Lorenzo Cifonelli For The Rake Part VI: A Convergence Of Two Entities’ Style Journeys

English cloth-maker Fox Brothers, this time, completes the sartorial triumvirate.

If the casual élan of Neapolitan tailoring and Savile Row’s sharp, military-derived swagger are mutually exclusive, Massimo and Lorenzo Cifonelli didn’t get the memo. Their eponymous Rome-born, Paris-based tailoring house - founded in 1880 by Giuseppe Cifonelli, and today run by these two cousins, who are of the fourth generation to do so - blends the two with effortless panache and impeccable workmanship.

The garments that come into being from this extraordinary merger of tailoring genres, meanwhile, are enhanced by signature details such as the in-house-designed buttons, cigarette shoulder, an intricate piping method which prompted a comment from Karl Lagerfeld that regular readers will be familiar with (“I could recognise a Cifonelli shoulder from a distance of a hundred metres”), and the stunning finishing, as typified by the Milanese buttonhole on the lapel: a masterstroke of cutting and sewing that converts a prosaic necessity into a tactile, aesthetically pleasing signature of virtuoso bespoke tailoring.

All of which begs the question: why would such an institution - and bear in mind, here, that a large percentage of sartorially proficient individuals throughout the world would, if pressed, name Cifonelli as the finest bespoke tailor on the planet - feel inclined to collaborate with us on an affordable range of garments? Well, it’s all about the democratisation of classic elegance. Over to Lorenzo, and specifically a conversation he recalls having with Loro Piana when discussing the notion of the Trivero-born cashmere and wool producers providing fabrics for their last collaboration with The Rake.

    The buying window for the 2nd instalment of the Lorenzo Cifonelli for The Rake Autumn/Winter collection is open and will close tomorrow 19th November at 10am. Please email shop@therakemagazine.com for further information.

    Video by Marcus Ebanks


    November 2021


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