the Kiton jacket
The Art of the Italian Jacket
You first notice it as your plane descends toward terra firma, red tile roofs huddled together like bees in a hive. You feel it in the air when you step out of the airport to find a taxi. You hear it in the frenetic whine of the motorini and the shouts of people greeting one another on the sidewalk.
There is an energy here, a passion. It drives people, moves and inspires them to create. Over the centuries that energy has wrought some of the world's great treasures: the art of Michelangelo and Da Vinci, the cars of Ferrari and Lambourghini, the food every nonna brings to the table on Sunday. People have tried to bottle it, market it, export it, do anything they can capture the essence of this country.
But there is only one Italy, and its passion can only be found within its borders. It is as homegrown as the olives on its trees, the wheels of Parmigiano fermenting in their cloths, the sangiovese grapes dotting the Tuscan hills.
That is why we go to the source for our clothing. To bring you the finest in men's jackets, we travel across an ocean to the place where people have been perfecting their art for centuries. Generation after generation, the master tailors at Kiton have refined and passed down their art to the next group of craftsmen. They have transmitted their knowledge and passion for making the finest clothes in the world to the men and women who will preserve the tradition for years to come.
It takes time to learn how to make a jacket. Years and years of studying and careful practice are needed to know how to measure and chalk the pockets so they are just so, how to move the needle and thread with quick, economical movements. This type of skill is only possible in those who have a passion for their art. Only the most dedicated would subject themselves to the necessary rigors of repetitive movements necessary to master a craft.
Yet it is more than just skill; it is the ability to understand what every cut and every stitch means. At Kiton they firmly believe that if one of their tailors is going to work on a jacket, he or she must know every part of it. To fully understand the jacket, a tailor must know all its intricacies: the pockets, lapels, buttons and sleeves. He must know how to make every detail exactly as it should be. He must know to cut and sew the fabric in such a way as to make a man look his best.
That is why we must go to Italy to find a jacket of Kiton's quality. Only in Italy do people have the passion necessary to create these wearable works of art. This passion is evident in every detail of Kiton's jackets: the choice of material, the perfect cuts, the precise stitching. At Axel's we are happy to bring Kiton's jackets to you, so that you too can know the joy and passion of that beautiful country.
The Final Product
Just as Kiton employs the most skilled tailors and designers, they also use the finest materials to make their jackets. Many of their jackets are made from 100% cashmere at 400 gram weight, a tailor’s dream for how well it holds its shape. Each carefully cut piece of cloth is stitched together by hand with silk thread. Polished redwood buttons add the perfect finishing touch. We spent days in Milan poring over hundreds of their fabrics and every style in order to find the best of these unique, hand-made jackets.
“To fully understand the jacket, a tailor must know all its intricacies: the pockets, lapels, buttons and sleeves. He must know how to make every detail exactly as it should be.”