Tailors for Passion
A handful of men and women led by Enrico Manzo well twenty years ago together with Antonella De Rosa helped to grow and establish in a world that all men, style, class and elegance is considered an absolute icon of luxury.
Our belief is that the continuing endeavor for perfection is achieved in the finest of details, the quirks of the oldest Neapolitan Tailoring traditions. The gauge in our work is measured against the absolute mastery of these traditions, with the development of products totally handmade and produced exclusively for such people as those who recognise the epitome of style and elegance so that they might distinguish themselves in the world
Principe di Eleganza is one of the most important italian companies that manufactures clothing characterized by processes typical of Neapolitan Tailoring. Together with other prestigious brands of the Neapolitan Tailoring born in 1351 in the church of Sant’Egidio to the market with the birth of the “Confraternita dei Sartori”, it represents the Neapolitan style in the world. All products have the lowest common denominator craftsmanship creating unique garments that are richly detailed, unlike any other, and utterly exclusive. The brand Principe di Eleganza expresses the synthesis of quality, elegance, style and imagination..
Many people think that elegance is a gift, a talent, an innate quality, and this is partly true.
There are some people who know how to move, speak, communicate better than others, but no one is condemned to be vulgar.
Very often you can not trust only instinct. Elegance, simplicity, sobriety are arts that we learn and grow.
The history of the brand Principe di Eleganza is a rich history of tradition and a huge craft heritage that adheres strictly to the Neapolitan Tailoring School.
It is a story of pride for old traditions, of industrious hands that strive with scissors, fabrics and needles.
Hours and hours of hard work in search of perfection, of virtuoso details, rewarded by the satisfaction of seeing its articles worn by the most refined men of the world.
Principe di Eleganza is the quintessential example of Robe Neapolitan Tailoring in the highest expression, exclusively handmade from the first to the last stage of processing.
No two the same, truly defining that which is “Custom” and “Bespoke”.
The sartorial elegance of Principe is founded on three basic elements that make our clothes truly unique and special: tissues, the internal construction, the shoulder and the armhole are the details of a typical Principe jacket.
The fabric is the soul of the dress, the language to tell the seasons and their change, shaped and moulded by the expert hands of tailors. Hours and hours spent working super fine fabrics thinner than that of a single human hair.
A fabric so fine, of 12.8 microns, malleable only using the finest needles, threads and hands of tailors that have the dexterity required. A Principe suit, that takes at least 35 hours of work, with such superlative fabrics, are so extremely comfortable they are worn like a “second skin”.
A true story, which shows that quality always pays in life, and how the values of honesty, commitment and seriousness are handed down from generation to generation, as if they were the most valuable asset.
Contrary to popular belief our typical customer is a customer who does not need to be branded, who feels important because he bears on display the brand of this or that Maison, who has no need to feel important because he belongs to the herd. Our customer together with our tailors creates his style, a unique style whose diversity is an absolute value, built around his person, with small and precious details that make the garment unique..
Today many companies talk about quality of materials, garments with any particular tissue, but few talk about the quality of the workmanship.
The visible components of Principe di Eleganza’s garments such as pockets, buttonholes and stitching are very important, but those that make the garment truly special are the processes that are not seen, working inside, such as the commissioning canvas, the construction of the neck that is born on the jacket, machining Bindelli, processing the shape of the breast to exactly fit that of the physical client. It is this attention to unseen details that make the suit like a second skin.
The jacket begins its life as a piece of chalk, the tailor, the measurements taken from the client, turned into lines of plane geometry that will be marked with chalk on the fabric to be used to guide the cut.
Tailors following the construction of a jacket, or head-shoulder, from start to finish. This is the process that allows you to personalize the work. During its construction the suit is continuously stretched and along with precise sewing and meticulous ironing “sculpt” the fabric. Another key factor for the success of the jacket are internal, namely the canvases and fillings that help to give shape and form, placed discretely in the shoulders and elsewhere in the interior of jacket. Hand stitching makes them flexible and elastic. This molding with needle, thread and iron is especially important for the construction of the jacket of the Neapolitan tradition, from the little shoulder padded interior kept to a minimum.
Suits made by Neapolitan Tailors have been renowned for centuries and utilized in all arenas of high society life: Prince Umberto di Savoia wore only classic jackets such as the cream-colored one that he loved to wear in the summer. The elegant Curzio Malaparte had jackets reminiscent of the deep blue color of the sea of Capri, the great Eduardo ordered a “pied de poule” gray and black. De Sica liked to take them both on the set (as he did in the film “L’Oro di Napoli” which personifies the archetypal gentleman from Naples). The “Neapolitan Jacket” is a leader in the cult of elegance, a reference point for its classic cut, for the particularity of its ‘width of the sleeve that must “follow the movements, almost like a sweater.”