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Tailor Made: Sartoria Ripense

March 5, 2012

It’s clear that Italians understand tailoring.  When visiting any city throughout the country, there’s no mistaking that tailoring and a person’s dress is a much a part of the culture as espresso, pasta, or always paying in cash.  In a country rich in the history and craft of tailoring, Ripense Sartoria Su Misura & Boutiques stands out.  Located in central Rome, sitting just off the Spanish Steps, Sartoria Ripense is manned by Andrea Luparelli, who is no stranger to handmade clothes.  His grandfather was a tailor and he’s been in bespoke pants since a teen.  Opening a tailor only seemed appropriate.

Inside you’ll find a combination of wearables and as expected, book after book of fabric samples.  The stock is impressive and largely catered to Andrea’s personal taste.  If he likes something, he buys ten, keeps one and puts the rest in the shop.  Not a bad equation.  Some of what you can expect to find include shoes by Gian Luca Bocache, umbrellas by Maglia Francesco, and a whole crop of well made hats.  This is all at ground level in a space not much larger than a studio apartment.

What makes Ripense stand out amongst a sea of tailors, not just in Rome, but in Italy is the skill and proximity of those actually doing the sewing.  Beneath the showroom floor, where all the fun of selection and fitting happen, sit three Napoli tailors.  I won’t bore you with the whole history of Italian tailoring and Naples’ importance on the subject, but it’s safe to say that the Napoli tailors are amongst some of the best in the world.  Having three in-house offers obvious benefits.  For those outside of Naples, it’s typical to get fitted, send you’re suit to Naples for adjustments, send it back to Rome or wherever, sit through another fitting, send it back to Naples and repeat as necessary. It doesn’t take a PhD to see that this wastes a lot of time and energy, thus eliminating it from the equation offers no downside.

As I made my way towards southern Italy, I have to say that this was easily one of my favorite visits.  Not only is Andrea a spot on host, so is the space, story and experience.  If you find yourself in Rome, I’d suggest a visit is definitely in order.  [Sartoria Ripense]

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2012 04:04

    Creating a high quality suit is not an easy task even for a Tailors, since every customer has different needs. But if you want to be sure that you will get what you ask for and the suits are impeccable, the Crown Tailors are the ones who can provide this guarantee.

  2. April 17, 2013 00:15

    Hey there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects? Thanks

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