I had the pleasure of interviewing Signore Palmisciano in April 2018. Despite numerous informal chats over the years, this was actually the first time I sat down and recorded a video interview with a Sicilian tailor. In SGST, I make it pretty clear that all the Sicilian tailors in my book deserve serious consideration but
It is heartening to see Sicily being covered as an emerging cultural or travel destination for tourists, designers, photographers and cultural connoisseurs. Earlier this year Vogue Italia offered up a photo essay of the burgeoning arts scene in Palermo. In April 2018, Travel + Leisure wrote about Palermo and Trapani. In May 2018, The New
After a very good walking tour of the Garment District led by Mike Kaback, I spent some time at Mood Fabrics on 37th St earlier this week. The store was actually the last stop of the walking tour which is very convenient. I last visited Mood about a year ago and picked up two tie
Before completing the second edition of SGST, I visited Palermo a couple of times last year to meet tailors. On one of these trips, I stumbled upon this sliver of a necktie shop just off of Via Roma between the main train station and Teatro Massimo. Beyond RTW ties, I also learned they also make
I was not able to see Signor Zacco on my most recent trip to Palermo this month. But he was among the the first Sicilian tailors I visited and profiled in my book back in 2011. Zacco is the rare solo bench tailor is first and last one to touch each jacket that leaves his workshop.
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