Brioni Light Grey Nomentano Prince of Wales Suit
52 IT / 42 US / Large
Grey handmade Brioni 'Nomentano' suit. Notch lapels, fully lined, expertly constructed from luxury wool with double side vents at the back and two-button closure to keep the profile neat. The notch lapels and welted chest pocket are undeniably classic. Discover the elaborated sartorial details below.
Each Brioni garment is crafted using the Brioni method, a custom process with 220 steps and more than 22 hours of workmanship.
Composition: 100% Wool
Color: Light Grey
Pattern: Prince of Wales Check
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Full Canvas Construction
A sartorial jacket - or coat - needs an interlining that will help give it shape and mold it. Canvas gives the item a tailored and crafted look. In short, it breathes life into it. Purely technical, canvas is made from either horsehair, wool, mohair or camel hair. It could also be a mix of them all, with varying thickness and weight. The canvas is stitched to the jacket, often by hand, thus making the canvas pieces 'floating' in the middle of the inner and outer cloth. This gives the jacket added flexibility. The canvas runs from the upper parts, all the way down to the end of the jacket. After you wear your canvassed suit for a while, it will begin to take your shape and look incredibly natural.
Roman Style Shoulders
Characterised by a clean, strong silhouette, the Roman style has its origins in the military and equestrian style on Savile Row. While the heavily structured, military-inspired suits with strong shoulders and stiff canvassing were fitting of English nobles, the staid style was not an adequate reflection of the Italian way of life. As Italian tailoring grew into its own, though, different styles began to develop. In Naples unstructured whimsical Neapolitan suiting took hold. In Rome, where Brioni was born, the style evolved more subtly. The structured British style was made more voluminous, body conscious, and free-flowing without losing too much of the signature Saville Row shape.
Handmade buttonholes are made using a chain of knotted loops called purl stitches that make them strong and visually distinctive. It takes about five seconds to sew a regular buttonhole with a machine – a single handmade buttonhole takes about 10 minutes to sew.
Originating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the three-button suit closure evolved as a staple in menswear, striking a balance between the more casual two-button and the formal full-buttoned designs. This middle-ground choice quickly became favored for its versatility, offering a neat, elongated silhouette that stood synonymous with both business elegance and everyday sophistication. Over the years, its popularity has seen ebbs and flows, yet it remains a timeless classic in the annals of fashion history.
Chest pocket - Rounded welt pocket
Also known as ‘barchetta’ Italian for ‘little boat’, it is so named because this pocket floats on the chest gently angled upward, just like the bow of a sailboat. These pockets echo the lively roll of a lapel that carries the spring of canvas and natural wool, unlike machine-made chest pockets that have a more stamped-out, rectangular shape and less life.
The tailors adds two darts - think of them as pinched seams - to ensure the jacket’s body achieves a slim silhouette. The process, called mezzo punto riprese, is done entirely by hand.
Buttons and Buttonholes
Horn buttons are prized for their quality. They are made with the finest genuine horn material, improving the appearance of the suit. And because they are so strong, you don't have to worry about them cracking or breaking.
This was originally supposed to keep debris from getting into jacket pockets when worn in the country. Flap pockets occupy a sort of middle ground in terms of formality: they are the main choice for business suits, but they can also appear on sport coats as a testament to their casual origins.