Top-notch suits and tailoring have always been credited to the large fashion houses, or Savile Row. You’ve got Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, and more. It’s a near-endless list that spells one thing: Getting a good suit equates to hitting up a well-known luxury brand. If you’re shaking your head as you’re reading this, then good job well done, you’re a kindred spirit.
We’re in the age where chasing big brands in the name of looking stylish is one thing, but bagging an on-point look from a lesser-known or cult label means you’re on a different plane of sophistication. Apply that to your choice of suits too. We’ve rounded up some cult suit brands we believe are worthy of more attention, for your shopping pleasure.
Here are 4 of our favourites.
This three-generations strong tailoring house from Naples is one that will get you looking straight out of a Pitti Uomo photo series. Its approach to suits is one that is meticulous to the extreme, as it firmly believes a suit should fit and flatter your physique like a glove. Attolini has a ready-to-wear and bespoke line, all made from top-of-the-range fabrics. Its suits have been reported to last over a decade, so the next time you’re in Madison Avenue, you might want to pay it a visit.
Brace yourselves: Each Kiton suit costs S$10,000. If you’ve got that kind of money to spend though, then consider investing in a suit from these ultra-luxury Italian tailors. They’re extremely detail-oriented, to the point where they term their suit construction “sartorial surgery”. Even the buttonholes on the suit are cut with a hammer and chisel, then stitched up with 137 stitches. It’s bespoke taken to a whole new level of Italian excellence.
Are they a rock band? No, but they’re as cool. The Kooples is a French fashion retailer with a decent following around Europe, but is little known beyond. The brand offers off the rack suits for both men and women, focusing on slim-fit cuts and oodles of edginess. The Kooples was initially designed for couples, so it’s very couple wear-friendly, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Boglioli wants to show you the romantic side of Italy through tailoring, and we think it does it with aplomb. Innovation and deconstruction is at the heart of this label. Forgoing too much of an adherence to structured tailoring norms, Boglioli is best known for soft-form, malleable jackets that hang stylishly looser on the body. This is definitely the brand for unorthodox gentlemen.