The craft behind the label
Merging progressive style with traditional craftsmanship, a Pal Zileri garment doesn't need to shout: it quietly whispers character and style
Italian textile and clothing entrepreneurs Gianfranco Barizza and Aronne Miola first founded Forall Confezioni in 1970, pioneering the idea of democratic tailoring. Staying true to this premise, they launched the Pal Zileri menswear label a decade later, producing collections that merge traditional Italian tailoring techniques with forward-thinking creativity.
Remarkably, a garment from Pal Zileri today reflects the same approach to craftsmanship as it did at the brand's inception.
Named after a noble family from the Veneto region of northeast Italy and the historic Palazzo Zileri, located in the heart of Vicenza, Pal Zileri continues to be synonymous with sartorial heritage and time-honoured artisanship. All Pal Zileri clothing is made in Italy, either at its factory in Quinto Vicentino or through its network of accomplished Italian craftspeople.
The factory's workforce is made up of 532 highly skilled individuals, including 270 sewing specialists and 54 people dedicated solely to the production of trousers, and you only have to look inside one of its suits to see why this skilled army is required. Each garment is brought to life using meticulous, labour-intensive methods, with each suit typically needing 245 manufacturing phases and over eight hours' work, and 180 steps and six hours' work required to complete a fully canvassed jacket.
The seamstress of Quinto Vicentino
Pal Zileri has at its disposal up to 1,000 varieties of specially developed fabrics for each collection, and the cloth is cut on a suit-by-suit basis, rather than in huge batches, to ensure the highest levels of precision. In addition, each suit piece is cut from the same bolt of fabric to ensure minute differences are avoided, and the pieces are then intricately assembled by hand, using the finest materials such as wool, cotton, horsehair and camel hair. So scrupulous is the attention to detail that hand-stitching a single eyelet buttonhole can take 15 minutes.
Sadly, some of what marks the quality of a Pal Zileri piece goes unseen once it has left the factory. For example, the cloth and all seams are pressed internally to help the suit hold its shape, internal stitching is used instead of adhesives, and jackets are canvassed to give better drape.
However, these details can never go completely unnoticed, as they are very much to the fore when you wear a Pal Zileri suit. Fashion may dictate the modern look of a Pal Zileri piece, but it's the touch of an artisan that creates its distinctive feel. The company has coined the concept of Avant Craft - the marriage of progressive style and traditional craftsmanship, which guarantees garments of enduring elegance but with a contemporary twist.
Details from the Pal Zileri factory
HAND CUTTING A DRESS
HAND CUTTING A DRESS
UNLINED MODEL RIP MARK PREPARATION
PIECES SEW TOGETHER
JACKET’S BUTTON STITCHED BY HAND