Dining with Isaia and Harrods
I had a fine evening in the company of old friends from Harrods and new friends from Isaia, the celebrated Italian tailoring firm. Harrods is the exclusive UK stockist of the beautiful Isaia clothes, which are created in the famous tailoring town of Casalnuovo, just outside Naples. London was as hot as Naples on the day we met, but our private dining room in C London (formerly known as Cipriani’s) in Mayfair was deliciously cool. Showing us all how to look cool in the heat were Marigay McKee, chief merchant of Harrods, and Gianluca Isaia, the CEO of the brand.
The super roses on the table were bought and arranged that very day, I was impressed to learn, by Enzo Magaraci, Isaia’s director of sales for Europe and Asia. He is seen here (left) with Jason Broderick, head of menswear at Harrods (and the most stylish ex-professional ballet dancer I know).
Francesco Trabaldo-Togna, Harrods’ buyer of men’s tailoring from the likes of Brioni, Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren, comes from an Italian family with considerable interests in cloth production and tailoring.
Embracing the Italian theme of the evening, I wore my Ermenegildo Zegna made-to-measure suit, but retained some British interest in my Hilditch & Key shirt. It was far too hot for a tie! I was delighted to present the charming Gianluca with a copy of the first edition of my book Sharp Suits…
…which has on page 79 this archive photograph of Enrico, Gianluca’s father, who is the architect of the modern success of Isaia, in the original shop in the late 50s or early 60s.
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