«Whenever I’m asked about my father, Vincenzo, it’s always in relation to his unique tailoring skills. It’s understandable, of course – he is universally acknowledged as having written, with the fi rst ever, now famous, deconstructed jacket, a very important chapter in the history of Neapolitan and international tailoring. But in view of the story relayed over the next few pages, I personally like to remember him for another, somewhat different reason: his remarkable aesthetic sensibility. He truly loved beauty, demonstrating a clear predilection for harmonious lines and forms. This was something he pursued constantly – in order to incorporate it, of course, into his jackets, but also, quite simply, to nourish his insatiable passion for art. Above all for the 19th Century Neapolitan school of art. This, his propensity for the beautiful, for perfection, precision, beyond the extraordinary heritage of his technical teachings, is what most marked my training as a tailor, and is what I wanted to pass on to my children, who run Cesare Attolini today».
«What pushes us, every day, is excellence. The desire to bring to life, through our everyday work, garments which are unique, truly handmade, and yet all resulting from a quest for perfection, from indisputable tailoring authenticity. Our grandfather and our father wrote important chapters of the history of the Neapolitan and Italian school of tailoring. We know that we, the representatives of the third generation of our family, must preserve unique know-how, an idea of elegance that is timeless, that transcends the dialectic of fashion, in which we can recognise a community without borders composed of the world’s most refi ned men. Men who not only appreciate the aesthetics of the garments they wear, but also the ethic of manual, customised creation, which refl ects their value. We are and will always be a stronghold, a bastion in defence of artisan authenticity, against standardisation and serialisation. Without compromise, without shortcuts, fuelled solely by the pride of seeing our tailor-made garments take shape every day, garments that have a soul».
«It is precisely for these reasons that we constantly shy away from the error of banalising or running into sterile and stereotyped clichés, for these reasons that we have chosen to communicate using pregnant, authentic, timeless language. Capable of expressing our exclusivity and excellence through a narrative approach loaded with suggestion and inspiration but also with relevant content. For the last two years, each time we have presented our twice-yearly style collections, we have chosen to set our photographic depictions in fascinating places, places where other outstanding, authentic Italian products come to life. And after the story of Spring-Summer 2017, told along the sinuous curves of the Amalfi Coast in collaboration with top chef Alfonso Iaccarino, for our Autumn-Winter 2017/18 collection, we were seduced by the eternal language of Murano glass art, working alongside a partner of absolute excellence: Venini. Happy reading!»