full service. those are few and far between though, off the top of my head I can only think of Henry Poole and Eric Jenson of Sartoria Gallo, both based in New York.

I would never have thought of Brioni as an option. I know they have shops in New York as well, and I think perhaps a few more spread through the country as well. perhaps not all of them (or none) offer bespoke, but its worth checking out as a potential alternative. Looking forward to a full review!

Cheers!

Indira

Hello Lucas, I work for Brioni in Palm Beach and we travel the country for Bespoke appointments with our Master Tailor. No need for you to travel to a Brioni store. We come to you. Top quality service and convenience for our clients is very important to us. Would be more than happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have!

Chris

Hi Indira! Since we have an insider here, curious as to your insights on what is Brioni’s default “house style”? As mentioned above, I always associate it with highly structured shoulders, fairly clean chest and a cut that is a bit close to the body but I wonder if I have been mistaken. And it’s more influenced by fashion trends–which now means short jackets, slim lapels and low gorges. Thanks.

Russ

Where’s the marble sink photo?

Russ

And you got us all excited about it!

Fred

Nice article. Their approach of luxury makes me think to MTM Ralph Lauren Purple Label, although there maybe many differences in the making. but same range of price, and same decorum for the customer.

Sebastian

Hey Simon,
Relatively unrelated question, As you were walking through Mayfair I’m sure you saw lots of men wearing vests and gilets which have become de rigueur for some of us in Autumn. Is this a sartorial no-no? I was wondering why you’ve not-covered this garment which seems to be on the up, and not only with the finance crowd, by my own assessment. Seb

Neil Kirby

The line between ‘bespoke’ and what some Italian houses offer as standard is somewhat blurred.

I can remember visiting Kiton when they first opened a store in London some years ago and they were somewhat dismissive of some the Savile Row houses bespoke efforts compared to their handmade ready-to-wear items.

I’m not sure why anyone would go to Brioni to get a ‘bespoke’ suit if you didn’t particularly like their House style, it would seem to defeat the object, although I can quite understand that getting along well with their tailors is beneficial.

Neil Kirby

Thanks, Simon.

Indira

“House style and cut” have nothing to do with Brioni Bespoke. This is not made to measure. Very few houses in the U.S. offer Bespoke. With Brioni Bespoke, you choose exactly what you want. A Brioni Master Tailor takes your measurements and you choose all of the details. Bespoke offers unlimited possibilities as opposed to MTM. Thousands of fabrics to choose from. If you want longer length jacket, pleated pants, slim, shorter cut, double breasted, 3 button, double vent, single vent, no vent…anything you want, we can do. Want us to copy a suit you already have? We can do that too. That is why we have such a strong Bespoke business. It is what our company was founded on.

William Brauer

I’ve been a Brioni fan for more than 30 years and you’re right about the excellence of staff and attention to detail. I had my first Brioni made for me in Italy around 1985. 20 years later, I took the same suit to a Brioni shop here in the states and they treated the suit (and me) as if it had been 2 months. ‘nough said!
Bill

Michael K.

On the US East Coast, Brioni and a Rolex with shiny Santoni shoes is the uniform for the more-money-than-taste contingent, from DC up to Hartford, CT and its insurance industry. You see it especially on people in real estate and big pharma. The Zegna cut (especially the jackets made in Switzerland) fit me off the rack with very little alteration, so I’ve never been tempted to buy a new Brioni, with its less hard-wearing fabric and at half again or more the cost. But I’ve picked up a couple of Brioni sports jackets at consignment shops and what has always amazed me is that, to a one, these five-thousand dollar suits were finished by the department store tailor with no more finesse than you’d get in a three-suits-for-$999 sale at Men’s Wearhouse. I’ve had to bring them to a proper tailor, get all new buttons, the sleeve-length right, and have actual buttonholes sewn into the sleeves. In one case, the former wearer hadn’t even undone the tacking thread on the rear vents. I have to assume that, as with the flash Rolexes and bright red power ties, the point is not to look good, but rather to be seen to spend money. Which is why (reverse snobbery, I guess) I almost never wear the two Brionis I’ve hung onto anywhere anyone might know what the brand implies… But the make is gorgeous, I will say, and the precision of the armholes in particular sets them apart even from other high-end RTW.

Emanuel

Where can we read your account of your bad experience with Prada MTM?

I have jackets and coats and trousers and shoes from Prada ready-to-wear and they are all outstanding both in workmanship and in style — among my favourites.

