This is the brand you probably only hear about in the wake of Pitti Uomo. The reason it doesn’t come up much is because, outside of his custom shirting clients, Salvatore Piccolo has very little distribution of the brand in the U.S. In a way, this limited availability sort of enhances the brand to me. It’s not in every shop and it’s not on every e-commerce outpost. Barneys has it and that’s apparently enough for the brand and for people like me who love its collection.
The reasons for this limited engagement, I hear, has to do with the fact that Salvatore himself is very involved in the entire process of making his clothing, from designing the fabrics (many of which are exclusive from mills in both Italy and Japan) to running the bottega in Napoli where everything is made. Increasing production and expanding is tough when one man needs to be involved in every detail. Coincidentally, that’s probably what makes these clothes so great and it is also probably the reason why I like them so much.
Every trip to Pitti is basically the same thing — depending on the season. It’s a very consistent show, going there you know where everything is going to be and where everyone will be standing as if it’s theater. After a while it gets a little too similar, though every season I still manage to leave thinking that Salvatore Piccolo is the collection I like best. I don’t necessarily want to wear everything in the line, but it’s always inspiring to see. The organization of color, pattern and shape is masterful. In a Groundhog Day fortezza, this is always fresh and new. [SALVATORE PICCOLO]