FABRIC AFICIONADOS

WE TALK TO THREE INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Fratelli Tallia di Delfino
Matteo Tonizzo

How did you get involved in the cloth trade?

I was 16 and it was thanks to Ottavio Crotti, the founder of Lanificio di Lessona, who built his textile empire from nothing. He encouraged me to train in every aspect of the textile business, and he’s my business hero. He changed my life.

What are your signature fabrics?

Fratelli Tallia di Delfino creates unique products, from our heaviest 17-micron or Super 130’s fabrics, up to the finest vicuna.

Who are your fashion Heroes?

My fashion heroes are those who love to experiment with new things – that first step is the most dangerous but worth it if you can create something unique that will last far longer than a season. Clements and Church is one company doing something different.

Can you name three go-to pieces?

My blue double breasted jacket with cashmere, which is handmade and fits me perfectly. My three-ply trousers in light grey. A darker suit for the evening, in deep blue tonal check – though I love to wear colour during the day.

Who’s worn your fabrics best? (either currently or historically)

I could say many big names from Japan or the US, even well-known football players, but we’re not just about clothing these important people – though the man with Fratelli Tallia di Delfino fabrics in his wardrobe is never common.


Cerruti
Umberto Paccotto

How did you get involved in the cloth trade?
It’s quite a long story. I was hired for my languages and my availability to travel, but soon got hooked by the magic of textiles and fashion.

what are your signature fabrics?
Cerruti has a long history of leading the way in creating iconic fabrics. Our best known fabric is the Superissimo, now matched by our Prestige suiting ranges and Oxygen jacketing fabrics.

who are your fashion Heroes?
My first sales director, mentor Giuseppe Bollo, and the late Valerio Grosso. But a special mention has to go to Nino Cerruti who’s a real symbol of our world.

can you name three go-to pieces?
A navy blazer (I have at least three in various materials revolving in my wardrobe every season). A formal suit in dark navy and soft suede tassel loafers in as many colours as possible.

what trends can you predict for next season?
We’ll see more performance fabrics, combining quality with practicality. Lots of blue tones, soft weave effects and tridimensional fabrics with rich compositions. Flat and solid is out.

who’s worn your fabrics best? (either currently or historically)
Cerruti has been best friends with Hollywood for decades; it would be easier to say which celebrities don’t (or didn’t) wear Cerruti.


Dormeuil
Patrick Bunting

How did you get involved in the cloth trade?
I worked on Savile Row for the tailors Kilgour, French & Stanbury. That’s how I was introduced to the cloth industry.

What are your signature fabrics?
Dormeuil’s signature fabrics would be: Amadeus (we celebrate its 25th anniversary this year), Tonik (registered trademark since 1957) and Ambassador (extremely lightweight Super 180’s).

Who are your fashion Heroes?
My personal fashion heroes would have to be the actors Cary Grant, Robert Redford and Steve McQueen.

Can you name three go-to pieces?
Easy – my French blue Amadeus, my plain black Aquaplan, and my silk, linen and wool blazer – all from Dormeuil.

what trends can you predict for next season?
S17 will herald a sea of change. People are tired of austerity and uncertainty.  The discerning gentleman will look for bolder designs, sharper colour contrasts and statement pieces that set him apart from the mediocre.

Who’s worn your fabrics best? (either currently or historically)
Everyone who wears Dormeuil has class and sophistication, but if I had to pick, I’d say Victoria Beckham and James Bond.

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