M L S

When I read “(n)ot knowing much about the Brioni product… ” I re-read it because I thought I misread the sentence. I was shocked and thought how could you not know much about Brioni product being in the clothing game? Interesting.

Jaime

Hi Simon,

I can’t wait to see the full review. For those of us who don’t have a local bespoke option it would be good to hear whether Brioni ends up being a good option. Thank you.

Regards,
Jaime

Andie Nicolas

Hi Simon
In 1995 I attended the Dunhill boutique in HK and bought a Dunhill branded double breasted blazer (“worsted super 100’s wool”). I was piqued to find out later that it was made in Italy by Brioni of all people. However, I was soon swayed from my concern by the excellent craftsmanship on the jacket and if their craftsmanship is the same today I would have no hesitation in recommending their products. Incidentally, when I visited Gieves & Hawkes in Savile Row, a year or two before 1995, the salesman informed me that their RTW suits were made by Brioni.

Andie Nicolas

Hi Simon
I put Brunello Cucinelli in the same category pricewise as Brioni and Kiton. Not too sure what you know about the first-named at least quality-wise. I know Cucinelli virtually runs a whole village and his prices might reflect the cost of running it! Isaia I put below those 3 and Zegna a bit below Isaia. Is it a fair summary?

C.

It’s worth watching the documentary Men of the cloth from about 10 years ago that covers three old master Italian tailors. Amongst this they cover the Brioni workshop and school in Penne, you also see Donald Trumps pattern hanging up in the pattern room.

Anonymous

Hey Simon!
Quick question about a couple pictures above. There are a pair of trousers that have the pockets sticking out. Is this a choice you made or have you just not tailored this garment yet?

Phillip Wong

It will be interesting to see what this “rich old man” brand will turn out for you. Unfortunately for me, this brand and its style reminds me of highly corrupt politicians and businessmen speaking in DAVOS

Peter K

But the house style does tend towards the mainstream aesthetic of shorter jacket, close fit and high gorge.”

I know you don’t like a high gorge Simon but I don’t think you have ever explained why in a systematic way. Maybe there is an article to be written about how gorge height (and other style choices) affect how a jacket looks.

Andrew

Very nice, thanks for the writeup. Jeffery Diduch took apart a Brioni dinner jacket some years ago and concluded that the pad stitching had been done by machine, though not using an automated machine. I don’t have the expertise to be able to tell but he certainly does.

Tom

Excited to see you cover this, Simon. As a New Yorker, I’ve considered Brioni bespoke, as it seems like there would be less time between fittings (particularly when there was a travel ban here during Covid peaks). As a fan of the military/equestrian padded shoulder initially shopping RTW, I gravitated first towards Tom Ford, but I was disappointed in the MTM suit I ordered from them. I now want to try Huntsman bespoke at their NYC location for my next suit. However, I did always love Pierce Brosnan’s old Brioni suits as 007 in the 90s. Today’s Brioni seems to favor a softer shoulder, higher button stance, and a shorter coat, so I didn’t think they would be the best choice for my tastes. I know their bespoke program says that they can achieve the “old look,” but since Huntsman’s house style is already closer stylistically, I am leaning towards going with them instead. Still though, I remain curious about Brioni bespoke…

Looking forward to seeing your final garments and thoughtful assessment, as always!

Matt H

I rather like a lot of what Brioni does, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out and if the result of your requests still looks like Brioni. Although there has been a fair amount of variety in the style of their tailoring so I don’t think there is an obvious Brioni cut. Certain consistencies, yes, but overall it can be more confusing than, say, Attolini.
A quick look at their online offerings and I like the 3 roll 2 ‘Amalfi’ cut.

I used to work in the area of Bruton Street and occasionally I’d pop into the store. The lady was very friendly. I’d express an interest in a coat and she’d dissappear, returning with an armful for me to try. I remember one costing £12,000. (About half the price of the 100% Vicuna coat I tried on at Kiton).

Oddly, I can remember seeing a shirt with hand-sewn buttonholes and other details on the table display at Brioni. I was surprised as I’ve never seen this on any Brioni shirt before or since. Was this available when ordering your shirt?

Matt H

I’m actually surprised that the Brioni tailoring has impressed you, especially the internals. I’d heard chatter on the menswear scene in recent years that the quality had declined and that people who had opened up Brioni jackets were not impressed. Perhaps this information is itself dated. Perhaps there was a ‘bad spell’; perhaps it’s baseless rumour.

Sully S

Hi Simon, have you tried the bespoke service at Dunhill or Stefano Ricci, if not, do you plan on doing so in the future?