English, impatient

Last year, London-based investment banker Andrea Libardo went to Savile Row to have some shirts made from 170-count cotton—the softest available—only to find the material was sold out everywhere and would take weeks to order. But instead of getting discouraged, Libardo got busy: He returned to his native Italy (near Brindisi) to develop a line of shirting with a small manufacturing lab in Francavilla Fontana, once known as Italy's cradle of tailoring.

The result: Sartoria Privata, a new collection of beautifully crafted, slim-cut dress shirts. They come with strong detachable collars, Tahitian mother-of-pearl buttons, stainless-steel collar stays, and hidden cuff buttons. And, yes, they're made from Italian 170-count cotton. Libardo is in talks with Rinascente in Milan about carrying the brand, but for now his shirts are available online only. Until the limited run of 100 sells out, anyway.
Sartoria Privata shirts, £190, a limited-edition first run of 100 shirts is available exclusively online at sartoriaprivata.com

Photo: Elissa Wiehn
Tags: Fashion

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