Vitale Barberis Canonico 1663. Italian fabrics for suits

Since 1663

Luscious fabrics from Italy.

Vitale Barberis Canonico has been making fabrics since 1663. It is not a coincidence Vitale Barberis Canonico are the n. 1 choice among the Royals in England.

With luxurious yet durable fabrics, Vitale Barberis Canonico offers many affordable solutions for your next Made to Measure garment. Whether you’re searching Italian fabrics for your suit, overcoat, sport jackets or trousers, there’s a very good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for with them. Only for the suits, VBC offers over 20 collections (!) of fabrics.

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Solutions for all your MTM garments.


Vitale Barberis Canonico is available at Massimo Roma with a fine selection of fabrics and can be purchased for a fraction of the price you’d pay at a regular store.

Embrace luxury and let us tailor your dream garment.

Let us tailor your dream garment.

Let us at Massimo Roma tailor your dream garment with VBC fabrics.


Click on “appointments” on our website or call 561-302-5998 and let’s plan your next dream garment together.

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Massimiliano Mattetti
Italian Custom Clothier

Spezzato with non chalance

“Spezzato”: the art of pairing separate jacket and trousers.

The word “spezzato” in Italian means literally “broken”. When brought up in a conversation clothing-related, it indicates a broken pattern between jacket and trousers.

In Italy, just like many other customs in clothing, knowing how to pair separate jacket and trousers is an art. Italians are passionate about everything, lifestyle above all. Versatile and extremely chic, the mixing and matching has become a part of contemporary culture.

The art of spezzato is the perfect secret for keeping a suit’s elegance, with an extra touch of personal creativity.

Matching different patterns and fabrics is not always easy so we suggest 4 simple tips that will help you build refined elegance, without making mistakes.

a. Contrasts make all the difference

Perfect contrast

Perfect contrast

Play with shades of the same color scheme (blue-light blue, black-grey, brown-beige) in order to keep a formal attire. But if the situation allows you, don’t be afraid to match dark tone blazer (burgundy, green, dark blue) to lighter trousers and be daring with patterns and colored pocket squares.

b. The fit

The importance of a perfect fit

The importance of a perfect fit

Whenever you decide to go beyond the line of formality it is important to do it stylishly. If you decide to treat yourself to a spezzato, combine well-fitted blazers and trousers, possibly tailored. A well-cut suit will allow you to play with colours and patterns, while maintaining the right dose of sophistication.

c. Sprezzatura always on!

Spezzato with non-chalance

Spezzato with non-chalance

Spezzato is not to be confused with sprezzatura. They are not synonymous, but the truth is that one is the secret of the other. Sprezzatura is the ability of wearing any style with absolute nonchalance and that’s definitely an essential attitude for those who decide to dress out of the ordinary conventions.

d. Bon ton, grazie

Express yourself, but please observe etiquettes. There are situations that require a precise dress code in order to adapt yourself to the context. In this case it is better to retain the flair to make room for conventional elegance. An important meeting? A job interview? A classic blue suit is the most appropriate choice. For a wedding? In this case the only admitted spezzato will be Mr. Tight.

Massimiliano Mattetti
Italian Custom Clothier
Massimo Roma

Suggestions of spezzato

Suggestions of spezzato

World’s menswear capitals: Napoli and Biella

To provide its clients the highest quality in suiting, Massimo Roma reaches out to the world’s capitals in the industry: Napoli & Biella. These two Italian cities are not only synonymous of great history in both tailoring and wool making, but they also mean superior craftsmanship, passion and style.


Napoli and Biella, world’s capital in menswear



The history of sartorial tradition in Napoli (Naples in English) goes back to 1351 when Neapolitan elegance started to take shape with the birth of “Confraternita dei Sartori”. Napoli immediately became a fashion reference, nothing less than London and Paris.

In the 1800’s, the sartorial tradition in Napoli grew even bigger. The noble families all around the country were hiring Neapolitan tailors to get their clothes tailored and make sure they were up-to-date with their style. Often they traveled hundreds of miles in chariots, just to get measured and dressed by tailors in the beautiful city located at Vesuvio’s feet.
De Nicola, was probably the first name that became famous in the area, followed by Caggiula and Rubinacci.

Napoli tailor

In menswear, tailors from Napoli are considered among the best in world.


In the 900’s, more tailored transformed their little “bottega” into fashion houses and turned into world references in the industry: Kiton, Isaia, Marinella are just few well-known of the many fantastic tailors still present in the area.

Today, the “stile Napoletano” is considered the best in the industry because of the innate elegance, the passion and their sublime craftsmanship.


The city’s reputation in producing the best wool in the world goes back all the way to the 1800’s (although some of their manufacturers started all the way back in 1600’s, such as Vitale Barberis Canonico). Back then, the most important business people in the industry realized that the area had all the perfect characteristics needed to produce wool: environment for breeding the sheep and clean water filled with minerals ideal for rinsing of the wool.


Zegna, Loro Piana, Cerruti, Barbera: world’s best fabric makers are in Biella. These fabrics are ideal for the classic menswear industry.

