Sleevehead's Guide to Sicilian Tailors (1st ed)

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Sleevehead's Guide to Sicilian Tailors (1st ed)


"Very impressive, well written and balanced advice. All in all, this is the definitive guide to the subject, all the information any man will need." - Bruce Boyer

"An extremely serious and thorough guide, the first of its kind to report on bespoke Sicilian tailors, offering not only well-documented descriptions of each house, but also all you need to know to plan your trip." - Hugo Jacomet of Parisian Gentleman

"Extremely valuable...well written, informative... In my opinion it is an absolute must for anybody who contemplates having bespoke garments made in Italy." - Gentleman's Gazette


Sleevehead's Guide to Sicilian Tailors is the first comprehensive, English language guide to Sicilian bespoke tailoring. Designed for experienced buyers of custom clothing, this guide provides the definitive reference to the Sicilian tailoring tradition based on a soft, natural shoulder. Largely unknown outside of Italy, Sicilian tailoring is strongly influenced by Neapolitan styling and construction techniques. The author profiles ten tailors in Sicily's three largest cities of Palermo, Catania and Messina, and provides comprehensive logistical and travel details to plan your own sartorial trip to Sicily. 

All customers of the digital edition will receive a free update (expected release date summer 2017). 


  • Introduction
  • Planning Your Trip
  • A Note on Sicilian Tailors
  • Palermo [profiles of 3 tailors]
  • Catania [profiles of 4 tailors]
  • Messina [profiles of 3 tailors]
  • 54 pages
  • 75+ photos
  • 3 videos (web access)





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This guide attempts to bridge the gap in knowledge about Sicilian tailoring by providing an introductory survey to contemporary tailors working in Sicily. It is the product of several visits in the summer of 2011, when I met about a dozen tailors in three different cities – Palermo, Catania and Messina. During the course of my visits, I ordered jackets, suits and trousers from five different tailors and at least one tailor in each of the cities covered in this guide.

My aim with this book is to introduce the superb work of Sicilian tailors to the customer best equipped to take advantage of this special opportunity. The tailors I met are not suitable for everyone and it is critical to recognize this upfront. Otherwise, time and money will be wasted. If you happen to be an adaptable, frequent traveler and an experienced bespoke buyer, this guide may be for you. More on this below. 

First, why these tailors? Because Sicilian tailors offer a tremendously compelling value proposition. In fact, the value for money they provide almost seems too good to be true. You can commission a bespoke jacket with southern Italian styling and tailoring (an artful mix of Neapolitan and classic tailoring techniques) at a fraction of the standard price of Savile Row, Continental European tailors and more well-known tailors in Italy. Sartorially savvy men know that such a thing is virtually unheard of at this price point.

But such a thing miraculously exists. If you are willing to entertain this possibility, then who should buy this guide? 

The reality is that the ideal customer of this guidebook has a specific profile. First, he is not motivated primarily by price but more interested in taking a bespoke adventure off the beaten path. He is a sartorial explorer who is drawn to experimentation and does not wish to be spoon fed a highly curated bespoke experience. In other words, he is more independent than the typical luxury customer drawn to established brands. A frequent traveler, he is adept at picking up languages and fitting in foreign cultures. Equally important, he loves cloths and has a stock of customer-supplied cloth ready to be made into jackets, suits or trousers. This guide is aimed directly at such an experienced bespoke buyer or someone is truly committed to that path.

If this person is you, then I believe Sicilian tailoring will be the beginning of a unique journey and experience for you and the people closest to you.