THE TAILORING ATELIER IN THE HISTORICAL FLORENTINE HEADQUARTERS
120 HOURS OF PURE HAND-CRAFTED BESPOKE TAILORING
Time is a crucial dimension for pure tailoring: in order to produce garments with skill and cut, sew and make a suit that expresses unique savoir faire, many hours of patient dedication are required.
The Greek poet Ghiannis Ritsos once said “behind each beautiful object is a small needle of patience with fingers pierced a thousand times”: it is a point that is quite clear to Stefano Ricci, who has managed to transfer the invaluable heritage of artistry, craftsmanship and know-how from his hometown Florence to men’s fashion. It is quite clear to his sons, Filippo and Niccolò, who share his absolute devotion to a form of quality that knows no compromises. It is clear to the hundreds of people who work with them: craftsmen, weavers, embroiderers, master craftsmen who lovingly fold printed silk ties “like in the olden days” on the hill of Fiesole, or sew shirts using princely cottons and exclusive shirts. Or who tailor the jackets that the most powerful men in the world will wear with pride, and who create cufflinks set with diamonds and make goods with the very finest leathers.
In recent weeks, it has also become clear to the fourteen tailors Stefano Ricci has brought on board for the latest project: a sartorial line to make bespoke suits enterily hand-made for a handful of customers. Accordingly, in the historic premises of Via de' Niccoli where the STEFANO RICCI story started in 1972, the young tailors work alongside the craftsmen who specialise in this noble art, absorbing the secrets of the trade and the truly unique ability to mould fabrics in a quest for perfection.
“Nowadays, it is not unusual to mistake a semi-mechanical, or in some cases even semi-industrial production process, with a truly handmade product” explains Filippo Ricci, creative director of the Maison. “The customisation of a suit, the choice of fabric for a given model and bringing a given silhouette up-to-date are one thing; a suit that is completely created to measure and made by hand is altogether a different matter. This is what prompted our project: putting the craftsmanship of our tailors at the disposal of the desires of clients who choose STEFANO RICCI because of what it represents, namely the highest quality. Not to mention what it can actually offer: the utmost customisation”.
The company’s first premises, the house-atelier of the Ricci family in which Stefano grew up was to become the perfect tailoring workshop. It was here that Stefano first began designing his first prints which were then printed on silk. There are chairs, hands and faces that express the concentration and satisfaction of those who know that every single gesture is eloquent: in fact the quality of the suit is determined right from the cut. The artisans work respecting the ancient echo of beauty that transcends the ages: a beauty expressed in the proportion, the measure and the elegance which are always respected, even when the requests are lavish.