Where did the story of Tofani start?
Sartoria Tofani was founded by my grandfather Aristide Tofani in the hearth of the historical neighborough of Naples, in 1954. He started apprendicing at Vincenzo Attolini’s, whose name is a guarantee and who represented a crucial figure in his path. Thanks to his inclination to perfection he suddenly became a known and respected name.His main accomplishment was transmitting his passion to my father to my uncle and then to me.
What is your background and how did you get into this business or what/who was your inspiration for starting it?
I’m born in a true craftsman family, my grandfather was a master tailor as my dad and my uncle, I always looked at the bespoke world and always had an huge interest for my family business, I still remember when i was 12 and I used to visit our tailoring everyday to “play” with fabrics, needles and sewing machines. So as soon as I ended my studies, i started to work in our family tailoring and I hope to keep alive our family tradition and to become a master as my grandfather and my dad. I also want to keep our tailoring as it has always been, a small family business, I don’t want to fall in industrialization, I just want to share our work with the world trough social media and social marketing.
You are the third generation and still very young. Do you think bespoke tailoring is now appealing to a new generation?
I think that bespoke tailoring will never die, even if these are hard times for tailorings, young people like me don’t want to learn a craftsman job anymore because it needs years and years of hard work, and you need a big passion to pass trough all the learning difficulties.
Who or what is your biggest influence in tailoring?
My biggest influences in tailoring and in life are my grandfather and my father. They both followed their passion, and they both transmitted their passion to their sons. My grandfather was the first of 8 sons, they were really poor and he had to work 12h a day at Vincenzo Attolini’s tailoring when he was only 11 to maintain his family. He passed trough a lot of difficulties but he managed to become a really good and respected master tailor.Thanks to his sacrifices I can afford to focus 100% on learning this wonderfull job.
What has been the most satisfying moment as a business so far and why?
I had a lot of satisfying moments during these years, when you love what you do, every kind of compliment can make you really happy and satisfied. The best moments have been the “business trips” with my father, father and son traveling the world to reach their customers and to spread their art worldwide.
Describe your typical client for us.
Our typical customer is, first and foremost, a real gentleman. He is a man with a discerning taste for well-made bespoke garments. But of course, most of our customers are avid lovers of the real Neapolitan ‘light’ tailoring, which through generations and time, has been maintained and never changed.
What happens after a client steps through your door – tell us about the process of creating the perfect suit for them.
The process of creating the perfect suit for a customer is different for every customer, we like to accomplish their desires at our best. Everything starts with a good talk and a good while the customer can have a look at our fabrics, we have bunches of the best companies in the world: Harrison of Edinburgh – W.Bill – Fox Brothers – Loro Piana – Caccioppoli – Vitale Barbers Canonico – Holland & Sherry – Scabal and more. Then it’s time to take the measures of the body so we can organize a first fitting of the garments in a few days.
How can customer’s best access your services?
Customers can visit our tailoring everyday of the year, they can take an appointment trough our telephone numbers, our emails and on any kind of social network, Facebook – Facebook page – WhatsApp – Instagram – Tumblr, we usually answer in less than 1 hour.
These are our contacts:
Davide ( only italian ): +39 3683413320
Aristide ( italian – english ): +39 3294546931
What is the Tofani jacket/suit like?
Our jackets or suits follow the traditions of the true Neapolitan-styled garments. All our garments we make right here at this ‘sartoria’ and by hand; nothing is outsourced. The typical Tofani jacket is really soft and light, and it “wraps” around the contours of the body like a shirt or cardigan. It also has the typical elements of a true Neapolitan jacket, like the “manica a camicia” which is recognisable at the sleeve-head. This a unique style which is the result of lots of knowledge, experience and secret passed down from Vincenzo Attolini to my grandfather, then to my father.
What are you favourite fabrics?
I personally like a lot of kind of fabrics, I really love squares patterns, heavy english flannels and mohairs.
You started recently a tie-edition. What is your aim?
With this limited edition I’m trying to bring back the exclusivity of the luxury fashion making high quality ties that are owned only by a little group of people. The ties collections are limited edition, there will be only 20 pieces for every edition and there will never be re-editions.
What are your favorite places in Naples?
There are a lot of beautiful places in Naples and it’s hard to chose a favorite one. I think that one of the best place to visit is the Castel sant’Elmo, if you reach the roof you will have a 360° view of Naples and during good days you will be able to see Capri.