2009 Luxury Preview: Sporting Savile Row

  • William Kissel

Although Italian sportswear designer Brunello Cucinelli only recently announced plans to launch his first men’s tailored clothing collection for spring 2009, his distinctive style has subtly influenced the designs of traditional suitmakers for years. Suede elbow patches, throat tabs on lapels, and embroidered insignias concealed under elegant felt collars—all hallmarks of Cucinelli’s cashmere sportswear—have become familiar features on tailored clothing and sport coats in the past few seasons. For his first foray into tailored clothing, Cucinelli looked back to the glory days of London’s Savile Row for inspiration. His sleek, trimly cut three-button suits, with softly shaped shoulders ($2,500 to $4,000), incorporate age-old sartorial details, such as pick-stitched Bemberg linings and boutonniere stays under lapels. Cucinelli retains his signature elements—red tack-stitched interior pockets and suede elbow patches—to lend the suits the same youthful aesthetic that has always defined his stylized sportswear.

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