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.
Ever since the Brothers Grimm’s Brave Little Tailor turned swatting seven flies away from his snack of jam into a tall tale of dispatching seven strong men, the profession of tailor has turned up its share of memorable misadventurers. This folktale tailor demonstrated cockiness, confidence, and quick-wittedness, along with a very grudging respect for the truth.
If you've decided that you'd like to have a bespoke suit, you're now in search of a bespoke tailor. The right tailor is someone who understands what you want, and will do their best to make it for you.