Despite my circuitously obtained name I am an Englishman by birth and thus used to be thoroughly biased when it came to anything made in Britain. Since joining The Rake, I am pleased to say that my eyes have been well and truly opened. A staunch admirer of the best British tailors as I am, I have come to understand the unique talents and intricacies of tailoring as practiced by different artisans all across Europe.
There is however, one tailoring dynasty, which I was previously unfamiliar with, that has completely and utterly enraptured my heart whilst at The Rake, and that firm is Rubinacci Napoli. I remember the very first time that I met the Rubinaccis, and when I first visited their London store on Mount Street - it felt entirely like walking into the very birthplace of Neapolitan style, an authentic expression of the greatest tradition of Neapolitan tailoring - which of course it is because they essentially created it. There is a genuine quality to Rubinacci and the Rubinacci family, Chiara, Mariano and Luca, pictured above, all take great pride in their reputation as the greatest of Neapolitan tailors and stylists on earth.
It was only natural then, when it came to consider those artisans that we would like to work with for the launch of our E-Commerce platform, that the Rubinaccis were the first family we contacted. Not only do their designs bring with them no small amount of colour and dash, but also their lightly structured aesthetic is perfect for the fast-paced, international world of today. Their scarves, tailoring, even their iconic leather slippers are all created to be light and soft, easy on the body and supremely comfortable.
It is to be expected then that this was the direction that The Rake took in collaborating with Rubinacci. We commenced with a unique rendering of their iconic silk samurai themed scarf, in a rakish navy with vibrant contrasting red and muted cream highlights - a colour combination exclusive to The Rake. The samurai theme was selected for its connotations of power and discipline embodied in the Bushido Code. The beauty of this scarf is in its blend of silk and modal fibres, which are smooth, luxurious and lightweight. The scarf drapes beautifully and strikes just the right balance between warmth and lightness; it's that rare kind of scarf that one doesn't have to take off when one steps indoors. It moves from practical neck-warming territory outside to a stylistic flourish indoors in the blink of an eye. It is also supremely easy to wear with any manner of different outfits, as can be seen from the selection below.