Some­one recently asked me where I lived. My answer was some­where between Mat­era and 1C. That’s were I spend most of my time nowadays.

Luck­ily for me, 1A has been occu­pied by some pretty inter­est­ing peo­ple lately, turn­ing wasted tran­sit time into con­struc­tive net­work­ing — with some fas­ci­nat­ing encoun­ters. On my last Milan — Bari flight I was enlight­ened at 30 000 feet by an eccen­tric fash­ion designer by the name of Giuseppe Ler­arioPino to his friends. We got off to a fly­ing start…

Pino uses top-notch north­ern Ital­ian fab­rics and exploits tex­ture, pat­tern and colour as well as superb cut to cre­ate exquis­itely styl­ish jack­ets and coats (mainly). His col­lec­tions come nat­u­rally, he told me, as he cre­ates visual sto­ries from textiles.

The Ler­ario fam­ily tai­lor­ing com­pany was estab­lished around 40 years ago. For an idea of the qual­ity, let’s just say it was selected to make the cos­tumes for the male pro­tag­o­nists of Tim Burton’s 1989 Bat­man. Third-generation Pino and his three sib­lings have taken it to new heights and dis­tant shores with the Taglia­tore brand: slim, waisted lines orig­i­nally just for men, now with more and more figure-hugging mod­els for us girls too under the label 0205 Taglia­tore. No fewer than 70 000 pieces in all last year, own brand and others.

They’re sold in the best bou­tiques in Europe, the States and the Emi­rates, and Taglia­tore has recently opened  in Tokyo’s chic Omote­sando neigh­bour­hood along­side the flag­ship stores of the Ital­ian mega-brands.

And all this isn’t com­ing from fash­ion cap­i­tal Milan. Oh no. It all hap­pens, the whole process, in provin­cial lit­tle Mar­tina Franca, bang in the mid­dle of the heel, in Apu­lia, sur­rounded by the trulli of the Valle d’Itria.

Just like me, Pino was fly­ing back to base, you see.

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