Cifonelli navy suit: Style breakdown

Read MoreAug 5th 2019

Cifonelli is one of the three best-known tailors in Paris - the others being Camps de Luca and Smalto. (Though Smalto’s influence has rather waned in recent years, as the others’ has waxed.) It is best known for the style of its shoulder, and fo...

Cifonelli navy suit: Style breakdown

Cifonelli is one of the three best-known tailors in Paris - the others being Camps de Luca and Smalto. (Though Smalto’s influence has rather waned in recent years, as the others’ has waxed.) It is best known for the style of its shoulder, and fo...

Aug 5th 2019

Grey and lilac: Ralph Lauren style, in Cifonelli

Read MoreFeb 26th 2020

I’ve been looking at a lot of old Ralph Lauren imagery in recent months. Because of the 50th anniversary, but also because of the Ivy Style talk we did in New York, where everyone admitted some kind of debt to Ralph, and reading In His Own Fashion ...

Grey and lilac: Ralph Lauren style, in Cifonelli

I’ve been looking at a lot of old Ralph Lauren imagery in recent months. Because of the 50th anniversary, but also because of the Ivy Style talk we did in New York, where everyone admitted some kind of debt to Ralph, and reading In His Own Fashion ...

Feb 26th 2020

The story of Cifonelli

Read MoreJan 7th 2010

This is a guest post from the friends of Permanent Style, parisiangentleman.com Legendary tailors Cifonelli have an exceptional story to tell. Unlike most of their peers around the world, the house was founded in 1880 yet remains entirely in the han...

The story of Cifonelli

This is a guest post from the friends of Permanent Style, parisiangentleman.com Legendary tailors Cifonelli have an exceptional story to tell. Unlike most of their peers around the world, the house was founded in 1880 yet remains entirely in the han...

Jan 7th 2010

The velvet jacket and modern evening wear, in Cifonelli 

Read MoreDec 4th 2019

This article concerns two things.  First, the pluses and minuses of the Cifonelli 6x1 style, as this is the first jacket I’ve had from them in their well-known cut.  And second, the benefits of a velvet jacket without silk facings - and how it ca...

The velvet jacket and modern evening wear, in Cifonelli 

This article concerns two things.  First, the pluses and minuses of the Cifonelli 6x1 style, as this is the first jacket I’ve had from them in their well-known cut.  And second, the benefits of a velvet jacket without silk facings - and how it ca...

Dec 4th 2019

Cifonelli - Parisian powerhouse

Read MoreSep 28th 2011

Cifonelli Parisian tailors tend to be located on the first floor of big mansion blocks. Savile Row tailors are more likely to be on the ground floor of a terraced house, with workrooms underneath. Though certainly a generalisation, this is not an emp...

Cifonelli - Parisian powerhouse

Cifonelli Parisian tailors tend to be located on the first floor of big mansion blocks. Savile Row tailors are more likely to be on the ground floor of a terraced house, with workrooms underneath. Though certainly a generalisation, this is not an emp...

Sep 28th 2011

An interview with Lorenzo Cifonelli

Read MoreJan 11th 2010

This is a guest post from the friends of Permanent Style, parisiangentleman.comIn 2003, you and your cousin Massimo took control of the family business after starting in the workshop in 1993. Have your customers changed over the years? Of course. Whe...

An interview with Lorenzo Cifonelli

This is a guest post from the friends of Permanent Style, parisiangentleman.comIn 2003, you and your cousin Massimo took control of the family business after starting in the workshop in 1993. Have your customers changed over the years? Of course. Whe...

Jan 11th 2010

Cifonelli double-breasted overcoat

Read MoreJan 26th 2015

  For the reader who commented that my pieces on Cifonelli tend towards the emotional, I apologise in advance. This is a beautiful, beautiful coat, and one of the finest things I have ever worn.Right, that's over. Down to details. This is the navy...

Cifonelli double-breasted overcoat

  For the reader who commented that my pieces on Cifonelli tend towards the emotional, I apologise in advance. This is a beautiful, beautiful coat, and one of the finest things I have ever worn.Right, that's over. Down to details. This is the navy...

Jan 26th 2015

How an overcoat should fit (Cifonelli fitting)  

Read MoreSep 5th 2014

 A reader recently asked me how an overcoat should fit – around the armholes, in the shoulder width – and given that I already had a post planned on this fitting on a Cifonelli overcoat, I thought I would combine the two.The central problem with...

How an overcoat should fit (Cifonelli fitting)  

 A reader recently asked me how an overcoat should fit – around the armholes, in the shoulder width – and given that I already had a post planned on this fitting on a Cifonelli overcoat, I thought I would combine the two.The central problem with...

