Born in Ginosa, a small provincial town in the region of Puglia, Angelo Inglese can still memorialize the scent of the iron’s steam when touching the cloths in his family’s tailor’s shop as a boy. His father Gianni established the house of G. Inglese in 1955. Italian provenance is at the very core of G. Inglese’s identity – and along with the rustic beauty of Puglia, their designs continue to imbue the cultural expressions of Ginosa and Italy on the whole. Angelo took over the firm at the tender age of 23. Early on his tenure he bought a historic building in the old town centre of Ginosa, where skilled custodians (many of whom worked for Angelo’s father) use ancient shirtmaking techniques which very much align with the building’s history. He punctiliously checks every garment to leave the atelier, ensuring each product does his father’s name proud.
Everything that an Italophile craves can be found in Puglia. Nicknamed “The Florence of the South” due to its rich foundation of Baroque architecture, Lecce is home to a coastline brimming with clear turquoise waters. Naturally the stylish elite are drawn to its serene coastal landscape. But firmly on their agenda is a visit to Ginosa, where they know they will be commissioning some of the finest shirts in the world at the G. Inglese atelier. Angelo says: “For our customers, ‘Made in Italy’ equals passion, lifestyle, love of our land, strong attachment to ethics and limitless creativity.” It is why without much advertisement; the house has lured in many influential and important customers. Perhaps most famous of all is Prince William, who chose to have his wedding shirt made in the Ginosa atelier.