In Italy, making quality clothing often remains a family business; Corneliani is an excellent example. Founded in Mantua in the 1950s as an artisanal business specialising in menswear, today the brand has stores across five continents. Europe’s nobility often choose Corneliani’s exclusive made-to-measure service, while sustainable production and fabric nanotechnology are two modern challenges the company has recently faced successfully. The Milan boutique, launched in 1996, was the first Corneliani store in the world.
Corneliani, Via Montenapoleone 26, 20121 Milan, +39 02 7631 7955
It takes a dozen people to create a Brioni suit, each a specialist in one specific step of the process. Each garment is worked on as a unique piece and the company’s master tailors are impeccably skilled. From James Bond’s suits to the Nazareno Fonticoli tailoring school, the basis of the brand’s success, Brioni is exceptional. The label’s made-to-measure service doesn’t stop at suits; it covers the entire male wardrobe, including accessories and sportswear.
Brioni, Via Gesù 3, 20121 Milan, +39 02 7639 0086
No brand is more Milanese than Prada, one of the names that has put Italian fashion on the international map. Its first boutique in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is frequented by the Italian royal family and Europe’s aristocracy, and its sensational catwalk shows bring the fashion world to Milan each season. When it comes to menswear, Prada is a worldwide favourite for everything from its universally popular office attire to the avant-garde catwalk looks that only a few can carry off.
Prada Uomo, Via Montenapoleone 6, 20121 Milan, +39 02 7602 0273
From impeccable men’s suits to seven-fold ties and 19-step shirts, Kiton’s skill in Neapolitan-style menswear is recognised across the world. When Ciro Paone founded the company in 1968, he envisaged a client who appreciated the highest quality. Kiton suits are more structured than those of Brioni, more sculptured than those of Armani; they have their own unique identity. In Milan’s newly launched Kiton boutique, located just off Via Montenapoleone, customers will find all the staples that have made Kiton a landmark brand in Italy’s sartorial tradition.
Kiton, Via Gesù 11, 20121 Milan, +39 02 7639 0240
Berluti, part of the LVMH portfolio, is an historical Italian house that specialises in luxury bootmaking. Previous clients have included Jean Cocteau, Andy Warhol and the Duke of Windsor. Since Alessandro Sartori took over as artistic director, Berluti has moved to Paris and expanded into menswear with flair. The brand’s Milanese boutique has been relaunched to accommodate the new concept and now, next to exquisite, classic shoes made by hand since 1895, there is an interesting selection of day-to-night pieces aimed at the contemporary man.
Berluti, Via Verri 5, 20121 Milan, +39 02 7602 8554