Sep 5th 2014

Bespoke suede jacket - Cifonelli

Read MoreMar 14th 2016

  This finished suede jacket from Cifonelli shows the beautiful breadth of what bespoke tailoring can do. Bespoke is not just for business suits; it is not just for casual jackets; it is for anything that benefits from hand-cut line and structure...

Bespoke suede jacket - Cifonelli

  This finished suede jacket from Cifonelli shows the beautiful breadth of what bespoke tailoring can do. Bespoke is not just for business suits; it is not just for casual jackets; it is for anything that benefits from hand-cut line and structure...

Mar 14th 2016

The restless Lorenzo Cifonelli

Read MoreJul 15th 2011

I was in Paris last week visiting Cifonelli for an article to appear in The Rake. It was good to spend some more time with Lorenzo hearing about the history of the firm and his grandfather’s move to Paris (below). But what impresses me every time I...

The restless Lorenzo Cifonelli

I was in Paris last week visiting Cifonelli for an article to appear in The Rake. It was good to spend some more time with Lorenzo hearing about the history of the firm and his grandfather’s move to Paris (below). But what impresses me every time I...

Jul 15th 2011

Cifonelli bespoke suede jacket

Read MoreOct 23rd 2015

  One area that fascinates me – perhaps more than any other – in my writing is the overlap between formal tailoring and more casual dress.If it is possible to retain the beautiful craft aspects of bespoke tailoring in casual clothing, as well a...

Cifonelli bespoke suede jacket

  One area that fascinates me – perhaps more than any other – in my writing is the overlap between formal tailoring and more casual dress.If it is possible to retain the beautiful craft aspects of bespoke tailoring in casual clothing, as well a...

Oct 23rd 2015

New Cifonelli jackets

Read MoreAug 2nd 2012

No visit to Paris would be complete without dropping in on Lorenzo Cifonelli and seeing what weird and wonderful things his mind has inflicted on tailoring recently.First up was the yak jacket. I wrote about this back in February on The Rake, but I h...

New Cifonelli jackets

No visit to Paris would be complete without dropping in on Lorenzo Cifonelli and seeing what weird and wonderful things his mind has inflicted on tailoring recently.First up was the yak jacket. I wrote about this back in February on The Rake, but I h...

Aug 2nd 2012

Paris: A sartorial shopping guide - 2019 update with Holiday, Beige, Husbands

Read MoreJul 22nd 2019

There are some interesting things going on in French menswear.  Although France has generally been the poor cousin to Britain and Italy here, in the last 30 years it seemed to get worse. Most of the good shops closed (Old England, Arnys) and accord...

Paris: A sartorial shopping guide - 2019 update with Holiday, Beige, Husbands

There are some interesting things going on in French menswear.  Although France has generally been the poor cousin to Britain and Italy here, in the last 30 years it seemed to get worse. Most of the good shops closed (Old England, Arnys) and accord...

Jul 22nd 2019

Final tweed jacket from Cifonelli

Read MoreMar 14th 2011

I’m seriously impressed with this tweed jacket from Cifonelli. The style is nice, with a mix of traditional and original detailing. But having put that together with Lorenzo, it was what I expected. Perhaps more surprising, and certainly more impre...

Final tweed jacket from Cifonelli

I’m seriously impressed with this tweed jacket from Cifonelli. The style is nice, with a mix of traditional and original detailing. But having put that together with Lorenzo, it was what I expected. Perhaps more surprising, and certainly more impre...

Mar 14th 2011

Cifonelli navy suit

Read MoreDec 6th 2013

Lorenzo Cifonelli made me this beautiful suit at the beginning of the year, and I've meaning to write about it ever since.  He has cut two jackets for me in the past, a pale-grey cashmere DB and a green tweed SB. I gave details about both of them a...

Cifonelli navy suit

Lorenzo Cifonelli made me this beautiful suit at the beginning of the year, and I've meaning to write about it ever since.  He has cut two jackets for me in the past, a pale-grey cashmere DB and a green tweed SB. I gave details about both of them a...

Dec 6th 2013

Thank you (in Cifonelli and Begg)

Read MoreApr 15th 2015

 Everything seems to be happening at once at the moment. Next week the Permanent Style magazines should be here, which is probably the most exciting thing. On Monday we held our first Gathering dinner, which everyone seemed to really enjoy. And we'...

Thank you (in Cifonelli and Begg)

 Everything seems to be happening at once at the moment. Next week the Permanent Style magazines should be here, which is probably the most exciting thing. On Monday we held our first Gathering dinner, which everyone seemed to really enjoy. And we'...

Apr 15th 2015

Cifonelli Japanese jacket

Read MoreDec 16th 2011

I love Lorenzo Cifonelli's constant innovation in his menswear designs. Some I like more than others, but I love the embroidery of the Japanese symbol for love on the lapel of this grey jacket. I'd go for a bit of subtle embroidery on a sports jacket...

