In 1968 Ciro Paone, a man born of five generations of fabric workers and imbued with a passion for elegance and beauty, endeavored to revitalize the world’s understanding of the pleasure and perfection of Neapolitan tailoring. In founding Kiton, Ciro Paone elevated the craft of tailoring to a medium of artistic and aesthetic expression. The quality of clothing, traditional craftsmanship, and passion upon which Kiton was built inspires the company today. Each garment created by Kiton honors Ciro Paone’s vision and speaks to Neapolitan tradition and character.
There is this moment in life when you truly come to understand value. I’m not talking about the monetary kind you come to know from your first paycheque. I’m referring to the intrinsic value of intangible things namely family, friends and love. While I may have thought I fully grasped them, I took a flight out to Vail Colorado and learned a few things on the subject. Random, I know. Given the time of year, early May, right after the high season. Oh, and I don’t really ski, so that was kind of out of the question anyway. So then why you ask, why on earth would I venture to the Rockies? Well, I heard about this place tucked in the mountains that happens to be home to a family known for their unique infallible kindness and hospitality. There’s more, they own and operate a store that isn’t so much a store really, rather a harmonious masterpiece of homeliness and opulence. More on that later… Let me start the whole story when I first met Axel senior. The head of the family and the man who taught me a lesson or two in people and yes, of course value.
4 generations of tailors from the Boglioli family have made Gambara in the province of Brescia in Northern Italy their home. Classic tailoring was their business until the two brothers, Mario and Pierreluigi changed the name of their brand to the family name, and began experimenting with fabric compositions and treatments.
With the casual lifestyle promoted much by the dot com crowd of the late 90's, the Boglioli brothers saw an opportunity to modify the make of the traditional tailored jacket. They eliminated the lining, took the roping out of the shoulders and washed and dyed the finished product. The result was a softer, lighter jacket that was much easier to wear. They found that with no lining and the garment washed, the fabric became much more pliable, allowing a snugger fit of the jacket without compromising elegance or comfort.
In 2012, Mario and Pierluigi (Gigi) sold their interest in the family tailoring company, Boglioli, and embarked on a new venture. The Gigi collection was first launched at Pitti Uomo in Florence in January 2014 and will arrive at our store in the next 2 to 3 weeks.
The essence of the collection is to expose the classics of a man's wardrobe to a "meteor shower" of colors, fabrics, and weaving techniques never before attempted. Inspirations are taken from architecture and photography. Jacquards* and Fil Coupés** play integral parts in their designs. Sounds confusing, but the end result is far from it. There is an orderly, although unconventional look to their patterns. A feel of modern design, but not over the top. Their mantra, "Don't look back", stitched into all their creations, reflects Gigi's passion for always being one step ahead, already proven in the garment dyed, unconstructed Boglioli K Jacket of 1999.
Entirely hand sewn, this bolero style jacket by Kiton features an exquisite blend of cashmere, wool, linen, and silk. Combined, these materials create an elegant and smooth herringbone fabric, exclusive to Kiton, with a subtle sheen that seems to welcome the evening as much as the light of day. There is no form of closure to this piece and yet it manages to maintain its form and drape ever so perfectly. The hand sewn seam around the middle of the jacket together with the subtle darts that fan out from the middle are details that further enhance this flattering piece. Its Satin lining, roped shoulders, and no pockets maintain a clean, unaffected look. As expected, the Kiton Matador Jacket fits impeccably true to size. Made in Italy.
The renowned Italian tailoring house of Boglioli dates back to the early days of the 20th century. Their production facility in Gambara, Brescia lies just a short drive east of Milan in northern Italy. In recent years, Boglioli have especially made their mark in perfecting the art of washing and garment dying their sartorial pieces, giving them the feel and look of a tailored favorite after years of use. This brown K Jacket in solid cashmere is a testimony to this. Light weight, almost shirt like, with very subtle wear marks on the pick stitched seams, it speaks of attitude. The model, 3 button rolled to 2, has narrower lapels, slimmer sleeves and a little shorter hem giving it a younger, more cosmopolitan look. To us, this is unpretentious luxury.