It is not a coincidence that world fashion houses such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Loro Piana, Cerruti 1881, Vitale Barberis Canonico 1663, Carlo Barbera, have their headquarters in this area.

Today, all high-end fashion brands refer to Biella when looking for top-quality and innovative fabrics, leaving no doubt on where the capital of the world in the industry is.



Massimiliano Mattetti
Custom Clothier
Massimo Roma – Fine Italian Menswear

The Blue Blazer

There are many things in menswear that can be discussed and everyone is entitled to an opinion, but on one things
we should all agree: every gentleman’s wardrobe should have a Blue Blazer.

The blue blazer is versatile and naturally elegant, and it represents the wardrobe’s foundation of the classy “bon vivant”.

The history of this garment takes us back to 1837. The captain of a British frigate named HMS Blazer. To avoid the
embarrassment of his crew’s shabby appearance pending a visit from Queen Victoria, the skipper outfitted each
seaman with short blue serge jackets accented with shiny brass buttons similar to those on Royal Navy uniforms. The
blazers were an unequivocal hit with the style-conscious queen, and a fashion icon was born.

Over the years the blazer has lost its formal connotation becoming a garment to be used in different and more
casual circumstances.

Blue blazer

Fabrics and style

Typically made with lightweight hopsack wool, the blue blazer can be easily combined with casual trousers like chinos or jeans.
A white shirt with a white handkerchief will complete the perfect casual look.
Combined with gray trousers, it will bring to life a more “easy chic” look that will fit in every business



A tip is to never wear a blazer with black shoes, instead use a darker or lighter brown (classic or suede leather).

Also, if you’d like to give your blazer a twist, choose the buttons to be silver or dark brown (more formal). It
will add a touch of class to the overall look of your blazer.


Massimiliano Mattetti
Custom Clothier
Massimo Roma – Fine Italian Menswear

Suit care. Do you care?

Buying a good suit is an important investment you should make sure it is well taken care of once you start making use of it.
In fact, do you know that with a good care, your suit will last longer?

A nicely tailored suit is just like a beautiful woman, it deserves and needs daily attention. So let’s go over a few tips you can uto make sure it lives long and looks good every time you wear it.

1. Use a brush with natural bristles after each wear to remove all the dirt avoiding that it settles into the fabric.  It’ll take no more than 45 seconds.


Always brush your suit after use

2. Hang your suit on a quality suit hanger. Even when you take the jacket off at work, you should hang it to make sure it stays in shape.

Suit on a hanger

Put your suit on a hanger when you take it off

3. Do not use iron on it. The ideal way to distress suit’s fabrics is by using a steamer. The steam will “relax” the fibers of the wool and bring it back to its original shape. You should do this after every use. Be light (move quickly with the hose) with the steam on the front of the suit to avoid the jackets starts to “bubble” where it has been fused (unless you’re wearing a full canvass suit of course).
If you don’t have a steamer, you can iron it but put a cloth in between iron and suit. As an alternative, you can hang it up in the bathroom, close the door and open hot water.

Use a steamer for your suit

Do not use an iron but rather steam your suit.

4. Do not use it every day. Use it once or twice a week at the most. Your suit needs a rest after each wearing. In fact when you leave it hung for about 24 hrs, the fabrics fibers have the opportunity to “breathe” and relax the wrinkles.

Have more than one suit in your wardrobe

Alternating suits will help your garments last longer

5. Always use dry cleaners and never home-laundry to clean your suit. However, don’t bring it to the cleaners more than once a month. The press they use might take a toll on your suit after a while.

Use a dry cleaner not your laundry to clean your suit

Use a dry cleaner not your laundry to clean your suit

In conclusion, it is pretty clear that good maintenance and rotating more than 2/3 suits a week will extend the life of your suit.

If you have any suggestions on how to let your suit live longer, please share it with us!

Jacket vents. Outlook and functionality.

When selecting a suit or just a simple jacket, an important detail to consider is how many jacket vents it should have.

What are the options? The options are generally three: Vent-less (no vents), center vented (1 vent), side vents (2 vents).



Jacket Vent options


The reason why the jackets started to carry vents in the back is because back in the days, they needed a jacket design that avoided the fabric bunch up when gentlemen where riding horses with their jackets buttoned up.

These days the principle of having vents stays the same. The vents are primarily a comfortable option to have, however we want to keep it stylish so…. let’s analyze these options and see which one is best for you.

Vent-less option:

It’s the oldest jacket design and look very good on tall gentlemen with thin waist, however it creates problems when, with the jacket button up, you want to reach the pants pockets. It is probably the most elegant option as even Cary Grant considered it the most photogenic choice for a jacket. However, the jacket bunches up evidently in the back with your hands in the pants pocket, just as shown in the picture below.


Vent less jacket


Center Vent:

Very popular choice with  gentlemen in the States in the 50’s, is still a used mainly with classic blazers. It still doesn’t looks very good when a gentleman tries to reach the pants pockets as it creates a “curtain effect”.

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Center Vent


Side Vents:

Possibly the most popular and practical choice for most gentlemen. Combining style and functionality, it is our favorite choice.
Looks good on pretty much any body structure and doesn’t create that bunch of fabrics when sitting down or reaching the pants pockets.


