The Kiton Shirt

Launched in 1968 by fifth generation clothier Ciro Paone, Kiton is widely recognized as an icon of the Neapolitan tradition of tailoring. Paone’s passion for beauty, loyalty to classic style, and pride in his craftsmanship remain the brand’s guiding principles. This steadfast dedication to character and quality is one of the reasons we so enjoy working with Kiton.

It takes 4 ½ hours and 22 separate steps, most by hand, to make a Kiton shirt. Stitching is lavish, about 12 per cm (industry norm is 9), without compromising the flexible fit of the shirt. One might ask what hand stitching lends to a shirt? Simply put, unlike the tightness of machine stitching, hand sewing introduces flexibility, letting the shirt literally shape to the wearer's body. To paraphrase a Kiton shirtmaker, the shirt should be the lining for the jacket.

As with any piece Kiton makes you are guaranteed a beautifully made garment in a fabric exclusive to Kiton. To me, exclusivity is becoming more and more important in a time when smaller fabric mills are being absorbed by international conglomerates, and individuality is vanishing.


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