"Weekend in Positano"
vintage linen, azure with white multi-stripe shirt
N’coppa a Posillipo, white background, brown stripes shirt
Cotton/linen shirt beloved by the Neapolitan gentleman. Soft spread collar to be worn with a solaro suit.
Pure mother-of-pearl buttons are sewn using the crow’s foot technique.
A peculiar detail is the sleeve stitching, that is not in line with the side seam because the sleeve is sewn only after the side has been closed. This step is unique and can be done only by the skilled hands of our artisans. Finally, the ironing and the folding are made by hand too.
Santillo 1970 is a story started in Naples in 1945 right after the II World War. My maternal grandmother began cutting and sewing shirts and made-to-measure suits in the basement of a working-class building in Via Bologna. Hard times, lean periods, with our Country and its crafts to be rebuilt, but our manual skills survived to the war. The story of Santillo’s family strikes its roots in a strong wish of improvement and in the love for hand-made, style and elegance, that has been passed on for three generations, to defend the Italian tailoring tradition, according to its rules.
Today we have a family business (mother Angela, father Giovanni, sister Annaluce, my brother Saverio and me, plus four employees) that lives on needle and thread, stitching, felling and few sewing machines. We proudly do what we consider the most beautiful job in the world: everything is hand-cut both for the RTW and the bespoke garment. Our shirts feature hand-made buttonholes and a series of stages realized like in the old times, such as the hand-interlined collar and cuffs, stitched afterwards on the shirt, a technique used in the 50’s, only done by us today. We also make hand-made and hand-cut suits, with narrow armholes, soft shoulders and patterned silk lining.
Nowadays our garments are distributed in the most refined boutiques in the world and the private customers are personally served by me also at home, wherever they are.
Santillo 1970, a story of passion.