Cutaway collar – The dress shirt for everyone

When it comes to choosing a collar for your next dress shirt, the cutaway collar is definitely a great choice.

With a wide range of available collars the cutaway collar, aka as French Collar, is the one with the collar points widely spread from each other.

The picture below shows a few variations of collars. The first two from left are to be considered cutaway collars. Diversi_tipi_di_colletti

This type of collar certainly adds personality to your look and, despite it is designed to better show the tie, it is commonly used even without a tie.


If you decide to wear it with a tie, I’d suggest a thicker knot. This is because of the wide space left between the collar and the thicker knot will better fit between the two points.


Another great characteristic about a cutaway collar dress shirt is the versatility.

Although it seems to be made for wearing a tie, this type of collar looks great even without a tie. In fact, because of the way it is cut, it will “stand up” without folding. Whether you wear it with a jacket or with just a sweater, the cutaway collar won’t let you down!


If you’re in the market for a casual dress shirt, you should consider the cutaway collar as your first choice. You will be amazed how easy it can be worn with a tie. Dress up and dress down without too many questions!


Typically though, a cutaway collar dress shirt is advised for slimmer gentlemen, because it renders the overall visual of your look around the neck a little more robust.

At Massimo Roma, the options for your next dress shirts are unlimited. In fact, not only you can choose from over 300 cotton fabrics, but you can pretty much design your dress shirts, exactly the way you’ve always dreamed it.


Made to Measure suits vs. off the rack suits


 MTM (aka SU MISURA) Suit

Off the rack Suit

Pick the fabrics you’ve always fantasized. Thousands of top quality fabrics available, Italian and English.

Settle for fabrics someone else (the manufacturer) selected before going to mass production.
The suit is completely cut based on your body measurements. A paper pattern is created around your body. All your measurements are stored for future orders. No need to look for the right fit again. Made based on a standard cut that is supposed to fit everybody.Questions: Do we all look alike? How will it fit you? How many adjustments from a tailor will you need to make it fit just “ok”?
The suit is hand-made by seasoned professionals called “Tailors”.These professionals are often 3rd or 4th generations’ tailors. The suit is made by many occasional employees who work in chain productions and are, in 99% of the cases, not even tailors.
Endless customization of your suit. From the buttons, to the lapels, trousers style, lining, pockets, etc etc. Basically, you design it based on your style. No customizations.What you see is what you get. The suit has already been made so…nothing you can change to it.
You get personal style advice from the tailor/style-consultant to make sure the suit will reflect not only your style, but also your needs. You will probably meet a sales-person that will tell you anything in order to close the sale.
The result is a unique masterpiece that belongs only to you. One of thousands mass produced and sold worldwide.


Jacket pockets. Straight or slanted?

What is the difference between slant and straight pockets?  Which one should we choose?
Every man has a different body structure and very few have a “perfect” one, therefore when we choose a a garment in general, we should look carefully at the details of this garment. These details can flatter your body structure, hide your “weak” spots or, in opposite of that, they can make you look “off”.

Pockets are one of these details. There is really no trend in fashion with this particular detail so it is important that you choose what will work best for you.

The slant pockets were originally designed for tweed hacking jackets worn by horse-riding hunters and carried typically a ticket pocket to facilitate access when riding the horse. Today the slant pocket is a feature that has been incorporated by every day’s fashion.

So which one to choose?

The slant pocket is suggested for more “rotund” gentlemen because it subtly stirs the attention up and away from the stomach area. This doesn’t mean it will look bad on a slimmer gentleman, however in general lines, it will help men with belly.

The straight pocket. that defines a horizontal line, adds visual weight to the figure, interrupting the “height effect” just like it happens for the belt-waist line. Because of that it is suggested more for tall and slim figures.

You might have also seen at times a “third pocket” on suits or sport jackets. The ticket pocket was originally designed in the 19th century in England to facilitate access to train tickets for all traveling gentlemen. It was finally “absorbed” into the fashion trends in the 60’s. Today it is added only on more sporty jackets or not-so-formal suits.

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The Navy Blue Blazer

The Navy Blue Blazer

The Navy Blue Blazer


How many times have you been staring at the wardrobe wondering how to look sharp without dressing up too much? I have…many times! It is not easy to find a garment that puts a classy accent to your style and allows you fit in many environment without looking “too much” or under-dressed. Well, if you haven’t figured it out by yourself, let me disclose this to you: it is the Navy Blue Blazer.

The Blue Blazer, inspired historically by the Navy uniform, is in fact a must in gentleman’s wardrobe. Designed to originally

That is why you should put the Navy Blue Blazer at the foundation of your wardrobe. It pairs up with anything (dressy pants, suit trousers and jeans) and takes your look immediately to another level.
Do you have one? How does it fit you? How old is it?

Come and get your new stunning Italian Navy Blue Blazer before the Holidays start and get advised on sizing, fit and style by Massimo Roma.

Call NOW and get a free pocket square with the purchase:
(561) 302-5998