A some of you will know, The Rake is celebrating its 10th anniversary next month and, taking into consideration the turbulent times that the publishing industry has been subjected to in recent years, we are utmost proud of the milestone. During the last 10 years, we have evolved significantly and are now, as well as being a magazine, a fully-fledged, finely-curated e-commerce store. Throughout this journey, one brand has been particularly omnipresent, occupying more product categories than any other on the shop. That brand is Rubinacci, Naples’ foremost bespoke tailor and ready-to-wear depository.
Our admiration for the house is no secret. After all, Rubinacci, which is steered by Mariano and his son, Luca, effortlessly blends the finest aspects of British and Italian tailoring, using expertly-chosen colours, textures, flattering cuts and a broad range of styles. They are a pleasure to work with and a pleasure to support.
The Rake now travels to Italy at least four times a year: twice for Pitti Uomo and twice to Naples, to visit our long list of Neapolitan partners. A small team has just returned from a week-long stay, myself included. I’ve fallen slightly in love with it; the cuisine is mind-blowing — a humble, nondescript tiramisu honestly sent me into a state of euphoria — and its age-old architecture is juxtaposed against run-down, graffiti-clad buildings. The most important facet, though, is that Naples has the highest concentration of bespoke artisans in the world. Fact.