Today, we wish to salute the initiative (and very high precision work) of our friend Juhn Maing, globe trotter emeritus and publisher of a blog we very much love here at PG.
His eBook is the first of its kind to list Sicilian bespoke workshops, with not only very well documented reports on each, but also everything you need to know to plan a trip to Sicily to order a bespoke suit by one of those wonderful traditional tailors.
We have always known Italy was the Eldorado for those who love traditional sartorial art. In Naples, dozens of micro workshops are still in operations. Nevertheless, we had never had the opportunity to fully explore the sartorial offer in Sicily. We are now able to do so thanks to this very practical and precise guide, offered for downloading by our friend Juhn for 49$ (around 35 euros today). Of course, this may seem expensive for an e-book, but we feel it could be well worth it for a reader considering having a bespoke suit in the area. Indeed, the guide provides enough guidance to allow him to choose his tailor in full confidence beforehand, and without wasting time knocking on doors after his arrival.
The guide provides extensive details on the style of the tailors it features, as well as on their services (price, delays, and fittings). Most names listed in the guide are not very well known, while some are even completely unknown to us. Based on the quality of the traditional workmanship the island possesses, their work seem to be highly underestimated compared to that of Neapolitan, Roman or Milanese tailors, for instance.
Incidentally, very few names of this insular pantheon might sound familiar to the some of you out there : Guido Davi, Guiseppe Ferina, Guiseppe Zacco, Nello Caponetto, Salvatore Giuffrida, Vittorio Palmisciano, Sebastiano Savoca, Pipo Arrigo and Fratelli Gorgone.
Without getting into too much detail, the Sicilian style is chiefly characterized by a very pronounced taste for super light and fluid fabrics (this is of course due to the typically Mediterranean climate of the island, where temperatures rarely drop below 15 degrees Celsius, even in winter, while the remaining months of the year can be very hot), and by a method of constructing suits that is very close to the traditional Neapolitan style with natural, even sloping shoulder, with little or no padding. However, Sicilian-style trousers are more markedly styled, notably with trimmer cuts, narrower hems and a tendency to omit, purposely, lining.
Our friend Juhn has undertaken a commendable initiative that we can only praise for its genuine worth, as it was the result of extremely serious and detailed labor of love.