Once we went to see Nicoletta Caraceni (above) in Milan lately, she had been approached a number of occasions by the Italian media to discuss the demise of Silvio Berlusconi, who was a buyer for a lot of his life.
She didn’t wish to speak on TV, however was joyful to speak with us, and I believed it was an fascinating window into the world of a politician and his tailor.
“He was a sort man. I didn’t agree along with his politics, and don’t even wish to discuss his perspective to girls, however he was all the time very thoughtful,” Nicoletta mentioned.
“Once we used to go and go to, my father and I, he would ship a chauffeur and we might take the becoming to him. It was normally throughout lunch and he was all the time so grateful for us coming, he by no means stopped saying so.
“I’ve identified lots of people with much less energy and fewer cash who’re far ruder – who successfully say with their actions, ‘I’ve paid you so you need to do what I would like, do it now’. He had lots however he carried it very evenly with us.”
Nicoletta recalled one contact significantly vividly, as a result of it was the day her father (Ferdinando Caraceni) died in 2004.
“It was a horrible day in Italy. These two girls had been kidnapped, it was everywhere in the information, there have been rumours the federal government was negotiating with them, arguments in parliament. He was underneath a whole lot of stress.”
Nicoletta is referring to September 2004 when two Italian assist employees, Simona Torretta and Simona Pari, had been kidnapped in Iraq. Berlusconi had supported the warfare in Iraq and was underneath stress to drag Italian troops out.
“I obtained this name from Marinella [Brambilla, his secretary] and she or he mentioned the President wished to talk to me. I mentioned ‘okay positive’, and he got here on. He mentioned he wished to personally apologize about my father, as a result of he was not simply his tailor however his pal. We talked for some time about him; it meant one thing that he took the time.”
Utilizing an Italian tailor was apparently a degree of pleasure for Berlusconi. “He all the time used to say to my father how tailoring was the most effective of Italian craft, how that was central to Italy’s identification, and that we embodied that.
“I bear in mind in that dialog he repeated the identical sentiment. It’s good coming from anybody, however significantly from the President of your nation.”
“Oh, and he all the time paid his payments! To the final euro.”
Later in his life Berlusconi wore Kiton as effectively, however all the time wore Marinella ties – the navy spot turned one thing of a commerce mark, and he wore it with formal daywear resembling a morning coat.
In his early years as a politician within the Eighties, he was additionally famous for adopting the intense costume of a businessman, all the time sober in his navy double-breasteds, white shirts and ties. In contrast to a few of the extra dramatic dressing of the time.
For anybody that isn’t acquainted with Ferdinando Caraceni, the Milanese tailor cuts a jacket with a robust, padded shoulder and bellied lapels which are additionally broad on a double-breasted. The remainder of the jacket has a really light-weight lining, nonetheless, and the ending is superb – on a par with the most effective of Savile Row.
On Berlusconi, a shorter, bigger man, the lower might be a bit of sq. generally. However on somebody slimmer it’s extremely flattering, even dramatic. That is me carrying my two double-breasted jackets under, and there’s a piece trying trying intimately on the ending right here.
I favored Nicoletta’s little anecdote and I hope you don’t thoughts me sharing. As ever, no remark is meant on Berlusconi’s politics, and I make no declare both on his model – it was atypical and generally even plain unhealthy (I significantly want he’d cinch his tie knots).
Nevertheless it’s good to listen to an inside view on somebody within the information, significantly when a lot commentary is from the skin.
Ferdinando Caraceni is, oddly, no household connection to the opposite Caracenis, however was the pinnacle cutter there. Extra on that complicated little knot right here. There’s additionally a model web page with all Ferdinando Caraceni protection right here.