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Before there were designers, there were tailors. Major developments in the history of menswear follow the careers of innovative and influential tailors, such as Frederick Scholte, who invented the drape cut and rose to prominence with his most famous client, the Prince of Wales, to Vincenzo Attolini’s softer Neapolitan rendition of the English suit. A generation later, Mario Formosa became the new sought after tailor in Naples.

Mario built a clientele of prominent local Neapolitans and, as is traditional in the world of Neapolitan tailoring, wealthy Brits who came to Naples for summer vacations. As mercurial as he was talented, Mario let his eye guide his freehand drawing of every lapel that he cut. No two Formosa suits were made the same, even for the same client in the same order. Instead each was a unique product of Mario’s daily inspiration. What they all shared was the easy comfort and rakish grace of the Neapolitan style.

Sadly, Mario passed away a few years ago. But the latest generation of admirers of the classic Neapolitan style can still find the Formosa workshop in its same location, today run by Mario’s son Gennaro. Formosa suits still feature the careful handwork, soft construction, and elegant curves that made Mario a legend when Gennaro was a boy.

No man can look stylish and uncomfortable at the same time. It’s unfortunate that so many today associate the suit with the stiff and boxy uniforms sold at department stores. We much prefer a suit that offers shape without the shackles of a unnecessary construction, padding and glued layers. We are happy to offer a suit that, like a good friend, is easy to get along with but never boring.

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  1. Sartoria Formosa Grey Prince-of-Wales linen sport coat, 270g
    Regular Price $1,695.00 Special Price $1,356.00 You Save 20%
    FINAL SALE - No Returns
  2. Sartoria Formosa Rusty brown plaid linen sport coat, 270g
    Regular Price $1,695.00 Special Price $1,356.00 You Save 20%
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  3. Sartoria Formosa Slate brown linen sport coat with double blue windowpane, 270g
    Regular Price $1,695.00 Special Price $1,356.00 You Save 20%
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  4. Sartoria Formosa Blue herringbone heavy linen sport coat, 425g
    Regular Price $1,695.00 Special Price $1,356.00 You Save 20%
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  5. Sartoria Formosa Light brown "summer tweed" linen/silk sport coat, 270g
    Regular Price $1,695.00 Special Price $1,356.00 You Save 20%
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  6. Sartoria Formosa Blue, grey & brown gunclub sport coat, 280g wool/silk/linen
    Regular Price $1,695.00 Special Price $1,356.00 You Save 20%
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  7. Sartoria Formosa Grey two-ply lightweight wool suit with navy windowpane, 250g
    Regular Price $2,175.00 Special Price $1,740.00 You Save 20%
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  8. Sartoria Formosa Cream and brown Prince-of-Wales suit with blue overcheck, 240g tropical wool
    Regular Price $2,175.00 Special Price $1,740.00 You Save 20%
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  9. Sartoria Formosa Navy washed linen canvas sport coat, 9 oz
    Regular Price $1,495.00 Special Price $1,270.75 You Save 15%
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  10. Sartoria Formosa Grey classic summer Prince-of-Wales suit, 7/8 oz wool & silk fabric
    Regular Price $2,185.00 Special Price $1,748.00 You Save 20%
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  11. Sartoria Formosa Harrisons Mystique navy nailhead single breasted suit, 8/9oz wool
    Regular Price $2,185.00 Special Price $1,748.00 You Save 20%
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  12. Sartoria Formosa Harrisons Mystique grey nailhead single breasted suit with blue windowpane, 8/9oz wool
    Regular Price $2,185.00 Special Price $1,748.00 You Save 20%
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  13. Sartoria Formosa Exclusive Minnis black/white houndstooth flannel single breasted suit, 12oz wool
    Regular Price $2,195.00 Special Price $1,756.00 You Save 20%
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  14. Sartoria Formosa Minnis dark navy plain weave single breasted suit, 12/13oz wool
    Regular Price $2,195.00 Special Price $1,756.00 You Save 20%
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  15. Sartoria Formosa Fox Bros grey herringbone flannel single breasted suit, 13/14oz wool
    Regular Price $2,195.00 Special Price $1,756.00 You Save 20%
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