Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Why I Love Luigi Borrelli Shirts

I was talking to a menswear buyer the other day, and he told me something that he had heard while in Italy during a Borrelli appoIntment. As we all know Borrelli is famous for the handwork on their shirts: hand sewn buttonholes, interior collar band, yoke, etc. Apparently this work really is done by little old Italian ladies at their homes in the nearby countryside surrounding the Borrelli factory. When the ladies send the shirts back to the factory, the shirts have to be vigorously washed because they are covered in cigarette ash, dirt from the natural oil in the women’s hands, tiny drops of blood, and the shirts smell like food.

Of course by the time they reach your Neiman Marcus they are perfectly presentable examples of high-quality craftsmanship, but I love the idea that they begin life in such a humble and human way.


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  1. rnssnc

    February 15, 2006 at 4:38 am

    I hope these women are paid well for it. I love Borelli shirts, but their fit are a bit big on the waist. Have you heard of the Morziello line, much better fit IMHO for slimmer (i.e. not fat) guys.

  2. MrWynn

    February 15, 2006 at 8:22 am

    Nearly all European producers supply the US with models they feel are more appropriate to our general girth. If you buy a Borrelli shirt from Bergdorf Goodman or Neiman Marcus you will get a much larger body than one you buy in Europe or from the Borrelli store.

  3. Anonymous

    March 31, 2006 at 1:40 am

    love the story…brings more life to such a wonderful garment

  4. Anonymous

    July 12, 2006 at 6:22 pm

    I recently bought a Borrelli shirt from Barneys NY in Beverly Hills. The fit was much slimmer. I stopped buying them because the were too generously cut around the middle. Neiman Marcus orders the larger cut in all there high priced shirts{Etro, Lorenzini, Borrelli, Brioni, Isaia etc..)

    ASP, LA

  5. Anonymous

    May 9, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Try Bagariny, those are the absolute world best shirts. Totally hand made in Italy to the highest of standards in a true slim fit

  6. Anonymous

    May 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Luigi Borrelli shirts are still hand made by “craftsman”, men, women with 10+ years of experienced sartorial sewing, cutting etc…

    I like these hand made shirts a lot so I added these to my collection of ties, cufflinks, pocketsquares and Kiton, Barba Napoli shirts on my web site http://www.tiedeals.com


  7. Shanx

    August 23, 2010 at 12:26 am

    It's lovely to get this feel of life from the 2 shirts I own. They are simply perfect in how they fit me.

    However, this must be said. My shirts from TM Lewin (Windsor fits) and Hawes & Curtis (also Windsor full wide collars) evoke the same love in me as my Borrelli shirts. Difference being that the British shirts are a bit easier on the wallet.

    Love this blog btw.

  8. sam

    October 12, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Buying a Borelli shirt also depends on the model. There are slimmer models made for the us market.

  9. Jeff

    January 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Just purchased my first two Borrelli shirts. They are the only ones I own that don’t make my shoulders look rounded. I love them!

  10. Cristof

    April 26, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I also bought some shirts I borrelli and I have to say I’m the best ever!

  11. Mike

    June 3, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Shirt’s wearability is different, depending on the country of purchase. Japanese people need different werability from the americans.
    I think Borrelli shirts are the best ever produced!
    Better than Barba, Kiton and all the rest italian manufacturers.
    If you love Borrelli shirts you must try Giampaolo Shirts too.
    The website: http://www.giampaolocamiceria.com/it//

  12. Chris

    August 17, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Borrelli is excellent quality as you would expect from a Italian tailoring house. I recently picked few shirts from Panahlondon.com which produces its shirts in Italy and from a price point of view it is excellent for an Italian shirt.

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