ALO’, THE ARTIST OF THE SLEEPING LAPELS

Bespoke ulster coat, with martingale and piegone

Milan. As Master Alo' answered my questions, my eyes and my mind were troubled and fixed on his hands; I had never seen a tailor's hands so delicate, sweet, tapered and elegant; a true guarantee of elegance, sophistication and workmanship for each of his bespoke suits; I imagined it, his hands while they are at work on the lapels of a double-breasted jacket, or drawing the pattern of a jacket on a piece of cloth using measurements taken from the customer. In short, those hands, for me, were pure skill and knowledge. At that point, however, as a passionate person, I asked him to show me one of his double-breasted jackets.

In short, those hands, for me, were pure skill and knowledge.

Master Alò got up and took the first at hand, bringing it right in front of me; frankly, the lapels alone spoke, pure art, superb in terms of class and elegance. Looking at the front, the lapels, in fact, are what speak to the customer or to the attentive observer; at that point the jacket tells you everything; who is the master, who his customers are and from which school he comes from. "We do" revealed Master Alo "the sleeping lapel; this is something nobody can do anymore and I say it quietly. In practice, this lapel has a form of the chest and a position that differs from the others. Everyone has tried to copy it over the years, but it's hard to do it and explain it; you can only see and appreciate it". About schooling, Master Alò, along with his partner Tommaso, was a prodigy of tailoring. The reason? At age fourteen he was an apprentice of the number one tailor in Italy of those years, Domenico Caraceni, in Piazza San Babila in Milan.

"We do" revealed Master Alo "the sleeping lapel; this is something nobody can do anymore and I say it quietly. In practice, this lapel has a form of the chest and a position that differs from the others.

Bespoke pants

He learned from them, in over twenty years, of all the secrets of the greatest tailors of that time, then transferred them - through heart, mind and hands - to every single jacket. So his technique and design, mixed with his good, refined taste, are derived from Domenico Caraceni. For over forty years that is his stylistic imprint; a stylistic imprint able to embrace the classic, to be eternal and appreciated by the highest spheres of modern society. Therefore, dear gentlemen, a compassionate advice for you: you must go to maestro Alo in his Milan tailor shop and see his clothes; only then will you understand a sad thing: your wardrobe is no longer at the apex of beauty that you thought, because his double-breasted jackets have no equals.

Therefore, dear gentlemen, a compassionate advice for you: you must go to maestro Alo' in his Milan tailor shop and see his clothes;

Photography

GIOVANNI SANTARELLI

Journalist

GIANNI CERUTTI