Loro Piana

Preferring to lead rather than follow ever-evolving fashion trends, Loro Piana has long bucked convention by refusing to deliver seasonal sportswear collections like most designer brands. Instead the 86-year-old Italian textile and clothing maker prefers to produce a handful of classically inspired, high-quality pieces each season that will stand the test of time. For instance, […]

Pal Zileri

When Yvan Benbanaste assumed the role of fashion coordinator at Pal Zileri in 2007, he took on the near-impossible task of getting the Italian clothier’s multiple licensees to produce outerwear, knitwear, and other sportswear with the same consistency and level of quality the parent company achieved years earlier with its handmade Sartoriale suits. The young […]

Kiton RTW

First and foremost a suit maker, Kiton proved its ability to maneuver outside the world of tailored clothing when, nearly a decade ago, the company introduced sumptuous cashmere topcoats and refined, rather than rugged, leather outerwear into its collection. Since then the brand has greatly retooled its Naples, Italy-based factory to accommodate production of shirts, […]

Ermenegildo Zegna RTW

Zegna is one of Italy’s best-selling fashion exports primarily because the family-owned company has been able to leverage its name beyond suits to include everything from jeans, knitwear, and outerwear to sport shirts, footwear, and small leather goods, among other sportswear essentials. Unfairly criticized for producing a growing percentage of its sportswear outside Italy, the […]

Brunello Cucinelli

The conventional blazer takes on a completely different connotation in the hands of Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli, whose easy, chic sportswear—from soft jackets, quilted outerwear, and ski sweaters to polo shirts and chinos—is all about the sportive life despite being made from cashmere and other fibers far too precious for physical activities. His products are […]

Isaia Sportswear

Primarily a suit maker, Isaia gingerly stepped into the sportswear arena a decade ago and has slowly evolved this portion of the collection so that it now represents a whopping 30 percent of the Naples, Italy-based brand’s overall sales. Identifiable by the Mediterranean coral emblem used as both a logo and the occasional embroidered or […]


The Canali family has been producing lightweight jackets, knitwear, sport shirts, casual trousers, and other sportswear items for years. But it wasn’t until the Milanese clothier launched its Exclusive collection three years ago that the brand developed a cohesive, colorful, and high-quality sportswear offering to match its distinctive suits and sport coats. Most recently the […]

Brioni Tailored Clothing

Brioni is perhaps the most widely recognized men’s tailored clothing brand in the world, and for good reason.  The Italian clothier practically invented the term “power suit” with its strong-shouldered, broad-chested style of suit making. Made in the company’s own factory in Penne, in the southern Abruzzo region of Italy, these suits are mostly handmade […]

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