Kiton

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Kiton
Native name Ciro Paone S.p.A.
Founded 1956 in Naples, Italy
Founder(s) Ciro Paone
Key people Antonio De Matteis (Director)

History[edit]

Kiton is a luxury, bespoke clothing company co-founded in 1956 as CIPA in Naples, Italy by Ciro Paone, a fifth-generation fabric merchant, and Antonio Carola.[1] Launched in 1968, the brand gets its name from the Greek word chiton (costume), a sewn garment worn by the Greeks that the Romans later called a tunic. [2]

Suits[edit]

In 2007, the company produced about 20,000 suits per year.[3] Kiton employs about 330 tailors.[4] Most suits take approximately 25 hours of labor, with at least 45 tailors contributing to each one.[5]

There are two lines of ready-to-wear suits: the "classic line", which retails for approximately US$ 7,000[4] to US $8,000,[6] and the "CIPA 1960" line, introduced in 2010, starting at US$5,500. The CIPA line is a capsule line of suits made from vintage ‘60s-era fabrics, which are cut with slim and contemporary silhouettes.[6]

Known as the world's most expensive suits, made to measure (bespoke) suits reach above US $20,000[4] and up to US$ 50,000 for the "K-50" line,[7] so called because of the number of production hours per piece and the number of units produced per year.[8][9]

Shirts, Trousers, Jeans & Accessories[edit]

Kiton dress shirts are also hand finished and sell for about $1,000. Kiton's sevenfold silk neckties and pocket squares are made from the finest materials. Sunglasses, trousers and jeans are also available. Kiton's fragrances are a brand of the Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Stores[edit]

Kiton opened its US$40 million, New York flagship and showroom at 4 East 54th Street in 2004 and now has stores in Azerbaijan, China, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, the Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan. It is considered to be one of the best and most expensive clothing companies in the world. Kiton suits can be found at fine retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman (NYC), Saks Fifth Avenue (NYC) and Degand (Brussels), Unützer (Munich).

Management[edit]

Antonio De Matteis is the CEO and Antonio Paone, is President of Kiton USA. They are both nephews of the co-founder, Ciro Paone.[10][11]

Motto[edit]

The company's motto in Italian is "“ll meglio del meglio più uno” (the best of the best plus one).

Tailor's school[edit]

Ciro Paone inaugurated a tailor's school at Kiton's factory in Arzano, an industrial suburb of Naples, Italy. The only “machines” in use are needles, thimbles, and shears.[12]

Celebrities that wear Kiton[edit]

The actor, George Clooney wore a Kiton suit in the 2007 motion picture Oceans Thirteen.[13]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://therakeonline.com/atelier-luxury-designer-brands-artisans/kiton-bastion-of-italian-sartorial-integrity/
  2. ^ http://www.kiton.it
  3. ^ "Men's products US". Cosmetics International Cosmetic Products Report. January 1, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c Rosenbloom, Stephanie (February 13, 2009). "For Fine Recession Wear, $7,000 From Saks". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  5. ^ "Italy Kiton Sees 2005 Turnover At 52 Mln Euro". Italian News Digest. 25 October 2005. 
  6. ^ a b OReilly, Kelly (March 16, 2010). "Kiton's CIPA 1960 Gives Designer Menswear Fans a Lower-Priced Alternative". NBC New York. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  7. ^ Sussman, Paul (January 24, 2006). "A perfect fit - the ultimate bespoke suit". CNN. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  8. ^ Kissel, William (June 1, 2009). "Kiton". Robb Report. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  9. ^ http://www.gildedlife.com/2010/08/the-kiton-suit-and-kiton-dress-shirts/
  10. ^ http://www.hauteliving.com/2011/04/king-of-kiton/148867/
  11. ^ http://www.thebrander.com/article.php?o=21
  12. ^ http://www.american.com/archive/2006/november/devil-wears-kiton
  13. ^ http://greenwhiteredbrand.com/tag/luxury-made-in-italy/

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