Kiton (http://www.kiton.it) is a clothing company founded in 1968 in Naples, Italy by Ciro Paone. The name Kiton comes out from "chitone", the ceremonial tunic the ancient Greek used to wear when praying on the Olimpus. Entirely handmade with the finest materials, Kiton clothing respects the finest artesian traditions and elegance of Italian Design.
Needles, thimbles and shears are the tools that make Kiton suit the highest expression of Italian sartorial style. The company makes about 20,000 suits per year. It employs 330 tailors. Most suits take approximately 25 hours of labor, with at least 45 tailors contributing to each one.
There are two lines of ready to wear suits, the "classic line", which retails for approximately US$ 7,000 to US$ 8,000, and the "CIPA 1960" line, introduced in 2010, starting at US$ 5,500. Made to measure suits reach above US$ 20,000 and up to US$ 50,000 for the "K-50" line, so called because of the number of production hours per piece and the number of units produced per year. Kiton dress shirts are also hand finished, as are Kiton's sevenfold 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.
THE KITON SUIT K-50 LINE
THE ITALIAN HAND CRAFTSMANSHIP PROCESS OF KITON SHOES
KITON SUITS CAMPAIGN Fall/Winter 2012
KITON CUSTOM-MADE JACKET
GEORGE CLOONEY WEARING A HAND-MADE KITON JACKET