FrontRunners: Knit Picking

  • William Kissel

Two years ago, Italian dress shirt maker Luigi Borrelli touched off a sartorial feud with suit maker Kiton by hiring the latter’s best tailor, Errico Formicola, and enlisting him to develop the first collection of Borrelli bespoke suits. Now, Borrelli is taking on established Italian knitters such as Avon Celli, Brunello Cucinelli, and Cruciani by putting its label on a line of fine cashmere sweaters.

The debut knit collection encompasses 25 styles—from classic crews and V-necks to variations on the cardigan—with prices ranging from $325 for a crewneck vest to $835 for a two-ply cardigan. The vibrant shades of Mediterranean blue, lemon yellow, orange sorbet, and tomato are typical of Naples, notes Fabio Borrelli, who runs the Naples company that was started by his grandfather at the turn of the last century.

The collection is available in the United States exclusively through
the company’s signature boutiques in New York (212.759.4553; www. luigiborrelli.com) and Palm Beach (561.833.3373).

Read Next Article >>
Photo by Augusto Buzzeo
The collection exemplifies his commitment to traditional Italian craftsmanship...
Photography by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
The balmy, volcanic shores of Southern Italy have inspired a new men’s fragrance, Bulgari Aqua...
Photograph by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
Gray was the freshest color on the spring-collection runways in Paris...
Photograph by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
The tried-and-true boat shoe is proving to be irresistible to designers...
Photograph by Dean Isidro, Styling by Christopher Campbell
Every wardrobe needs a spring awakening...
The California brand brings its high-end eyewear to New York…
The French luggage manufacturer Delsey has partnered with one of France’s most recognizable names...
The Italian tailoring house debuts the Alton suit for spring...
The online retailer debuts a collection inspired by an upcoming Colin Firth film…
Ferragamo sneakers
New footwear debuts alongside the brand’s new men’s web series