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Kiton

Kiton

Kiton is considered one of the most exclusive and prestigious fashion houses in the world.

History

Kiton was founded in 1968 in Naples, Italy by Ciro Paone. It opened its US$40 million New York flagship and showroom on West 54th Street in 2004, they also opened a shop in London very recently. Like many other fashion brands, Kiton has diversified in recent years to include sportswear, footwear, fragrances, furnishings and a women's collection.

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The company makes about 18,000 suits per year that usually cost US$5,000 - $15,000 each. They can be ordered bespoke or purchased at a small number of exclusive clothiers. Most suits take approximately 25 hours of labor, with at least 45 tailors contributing to each one. Kiton's most famous suit model is the "K-50", which takes 50 hours to produce, costing up to $50,000. Kiton dress shirts are also hand finished, as are Kiton's seven-fold silk neckties. A strong believer in tailoring by hand, Paone inaugurated a tailor's school in Kiton's factory in an industrial suburb of Naples.

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