Mauro, Carmelo and Giovanni of Sartoria Crimi

Based on my experience, Sicilian tailors tend to convey much less of their impressive heritage than their sartorial cousins further north in Italy and on the continent who convey the idea of a grand tailoring house. As I wrote in SGST, Sicilian tailoring heritage and hospitality are often materially expressed in far humbler terms – “The tailor will likely suggest going out for a simple cup of gelato or espresso instead of ushering you into a private, wood-paneled drawing room and offering a single malt Scotch and a seat on a Chesterfield sofa.”

I imagine this plainness of circumstance has lulled many casual and even seasoned observers to believe that Sicilian tailoring offers nothing special or distinctive. When you see a humble workshop that truly looks like a humble workshop, the mind naturally wanders in search of grander settings in London, Paris and Rome. A common tendency perhaps but an oversight. Whether a sartoria is Instagrammable has little to do with its skill and significance.

There are however a few exceptions to the generally humbler landscape of sartoria in Sicily. Sartoria Crimi is one of them. They offer perhaps the fullest, most intact expression of a Sicilian tailoring house today.

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