Was becoming a tailor your goal in life?
Absolutely. As a child, I loved creating dresses for my sisters' dolls, but growing up I had to put aside my passion to devote myself to another type of work. Over time, my desire to become a tailor strengthened and when I met my wife, Rita Maria Caraceni, descendant from a family of tailors, I realised that this was my path.
How did you learn you craft?
At 25, a little before starting to work for my father-in-law, in the evening from seven to midnight I took private lessons. It takes an incalculable time to hold the chalk, the scissors, everything. I progressed quickly, and when I got here I went straight into the cutting room.
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Is cutting your specialisation?
Yes. It’s a work of great stress and responsibility. If the tailor makes a mistake in sewing, it can be repaired. But if the cutter makes the wrong cut, everything has to be thrown away.
What is a memorable moment in your career?
One day a gentleman dressed extravagantly and with his hair in a pigtail entered my shop. I was tempted to refuse to dress him... Fortunately I didn't, because that client was the unforgettable Karl Lagerfeld!