Friday, June 30, 2006

Spy shots of the legendary A. Caraceni store...

Tailored suit maker Caraceni was founded in Rome, Italy in 1913 by the father of Italian tailoring, Domenico Caraceni. At one point in the 1930s, Domenico and his family operated ateliers in Rome, Milan and Paris.

 The various Caraceni "sartorias" have crafted handmade suits for various celebrities over the years, including Tyrone Power, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant and Sophia Loren. The Caraceni label is also famous for dressing generations of The Kings of Greece and Italy, The Prince of Wales, Prince Rainier of Monaco and Aristotle Onassis.

Today, there are several businesses going by the name "Caraceni" in operation. The original shop operates out of a small location in Rome with a very small workforce. This is run by Tommy and Giulio Caraceni, nephews of Domenico. There are three branches in Milan, all founded by offshoots of the clan, and all claiming to be the "real Caraceni." The cogniscenti consider A. Caraceni, run by Mario Caraceni (another nephew) to be the best. These suits are what is known as "bench bespoke" -- that is, they are made one at a time, by hand, to a pattern specifically drawn for each individual customer.

Gianni Campagna, once an apprentice at Sartoria Domenico Caraceni in Milan, acquired the Sartoria Domenico Caraceni label in 1998. Under this name, his company makes expensive made-to-measure suits out of the Palazzo Bernasconi in Milan. This business is separate from and not affiliated with the other Caraceni bespoke ateliers in Rome and Milan.

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