Why I really like my Ferdinando Caraceni blazer – Everlasting Fashion


This jacket from Ferdinando Caraceni has turn into certainly one of my actual favourites prior to now couple of years, and I feel it’s value exploring why. It says one thing about the place tailoring is at present, at the least for me. 

It was made in 2021 by Nicoletta Caraceni (who runs the small Milanese tailoring began by her father). I didn’t cowl it on the time, as I used to solely do assessment articles for brand spanking new tailors. However as these have decreased (the latest spate of Korean commissions half) it makes extra sense to take a look at subsequent commissions in the identical element. 

Nicoletta has an exquisite number of classic material, largely round darkish suitings and summer time cottons and linens. The earlier DB jacket I had was in a classic cotton, and this one was made in a classic wool/cashmere. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be that tough to search out one thing comparable at present – I’d guess it’s round 11oz and a 90/10 break up between wool and cashmere. 

The color could be very darkish – actual menswear navy. I wouldn’t name it midnight, however it’s the sort of color {that a} non-menswear particular person would possibly name black, not choosing up on the richness that might solely come from navy. For a sensible navy blazer, it’s excellent. 

It’s the minimize, nonetheless, which is essentially the most fascinating. 

Ferdinando Caraceni jackets have a reasonably sturdy, large shoulder. That is achieved not with a thick uniform pad (as Huntsman or Sexton would possibly do) however with one that’s extra wedge-shaped – nothing on the neck and substantial on the finish. You get the form with out the majority.

That is accentuated by the lapel which I’d describe as beneficiant in width and generously bellied, with out both being excessive. 

And that is the important thing I feel to its type. The general impact is reasonably putting, however with none factor that stands out. In contrast to cuts like Sexton or Chittleborough & Morgan within the UK, or the large shoulders of a Sciamat in Italy. 

Actually, for me this may be the essence of the great thing about basic menswear – and mixed with the sweetness in particulars (effective buttonholes) and sweetness in supplies (material and buttons and lining) it offers me actual, bodily pleasure to put on. 

That mentioned, it will not essentially have been appropriate in my earlier life, working in a Metropolis workplace. In a world of very commonplace fits and ties, it will have stood out an excessive amount of (nobody would even be carrying a DB, not to mention this DB). 

And at present, it’s not what I might advocate to most readers seeking to fee bespoke for the primary time. As a result of what that particular person normally desires is an on a regular basis merchandise, a substitute for the on a regular basis swimsuit, which inserts nicely and has style, however in any other case could be very informal and relaxed. 

For that reader, a soft-shouldered Neapolitan jacket is way more appropriate, and that’s why they’ve turn into so common prior to now 20 years. It goes with denims and chinos and flannels and worsteds merely and simply.

A double-breasted Caraceni jacket has barely extra to say for itself. We’re speaking small margins, as ever, nevertheless it’s barely larger, barely stronger. 

The outfit above is essentially the most basic factor I feel you might put on it with – maybe except for the pocket sq.. Do away with that, and it’s essentially the most conservative mixture of navy jacket, white shirt and gray trousers. 

However the jacket nonetheless has one thing to say for itself. (Somewhat just like the Yohei Fukua footwear – the place it’s the bespoke waist and maybe the fragile colouring that do the speaking.)

The best way I get pleasure from carrying it most at present although, is with denims and a polo shirt as under. All of a sudden we’re taking part in with contrasts: a really sensible materials in opposition to the roughness of denim; a really sharp minimize in opposition to the softness of the polo. 

Readers typically ask for clear solutions, for guidelines, and I get that. Whenever you’re studying it makes all the things loads simpler and sooner. 

However the enjoyable actually comes with messing round with these guidelines and discovering out how mixtures can work in much less simple methods. 

Right here, for instance, the denims wouldn’t work (as I’ve tried it) in the event that they had been indigo, or extra closely light, or a much less straight minimize. The polo wants a collar that truly stands up beneath the jacket. I additionally wouldn’t usually tuck it in, however the punctuation of the belt buckle stops all of it from being too plain. 

There’s actual type in these contrasts, I feel, nevertheless it’s a extra delicate factor to place collectively – a extra sophisticated recipe (as Alois would put it). 

I just like the look within the night, as that fits the darkish colors and the contact of drama. I do know many others that say their bespoke commissions are sometimes designed for dressing up as of late – for occasions, normally within the night – and this may match nicely. 

After all, a extra glamorous occasion would swimsuit cocktail apparel, which is itself a very satisfying trendy solution to carrying tailoring. And a extra informal night may be greatest with a navy knit, the type coming extra from the play of navy and black, and little equipment (brown suede boots, maybe, and an fascinating brown suede belt). 

I may even see a principle of night costume that divides outfits into these three varieties – cocktail apparel, jacket/denims and knitwear/denims – however the place they share concepts of supplies, darkness and character within the particulars.

One for an additional day. At the moment I hope you discovered fascinating and helpful my exploration of why I get pleasure from by Caraceni jacket a lot – and two alternative ways I do. 

The opposite objects proven are: Rubato black polo shirt; Ludens black crocodile belt; classic Levi’s black denims; Edward Inexperienced black Piccadilly loafers; Yohei Fukuda oxfords; Simone Abbarchi white poplin shirt; Caliendo charcoal worsted trousers. 

I’m additionally in debt to Carl and Oliver at Rubato for his or her fixed type inspiration. Carl himself wears one thing very comparable. 


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