The City of Lights is a destination for lovers, gourmands, and—of course—the style savvy, but while there are numerous destinations for women’s haute couture, it is harder to locate uniquely Parisian high-caliber bespoke tailoring for men. To help you navigate your way through the sartorial city, we are spotlighting the three bespoke tailors you must visit the next time you are in Paris. Though each address represents a unique identity and style, you will discover that a common thread connects them all.
At 31 rue Marbeuf, the house of Cifonelli proudly stands as one of Paris’s coveted places for bespoke suits for those in-the-know. The address—not to be confused with Cifonelli’s rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré flagship boutique—has been the company’s bespoke atelier since 1936, when, after taking over his father’s tailoring business, the Italian-born Arturo Cifonelli established the 8th-arrondissement shop. In the years following its debut, the Paris tailoring house and its iconic Italian-English style garnered a devoted following that included Cary Grant, Marcello Mastroianni, Fred Astaire, and a number of other A-listers.
Today, cousins Lorenzo and Massimo Cifonelli continue the legacy as the fourth-generation heirs, growing the brand globally while actively preserving its signature style (featuring a distinguished forward-cut shoulder) and traditional techniques of tailoring. Every bespoke Cifonelli suit (from about $6,390) is handcrafted in-house by the atelier’s 40 tailors. And, clients can expect to meet with one of the Cifonellis for their consultation and fitting. (cifonelli.com)
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