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March 14, 2012

Cesare Attolini’s New NYC Flagship

By Sarah Gold | Fashion

Cesare Attolini’s New NYC Flagship
Alek Belakov / Courtesy Cesare Attolini

Most fashionable men are well-versed in the details of the Neapolitan-style suit. Unstructured, with a soft shoulder, high-cut armhole and an easier drape than its English counterparts, it’s been a staple of many style emissaries (including Clark Gable and Sean Connery) since the mid-20th century. For today’s best-dressed guys, however, actually procuring one of these suits has been something of an ordeal: The top Neapolitan tailors (there are only a handful, and all are family-owned) are bespoke operations and have few outposts outside their native city.

That all changes this week, when the vaunted Neapolitan design house of Cesare Attolini opens its first location in the U.S. The Attolini family (specifically, paterfamilias Vincenzo) has long been credited with creating the original design for the Neapolitan-style suit; now, the family’s creations will be available for the first time to New York customers. The 2,500-square-foot space includes a private second-floor atelier that offers signature Attolini made-to-order pieces (starting at $5,500). A good bit of shelf space, though, is devoted to the brand’s ready-to-wear garments and accessories—such as cashmere sweaters, silk ties and pocket squares. cesareattolini.com.

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