The Cifonelli Tweedy jacket: A collaboration with Holland & Sherry


Posted on January 2nd, by Jonathan Ho in Arbiter, Rake-commends. 1 Comment

Humble boutiques can be disarming- Cifonelli on Rue Marbeuf is at first glance a quaint little shop not dissimilar to the throngs of ready-to-wear retailers but a short climb upstairs sends you into awe-inspired ecstasy – large walls of cloth, fitting rooms and passionate tailors in an expansive yet densely populated atrium quickly remind you that you are about to enter the realm of one of the world’s finest bespoke suit makers. Today, these Parisian master tailors have joined forces with master clothiers- Holland and Sherry.

The style of this jacket was inspired by the particular fabric provided by Holland & Sherry : the Calanish Blackhouse- a tweed and cashmere blend.

The style of this jacket was inspired by the particular fabric provided by Holland & Sherry : the Calanish Blackhouse- a tweed and cashmere blend.

Tweedy jacket- A Cifonelli with Holland & Sherry collaboration

The cousins Massimo and Lorenzo Cifonelli are the fourth generation of the family enterprise. The baton of sartorial excellence having passed from grandfather to father to son and then now grandson (and cousin) reminds us that it’s not about the destination but the journey, here on the precipice of a new dawn with Holland & Sherry, I’m acutely aware of a new milestone for this Parisian couturier par excellence.

“I can always recognise a Cifonelli shoulder from a distance of a hundred metres.”- K. Lagerfeld.

Having served a clientele including Josephine Baker and former French President François Mitterand, Cifonelli has made a name for itself in the world of tailor-made luxury with it’s signature front leaning shoulder cut- a distinctively Cifonelli innovation that offers unparalleled freedom of movement. Initially collaborating with Hermes and today Holland and Sherry, they are one of the few ateliers to constantly seek new creative input in their business relationships as a furthering of their philosophy: seeking balance in classic and contemporary styles.

The ‘TWEEDY’ jacket is such a re-invention of tailoring codes; reviving traditional handwoven tweed, the combination cashmere fabric produced by Holland & Sherry blends easily into Cifonelli’s vision and unique aesthetics. Long lapels and stylised shape marries Italian design with scottish fabric. This special cloth dubbed ‘Callanish Blackhouse’ reflects the personality of the Scottish Western Isles. The Tweedy will be available in traditional patterns including twills, herringbone and windowpane checks.

Milanese buttonholes, step collars, special lapels and other signature Cifonelli stylistic devices detailed on Holland and Sherry fabric? Count me in.





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