Alfredo Rifugio: A disciple of leather

More than just leather jackets, Alfredo Rifugio’s creations are true works of art that should be cherished.

Alfredo Rifugio’s leather wizardry has earnt him a few noble craftsmanship titles over the years. One familiar appellation is the ‘Lord of Leather’, but the style of name he has become internationally identified with is “The King of Handmade Leather Jackets”. This stature of recognition does not get issued overnight. Rifugio began his profession at the age of 13 and has been a bespoke master tailor for over 50 years. In that time, he has accrued an enviable client portfolio, but perhaps no one more distinguished than Pope John Paul II. In the early years of his papacy he noticed his personal pilot sporting a leather aviation jacket and so decided to commission one for himself. The “White Jewel” jacket in Australian calfskin was worn with pride on his Alpine holidays. Chosen by the Collage of Cardinals to be the apostolic successor of Saint Peter, the pope is the greatest influence in upholding the religious values of the Catholic Church, so it is no mean feat that he holds Rifugio’s jackets in the highest regard.

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Freddie Anderson

Published

March 2021

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