Who is Vincenzo Attolini?

Vincenzo Attolini is quite literally part of Italian tailoring history. His grandfather, who he is named after, invented the now iconic soft Italian jacket. In the 1930s, Vincenzo took apart stiff, heavy English jackets so that he could rebuild them for the Italian climate and sense of style. And his family kept creating these softer yet formal jackets for the rest of the 20th century. But a decade ago, the younger Vincenzo started his own tailoring revolution. Like his grandfather, he re-invented the jacket but this time, the Neapolitan one. Even this soft jacket, he says, had become too heavy, too stiff. What was also missing, says Vincenzo, was a new approach to style.

 
  Vincenzo Attolini named after his grandfather who invented the Neapolitan jacket.

Vincenzo Attolini named after his grandfather who invented the Neapolitan jacket.

 

“Why can only women be sexy in their clothes?” he asks. “Why not men too?” And so Vincenzo re-engineered the Neapolitan jacket. He kept the craftsmanship, the quality and the hand work but re-thought how it should be built, from the inside. No padding. Softer construction. Shorter. Slimmer. Comfortable, but not tight. And always with an eye on elegance. “I took what my grandfather made at his time,” says Vincenzo, “but made it in a modern way, with modern style and a modern shape.”

And that is what makes Stile Latino unique, different from even other Neapolitan brands. The reason Stile Latino is building such a large following around the world, Vincenzo believes, is because their approach is thoroughly modern.  "People now need to be very comfortable but elegant. Our jackets can be worn as part of a tuxedo or with jeans,” he says. “They are very versatile.”

 
  Vincenzo Attolini with his two sons; Cesare & Emiliano at Via Cavour.

Vincenzo Attolini with his two sons; Cesare & Emiliano at Via Cavour.

 

All of Stile Latino’s items, like everything in the current collection, start the same way: with the fabric. Vincenzo especially likes English fabrics, for their traditional look and quality make. But he also wants something lightweight. For this season, he’s found a fabric that looks like a heavy flannel, but is as light as silk. The next step in Vincenzo’s process is designing the models for a collection, drawing from his core approach for a garment that is modern, sexy and elegant. Then the final step, when the designs and the fabrics are brought together to create his collection.

That is when Fabio and Santo join Vincenzo and his sons at their showroom in Milan. For an entire day of browsing, brainstorming and curating. “When they come, we don't take other appointments, we just take all day for them,” says Vincenzo. "When we work with them it's like not working." Fabio and Santo dig in with Vincenzo and his sons to create a whole look, so that all the elements - jackets, trousers and more - are not only compatible, they harmonize. Always with customers in mind. “We can see in them the same drive that’s in us when we buy fabrics,” Vincenzo says. “You can really feel their passion."

  Vincenzo Attolini with Santo De Rose & Fabio Fata at our recent in shop Stile Latino trunk show.

Vincenzo Attolini with Santo De Rose & Fabio Fata at our recent in shop Stile Latino trunk show.

 
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Most of Stile Latino’s fabrics are customized by Vincenzo and his two sons. They work closely with manufacturing mills to produce unique patterns and colour ways which results in one of kind fabric runs.

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Full mono-chromatic look by Stile Latino featuring a casentino wool coat.

 
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Inspired by heritage English and Scottish patterns yet constructed with soft ‘shirt’ like shoulder.

Cashmere double-breasted coat featuring a back-belt placket detail.

Marc De Rose