Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Image of Antonio de Matteis provided by Kiton. All rights reserved.
This exclusive interview with Antonio de Matteis, Chief Executive Officer of Kiton was conducted by Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö in Naples during October and November 2010
What does Kiton mean to you?
An important part of my life. It means to me my passion, my hobby. I have been working in this company for 23 years and I feel my excitement of doing this growing day after day.
How would you describe your personal style?
Others should comment upon my style. In my way I try to be as simple as possible without giving up to some eccentricity like brilliant color ties, for instance.
Do you have a particular person or firm you go to for your personal footwear?
Yes. It is my cousin Antonio Paone “The Long.” He concerns himself with the production of the Kiton shoes. I ask him for suggestion on how to clean my shoes, what kind of skins, what model is the best for me.
If one element of a suit could be considered the most significant, what would it be and why?
There is not only one element to be considered the most significant one must consider the cut of the suit, the making and the fabric. Especially in Kiton we distinguish ourselves from other brands by fabrics: their quality and patterns.
Kiton has a long-standing reputation for both the highest quality in fabrication as well as craftsmanship. What besides the obvious elements mentioned makes Kiton stand out as it does?
The main element is quality. Quality at 360 degrees: craftsmanship, fabrics, cut and the man who wears it.
Kiton has never followed trends however it is consistently fashionable. What is the key to that success?
It is not that Kiton has never followed trends. In its own small way, Kiton has always tried to anticipate trends. Probably this is the reason why the final customer always wears Kiton with much pleasure.
What's the difference between Italian and British tailoring?
They are two different schools, especially if for Italian we mean Neapolitan. The English jacket is more rigid for both materials and parts inside. On the contrary the Neapolitan jacket has always had softest fabrics and lighter parts inside because of the climate- for sure. They are two beautiful jacket types, perhaps for the same customer who can wear them in different moments.
Now we turn to the famous K50 model, please discuss that and explain why it is so special.
The difference between the K50 model and the rest of Kiton production is that since measurements are taken up to the final product is realized the same tailor is involved he follows the suit from its birth to the final fit. In other words, the K50 model rises on the customer’s body.
Since Kiton developed hybrid wools using vicuña fiber how would you say that material has taken the product to a new level?
Every time a new quality of fabrics is on the market, finer than the existing quality, these new fabrics are made exclusively for Kiton.
The constant research for the best quality of every typology of yarns leads us to be positioned on a level that is higher than our competitors.
It is 1970 and we are meeting in Rome for a private party hosted by Luchino Visconti. What are you wearing? In addition, whom do you want to meet?
I would wear a smoking from the Kiton’s capsule collection named the CIPA 1960 model.
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