Neapolitan tailoring has become popular in the last few years as men look towards its relaxed sense of style. The tailors in Naples sought to create lightweight jackets so they could be worn in the warm climate of the Mediterranean. The results are what have become the signature of Neapolitan style: soft-shouldered, unstructured jackets. I’m a fan of Neapolitan style as the Philippines has a tropical climate and wearing heavy, structured suits don’t make any sense. Removing all that structure not only makes the jacket cooler to wear but also ends up exuding an air of nonchalance. This air of nonchalance is what I very much prefer as it makes one looked dressed up yet relaxed.
O’Mast, a documentary film by Gianluca Migliarotti, is all about Neapolitan tailoring. Most of the film is shot in the workshops and fitting rooms of these tailors and the result is quite intimate. You feel as though these tailors are talking to you personally. The tailors featured in the film talk about a variety of things: the kind of clients they get, how to choose the right fabric, how different a bespoke item of clothing is from something off the rack. One of the things that struck me the most was how these tailors did not consider defect as a defect but rather an imperfection that in their words “breaks the monotony of perfection”. In between scenes we see glimpses of the city of Naples. The whole film is accompanied by beautiful music that fits perfectly.
If you love menswear especially Neapolitan style I highly recommend watching O’Mast. Not only will you learn about Neapolitan tailoring but also pick up a style tip or two from the men who dress many of the best-dressed men in the world. Watch the trailer:
You can purchase O’Mast via The Armoury.