Retrospective: Why Canali still makes the cut

Posted on May 29, 2011


Canali makes one of the best suits in the world; If I had to sum it up, I would have to put my finger on their tradition in textiles that dates back to the 1900s. Two brothers, Giovanni and Giacomo Canali, artisans in their own right, holed up in Triuggio, Brianza to make well cut, well fitted men’s suits for discerning men of the day.

How Canali designs the best men’s suits

Did they slack off on their already stylish Italian genes? Definitely not, they had a pride on doing things well. Add creative flair with innovative designs and leading edge production techniques to the mix and you have a recipe for success. Though Canali is better known for suits, they extended to produce accessories as well. Based strictly in Italy (all 1,7000 employees), theirs is a heritage that few luxury maisons can keep up with.

Three generations on, Canali continues to push on with the same flair and creative vision that made them the leading purveyors of men’s luxury fashion; a sense of classic elegance that since 1934 has created a standard of impeccable tailoring, fine styling and prestigious textures for a whole generation of men used to the homogenisation of luxury apparel.

In 2009, Canali celebrated their 75th anniversary with a suit and overcoat made from cashmere, silk and vicuna. A mix so rare and successfully woven into the fabric, a valiant sign of Canali’s proud history of expertise and artisanal mastery, standing as a symbol of excellence in our age of mass production.

Canali: Really Made in Italy

I am of course appreciative of mass production, but one cannot help but admire the long standing culture and history of a brand so deeply interwound with style and taste that even if you balk at the price tag, you cannot balk at the sheer investment and enjoyment a Canali suit would bring you over the years. From the inner, lining and buttons, only the finest from Biella are used, exclusively created for Canali. If Italy is a synonym for style, Canali stands for exquisite craftsmanship.

The initial cut is perfect, followed by skillful hand stitching, immense tailoring experience ensures each and every garment retains perfect shape and expresses peerless style and elegance. Sewn not fused, the core of camel hair, horse and peloncino help keep your suit’s shape as well as achieve a symbiotic relationship with the wearer.

Whether it’s the suit hang on the shoulders or beautiful symmetry without the stiffness, Canali suits are guaranteed for wearability, comfort and suppleness. Their made to measure garments is a service provided to only a handful of boutiques around the world- Milan, London, Amsterdam, New York, Beverly Hills, Miami, Delhi and Sydney. Whether it’s the selection of fabrics or fitting, personalisation and styling, Canali suits are built to last and made for generations.

The secret is in the materials

Baby Cashmere Chincilla for weightless, soft and warm cloaks, cashmere-mink and cashmere-sable for that silky smooth touch; perfection in the finest wools like Super 160’s and 200’s or the penultimate wool-angora-cashgora blend, Canali leaves no stone unturned in their quest for the perfect materials for the perfect suit; and we haven’t even gotten into the insuperable Esperidi 220’s and 230’s.

Canali in Hollywood

Whenever a big production involves stylish and debonair leading men, Hollywood turns to the impeccable taste maestros at Canali to confer through garments and accessories, each Monsieur’s “je ne sais quoi”.

  • Michael Clayton – George Clooney
  • Take the Lead – Antonio Banderas
  • Runaway Jury – Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman
  • The Thomas Crown Affair – Denis Leary
  • Great Expectations – Ethan Hawke, Gabriel Mick and Hank Azaria
  • The Saint – Val Kilmer
  • Heat – Al Pacino and Robert De Niro
  • True Lies – Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • The Firm – Gene Hackman

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