Kiton

    No other branded suitmaker devotes as much time to a single suit as Kiton does to its K-50 model. The "50" in the name refers both to the number of hours a Kiton tailor spends fashioning one of the bespoke suits and to the limited quantity the company can make annually. In addition to the K-50, Kiton has modified its ready-made suit, giving the classic-patterned design a sporty overhaul. That new suit’s jacket features a nearly unconstructed shoulder (a design element that requires more tailoring skill and finesse than does a structured shoulder) and a half-lining that gives the jacket the more relaxed look of a blazer.

    Kiton spends hours on each of these new suits—25 hours on the jacket alone—constructing them from boldly colored Scottish-check fabrics in a range of luxury materials, including cashmere and cashmere/vicuña blends, rather than the more common solid and chalk-stripe wool. "We want to take away the drama of the classic suit by making it less structured and more comfortable," says Kiton clothing consultant Gabriele Napoletano.

    Kiton has also transformed its suit trousers, which continue to feature skirted waistbands, hand-sewn buttonholes, and buttons that hold cuffs in place. In addition to producing the familiar flannel-trouser models, Kiton now offers five-pocket pants for all of its suits. The new pants have a slimmer, more contemporary cut. "What we propose are suits with two pairs of pants," says Napoletano, "one classic and one with a jean cut, but both made from the same cashmere suiting material."

    Kiton, 212.486.5250, www.kiton.it

    To ascertain how his creations would weather the elements, Silvano Lattanzi (212.734.2962, www....
    After graduating from UCLA with a degree in English, Larry Gagosian is said to have started his...
    Anna Hu (212.826.1116, www.anna-hu.com) combines a refined Asian aesthetic with old-world...
    This spring, the Italian shoemaker Silvano Lattanzi—known for his distinctive, highly durable...
    Bombardier’s Challenger 300 has a range of 3,564 miles, perfect for travel between locations in...
    The picture delivered by the Meridian 810 Reference Video System is so clear and defined that even...
    The specialty arena is choked with aftermarket builders claiming to build a better mousetrap. But...
    Australian designer Sam Sorgiovanni designed the 248-foot Oceanco Anastasia (+31.78.699.5399, www....
    The new Audi R8 V10 (www.audi.com) features the body of Robb Report’s 2008 Car of the Year and the...
    Jacob Schram is among the handful of European immigrants who, in the 19th century, found their way...