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Impeccable Italian Shirts

Shirtmaking originated in Naples—or it might as well have, since a clean, pressed shirt, handmade in the legendary ateliers of Italy’s sartorial capital, is the hallmark of classic Italian style. Fifty years after stitching shirts for renowned shirtmaker Rubinacci, Anna Borrelli and her son, Luigi, founded their own workshop, promising to provide the perfect fit. Each shirt is sourced from the finest Italian cotton and carefully hand-assembled by seamstresses following an eight-step process intended to replicate machine assembly—without the associated imperfections. Only the best embroiderers are entrusted with the collar’s delicate stitching, and each sleeve is joined to the torso with a handstitched seam that conforms to the wearer’s natural stance without the stiffness of its machine-sewn counterpart.

More Bespoke Shirtmakers

Bespoke shirtmaker (and international sensation) Simone Abbarchi’s Florence atelier occupies a Roman bathhouse (from $140; Borgo Santissimi Apostoli 16; 39-55/210-552). In Rome, Paolo Regini’s Italian-sourced shirts are “great classics revisited,” says Carlos Souza, brand ambassador for Valentino (from $100; Via Antonio Trasmondo 3; And when hotelier Antonio Sersale asked Hong Kong’s finest shirtmaker to reproduce a Patrizia Sembroni creation, they declined, saying, “They only know how to make these collars in Italy” (from $115; Via Giano Parrasio 30, Rome; 39-06/584-842).


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