Cifonelli Japanese jacket

I love Lorenzo Cifonelli's constant innovation in his menswear designs. Some I like more than others, but I love the embroidery of the Japanese symbol for love on the lapel of this grey jacket. I'd go for a bit of subtle embroidery on a sports jacket...

Dec 16th 2011

Tweed jacket from Cifonelli

Read MoreFeb 18th 2011

As you might have sensed in a recent post on Parisian tailors Cifonelli, I was rather taken with Lorenzo's stylistic details. That led to a commission for a Harris tweed jacket including his slash pockets, five-button front up to the throat, suede un...

Tweed jacket from Cifonelli

As you might have sensed in a recent post on Parisian tailors Cifonelli, I was rather taken with Lorenzo's stylistic details. That led to a commission for a Harris tweed jacket including his slash pockets, five-button front up to the throat, suede un...

Feb 18th 2011

Cifonelli jacket in detail

Read MoreFeb 8th 2012

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 d...

Cifonelli jacket in detail

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 d...

Feb 8th 2012

Cifonelli jacket, D'Avino shirt and others

Read MoreDec 23rd 2013

A reader asked what I was wearing at the dinner of Parisian Gentlemen last week. Fortunately, a profile photo was taken that day at the intellectual property conference I was speaking at - the reason I was in Paris in the first place.  In the pictu...

Cifonelli jacket, D'Avino shirt and others

A reader asked what I was wearing at the dinner of Parisian Gentlemen last week. Fortunately, a profile photo was taken that day at the intellectual property conference I was speaking at - the reason I was in Paris in the first place.  In the pictu...

Dec 23rd 2013

Scarf outfits: Solito, Cifonelli, Anderson & Sheppard

Read MoreJan 18th 2016

  Several readers asked what I was wearing in the video we produced recently for Begg & Co scarves. So here they are, one by one. In the jacket shots, above:Navy cashmere jacket by Solito.Not a great level of finish, but one of the most usefu...

Scarf outfits: Solito, Cifonelli, Anderson & Sheppard

  Several readers asked what I was wearing in the video we produced recently for Begg & Co scarves. So here they are, one by one. In the jacket shots, above:Navy cashmere jacket by Solito.Not a great level of finish, but one of the most usefu...

Jan 18th 2016

Cifonelli update: jersey, overcoats and buttons

Read MoreDec 13th 2013

Dinner with Lorenzo Cifonelli on Monday was a highlight of this week’s trip to Paris. So conscientious, so grounded yet creative: Lorenzo in many ways has the perfect character for a tailor. And he has good taste in restaurants. I was having two j...

Cifonelli update: jersey, overcoats and buttons

Dinner with Lorenzo Cifonelli on Monday was a highlight of this week’s trip to Paris. So conscientious, so grounded yet creative: Lorenzo in many ways has the perfect character for a tailor. And he has good taste in restaurants. I was having two j...

Dec 13th 2013

Bespoke double-breasted denim jacket - from Cifonelli, Paris

Read MoreApr 7th 2017

The attraction of denim for the modern, sartorial man is easy to understand.  In an age when clothing is increasingly casual, making tailoring less formal by using a casual cloth is attractive.  It retains the benefits of tailoring - the elegant...

Bespoke double-breasted denim jacket - from Cifonelli, Paris

The attraction of denim for the modern, sartorial man is easy to understand.  In an age when clothing is increasingly casual, making tailoring less formal by using a casual cloth is attractive.  It retains the benefits of tailoring - the elegant...

Apr 7th 2017

Tengri: Sustainable, luxurious yak fibre

Read MoreFeb 28th 2020

Anyone that has been on or around Savile Row in the past year would have likely come across the force of nature that is Nancy Johnston (above), founder of Tengri, and her yak fibre.  Nancy is a social worker, traveller and campaigner, who founded Te...

Tengri: Sustainable, luxurious yak fibre

Anyone that has been on or around Savile Row in the past year would have likely come across the force of nature that is Nancy Johnston (above), founder of Tengri, and her yak fibre.  Nancy is a social worker, traveller and campaigner, who founded Te...

Feb 28th 2020

A bespoke tour of Paris - Corthay, Cifonelli, Charvet, Camps

Read MoreMar 4th 2014

Read my one-day guide to bespoke operators in Paris in the latest article for Essence Lifestyle. Pictured, Pierre Corthay in typically playful mood.

A bespoke tour of Paris - Corthay, Cifonelli, Charvet, Camps

Read my one-day guide to bespoke operators in Paris in the latest article for Essence Lifestyle. Pictured, Pierre Corthay in typically playful mood.

Mar 4th 2014