Sartoria Formosa

Navy covert cloth suit, 13 oz wool

For this suit, we were inspired by a couple of older gentleman in Naples who wore suits made out of covert cloth, typically used for light overcoats. Part of a unique set of handmade suits we commissioned from bespoke Naples tailor Formosa, this navy suit is at the same time absolutely classic and versatile, and also unique in its drape and texture.
  • Handmade single breasted suit with notch lapels and side vents
  • Full canvas construction with shirt sleeve shoulder (spalla camicia); patch hip pockets
  • Navy covert cloth from Holland & Sherry's Classic Overcoats book; 410g / 13 oz. weight
  • Fully lined; barchetta chest pocket; dark brown horn buttons
  • Flat front trousers with curtained waistband, buttoned fly & extended closure
  • Unfinished jacket sleeves and trousers hems
  • Hand cut and tailored in Napoli, Italy
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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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We want you to be fully satisfied with your purchase. If an item doesn’t fit or is not to your liking, we offer free exchange and returns on all regular priced merchandise within 30 days on unworn and unaltered items. Note that any return shipment costs for international orders, as well as any associated duties, taxes or fees are your responsibility.

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