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The Barchetta Pocket and the Purpose of Beauty
16 Oct

The Barchetta Pocket and the Purpose of Beauty

The barchetta pocket is often thought to be a tailoring detail exclusively from Italy.  The word “barchetta” is Italian for “little boat.”  It describes how the pocket floats on the chest, gently angled upwards, like the bow of a sailboat.  Most machine-made suits, by contrast, have chest pockets with a more stamped-out, rectangular shape.

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Quick Study in Neapolitan Shoulders
02 Aug

Quick Study in Neapolitan Shoulders

When commissioning a bespoke jacket in Naples, the choice of which shoulder construction to use tends to fall into two main categories.

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